Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi

Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi

Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat is the Abbot of the Zen Studies Society.

Recent Articles

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What to Say When Someone Dies

Avoid pat expressions, says Valerie Brown. What a grieving person needs is loving presence.

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The True Nature of a Flower

For Valerie Brown, her garden is a teacher of the dharma. In every bloom she sees impermanence, nonself, and nirvana.

This Path Is Endless

Martin Luther King Jr.’s work is not finished, says Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi. We must continue it with gratitude on the endless path toward liberation for all.

Finding Myself in the Garden

Valerie Brown returns to gardening to recover her broken spirit, and discovers what really grows in a garden is love.

How can I frame my dharma practice in more positive terms?

Satya Robyn, Harry Um, and Valerie Brown discuss the "positive" and "negative" focuses of Buddhist practice.

Our Inner Light

Only when we awaken to our own light can we be fully present to another person’s inner light and life, says Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat. "Only then can we respond fully, with nothing in the way."

Buddhanature Dogen Zenji Rinzai Buddhadharma Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat

Trust Practice, Practice Trust

When we truly give ourselves over to practice, explains Roko Sherry Chayat, we let go of our dependence on outcomes and begin to trust just being what we are, buddhanature, revealed right here, right now, in this very body and place.

With Renewed Resolve

In response to the US presidential election, Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat says we can turn turmoil into realization, and anxiety into right action.

Review of “The Women of the Way”

The Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 years of Buddhist Wisdom by Sally Tisdale, reviewed by Roko Sherry Chayat.