The site is named for the practice of Chinese hermits who spread grass on a rock for a meditation seat. It doesn't sound comfortable, but even a modern kapok-filled zafu can feel somewhat rock-like a few days into sesshin.
I've been a practising Buddhist for forty years, but I'm no Zen teacher. I have no special insight. The thoughts expressed on this site are simply my own personal views.
I received lay ordination in 1978 from Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett (pictured above) at Shasta Abbey, California.
In June 2018 I renewed my vows, receiving bodhisattva ordination from Maitre Guy Mokuho Mercier (pictured below) at an International Zen Association retreat in Crosby, Liverpool.
As the content of the site demonstrates, I do have interests besides Soto Zen, but it's a very important part of my life and lifestyle.
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