Bonnie Myotai Treace

  • Spring is Hers: Beginning Now is Everything Paid Member

    On the Sundays of April 17 and May 8 at 10am, Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace will be giving meditation instruction and talks on the life and poetry of Buddhist nun Otagaki Rengetsu (1791–1875) at the Japan Society in New York. Myotai Sensei will be placing a particular emphasis on Rengetsu’s poems of resilience and new beginnings, and on the transformative capabilities of meditation, poetry, and art as spiritual practice.For ticket information, click here or call the Japan Society at (212) 715-1258. Myotai Sensei's website: 108 bowlsFurther reading: "The Sword Disappears in the Water" by Sensei Bonnie Myotai Treace More »
  • Bonnie Myotai Treace on Generosity and Attention Paid Member

    Week 2 of Bonnie Myotai Treace's Tricycle Retreat begins today. In this week's talk she elaborates on last week's theme of generosity and introduces the theme of attention. While stressing the importance of attention in practice she tells a story of a Japanese Emperor that visited a Zen master asking for a great teaching.  In response to the Emperor's request the master painted a calligraphy of the character for 'attention.' The Emperor thanked him but stated he was looking for more of a teaching than one simple character. Upon being asked to elaborate on this teaching, the master's response was simply to once again paint the character on another piece of paper and hand it to him.  This apparently went on for quite some time.  Eventually the Emperor saw that this repetitive action WAS the great teaching—that one must come back to attention again and again and again. More »