Two Streams Zen makes accessible the Teachings of the Buddha to all those who come through
the temples’ doors seeking Sanity and an end to Suffering.
Two Streams Zen grew out of the living relationship between co-founders and guiding teachers Catherine Anraku Hondorp and Ryūmon Hilda Baldoquín. Their experiences of friendship, love, commitment, joy, differences, struggle, conflict, humiliation, passion, laughter, and COMPLETE confidence that the Buddha’s realization can be experienced as our own, continuously fuels the trajectory of Two Streams Zen.
Two Streams Zen speaks to the coming together of two of the principal Japanese Zen lineages in North America with two distinct temples in western Massachusetts, USA. Sometimes functioning separately and sometimes together, Body-Mind (ShinJinJi) Temple in the city of Northampton, is guided by Anraku Sensei in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and Peaceful Dragon home temple (AnRyuJi) in the rural hill town of Westhampton, is guided by Ryūmon Sensei in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
Two Streams Zen harkens to the Zen poem Sandokai (Ts’an-t’ung-ch’i) Harmony of Difference and Sameness by Ch’an Master Shih-t’ou Hsi-ch’ien (J: Sekito Kisen-700-790), the teaching of the Identity of Relative and Absolute, a core teaching of Zen:The mind of the great sage of India is intimately transmitted from west to east. While human faculties are sharp or dull, the Way has no northern or southern ancestors. The spiritual source shines clear in the light; the branching streams flow on in the dark. Grasping at things is surely delusion; according with sameness is still not enlightenment. All the objects of the senses interact and yet do not. Interacting brings involvement. Otherwise, each keeps its place. Sights vary in quality and form, sounds differ as pleasing or harsh. Refined and common speech come together in the dark, clear and murky phrases are distinguished in the light. The four elements return to their natures just as a child turns to its mother; Fire heats, wind moves, water wets, earth is solid. Eye and sights, ear and sounds, nose and smells, tongue and tastes; Thus with each and every thing, depending on these roots, the leaves spread forth. Trunk and branches share the essence; revered and common, each has its speech. In the light there is darkness, but don’t take it as darkness; In the dark there is light, but don’t see it as light. Light and dark oppose one another like the front and back foot in walking. Each of the myriad things has its merit, expressed according to function and place. Phenomena exist; box and lid fit; principle responds; arrow points meet. Hearing the words, understand the meaning; don’t set up standards of your own. If you don’t understand the Way right before you, how will you know the path as you walk? Progress is not a matter of far or near, but if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way. I respectfully urge you who study the mystery, do not pass your days and nights in vain.