Antaiji is a Zen monastery that commits itself to the practice of zazen and the study of the Buddha’s teaching, while cultivating the fields around the temple, cutting grass and trees and doing construction work to keep the community self-sufficient. Here at Antaiji, Zen is practiced without any additions or modifications. This means that Zazen is practiced solely for the purpose of Zazen. Zazen will not get you anywhere. Zazen without gain, Zazen which is one with enlightenment, is what is put into practice here.
We treasure the narrow side as our inside
and fill it with sake, or soy sauce, or pills
living our compact lives the way humans do
But maybe these little creatures whom we call bottles
think of that wide open space
that we humans call the “outside”
as their inside?
Open minded as these creatures are
maybe they contain everything within their skin:
Us humans, and the earth, the galaxy,
and the whole universe
Even the smallest bottle
like those eye drops over there
might just as well contain all the other bottles
as it is contained inside them