Life is as transient as dew on the grass

– Zen Master Dogen


Invisible Borders ~ by Mo Henderson ~ part of the Borders, Boundaries and Barriers series.

This week, we continue our series on Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers with a very informative and enlightening piece by Mo Henderson, in which she outlines the work of Doctors Without Borders and how we, too, can live without borders. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which translates to Doctors Without Borders was founded in 1971 in Paris …

Without Borders ~ by Anna Aysea ~ part of the Border. Boundaries and Barriers Series.

We continue our theme of Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers, with a post from Anna Aysea, in which she talks about the borders, or lack of them, between self and others and how this is often experienced. Walking into a room where there is a tense atmosphere, you can instantly feel the tension without anything being …

Fences ~ part of the Borders, Boundaries and Barriers series ~ by Karen Richards

This week, Karen Richards explores the reasons that we have borders and boundaries and what life would be like without them. My neigbour brought me samosas and birthday cake, left over from a party. We chatted, by my open front door, on a warm September evening. I invited him in and he thanked me but …


Dew on the Grass is the coming together of four Dharma friends who wish to express their lives as Buddhists through their writing, photography, art and other projects. The concept for a website came about when one of us was walking early one morning and noticed the dew glistening on the grasses. It reminded her of the words of Zen Master Dogen who, in 13th century Japan, wrote in his teachings that ‘This body is as transient as dew on the grass’, reminding us of the importance of not wasting our lives.  

The nature of dew is that it appears in the morning, glistens for an instant and then disappears. Yet it always raises the spirits when you catch sight of it and it will always appear again. This website, therefore, is both an exploration and celebration of our own lives and an offering to those who happen by to read it. We set out to share, in a variety of media, our experiences and reflections.  

If you like what you see, we invite you to use this platform to do likewise. You can do this by leaving a comment or by sharing your writing, photography and art using our contact page and we will publish it on your behalf.  For guidance, written contributions should be no longer than 1000 words and reflect your life as a Buddhist. We reserve editorial rights.

We hope you enjoy your visit here.

Dew on the Grass
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