John “Nick” Bellando
John “Nick” Bellando was born in New Jersey and currently lives in Hirosaki, Japan, with his wife Mutsumi and daughter May. He holds a BS in Biblical studies and an MA in Japanese education / Chinese literature from Hirosaki University, where he studied under Dr. Yamada. He writes, translates, and makes shakuhachi (Zen flutes). He lives in Aomori, Japan.
Books, Courses & Podcasts
Master Ma’s Ordinary Mind
In Master Ma’s Ordinary Mind, you will learn the true nature of enlightenment from one of Zen’s great teachers. Master Mazu’s teachings help us to see how our own “ordinary mind,” just as it is, also functions as the mind of enlightenment—the very expression of buddhanature.
Master Mazu’s classic sayings, with all their timeless insight, are here presented and unpacked for beginner and advanced practitioners alike. Each chapter offers John Bellando’s crystal-clear translation of one of Mazu’s classic dialogues and then follows it with Dr. Fumio Yamada’s gentle, encouraging commentary. Together, they guide us through the many layers of meaning in these koans, showing us what Mazu can mean for us today.
Includes an appendix on Mazu’s life by Andy Ferguson, author of Zen’s Chinese Heritage.