Monthly Archives: November 2014

Comment on my Red Pine Posts.

Red Pines translations and commentaries are very detailed and extremely scholarly.  My purpose in these posts is simply to offer gratitude and hopefully lead a few people to investigate these books for themselves.  They have been very helpful for me, … Continue reading

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Red Pine’s translations – Part One

Red Pine (Bill Porter) has made a great contribution to the English speaking world in the form of translations of several very important sutras basic to Chan Buddhism.  They are the Heart Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, The Platform sutra and … Continue reading

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Why does it take so long?

I’m not sure why it takes so long for some of us to realize there is nothing to attain.  We already have Buddha-nature within us.  We already have the mind-essence and we can experience it if we just stop grasping … Continue reading

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Three Dharma Seals

The three Dharma Seals are Impermanence, Non-self, and Nirvana according to some. Others replace Non-self with Suffering. According to the teachings anything that does not have these three seals is not a true teaching. All of us are familiar with … Continue reading

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New Translation of the Heart Sutra.

I like to read different translations of Mahayana Sutras as the different translations speak to us a little differently.  Sometimes in reading one translation I will understand things that were elusive to me before.  Here is a new translation of … Continue reading

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Just follow your method

Chan Buddhism evolved through many teachings and many schools. It is what the Lotus sutra calls One Vehicle Buddhism and includes everything; all the teachings of all schools of Buddhism. One Vehicle tells us that different teachings were give because … Continue reading

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Suffering – Dukkha

The Buddha taught that we live in a world of suffering.  Although dukkha has a much broader meaning than suffering:  Imperfection, impermanence, emptiness, unsatisfactoriness and insubstantiality all can be thought of as dukkha.  The Buddha said whatever is impermanent is … Continue reading

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HsinHsinMing

The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. When neither love nor hate arises,  all is clear and undisguised. If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. To … Continue reading

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The simplicity of Chan

Chan is a very simple practice compared to other schools of Buddhism. It emphasis practice as opposed to study.  No need to learn complicated systems.  Master Hui-neng said if we are not attached to external things then we can have … Continue reading

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Zen and Zen Buddhism

Zen to some means being totally lost in some activity. At such a time the person is not aware of self. In Zen Buddhism we sit and experience our true nature. The ego self which is always involved in clinging … Continue reading

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