Category Archives: Chan

Finding a teacher

Do you have the aspiration for enlightenment Don’t look to clever minds Men with lots of degrees who write books Find a simple man or women someone who sits by the water and feeds the fish Someone who feeds the … Continue reading

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The core of Chan/Zen

The core of Chan/Zen is found in the intuitive understanding of beyond the beyond. This is expressed in many teachings. In the Heart Sutra it’s expressed in the first few lines: Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Also in the … Continue reading

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The wisdom of nature.

You hear the gentle babbling of the brook. The wind blowing the branches. You see the clouds floating by They all speak more wisdom than all the volumes spoken by men and women. Listen and watch They tell the secret … Continue reading

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What is the Last Word.

In the Mumonkan, case 13, Tokusan Holds His Bowls Ganto says Tokusan is renowned but he doesn’t know the last word.  Later he says “Our old man has got hold of the last word!  This led me to contemplate the … Continue reading

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Ego

We have six senses: Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and mental functions. Ego sits on top of these and attaches to the objects of these senses. It causes desire for things we see, touch or any of the other functions. … Continue reading

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Daily practice

Zen Buddhism is very simple. I try to keep my mind still and free from wandering thoughts. I practice the following daily May all beings practice compassion May all beings have sympathetic joy for others May all beings live in … Continue reading

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Who am I?

People keep busy with trivial and mundane things so they don’t have to look deeply into this.

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Hsin Hsin Ming.

I think this paragraph from Dennis Waller’s introduction to the Hsin Hsin ming is very helpful. The path to enlightenment is the realization that there is nothing to find, nowhere to go, nothing to achieve. There is no need to … Continue reading

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The Diamond Sutra – A new translation.

http://diamond-sutra.com I would like to share the link to a new translation of the Diamond Sutra by Alex Johnson and a copy of chapter 17 “At that time, the venerable Subhuti then asked the Buddha, “World-Honored One, may I ask … Continue reading

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Heart Sutra – Thich Nhat Hanh

I wanted to share this latest translation of the Heart Sutra by Thich Nhat Hanh. The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore Avalokiteshvara while practicing deeply with the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore, suddenly discovered … Continue reading

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