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In Praise of Zazen

translated by zen master e Hakuin’s In Praise of Zazen (Song of Samadhi) In Praise of Zazen All beings are Buddhas. It’s like ice and water – without water there’s no ice. Without sentient beings there’s no Buddhas. Not knowing how close the truth is – they go looking for it outside of themselves. It’s […]

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Heart Sutra

A modern expanded translation by zen master e THE HEART SUTRA The Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokateshvara, while in deep meditative concentration, absorption and curious inquiry, looked deeply into the nature of experience, penetrated fully to the intuitive realization of the emptiness of the skandhas and after completely seeing and knowing this for himself in depth, […]

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One Practice Samadhi

One Practice Samadhi Hui-neng (638-713)I have come here today because I have a connection of many lifetimes with you officials, clerics, and laypeople. This teaching has been passed down by the ancients. It isn’t something I discovered by myself. But if you wish to hear this teaching of the ancients, you must listen with pure […]

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Zhiyi’s One Practice Samadhi

The One Practice Samadhi This is the Stillness-Awareness of the mind For this practice: sit upright and mindful, eliminating any disturbing sensations, abandoning any unruly ideations. Without thinking about anything else, but also without grabbing hold of any particular forms and appearances, just fix your mind exclusively on the Total Field of All Phenomena, letting […]

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Tracing Back the Radiance

Tracing Back the Radiance by Chinul (Edited and Translated by Robert E. Buswell, Jr. Published by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism) Question: Through what expedients is it possible in one moment of thought to trace back [the radiance of one’s sense] faculties and awaken to the selfnature? Chinul: [The numinous awareness] is just your own mind; what […]

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Zen Master Chinul: Different Names for the True Mind

Question: We are still uncertain what is meant by “true mind.” Zen Master Chinul: To leave behind the false is called “true.” The open awe-inspiring illuminating presence is called “mind.” The Surangama Sutra sheds light on this mind.” In the Surangama Sutra the Buddha said: The Buddha said: “This clear seeing as well as the objects (seen) […]

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Zen Pointing Out Instructions

Rest in the Radiance Look at your own mind Not the petty and peculiar thoughts that come and go like clouds in the sky Look at the sky like nature of the mind that knows. That’s your true self. That’s the true mind. That’s the buddha. You yourself a buddha have been running around looking […]

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Awareness – The One Word Gateway to All the Mysteries

The Teaching Which Directly Reveals That the True Mind is the Nature “The one word ‘Awareness’ is the gateway to all mysteries.” “This teaching propounds that all sentient beings without exception have the empty, tranquil True Mind. From time without beginning it is the intrinsically pure, effulgent, unobscured, clear and bright ever-present Awareness. It will […]

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Directly Revealing the Nature

The Teaching Which Directly Reveals That the True Mind is the Nature Zen Master Zongmi said that, The one word ‘Awareness’ is the gateway to all mysteries. The teaching which reveals the Nature, is geared to advanced students and those of superior ability, “Because it causes them to forget words and apprehend the essence, a […]

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The Supreme Vehicle

“If one points at the moon, one has to look at the moon; why look at the finger tips?” The supreme vehicle’s starting point is the faith and belief that one is already a Buddha. That the fundamental nature of mind is utterly free, clear and pure. The supreme vehicle approach points directly to this […]