A sequence of ten illustrations depicting the levels of realization in Zen, these ancient drawings with Verse and Comments are presented in two new English translations along with contemporary commentary.
Zen Buddhist websites, news, and discussion
Monday, January 31, 2005
What . . . is the meaning of these gestures? Why are they done? And why is it necessary to do them so precisely and uniformly? These questions deserve careful consideration.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
A post at Zen Filter, telling us that there are 237 'live' trademarks on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office that have the name ZEN as part of the mark, interested me so I went to the online list of registrations to get more detail.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
A choiceless practice requires that we actually limit ourselves to not choosing in a particular situation . . . and it can reveal the wholeness of our body and mind, of 'inside' and 'outside,' 'good' and 'bad'. When we suspend picking and choosing, things can be seen as the multiple aspects of one reality.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are....
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
It is based on a wonderful piece of Chinese writing called Chin’s Thirty Three Happy Moments. Chin Shengt’an was a 17th century playwright who once found himself stranded with a friend in a temple for ten days because of a rainstorm. While thus secluded, the pair compiled a list of the truly happy moments in life.To read these amusing happy moments, ah, is this not happiness?
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To submit a happy moment send us an email The form is simple: describe the happy moment, and then add: "ah, is this not happiness?"
Q: How many Zen buddhists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Tree falling in the forest.
Monday, January 24, 2005
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Zen shows us that what we mistakenly call ourselves, our personal identity, is really no more than a mask over our true selves and natures.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
What can we learn from Buddhism? The answer to this question could be nothing or many things; both answers, according to Buddhism, are correct.Interesting article. There are many more articles here.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
The Gateless Passage is a Buddhist eJournal published by Charles Patton (Shih Famen). It was originally created in 1998 simply to share his own research and translations from the Chinese Buddhist Canon.Includes an article called What is Buddhism?
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
This webpage is based upon the idea that the SMiLE album is in essence a Zen koan, or riddle,an expression of spiritual enlightenment.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Vipassana meditation is a Buddhist practice that uses pure self-observation to realize the transient nature of life's activities.Related to this is the yoga meditation, witnessing your thoughts.
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If you do find yourself thinking . . . then silently label it "thinking" and go back to the breath. If you hear a noise -- a cough or a siren on the street, for example -- label the noise "cough" or "siren" and return to your outbreath. If you feel discomfort in your ankles or knees, label it "pain," adjust your position if necessary, and return to the breath.
Monday, January 17, 2005
'Happy Birthday, Brother Vincent': Lama Surya Das pays loving tribute to one of the earth's great souls
At any exhibit of his paintings, I find myself standing long and strong before his self-portraits, attracted by the aura of spiritual energy in his dissolving-and-simultaneously revealing, halo-encircled depictions, particularly (given my Buddhist leanings) the one of himself “a simple worshipper of the eternal Buddha,” as he once wrote.Look at this self portrait of Van Gogh as a Buddhist Monk. (via Metafilter)
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Inviting all creations into the mandala of my practice and vowing to serve them, I take refuge in:
Oneness, the awakened nature of all beings.
Diversity, the ocean of wisdom and compassion.
Harmony, the interdependence of all creations.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Thursday, January 13, 2005
If you know that everything comes from the mind, don't become attached. Once attached, you're unaware. But once you see your own nature, the entire Canon becomes so much prose. It's thousands of sutras and shastras only amount to a clear mind. Understanding comes in midsentence. What good are doctrines?The links go to a glossary.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
The Supreme Way is not difficult
If only you do not pick and choose.
Neither love nor hate,
And you will clearly understand.
Be off by a hair,
And you are as far from it as heaven from earth.
If you want the Way to appear,
Be neither for nor against.
For and against opposing each other
This is the mind's disease.
Without recognizing the mysterious principle
It is useless to practice quietude.
Monday, January 10, 2005
Zazen is exactly peace, simple peace. There is nothing around zazen to touch it. Zazen is to realize exactly who you are. That's all you have to do.
Friday, January 07, 2005
The Buddha may have permitted monks to eat meat under very limited circumstances. Would he allow monks to eat meat today? It is very doubtful, as there are many alternatives to meat and the Buddha clearly indicated that not eating meat was preferable if at all possible.I've read other articles that reach the opposite conclusion, but this one seems the best researched, so draw your own conclusions.
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
These leaves of Dharma are part of the paradox of writings about the 'wordless teaching' that is Zen (Chinese: Ch'an).Wordless writings? Good enough. Includes a Zen FAQ
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Zen is known for rejection of reliance on written texts. In spite of this, monks are well versed in Buddhism's ideas and texts. It's the old story of knowing the rules before you break them. Read Zen attempts to cover the basics in an entertaining way while intermediate practitioners can skip through this section quickly.Includes sections on Tao and Zen and Zen Humor
A monk is walking back from a lecture at a distant temple and gets lost on the wrong side of the river. He needs to get across to get home but cannot find the bridge. Finally, he sees the Master who gave the lecture on the other side and yells out to him.
"Master, how do I get to the other side of the river."