The Perfect Enlightenment Sutra

The Perfect Enlightenment Sutra

The Perfect Enlightenment Sutra is one of the most popular and influential sutras in Zen. It was held in the highest regards by some of the greatest Zen Master’s like Zongmi and Chinul. The sutra itself is twelve chapters and the introductory section describes...
What Am I Koan

What Am I Koan

“Do you have a Koan?” That was the first question Korean Zen Master, Venerable Hwasun Yangil Sunim asked me. I had heard about Koans before – mainly from books. I didn’t really think they were essential for Zen practice. But here I was, sitting...
Zen Pointing Out Instructions

Zen Pointing Out Instructions

A quick and expedient way of awakening… The master takes his staff and points directly to your heart saying, Listen here! This! This! A thousand times this! The seeker is what’s sought. Originally the mind is pristine, vast and expansive like a clear blue...
Don’t Know Mind

Don’t Know Mind

A young monk tentatively asked the Master, “Teacher, why did Bodhidharma come from the west?” The Master looked out the window and said, “The cypress tree in the courtyard.” The Zen Master whacks his stick against the floor. You’re startled, heart racing, eyes...
MU

MU

The conceptual every day mind is never happy. It always wants something to chew on. It’s a hungry ghost and no matter how much information we feed it the mind will never be satisfied. “Does a dog have buddha-nature?” “Why did Bodhidharma come to China?” “Was the...
Zen and the Sutras – A Tenuous Relationship

Zen and the Sutras – A Tenuous Relationship

Zen is… “A special transmission outside the scriptures, not founded upon words and letters. by pointing directly to one’s mind, It lets one see into one’s own true nature and thus attain buddhahood.” (1)  The above statement from Bodhidharma is an...

Right View Dharma Talk

The Eightfold Path: Right View Dharma Talk Video of the Right View from the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path Dharma Talk This is an introductory talk on Right View (Understanind) form the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. For a full explanation of the path be...

The Four Noble Truths Dharma Talk

The Four Noble Truths Video of the Four Noble Truths Dharma Talk However we’ve come to know about Buddhism we probably have a faint idea that the Buddhist teachings will lead an individual to find happiness via a Path or Way. The Buddha said that it was an ancient...
What Are You Waiting For?

What Are You Waiting For?

What are you waiting for? Everything to be just right? The stars to align? That one nod of validation? The words of approval from someone you respect? All of these things are really just aspects of your own fears and doubts. That critical mind that tears you apart....
Simply Relax Into Intrinsic Awareness

Simply Relax Into Intrinsic Awareness

Without concepts of good or bad, pleasing or displeasing, just allow the mind to relax so that there is no apprehension by an apprehender. In this state of relaxation wherein you no longer experience the thoughts of the three times, you have gone beyond the experience...
The Cloud of Unknowing

The Cloud of Unknowing

A Modern Translation of the Cloud of Unknowing! Below you’ll find my modern translation of the the ancient Christian Mystical Meditation manual entitled The Cloud of Unknowing. As I finish translating new sections of the Cloud I’ll post them here.   This...
Ocean of Consciousness

Ocean of Consciousness

Sitting there in meditation, still and grounded, the isolated confines of my individual consciousness dissolved and the world became a trembling, vibrating ocean of suchness. The aspect of the ocean that was me would appear like a energetic wave rising from the...
The Lord’s Prayer (Modern)

The Lord’s Prayer (Modern)

At one point in the new testament the disciples turn to Jesus and say, “Master teach us how to pray.” They’re not asking because they don’t know how to pray. They’re looking for a pattern of prayer to help them tap into and unlock the...
Woman is the Creator of the Universe

Woman is the Creator of the Universe

“Woman is the creator of the universe, the universe is her form; woman is the foundation of the world, she is the true form of the body. Whatever form she takes, whether the form of a man or a woman, is the superior form. In woman is the form of all things, of all...
Beyond Concepts

Beyond Concepts

Lama Anam Thubten: “We just get rid of all of our concepts, all of our painful concepts, whatever concepts we are having an affair with. We are always having an affair with concepts and there are plenty of them. Every concept has a story line. Think about it. “I...

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