Buddhist Pranayama

Buddhist Pranayama

It had been a long time since I had looked at or even thought about mindfulness of breathing or the Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra (Anapanasati Sutra) but for some reason I was compelled to give it a read again. And looking at it with fresh and open eyes I couldn’t...

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Love is the Way

Love is the Way

"You have to love life!" My teacher Zen Master Hwasun Yangil Sunim has been saying this a lot lately, "You have to love life!" The Tao is translated as "The way" And if all of this (gestures to everything including himself) is the way Then all we have to do is love it...

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Right Here. Right Now. Buddha.

Right Here. Right Now. Buddha.

To say that you are a practitioner is to miss the mark What is there to practice if you nodded yes when the teacher talked about intrinsic buddha nature. To say there is practice says that there is a practitioner that is on a quest to some distant goal that they some...

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Buddha’s Last Words

Buddha’s Last Words

An almost tremendous disservice has come about from the human need to lift the Buddha up and place him on a pedestal of perfect purity. We miss out on the richness of the complete story of Buddha. This is why Shunryu Suzuki said, “Kill the Buddha if the Buddha exists...

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Take A Good Look At Yourself

Take A Good Look At Yourself

Take a good look at yourself. You are already saved. You are originally Buddha. You are overflowing with happiness and glory. To talk of paradise or heaven is to be talking in your sleep. Take a good look at yourself. Transcend time and space, and you'll see that you...

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Your Body Spaceship

Your Body Spaceship

From the minute that you wake up to the minute that you go to bed, is this body spaceship the same? That’s a good way to look at it.You have a body spaceship.Traveling through so called existence.And this body spaceship isn’t separate from what we call life. And this body spaceship is prone to the external elements and the internal elements.

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The Three Wise Men of Buddhism

The Three Wise Men of Buddhism

We must always remember that we truly know nothing of the Buddha. The sutras are marketing. Rustling up the right kind of people for this product. The sutras were all about building faith. The Buddha was gone. Mahākāśyapa who the Buddha entrusted with the sangha was a...

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Abwoon Mantra Chanting

Abwoon Mantra Chanting

Abwoon The Christian Mystic path is probably one of the most beautiful and life transforming paths out there. And one of the practices found in it is the chanting of certain phrases - Abwoon being one of them. They say it’s significant when you “officially” enter into...

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How We See Is Our Truth

How We See Is Our Truth

How we see someone is how we hear them. Upaka - did not know Siddhartha. had no chance to get to know him and no patience to either. He saw what he wanted to see. And maybe that was a reflection of himself as well. (Upaka scoffed at the Buddha when Shakyamuni said he...

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Radiant Jewel Samadhi

Radiant Jewel Samadhi

Radiant Jewel Samadhi – Unlocked by Koan Chitta Mani Rupam Citta: Consciousness Mani: Jewel, radiant, precious, Rupam: Show, way, loveliness, play When you feel you have fallen off the ledge of life and are tumbling toward the hell realms As if your life depended on...

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Letter to the Layman

Letter to the Layman

BASSUI’S LETTER TO THE LAYMAN IPPO (HOMMA SHOKEN) You are meeting him face to face, but who is he? Anything you say will be wrong. And if you hold your tongue, you will be equally wrong. Who is he, then? On top of a flagpole, a cow gives birth to a calf. If you come...

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