The Greatest

The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest magic is transmuting the...

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Giving & Getting

A student had really resonated with the teaching of giving and said that this came up for them in their business meeting just recently - to give so that they could get more. Here is my response... The practice of giving if tied to getting (the expectation that because...

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Accumulating Virtues

After perfectly taking the bodhisattva’s vow of moral ethics, accumulate virtues through your body, speech, and mind in order to achieve enlightenment. Briefly, these are called the “accumulation of virtues.” What are they? The Bodhisattva Bhumis says: Maintaining and...

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In Praise of Zazen

Hakuin’s In Praise of Zazen (Song of Samadhi) Translated by Zen Master e (Ian Paul Marshall) 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...

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Dharma Transmission

In Zen-Buddhism, Dharma transmission is a custom in which a person is established as a "successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual 'bloodline' (kechimyaku) theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." The Buddha Twirls A Flower In the...

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Just This Is It

Ancestor Dongshan Liangjie (807-869). After some period of practice with Yunyan, just before departing to visit other teachers, Dongshan asked Yunyan, “Later on, if I am asked to describe your reality, how should I respond?” After a pause, Yunyan said, “Just this is...

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Vajrasattva Mantra

"You are the primordial awareness of skillful means the indestructible state beyond all concepts, Realized in the nature of the Great Mother, transcendental wisdom free from any reference, Displaying your compassion, in all its variety, in every kind of way — O Great...

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The Precepts

SILA - SKILLFUL-MEANINGFUL BEHAVIOUR/ETHICS Our natural state is empty, open, aware, vast, cognizant luminosity, spontaneous freedom, stable calm, active compassion and contended joy. As we unfold this natural state in our lives we need to guard ourselves from our...

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Going for Refuge

GOING FOR REFUGE Going for refuge and taking the precepts is the cornerstone of all the Buddhist paths. It usually becomes a turning point in a person's life. One where they work toward an ideal - this ideal being shown to us through The Buddha - a human being that...

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The Heart Sutra

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 intuitve realization of the emptiness of the skandhas and after...

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The Best Pointing Out Instructions

An Anthology of the Best “Pointing Out” Instructions Lama Gendun on the Nature of Mind: “The recognition of the nature of mind is the only thing that we actually need –it has the power to liberate us from everything and to liberate all beings in the universe, too....

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