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...
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...
Your Body Spaceship

Your Body Spaceship

You’re Body Spaceship Student: I have challenge. I guess it’s more of an insight – well it’s a bit of both. Zen master e: A challenging insight Student: An insight about my challenge. It’s interesting that you talked about at the beginning about...
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...
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”...
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...
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...
Shakti Energies

Shakti Energies

Shakti Bija Mantras Besides the mantric power of letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, there is another series of powerful bija or single-syllable mantras, which consist of several vowels or consonants. These come under the term ‘Shakti mantras’, as they are commonly used...

The Red Thread of Fate

The first time I heard about the Chinese Legend of the Red String of Fate and Soulmates was in Richard Websters book called “Soul Mates: Understanding Relationships Across Time“ (Click link to read my review) In his Soul Mates book he tells us that, “According to...

Give Up

A person once came to me who was studying Christianity but who had run into a stone wall in his study. He could make no further progress at the time, so he came to me to try Zen meditation. We discussed this and that, and I finally said to him, “If you wish to...