The Five Gates of Tao-hsin

The Five Gates of Tao-hsin

Five Gates of Tao-hsin: Let it be known: Buddha is the mind. Outside of the mind there is no Buddha. In short, this includes the following five things: First: The ground of the mind is essentially one with the Buddha.Second: The movement of the mind brings forth the...
New Years Message 2021

New Years Message 2021

New Years Message From master e I love you. I wish I could be with you in person and hold you tight. That I could sit with you and hold your hand. That I could see you smile and hear your voice. I wish I could snap my fingers and take away all your fears and...
Outline of Practice

Outline of Practice

Bodhidharma’s Outline of Practice There are many roads for entering the Way, but essentially there are only two:  entering through the Principle and entering through practice. Entering Through the Principle ‘Entering through the Principle’ is...
He Saved Everyone Before He Was Born

He Saved Everyone Before He Was Born

From the Collected Works of Korean Buddhism, Vol. 7-1 Gongan Collections 1: Case 1 TITLE: The Greatly Enlightened, World Honored One, Śākyamuni Buddha The World Honored One, without having yet departed Tusita (heaven),had already descended into the palace and,without...
Zen & The Conundrum of Words

Zen & The Conundrum of Words

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 natureand thus attain buddhahood.” The above statement from Zen Master Bodhidharma is an interesting one....
Faith Mind Inscription

Faith Mind Inscription

Verses on the Faith Mindby Chien-chih Seng-ts’anThird Zen Patriarch [d. 606 AD]Tr. by Richard B. ClarkeZen teacher at the Living Dharma Centers, Amherst, Mass. The Great Way is not difficultfor those who have no preferences.When love and hate are both...
Three Approaches to Zen

Three Approaches to Zen

The Three Divisions of Ch’an Buddhism by Zen Master Zongmi (Tsung-mi) There are various schools of Ch’an mutually conflicting with each other. The doctrines preached by these established sects are contradictory and obstructive to each other. Some of them Regard...
Mind Is Buddha

Mind Is Buddha

The master Huangbo said to [Pei] Xiu: “All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists.This Mind, which IS without beginning, is unborn and indestructible.It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor...
No-Thought Is the Central Doctrine

No-Thought Is the Central Doctrine

Zen Master Hui-Neng said, “Good friends, since the past this teaching of ours has first taken no-thought as its central doctrine.To be enlightened to the Dharma of no-thought is to arrive at the stage of buddhahood.What do we mean by no-thought?The teaching of...
Zen Farts

Zen Farts

Su Dongpo (a famous Buddhist poet) of the Song Dynasty was assigned to an official post at Guazhuo. Across the river, on its southern shore, was Jinshan (Golden Mountain) Temple where Zen Master Foyin presided. One day, Su Dongpo, feeling quite advanced in his...