The Song of the Vajra

The Song of the Vajra Unborn, yet continuing without interruption, neither coming nor going, omnipresent, Supreme Dharma, unchangeable space, without definition, spontaneously self-liberating— perfectly unobstructed state— manifest from the very beginning,...

Zen Mind Has No “I”

Rigpa, Primordial Awareness has no “I” Rigpa or Zen Mind, is an awareness without a personal experiencer nor a personal perceiver who perceives. The Bahiya Sutra “The Buddha was approached and asked by a person named Bahiya to reveal the insight necessary to realize...

The Play of the Mind

The Play of the Mind: Form, Emptiness, and Beyond By John Welwood Form is emptiness, emptiness itself is form; emptiness is no other than form, form is no other than emptiness. -Heart Sutra In every crescendo of sensation, in every effort to recall, in every progress...

Morning Bell Chant

Morning Bell Chant Our vow: may the sound of this bell spread throughout the universe, make all the hell of dark metal bright, relieve the three realms of suffering, shatter the hell of swords, and bring all beings to enlightenment. Homage to the shining, loving, holy...

Un Mun and the Dragon’s Treasure Chest

A long time ago in China, Zen Master Un Mun went into town one day with one of his monks. As they walked down the street, Un Mun looked ahead and saw a shop with a sign that read “Dragon’s Treasure Chest.” On seeing the sign, Un Mun turned to the monk and...

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...

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...

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...

Is That So?

The Zen Master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a very pure life. This is a story about his patience. One day, the parents of a beautiful unmarried Japanese girl found that their daughter was pregnant. This made the parents very angry. She would not...

The Essentials of Chan Practice

The Essentials of Chan Practice Xu Yun (1839-1959) The purpose of investigating Chan is to illuminate the Mind and see your self-nature. You must eradicate the mind’s impurities so as to personally perceive the true face of your self-nature. The mind’s...

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