7 Factors of Awakening

7 Factors of Awakening

The Seven Factors of Awakening Say aloud daily: Just for today… May I be mindfully aware throughout the day May I attain deep and penetrating wisdom that sees clearly and knows the truth of the way things are May I be energetic, persistent and strive diligently...
Different Practices for Different Types of People

Different Practices for Different Types of People

Sure there’s core teachings and practices within every tradition but the Buddha showed us that we’re each a little bit different. That’s why they say he taught 84,000 different types of teachings. He tried to give each person the right kind of...
Koan Practice

Koan Practice

YOUR MIND MEAL – ATHA(Essential practice) “Do you have a Koan?” that was the first question my teacher Zen Master, Venerable Hwasun Yangil Sunim asked me. I had heard about Koans before – mainly from books and didn’t really think they were essential for Zen...
The Great Light of Illumination

The Great Light of Illumination

The great light of illumination by zen master e In the sky light expanse of mindYou blaze with splendour and lightSoft easeful wisdom emanating infinite blessingsGiving riseTo all the vehicles and teachingsSo that all beings may come hereTo this timeless momentAnd...
On No Mind

On No Mind

On No-Mind: In one fascicle by Bodhidharma(T85n2831 translated by Urs App, in The Eastern Buddhist, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Spring 1995), pp. 82-107) The ultimate principle is without words; one needs to borrow words to make this principle apparent. The great Way is without...
Don’t Know Mind

Don’t Know Mind

A young monk tentatively asked the Master,“Teacher, why did Bodhidharma come from the west?”The Master looked out the window and said,“The cypress tree in the courtyard.” The Zen Master whacks his stick against the floor. You’re startled, heart racing, eyes wide open,...
Silent Illumination

Silent Illumination

Guidepost of Silent Illumination by Hongzhi Zhengjue Silent and serene,forgetting words,bright clarityappears before you. When you reflect ityou become vast,where you embody ityou are spiritually uplifted. Spiritually solitary and shining,inner illumination restores...
In Praise of Zazen

In Praise of Zazen

translated by zen master e Hakuin’s In Praise of Zazen (Song of Samadhi) 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 is – they go looking...
Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra

A modern expanded translation by zen master e 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 intuitive...
One Practice Samadhi

One Practice Samadhi

One Practice Samadhi Hui-neng (638-713)I have come here today because I have a connection of many lifetimes with you officials, clerics, and laypeople. This teaching has been passed down by the ancients. It isn’t something I discovered by myself. But if you wish to...