Today I described Chan meditation like this to a friend: Grass grows, wolves howl, Buddhas sit.
The robes are on their way; they should be here at the end of the month. Then, I’ll go through a little ceremony with my teacher, Daniel Scharpenburg of Morning Sky Zen, a Chan hermit tradition of the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha in the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun. I’ve had a long, hot […]
How do we reconcile emptiness with the view that we’re all Buddhas or that we can all Wake Up? If there’s really no us but a vast net of interdependence, then who is that can Wake Up? Who is it that has that potential? It’s pretty simple, really…
Five traditional Buddhist meditations for counteracting the Five Hindrances
Another fictional dialogue between Lunhui (Samsara) and Niepan (Nirvana). This time about, “Couldn’t we call everything Self?”
I translated this snippet from the Records of the Transmission of the Lamp: Farong was from Yanling in Jiangsu Province, and his family name was Wei. At nineteen, he was already conversant in the Confucian Classics and Histories. He studied the Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra and grokked True Emptiness. One day, sighing, he suddenly exclaimed, “The Confucian […]
照底心直觀禪 Zhao xindi zhiguan chan. It’s simpler than it sounds. This is a great exercise for anyone who’s preoccupied with their thoughts and feelings. I’m a huge fan of the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment’s scheme, that practice begins with an Awakening. Before then, we’re just kind of putting all the pieces in place that we […]
Are karma and rebirth important? Karma from traditional, modern, and Zen perspectives.
New translation of the full Xinxin Ming
Hsin Hsin Ming Part 8 with Commentary (Last Verses)
Lunhui: Where do thoughts originate? Niepan: Their origin is no-origin; their destination is no-destination. That’s not just the case for thoughts, but for everything. If you can set aside the idea of beginnings and endings, then you’re free. Commentary All these little chats between Niepan and Lunhui are fictional. Lunhui is samsara, and Niepan is […]