Sectarianism

The ancestral teacher did not come from the West because there was some dharma that could be transmitted here. He only pointed directly to people’s minds to see their nature and become buddhas. -Fayan If this is it, what possible tradition is there to maintain? There are differences amongst teachings, and these are passed down.…

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Rolling up a BLIND

Fayan pointed to a blind. The two monks went at the same time and rolled up the blind. Fayan said, “One gain, one loss.” People of old couldn’t help themselves when giving names to the root portion of this affair. Pine trees are straight, thorns are bent, swans are white, crows are black. This all…

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100 Questions, 3 Masters Helping out

What is Written? Yuantong’s Question: With an ocean for ink and a mountain for a pen, what is written? Wansong’s Answer: These hundred questions to comprehend mysticism. Linquan’s Instructional Verse: These hundred questions to comprehend mysticism Have nothing to do with pronunciation. Conceding or denying is appropriate according to the time. If someone asks me…

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Book Review: Zen Under the Gun – Gulin hits it OUT OF THE PARK AND THE CROWD GOES WILD

https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Under-Gun-Masters-Turbulent/dp/0861715926/ Zen Masters after Wumen: Hengchuan (1222-1289) Gulin (1262-1329) On the morning of New Year’s Day Gulin went up to the hall and said. “All the worthy sages used uncontrived action and thus had differentiating wisdom.” Gulin held up the staff and said. “This is the staff. What is uncontrived action?” After a long silence…

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Friday Night Poetry Slam

Good morning. Bang on the saucepan! Come write your verse below! Read the verse, then get inspired by something, then win the prize! Today, we have a verse from Dahui, from Cleary’s Swampland flowers. This was a verse composed in a letter to layman Huang Po-ch’eng (#15 in the book). ​ Don’t be fond of…

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From the Surangama Sutra

The Surangama scripture says, “When I do not see, why do you not see my not seeing? If you see my not seeing, naturally that is not the characteristic of not seeing. If you don’t see my not seeing, it is naturally not a thing—how could it not be you?” In Chuangtzu, there is this…

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I find it really hard to „get” zen. Its really confusing to me. Could someone explain the philosophy to me?

I keep reading zen stories about monks and masters and i still dont get the message. I have even tried to read the sutra of sixth patriarch hui neng and i still didnt understand it. submitted by /u/ip2911 [link] [comments]Read More

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Question

Does makyo typically come before or after kensho. submitted by /u/Stujitsu2 [link] [comments]Read More

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100 Zen Questions: No Face

4) How do you escape? Yuantong’s Question: “The blazing sky like fire, the hot rain is like boiling water” -at just such a time, how do you escape? Wansong’s Answer: In front of Mt. Zhu, behind Mt. An. Linquan’s Instructional Verse: In front of Mt. Zhu, behind Mt. An Facing south, view the North Star.…

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Zen Under the Gun: The words… are… ALIVE!!!

https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Under-Gun-Masters-Turbulent/dp/0861715926/ Zen Masters after Wumen: Hengchuan (1222-1289) Gulin (1262-1329) Gulin quoted a saying by Master Dongshan: “If there are words in the words, these are called dead phrases. If there is wordlessness in the words, these are called living phrases.” Gulin said, “What are living phrases, you Zen worthies? When we get here, it is…

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