The limited nature of thought vs direct awareness.

. . . Huang po famously said. . . Here it is, right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it. . . . T. O. M’s comment . . This single sentence, brilliant in its concise nature and clarity, is for me, the pinnacle of zen teachings.. No nonsense, straight to the point,…

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Enlightenment v/s Sex predators: this history of Japanese Buddhism in the West

People come into this forum and often do not realize that the majority of Japanese Buddhists in the West are affiliated either directly or organizationally with sex predator teachers: /r/zen/wiki/sexpredators. While Japanese Buddhism considers it’s doctrine holy, and thus any sex predator can teach it without ruining it, Zen does not share that view: Bodhidharma:…

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New Mazu Translation: NEVER HAVE I EVER

A monk asked Mazu, “How can I become one with the Way?” Mazu said, “I’ve never been one with the Way.” 僧問、如何得合道。祖曰、我早不合道。 . Welcome! ewk comment: The older translation that I’m familiar with has Mazu saying, “I am already not in harmony with the Way”. Or something. This has a pretty different vibe to it,…

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500+ Years of Zen Masters tell you: Meditation doesn’t work

500 Years of Zen telling you not to “practice” meditation? Huineng, 700 Around 700 CE, Huineng went out of his way to reject sitting meditation as an effective practice for anybody, for any reason: The Master said, “Stopping the mind and contemplating qui-etude is pathological; it is not [Zen]. Sitting all the time constricts the…

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Xutang 26: What ways are there?

https://www.reddit.com/r/zen/wiki/xutangemptyhall 26 舉。雪峯因。鼓山來參。纔入門。峯搊住云。是甚麼。山契悟。舉手作舞云。子作道理耶。云。何道理之有。峯印之。 代鼓山云。和尚終不謾小子。 mdbg: here Hoffman Master Kuzan came to see Master Seppo. The moment he entered the gate, Seppo grabbed him and said, “What is it?” Kuzan was enlightened. He raised his hands waving them about. Seppo said, “In what way did you come to understand?” Kuzan said, “What ways are there?” Seppo…

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Encorporating other practices into your Zen practice such as Vipassana, Kundalini, Tantra, T.M.

I see no problem whatsoever with this because these type of “arts” or practices of the body and ritual are not really Worldviews or Religions. One of the best Zen “institute”/school/monestary experiences I’ve had was not at one of the few Zen centers I have visited but at a 10-day silent Vipassana retreat where they…

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El vacío de Bodhidharma

Traducción de El libro de la serenidadarchivo Segundo caso: El vacío de Bodhidharma Hi! Welcome to the Mexican Corner of r/zen. Due to the lack of Zen resources available in Spanish, I decided to take it upon myself to translate The Book Of Serenity into Spanish! So if you are a Spanish speaker who is…

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Koan of the Week: u/wrrdgrrI

UExis: If you want to participate in Koan of the Week season 7, send me a private message. I don’t receive messages via the “chat” feature. Here are the conditions. When I send you a confirmation, you’re on the list. – From The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu, translated by James Green 436 An…

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Dongshan.

A monk asked, “Which of the three bodies [of buddhas} does not fall into any category?” Dongshan responded, “I am always close to this.” . . . T. O. M’s comment. . . . Being close to the thing that does not fall into any category, is this the fundamental teaching of zen? Is this…

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T’ien-jan?

On page 138 of my copy of Road to heaven there’s mention of this nun (Taoist? Buddhist? i don’t know) Who lived on the summit of Hsuehhuashan for 50 years and died in 1919. Any of you have any more information about her? I’ve tried to find info about her over the years, and there’s…

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