Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Cave

Wake-up Sermon, part 2 Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation. Remaining unblemished by the dust of sensation is guarding the Dharma. … Continue reading

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No-mind

Wake-up Sermon, part 1 The essence of the Way is detachment. And the goal of those who practice is freedom from appearances. The sutras say, Detachment is enlightenment because it negates appearances. Buddhahood means awareness. Mortals whose minds are aware … Continue reading

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The Blood is the Life

Bloodstream Sermon, part 6 The concluding verses of Bodhidharma’s Bloodstream Sermon highlight that one comes face to face with two choices: the Law of Karma and Mind-Only… I only talk about seeing your nature. I don’t talk about creating karma. … Continue reading

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Let there be Light

Bloodstream Sermon, part 5 If you’re not sure don’t act. Once you act, you wander through birth and death and regret having no refuge. Poverty and hardship are created by false thinking. To understand this mind you have to act … Continue reading

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The Zen Mind

Bloodstream Sermon, Part 4 Buddha is Sanskrit for what you call aware, miraculously aware. Responding, arching your brows blinking your eyes, moving your hands and feet, it’s all your miraculously aware nature. And this nature is the mind. And the … Continue reading

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Neti, Neti

4. Bloodstream Sermon, Part 3 And this mind, through endless kalpas without beginning, has never varied. It has never lived or died, appeared or disappeared, increased or decreased. Its not pure or impure, good or evil, past or future. It’s … Continue reading

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Teacher, teacher

3. Bloodstream Sermon, part 2 If you don’t find a teacher soon, you’ll live this life in vain. It’s true, you have the buddha-nature. But without the help of a teacher you’ll never know it. Only one person in a … Continue reading

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Buddha-nature

2. Bloodstream Sermon, part one Everything that appears in the three realms comes from the mind. Hence Buddhas of the past and future teach mind to mind without bothering about definitions. But if they don’t define it, what do they … Continue reading

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The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

The following is the first in a series studying “The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma”–as translated by Red Pine. 1. Outline of Practice MANY roads lead to the Path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice. To enter by … Continue reading

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Tracking Bodhidharma

Looks like an interesting upcoming read. I have the first edition of Ferguson’s “Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings”; he’s an excellent scholar and historian with a healthy sense of spirituality to boot. Tracking Bodhidharma: A Journey to … Continue reading

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