Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tozen: Entrance into the Absolute Reality of your True Self

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If you focus on what is Mind Only, eg. Mind Unborn, no one can teach you anything of value outside the complete preview of this Mind. Thus, your ability to awaken into the true reality of this Mind, which is … Continue reading

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Eremitical Dhyani Meditations

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Over the course of living the Lankavatarian eremitical lifestyle, I have been discerning the value of developing a type of monastic-rhythm to the day. A good rule of thumb is to pay homage to the Five Dhyani Buddhas. Their transforming … Continue reading

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The Three Pillars of Tathagatagarbha Zen

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  The Three Pillars of Tathagatagarbha Zen: Great obeisance to the blessed Ârya-prajñâ-pâramitâ (perfection of Noble Wisdom) Buddhagnosis: Being fully attuned with prior-to cognitive abilities and discernment as procured from Sutra-Study and Dharma-teachings received from teachers/sages who are well-versed in … Continue reading

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Allegiance to the Real

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  Selections from The Bodhidharma Anthology [As the classic theoretician of the practice of gazing at the topic states, in this method the trainee is not to employ discriminative understanding, doctrinal understanding, thinking or calculation, intuition, verbal strategy, absolute nonchalance, … Continue reading

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The Living Flame of the Unborn

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John of the Cross (1542-1591) This Carmelite mystic, a true Black Dragon, once whispered the following—intended as an antidote for those afflicted by endless yearnings; with one paraphrased nuance: To reach satisfaction in all desire its possession in nothing. To … Continue reading

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Who’s That Wriggling in Your Shoe?

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    From Zen Master Keizan’s Transmission of Light (All passages taken from The Denkōroku: The Record of the Transmission of the Light; all Capitalized words are representative of THAT WHICH IS UNBORN, UNCOMPOSED, UNDYING and UNCREATED ) Once you … Continue reading

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Light Triumphant

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Zen Master Ejo Not fearing life and death is because of not seeing oneself. Not seeing oneself means not being self-conscious, not having a self-image. The light of great wisdom is thus impersonal, so the verse says that wisdom is … Continue reading

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The Four Sufferings

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  Shanhui (497-569) Poems of the Four States: I.Birth Relying upon the ovum, consciousness arises, birth arises from love and desire. In a time now past he grew up, today he returns as a child. The stars follow the cycle … Continue reading

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For Suchness Sake

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  More from Tōzan One day Dungshan said goodbye to Master Yunyan. Yunyan asked, “Where are you going?” “Although I’m leaving the master, I don’t know where I’ll end up.” “Aren’t you going to Hunan?” “No.” “Going to your native … Continue reading

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Sea-Slug Dharma

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  Master Dongshan Liangjie  (807-869  Jpn.: Tōzan Ryōkai) -The Nonsentient Expounds the Dharma- Dongshan next visited Master Guishan, and asked him, “I’ve heard that the National Teacher Huizhong taught that the nonsentient can expound the Dharma, I don’t understand the … Continue reading

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