Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dharmakaya Abbey

                      Dharmakaya Abbey Located in the heart of the Mohawk Valley on 7.8 beautiful acres of land, Dharmakaya-Abbey offers a monastic-venue for individual and group retreats in a relaxing setting … Continue reading

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Tibetan Zen

From, Tibetan Zen, by Sam Van Schaik A monk who waters the fields of the dharma path and does not grow the seeds of discriminating awareness within it—this is dharma practice. As for “mind at ease”, in brief, there are … Continue reading

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Coming in March 2016: Korean Sŏn

Sŏn is the Korean pronunciation of the Sanskrit, Dhyāna. Sŏn is also comparable with samādhi although it takes on a different connotation from our usual rendering. Tsung-mi expounds that it is a comprehensive equation for both samādhi and prajña. Sŏn’s … Continue reading

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The Pile of Snares

This Sutta’s cycle would have effectively wound-up at the completion of the last chapter on teaching. This apparent addition on “sensual pleasures” was a redaction added-on at a later date—most likely for the benefit of the community whose focus was … Continue reading

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The Zen of your own-being

Om svabhava suddha sarva dharma svabhava suddho’ham. [1] Character is nothing, own-being is everything. Thus, such is the path of enlightenment  that a being of good merit should choose not to foster character but unveil the clear light of their own-being … Continue reading

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The Teaching of the Dhamma

25. “Then, bhikkhus, when I had stayed at Uruvelā as long as I chose, I set out to wander by stages to Benares. Between Gayā and the Place of Enlightenment the Ājīvaka Upaka saw me on the road and said: … Continue reading

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Siddhattha’s Enlightenment

The following is what occurred during Siddhattha’s awakening beneath the Bodhi-Tree. The sacred snapshot of him sitting reflectively on a grassy knoll is known as sitting on the Throne of Wisdom. Having departed from the game of samsara at the … Continue reading

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The Search for Enlightenment

13.“Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I was still only an unenlightened Bodhisatta, I too, being myself subject to birth, sought what was also subject to birth; being myself subject to ageing, sickness, death, sorrow, and defilement, I sought what was … Continue reading

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Two Kinds of Search

5.“Bhikkhus, there are these two kinds of search: the noble search and the ignoble search. And what is the ignoble search? Here someone being himself subject to birth seeks what is also subject to birth; being himself subject to ageing, … Continue reading

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The Zen that is quicker than lightning.

Once upon a time a good mind of the way transported its body to a supposed place of a great Mind Master,  as to inquire into the mystery of the Buddhadharma. Once its body, and main source of self-reliance, reached the peak of a high mountain, … Continue reading

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