Category Archives: Bankei Zen

Seed of Delusion, Seed of Light

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Being attuned with the Unborn Buddha Mind is truly a marvelous reality. There is no greater genuine Self-realization than being with one accord in the Unborn. Bankei was truly blessed with the gift of being able to expound upon this … Continue reading

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Be A Buddha

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(Haskel) Precepts  A certain master of the Precepts School asked: “Doesn’t your Reverence observe the precepts?” The Master said: “Originally, what people call the precepts were all for wicked monks who broke the rules; for the man who abides in … Continue reading

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Listen carefully

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(Haskel) The Master addressed the assembly: “Among all you people here today there’s not a single one who’s an unenlightened being. Everyone here is a buddha. So listen carefully! What you all have from your parents innately is the Unborn … Continue reading

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Opening of the Sermons

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(Haskel)  When the Zen Master Bankei Butchi Kosai, founder of the Ryomonji at Aboshi in Banshu, was at the Great Training Period [held] at the Ryomonji in the winter of the third year of Genroku, there were 1,683 monks listed … Continue reading

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Bankei—Noble Prince of the Unborn

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No series would be comprehensive here without a study of Bankei Yōtaku (1622-93). Bankei’s Zen was eloquent in its simplicity. He was forever the quintessential iconoclast, riding against all the excessive material formalism that infested the zen of his time, … Continue reading

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