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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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The Inner Science

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Buddhadharma, which concerns our deepest inner nature, is called the inner science. This is the traditional name of what in the West is called Buddhism. The Tibetan expression rendered in Western languages as “Buddhism” is nangpa sangyepai cho. The last two … Continue reading

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On the Spirit of Awakening

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Those who long to overcome the abundant miseries of mundane existence, those who wish to dispel the adversities of sentient beings, and those who yearn to experience a myriad of joys should never forsake the Spirit of Awakening. When the … Continue reading

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The Essential Point

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The Essential Point The essential point in learning Zen is to make the roots deep and the stem firm. Twenty-four hours a day, be aware of where you are and what you do. When no thoughts have arisen and nothing … Continue reading

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The Destruction of Screens

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The Destruction of  Screens: A man who humbly enters on the path Holds a begging bowl to help all beings How can he crave for those sense data Through which he falls into five passions? He has rejected five desires … Continue reading

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Songs of Renunciation

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From the Songs of Milarepa (Dover Thrift Editions): The way of the world is illusion: I strive after true reality. To be moved by earthly possessions is illusion : I endeavour to rise above duality. To be the world’s servant … Continue reading

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Muccalinda

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Muccalinda Sutta (Trans: Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu) I have heard that on one occasion, the Blessed One was staying at Uruvelā on the bank of the Nerañjarā River at the root of the Muccalinda tree, newly awakened. And on that occasion he sat … Continue reading

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Tilopa

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From Tilopa’s Mahamudra Instruction to Naropa in Twenty Eight Verses; translated by Keith Dowman… A little daily dose of Tilopa goes a long way… Gazing intently into the empty sky, vision ceases; Likewise, when mind gazes into mind itself, The … Continue reading

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Refuge

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This is another excerpt from the 1909 work, The Path of Light. By today’s standards the language is archaic, yet unlike today’s standards it has not been intellectualized and neutered and watered-down from its full import; yes, there was a … Continue reading

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The Hermit’s Den

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Combined with my daily Eremitical Dhyani Buddha Meditations, I’ve been developing a personal breviary of sorts—encompassing daily reflections from Zen Masters as well as passages from both Mahayana and Vajrayana sources, from the Sutrayana and Suttayana. This perpetual series will … Continue reading

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