Category Archives: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po

Drop the Blanket

6. “Q: Yet it is recorded that ‘Whosoever possesses the thirty-two characteristic signs of a Buddha is able to deliver sentient beings’. How can you deny it? A: Anything possessing ANY signs is illusory. It is by perceiving that all … Continue reading

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The One Substance

PART TWO  Selections from:  THE WAN LING RECORD OF THE ZEN MASTER HUANG PO (TUAN CHI) A collection of dialogues, sermons and anecdotes recorded by P’ei Hsiu during his tenure of the prefecture of Wan Ling  1. “Once I put … Continue reading

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Throw-down the flagpole!

34. “Q: What is meant by relative truth?1 A: What would you do with such a parasitical plant as that? Reality is perfect purity; why base a discussion on false terms? To be absolutely without concepts is called the Wisdom … Continue reading

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Wu-Wei

30. “If you now set about using your minds to seek Mind, listening to the teaching of others, and hoping to reach the goal through mere learning, when will you ever succeed? Some of the ancients had sharp minds; they … Continue reading

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Get out of your head, stupid!

27. “Q: What is the Way and how must it be followed? A: What sort of THING do you suppose the Way to be, that you should wish to FOLLOW it? Q: What instructions have the Masters everywhere given for … Continue reading

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A Silent Affair

24. “A Buddha has three bodies. By the Dharmakaya is meant the Dharma of the omnipresent voidness of the real self-existent Nature of everything. By the Sambhogakaya is meant the Dharma of the underlying universal purity of things. By the … Continue reading

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12-12-12

22. “The Bodhisattva’s mind is like the void, for he relinquishes everything and does not even desire to accumulate merits. There are three kinds of relinquishment. When everything inside and outside, bodily and mental, has been relinquished; when, as in … Continue reading

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The Place of Precious Things

19. “On the eighth day of the tenth moon, the Master said to me: That which is called the City of Illusion contains the Two Vehicles, the Ten Stages of a Bodhisattva’s Progress, and the two forms of Full Enlightenment.1 … Continue reading

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The Fundamental Principle

16. “On the first day of the ninth moon, the Master said to me: From the time when the Great Master Bodhidharma arrived in China, he spoke only of the One Mind and transmitted only the one Dharma. He used … Continue reading

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There is no-environment in the Unborn

14. “If you students of the Way desire knowledge of this great mystery, only avoid attachment to any single thing beyond Mind. To say that the real Dharmakaya of the Buddha1 resembles the Void is another way of saying that … Continue reading

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