Category Archives: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po

The Self

11. “Students of the Way should be sure that the four elements composing the body do not constitute the ‘self, that the ‘self is not an entity; and that it can be deduced from this that the body is neither … Continue reading

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The Mind Gem

9. “This pure Mind, the source of everything, shines forever and on all with the brilliance of its own perfection. But the people of the world do not awake to it, regarding only that which sees, hears, feels and knows … Continue reading

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Mysterious Peaceful Joy

7. “The building up of good and evil both involve attachment to form.1 Those who, being attached to form, do evil have to undergo various incarnations unnecessarily; while those who, being attached to form, do good, subject themselves to toil … Continue reading

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Mañjushrī

5. “Manjusri represents fundamental law and Samantabhadra, activity. By the former is meant the law of the real and unbounded void, and by the latter the inexhaustible activities beyond the sphere of form. Avalokitesvara represents boundless compassion; Mahasthama, great wisdom, … Continue reading

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The Void

3. “Mind is like the void in which there is no confusion or evil, as when the sun wheels through it shining upon the four corners of the world. For, when the sun rises and illuminates the whole earth, the … Continue reading

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Mind the Absolute

PART ONE  THE CHUN  CHOU RECORD OF THE  ZEN MASTER  HUANG PO (TUAN CHI) A collection of sermons and dialogues recorded by P’ei Hsiu while in the city of Chun Chou 1. “The Master said to me: All the Buddhas … Continue reading

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Huang Po: P’ei Hsiu’s Preface

There are other adaptations available of the Zen Teaching of Huang Po (pronounced Huangbo), but John Blofeld’s work still remains the standard-bearer; it would take a mighty effort to raise the bar on this one. This series will utilize Blofeld’s … Continue reading

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Coming in December: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po

If I were ever forced to evacuate my residence due to some cataclysmic-event and I could only take with me one item, it would without question be “The Zen Teaching of Huang Po.” Others have used the analogy of being stuck alone on a desert island … Continue reading

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