Category Archives: Wisdom from the Masters

Mud and Water

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  Another monk stepped out and said: “I have already been able to meditate on emptiness.” Bassui responded: “Tell me how you meditate on emptiness.” The monk said, “During meditation I have complete control over scattered thoughts, and mind and … Continue reading

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Shades of the Prison House

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  From the Lost Writings of Wu Hsin Do not deem Wu Hsin to be insane Simply because you cannot hear The music he dances to. Man is the one who is insane: His solution to his Need for security … Continue reading

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The Real Amitabha

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  (A Buddha from Korea: The Zen Teachings of T’aego) The pure, wondrous dharmakaya of Amitabha Buddha is everywhere in the mind-ground of all sentient beings. Thus it is said: “Mind, buddhas, sentient beings—these three are no different.” It is … Continue reading

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Ye Old Dragon Fool

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  (From the Sayings of Old Ch’eng) Having heard that to see original mind you have to calm original mind, here you are, sitting on your asses stiff as bamboo, staring at the wall with your tongues jammed against your … Continue reading

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Huangbo’s Whiskers

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  Master Huangbo saw that Linji returned, and said, “This guy keeps coming and going, when will you ever be done?”  Master Linji said, “Because of your grandmotherly zeal, so all is done.” And he stood in attendance by Huangbo.  … Continue reading

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Seven-Heads Villainous Low

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  The monk Huike had come a long way, hoping to learn from Bodhidharma. But Bodhidharma sat facing a wall at the Shaolin Monastery all day, ignoring him. It was getting dark and beginning to snow. Huike thought to himself, … Continue reading

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The Immutability Factor

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  Hui Hai (720-814)  Q: What does it mean when the sutra says: “The sound of discussion has ceased, and the role of thought is done”?  A: Words are used to manifest the doctrine. After understanding the doctrine, then, words … Continue reading

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Mañjuśhrī’s Chair

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  Hui Hai (720-814)  Q: How is the fundamental Dharma to be practiced?  A: Only through meditation and dhyana contemplation in samadhi. The Dhyanaparamita Sutra says: “To seek the wisdom of Buddha, you need both dhyana and contemplation. Without dhyana and contemplation … Continue reading

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The Bodhimaster

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Hui Hai (720-814)  Q: What method must be practiced to attain liberation? A: Only by practicing the Dharma of Sudden Enlightenment can we attain liberation.  Q: What is Sudden Enlightenment? A: “Sudden” means instantly stopping false thought. “Enlightenment” means [awareness] that one … Continue reading

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Dharma-dust and Pigeon Shit

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  Hui Hai (720-814)  Q: Is the nature of Absolute Reality truly void or not? If it is not really void, that suggests form; however, if it is truly void, that suggests annihilation. So upon which Dharma should sentient beings depend in … Continue reading

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