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Enlightenment Woes

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“It is said that when looking at the sayings and teachings of the Buddhas and patriarchs, if you look as one with fresh hatred looks upon an enemy, you will then for the first time be able to understand them. … Continue reading

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Karmic Affinity

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Robert Stewart “Within the teachings it is said that it is easy for one to believe if the karmic relationship with the teacher is right, and it is easy to enter if the karmic connection to the Way is right. … Continue reading

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Mud and Water: Bassui Zen

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In November we will be spending time with the 14th century Japanese Zen Master Bassui—a name which means “far above average”, a title bestowed by Kohō Kakumyo ( 1271-1361) who was one of many renowned Dharma-masters Bassui encountered along the … Continue reading

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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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