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The Nine-Sheaths

Even though the Tathagata-garbha is “within” all sentient beings, it is still plagued by a series of kleśas that soil and keep it dormant until efficacious Buddha-qualities peel-away the damning-sheathes. The Ratna gives nine-examples of these defilements that are by … Continue reading

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Is there need for a teacher in Zen?

Oftentimes the question is asked, “Do I need a teacher in Zen?” Without going into some theoretical basis for this question, my own experience will be the foundation for hopefully providing some insight into this timely issue. My earliest exposures … Continue reading

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Mañjuśrī Elects Sudhana

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The Inconceivable Master

“World-Honored One, the cycle of birth and death [samsara] is based on the Tathagata-embryo. Because of the Tathagata-embryo, the beginning [of samsara] cannot be known. World-Honored One, if one says that because there is the Tathagata-embryo there is samsara, he … Continue reading

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(8) Reverence

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Reverence should not necessarily take place before one who requires allegiance with reference to supreme mortal age, cultural or worldly position. But to whom or what do I pay reverence? Know then that he who stands face to face with … Continue reading

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(6) The Womb of Light

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The desireful, skandha-poisoned “false” self, is doomed to fail and become reborn in different forms (depending on its karma) as long as it does not acknowledge the treasure that follows it wherever it goes. This treasure, the most shining pearl … Continue reading

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Tozen: What is it about?

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  [snips a tiny branch from a bonsai tree] “When this world ends, where will you go?” “But Master, surely this world is not about to end and I will probably go before it goes?” “Is there a difference?” “But … Continue reading

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Buddha-nature

2. Bloodstream Sermon, part one Everything that appears in the three realms comes from the mind. Hence Buddhas of the past and future teach mind to mind without bothering about definitions. But if they don’t define it, what do they … Continue reading

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Epilogue

Bodhisattvahood, Part 1 These 40 days of spiritually sojourning with Vimalakirti have left an indelible imprint on my psyche. I have literally awoken daily with Vimalakirti, walked with Vimalakirti , meditated with Vimalakirti, absorbed Vimalakirti’s teaching and have received the … Continue reading

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The Long and Winding Road

As the Lanka winds-down, we are left with some very constructive impressions. Red Pine masterfully translates the great malady that affects all sentient beings—the diurnal wheel of samsara and its accompanying dependent origination: “Fools let their thoughts wander among the … Continue reading

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