Tag Archives: Ch’an

The Sutra of Primordial Enlightenment

After years of gathering dust on a table full of books, awaiting its birth as a series here one day, The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment was dusted-off and examined for possible entry this February. It was pleasantly satisfying to find … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Illumination

Shastra on the Importance of Entering the Path of Spontaneous Awakening 1. I reverently bow before all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from the Ten Directions, as well as all Awakened Beings who espouse the Bodhimind. In composing this humble Shastra, … Continue reading

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The Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

The renowned teacher of Huangbo and Linzi, Dazhu Huihai lived and taught during the Tang dynasty in the late eighth century. While any official dating of his birth is unknown, he was born in Jianzhou in Southeast China and became … Continue reading

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The Secret Golden Light of the Unborn

The inspiration for this series dawned one day while recollecting an earlier episode in my life as a young man who had been living for three-years in the urban-wildness of South Florida. It was a deeply transitional time in the … Continue reading

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(31) False Face

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It can fairly be stated that, the more you get involved in worldly matters, the further you are from the Truth. The more engrossed your mind becomes in physical, mental and psychic matters, all which shuts out the sublime light … Continue reading

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Fatal Obstructions

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(Yampolsky)  “Good friends, in this teaching from the outset sitting in meditation does not concern the mind nor does it concern purity; we do not talk of steadfastness. If someone speaks of ‘viewing the mind,’ [then I would say] that … Continue reading

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The Ceasing of Notions

Just came across this. It looks like a fine resource to have for those who are interested in the Dunhuang sources of early Ch’an Buddhism. The following review is exclusively from: http://www.thezensite.com/ZenBookReviews/The_Ceasing_of_Notions.html “In 1900, a Chinese Taoist, Wang Yuanlu, self-appointed guardian … Continue reading

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