Tag Archives: Zen

This is the destiny of most sentient minds…

Desire-Thought-Function. The creation of one enables the latter, ad-infinitum. From the first to the last and from the last back to the first. This is depicted in the image above showing the minds many, many ways and ability to manifest … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality, Tozen Teaching, Zen | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The untrapped Mind

The untrapped Mind is the Mind of Nirvana. Where defiled minds dwell in countless positions of their own making, the untrapped Mind remains free in the shining reality of its own uncreatedness. Any mind given to the most minute desire for resistance against … Continue reading

Posted in Tozen Teaching, Zen | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open your mouth

Open your mouth, utter a single syllable, type a single word and you merely are spreading the illusion of your own perception of what you believe, at any given moment, to be the equal or part of an absolute reality. … Continue reading

Posted in Tozen Teaching, Zen | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Know your true nature

  As an inexhaustible producer of form and emptiness, the great Mind Essence remains permanently  imageless. As long as certainty and the true nature of this Mind is not assured,  ignorance reigns, death is certain and the painful womb of rebirth,  into most uncertain … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding [recollecting] the Unborn Mind.

Abiding in the blinding darkness of ignorance is not easy. If anything, countless sentients, suffering on a daily basis no matter their status in a grinding maze of discontentment can attest to this fact. If not in their best hour, … Continue reading

Posted in Tozen Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Contemplating the mystery – Part 1

The various ways and amount of suffering in this mind-realm is beyond the understanding of any sentient being. Were it not so, beholding the inevitable pain of such a burning house, all sentients would swiftly strive to know the light … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality, Tozen Teaching, Zen | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice

415L5QOBUxL

Jeffrey L. Broughton’s new anthology looks like a real gem; from his intro: “Zhuhong published the Chan Whip in 1600, the late Ming dynasty. However, to characterize the Chan Whip as simply “late Ming Chan” would be grossly inaccurate. It … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Pure Zen of the Tathagatas

wisdom budd

A layman asked: “Though Zen is said to be transmitted outside the scriptures and not through words, there are many more incidents of monks questioning teachers and inquiring of the Way than in the teaching sects. How can Zen be … Continue reading

Posted in Mud and Water: Bassui Zen | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mud and Water: Bassui Zen

Bassui

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

Posted in Mud and Water: Bassui Zen | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Contemplative Sojourn III

forestbuddha

Greetings from Vajragoni here at Unborn Mind Zen Once again it’s that annual-junction wherein my time apart from active blogging begins. Since arriving back last August from Contemplative Soujorun II we have added a lot of new material. A series … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment