Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Samādhi of One-pointedness of Mind

(Yampolsky) “The samādhi of oneness is straightforward mind at all times, walking, staying, sitting, and lying. The Ching-ming ching says: ‘Straightforward mind is the place of practice; straightforward mind is the Pure Land.’ Do not with a dishonest mind speak … Continue reading

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Predestined Karmic Associations

Part 2: On Prajñā  Prologue:  (Yampolsky) “I was predestined to come to live here and to preach to you officials, monks, and laymen. My teaching has been handed down from the sages of the past; it is not my own … Continue reading

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20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea

Deep-Sea Giant Squid Footage: In keeping with our series of uncategorized oddities, this recent discovery is amazing; indeed, like “Nemo’s Squid” sprung to life from 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea: “The mysterious and mythical giant squid has never been spotted … Continue reading

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Tozen Aphorisms: Bad self-confidence/Spiritual Self-confidence

One whom suffers from bad self-confidence knows not the immortal self and is thus subject to the imaginary adharma of Mara, the evil one. One of such poor knowledge should not discuss the imaginary adharma with equals of same poor … Continue reading

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Autobiography: Conclusion (Part 2)

(Wong Mou-Lam)  Upon receiving the robe and the begging bowl in the middle of the night, I told the Patriarch that, being a Southerner, I did not know the mountain tracks, and that it was impossible for me to get … Continue reading

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Autobiography: Conclusion (Part 1)

(Yampolsky) “At midnight the Fifth Patriarch called me into the hall and expounded the Diamond Sutra to me. Hearing it but once, I was immediately awakened, and that night I received the Dharma. None of the others knew anything about … Continue reading

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Sudden Anointment

The eminent Tsung-mi holds the key to deciphering the enlightenment equation. Here is his assessment to Shen-hsiu’s verse: “Sentient beings originally have an enlightened nature just as a mirror a luminous nature, but defilements cover it from view just as … Continue reading

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A Lesser-able Attempt

(Wong Mou-Lam) The Patriarch one day assembled all his disciples and said to them, “The question of incessant rebirth is a momentous one. Day after day, instead of trying to free yourselves from this bitter sea of life and death, … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Affair

Part 1: Autobiography  (Wong Mou-Lam) Once, when the Patriarch had arrived at Pao Lin Monastery, Prefect Wei of Shao Chou and other officials went there to ask him to deliver public lectures on Buddhism in the hall of Ta Fan … Continue reading

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The Signless Precepts

Southern School Sudden Doctrine, Supreme Mahayana Great Perfection of Wisdom: The Platform Sutra’ preached by the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng at the la-fan Temple in Shao-do, one roll, recorded by the spreader of the Dharma, the disciple Fa-hai, who at the … Continue reading

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