Monthly Archives: April 2013

Doing Nothing

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  Master Yaoshan Weiyan (751-834) One day Yaoshan was sitting on a rock. Master Shitou asked, “What are you doing here?” Yaoshan replied, “Doing nothing (wu-wei)” “Then you’re sitting idly.” “To sit idly would be doing something.” “You said doing … Continue reading

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The Terrible Twos

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  From Hsin Hsin Ming The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set … Continue reading

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Tending the Ox

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Zen Master Ta Hui, from Swampland Flowers Since you’re studying this Path, then at all times, in your encounters with people and responses to circumstances, you must not let wrong thoughts continue. If you cannot see through them, then 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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Shades of the Prison House

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  From the Lost Writings of Wu Hsin Do not deem Wu Hsin to be insane Simply because you cannot hear The music he dances to. Man is the one who is insane: His solution to his Need for security … Continue reading

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The Real Amitabha

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  (A Buddha from Korea: The Zen Teachings of T’aego) The pure, wondrous dharmakaya of Amitabha Buddha is everywhere in the mind-ground of all sentient beings. Thus it is said: “Mind, buddhas, sentient beings—these three are no different.” It is … Continue reading

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Ye Old Dragon Fool

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  (From the Sayings of Old Ch’eng) Having heard that to see original mind you have to calm original mind, here you are, sitting on your asses stiff as bamboo, staring at the wall with your tongues jammed against your … Continue reading

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Huangbo’s Whiskers

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  Master Huangbo saw that Linji returned, and said, “This guy keeps coming and going, when will you ever be done?”  Master Linji said, “Because of your grandmotherly zeal, so all is done.” And he stood in attendance by Huangbo.  … Continue reading

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Seven-Heads Villainous Low

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  The monk Huike had come a long way, hoping to learn from Bodhidharma. But Bodhidharma sat facing a wall at the Shaolin Monastery all day, ignoring him. It was getting dark and beginning to snow. Huike thought to himself, … Continue reading

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The Immutability Factor

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  Hui Hai (720-814)  Q: What does it mean when the sutra says: “The sound of discussion has ceased, and the role of thought is done”?  A: Words are used to manifest the doctrine. After understanding the doctrine, then, words … Continue reading

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