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The Self

11. “Students of the Way should be sure that the four elements composing the body do not constitute the 'self, that the 'self is not an entity; and that it can be deduced from this that the body is neither 'self nor entity. Moreover, the five aggregates composing the mind (in the common sense) do not constitute either a'self or an entity ; hence, it can be deduced that the (so-called individual) mind is neither 'self nor entity. The six sense organs (including the brain) which, together with Read more [...]

The Mind Gem

9. “This pure Mind, the source of everything, shines forever and on all with the brilliance of its own perfection. But the people of the world do not awake to it, regarding only that which sees, hears, feels and knows as mind. Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling and knowing, they do not perceive the spiritual brilliance of the source-substance. If they would only eliminate all conceptual thought in a flash, that source-substance would manifest itself like the sun ascending through Read more [...]

Mysterious Peaceful Joy

7. “The building up of good and evil both involve attachment to form.1 Those who, being attached to form, do evil have to undergo various incarnations unnecessarily; while those who, being attached to form, do good, subject themselves to toil and privation equally to no purpose. In either case it is better to achieve sudden self-realization and to grasp the fundamental Dharma. This Dharma is Mind, beyond which there is no Dharma; and this Mind is the Dharma, beyond which there is no mind. Mind Read more [...]


5. “Manjusri represents fundamental law and Samantabhadra, activity. By the former is meant the law of the real and unbounded void, and by the latter the inexhaustible activities beyond the sphere of form. Avalokitesvara represents boundless compassion; Mahasthama, great wisdom, and Vimalakirti, spotless name.1 Spotless refers to the real nature of things, while name means form; yet form is really one with real nature, hence the combined term 'spotless name'.2 All the qualities typified by Read more [...]

The Void

3. “Mind is like the void in which there is no confusion or evil, as when the sun wheels through it shining upon the four corners of the world. For, when the sun rises and illuminates the whole earth, the void gains not in brilliance; and, when the sun sets, the void does not darken. The phenomena of light and dark alternate with each other, but the nature of the void remains unchanged. So it is with the Mind of the Buddha and of sentient beings. If you look upon the Buddha as presenting a Read more [...]

Mind the Absolute

PART ONE  THE CHUN  CHOU RECORD OF THE  ZEN MASTER  HUANG PO (TUAN CHI) A collection of sermons and dialogues recorded by P'ei Hsiu while in the city of Chun Chou 1. "The Master said to me: All the Buddhas and all sentient Beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn1 and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or Read more [...]

Huang Po: P’ei Hsiu’s Preface

There are other adaptations available of the Zen Teaching of Huang Po (pronounced Huangbo), but John Blofeld’s work still remains the standard-bearer; it would take a mighty effort to raise the bar on this one. This series will utilize Blofeld’s version, complete with footnotes attached. As we learn early on, a local government official at the time, P’ei Hsiu, became an ardent disciple of Huang Po; it is thanks to his records, stemming from the teachings, that we have this great work. His Read more [...]

Coming in December: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po

If I were ever forced to evacuate my residence due to some cataclysmic-event and I could only take with me one item, it would without question be "The Zen Teaching of Huang Po." Others have used the analogy of being stuck alone on a desert island and having this as their sole possession would surely suffice their intellectual needs. Huang Po is the old Grand Master and quintessential Zen Buddhist  teacher of the Tang Dynasty (died circa 850).  Huang Po's teaching encompasses and encapsulates Read more [...]