Category Archives: Zen

About Satori …

Oshaku Okumura, one of the foremost exponents of Dogen’s teachings, said when he was asked about Satori: “Satori is nothing but being aware of, or being alert in, whatever activity you are doing right now, right here. Any activity is … Continue reading

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Sermons by Cha’an Master Ma Tsu

[ Thanks to the bloggers at Awakening to Reality for the entirety of this post. Enjoy !] Sermons by Ch’an Master Ma-tsu Posted by: Wei Yu Ma-tsu (709-788) The Patriarch said to the assembly, “All of you should believe that … Continue reading

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The Tientiei Mountains are my Home by Han Shan

Han Shan For what do people strive? Money, fame, successful relationships, or the Dharma? Attain Dharma and gain more than the other three combined. He who has attained Dharma lacks nothing. He called himself ‘Cold Mountain’ and lived as a … Continue reading

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Forbearance by Norman Fischer

[ Teacher week begins with a post on an under-appreciated virtue. Enjoy !] Forbearance by Norman Fischer Though it is not very popular or exciting, forbearance is the greatest of all spiritual qualities, because without it all other good qualities, intentions, insights, … Continue reading

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” On Zen ” by Daio Kokushi

“On Zen,” by Daio Kokushi There is a reality even prior to heaven and earth; Indeed, it has no form, much less a name; Eyes fail to see it; It has no voice for ears to detect; To call it … Continue reading

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Ryokan: The Never-Despising

In the morning, bowing to all; In the evening, bowing to all. Respecting others is my only duty– Hail to the Never-despising Bodhisattva. In heaven and earth he stands alone. A real monk Needs Only one thing– a heart like … Continue reading

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Ordination

Last weekend, I was ordained a Zen priest. How did this transpire ? After practicing assiduously in various traditions for several years, the last ones being Zen/Dzogchen/inquiry,  awakening happened. A couple months ago, we had my Zen teacher and his … Continue reading

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Samu in the Snow

This weekend I practiced a short 3 day sesshin ( period of intense meditation ) with my Zen teacher (Sensei) and a small group of his students. Sitting meditation ( zazen, shikantaza ), chanting, walking meditation, work periods, and mindful … Continue reading

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No Moon, No Finger

If you hang out in spiritual circles of a Buddhist or nondual flavor, at some point  someone usually mentions  ” the finger pointing to the moon “. Others around you may nod and smile as if they know something, as … Continue reading

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