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November 07, 2018
The Great Way is Gateless….
“The Great Way is gateless, Approached in a thousand ways. Once past this checkpoint You...
October 19, 2018
It was the 5th century. About 1000 years after the Buddha’s death. And Buddhism was...
October 10, 2018
I've been doing public meditation events for four months. 38 people came to my event in...
October 05, 2018
The Goal is Ordinary
"What is basically present is here and now. It does not depend on cultivating the...
September 21, 2018
The Story of Hongzhi
Hongzhi (1091-1157) was a well known Zen Master in the Tsaotung lineage. It was in...
September 13, 2018
The Things I Do
I don’t have my own temple or center or anything. There are several Buddhist centers...
August 09, 2018
Hardship and Pleasure
This is a passage from a teaching by Master Han Shan called "The Maxims." What,...
July 26, 2018
Stealing Our Attention
People indignantly condemn thieves to steal material goods. I worry about the kind of thief...
July 12, 2018
The Hard Way
The easy path is always so appealing. So why do I prefer the hard way?...
June 28, 2018
Those Who Listen to Our Advice
"We all have a tendency to like those who listen to our advice and to...
June 14, 2018
Be An Example
They best way to convert other people to the Dharma Way, is to convert yourself...
May 31, 2018
Ever Increasing Appetites
"People crave sensory stimulation. They enjoy this kind of external excitement. But I consider such...
May 17, 2018
Keep Natural Disasters in Mind
A natural disaster, a so-called Act of God, doesn’t discriminate between its victims. It damages...
May 08, 2018
Too Many Worldly Burdens
If a man carries too many worldly burdens, his body will soon wear out. If...
May 03, 2018
In polite society everybody notices if a man’s hands are dirty. He’ll be stared at...
April 24, 2018
Wealth and Fame
This is a passage from a teaching by Master Han Shan called "The Maxims." What...
April 20, 2018
A Dream and a Zen Story
I had a very vivid dream recently. In the dream I was leading a retreat. I...
April 18, 2018
This is a passage from a teaching by Master Han Shan called "The Maxims." People...
April 16, 2018
The Mountain of Wisdom
This is a passage from a teaching by Master Han Shan called "The Maxims." It...
April 12, 2018
Han Shan on Material Objects
This is a passage from a teaching by Master Han Shan called "The Maxims." Why...
April 05, 2018
The Heart’s Weather
This is a passage from a teaching by Master Han Shan called "The Maxims." The...
March 20, 2018
Rough and Tumbling Stream
True Dharma seekers who live in the world use their daily activity as a polishing...
March 05, 2018
Silly Mountain: Han Shan Deqing
Han Shan Deqing (1546-1623) is an important figure from the history of Ch'an Buddhism who...
March 01, 2018
Sometimes I Think About Old Ikkyu
Sometimes I think about old Ikkyu. A lifetime spent as a Zen renegade. A teacher certified...
October 25, 2017
Mirror of Zen: Part 5
39. When studying Sutras, if you don't reflect on your true nature at the same...
October 23, 2017
Mirror of Zen: Part 4
29. If you know that thoughts are illusions then you're already free. What need is...
October 19, 2017
Mirror of Zen: Part 3
17. Meditation practice is like tuning strings. It shouldn't be too light or too loose....
October 15, 2017
Mirror of Zen: Part 2
The words of the Buddha are like a bow, the words of the masters are...
October 12, 2017
Mirror of Zen: Part 1
There is only one thing from the beginning, bright and mysterious. Unborn, undying, indescribable. Many...
October 08, 2017
Mirror of Zen by So Sahn: Introduction
The Mirror of Zen is a text that was written by a teacher named So...
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