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Zen Roots – The First Thousand Years

(Red Pine, Townsend 2019) Fifty years ago, when I first started reading about Zen, D. T. Suzuki’s Manual of Zen Buddhism was a constant companion. It included the recorded words of the earliest Zen teachers – as well as those of the Buddhas – from which Zen took root. This book is an homage, a… Continue reading Zen Roots – The First Thousand Years

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The Diamond

audio "The Diamond Sutra may look like a book, but it’s really the body of the Buddha. It’s also your body, my body, all possible bodies. But it’s a body with nothing inside and nothing outside. It doesn’t exist in space or time. Nor is it a construct of the mind. It’s no mind. And… Continue reading The Diamond

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Not Two

This is a book of epigrams, epigrams that encapsulate the teaching the Buddha first transmitted 2,400 years ago when he held up a flower and Kashyapa smiled. They’re that simple. The Chinese call them ming 銘. I considered translating it half a dozen times. The language is so simple. It begs to be translated. And… Continue reading Not Two

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Empty Cloud

"In 1934 on the second day of the eighth moon, Master Xu-yun arrived from Gu-shan and, followed by the district officials, literati and people, proceeded to Cao-xi. it happened to be the day when people in the district were celebrating the anniversary of the Sixth Patriarch’s birthday and about ten thousand of them were converging… Continue reading Empty Cloud

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The Finger Is Not the Moon

"Intoxicated by youthful dreams,I wandered far and widethrough marketplaces and countryside,until at last I met the Buddha!All compassionate, he sharedthe wondrous teachings with me.My faith was awakenedand I donned the robes of a monk.Dwelling in awareness,focusing heart and mind,I have attained the three knowledges,thanks to the Awakened One!Far and wide, the Lordhas sown the seeds… Continue reading The Finger Is Not the Moon