Category: Buddhism

What is Zen?

In his book, , written 1961, Thomas Merton describes the nature and essence of Zen, mostly in the first chapter. He also examines various Christian monastic traditions in order to show us...

Diamond Sutra

The Diamond Sutra is one of the most historically important texts in Buddhism, in part because a copy of it is the oldest surviving dated printed book in the world...

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa was one of the important exponents of Buddhism to western students. The 14th Dalai Lama said about Trungpa in 1981: “Exceptional as one of the first Tibetan lamas to...

Heart Sutra

This is the quintessential Buddhist text. It was written in the first century CE, and the earliest record of a copy of the sūtra is a 200-250CE Chinese version attributed...

Buddha’s First Sermon

It is the Holy Eightfold Path, namely, Right Belief [understanding the truth about the universality of suffering and knowing the path to its extinction], Right Aspiration [a mind free of ill will, sensuous desire and cruelty], Right Speech [abstaining from lying, harsh language and gossip],
Right Conduct [avoiding killing, stealing and unlawful sexual intercourse], Right Means of Livelihood [avoiding any occupation that brings harm directly or indirectly to any other living being], Right Endeavor [avoiding unwholesome and evil things], Right Memory [awareness in contemplation], Right Meditation.

Instructions to the Cook

Even when confronted with poor ingredients, there is no negligence whatsoever; even when faced with scanty ingredients, one exerts oneself. Do not change your mind in accordance with things. Whoever changes his mind in accordance with things, or revises his words to suit the person [he is speaking to], is not a man of the way. That you still do not grasp the certainty of this principle is because your thinking scatters, like wild horses, and your emotions run wild, like monkeys in a forest.

Dogen Zenji

Dogen (1200-1253) is the founder of Soto Zen. He was a Japanese Zen monk and teacher, and he received his training in China from Rujing. The Life and Thought of...

Zen Koans

 From: Zen Koans by Venerable Gyomay Kubose. The Flag Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said: “The flag is moving.” The other said: “The wind is moving.” The Sixth Patriarch...