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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 the similarities and differences in the search for mystical experience...

/ November 24, 2015

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 (868 A.D.). Also known by its Sanskrit title Vajracchedika, the...

/ July 14, 2015

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 become fully assimilated into Western culture, he made a powerful...

/ August 20, 2014

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 to the monk Zhi Qian. Translation by George Boeree. Avalokiteshvara,...

/ February 11, 2012

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...

/ November 20, 2011

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 Dogen (quoted from Prof. Masunaga: “Soto Approach to Zen,”  p....

/ November 20, 2011

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 Hui Neng happened to be passing by. He told them:...

/ November 20, 2011