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Zen

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

Merton: Life, Death, and Zen.

Tomas Merton writes in the foreword to his book [amazon text=Zen and the Birds of Appetite&asin=081120104X], 1968, shortly before his own death: “Where there is carrion lying, meat-eating birds circle and descend. Life and death are two. The living attack the...

/ July 10, 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