Baizhang Niepan

‘One day, Zen master Baizhang Niepan spoke to the congregation, saying, “If all of you go and till the field, then I’ll lecture on the great meaning.” When the monks had finished plowing the field they returned and asked the master to expound on the great meaning. Niepan held up his hands before the monks.’ (Zen’s Chinese […]

Sharon Salzberg

‘Our freedom to love arises from discovering that we can live without the concept of self and other. The joy of this discovery is incomparably greater than many of us have previously known, or even imagined – so much that our entire view of life changes.’ (Lovingkindness)

Layman Pang

Mind is Thus and objects are also Thus: There is no true and also no false. Existence doesn’t concern me, Nor does nonexistence hold me: I’m not a holy sage, But an ordinary fellow who understands things.

Ganto

‘As soon as there’s something considered important, it becomes a nest.’ This line might not strike so deeply, but it reminded me of an exchange at Tassajara, during one of the practice periods I was there with Reb, Tenshin Roshi. As usual, after he gave a talk, people were allowed to ask questions, and one […]

Dzogchen Ponlop

‘Renunciation does not necessarily mean simply running away from something. It means that we will go into the depths of any such reality to find freedom within it. That is very important here. The desire to free ourselves and others must be balanced with the sense of complete trust in our ability to achieve liberation. […]

Ta Hui

‘The truth that is as it is has been continuous since antiquity without ever having varied so much as a hairsbreadth.’ (Swampland Flowers) Which is why we don’t need to look anywhere else than ‘as it is’. What is it that stops us doing that? The thinking mind, and falling into desires; these are the things […]

Caoshan

‘Yunmen asked,”The unchanging person has come. Will the master receive him or not?” Caoshan said, “On Mount Cao there’s no spare time for that.”‘ (Zen’s Chinese Heritage) I am tempted to add: I wonder what they were all so busy doing?

Dogen

‘Guard and maintain your towel in this way. Fold it in two and hang it over your left elbow. Dry the face with one half of it and the hands with the other half. Don’t wipe the nose means not to wipe inside the nose or wipe off the snivel. You should not wipe the armpits, back, […]

Dogen

‘A person’s body and mind change according to situation and time. A billion worlds can be sat through within a single sitting. Even so, at that very moment the body and mind cannot be measured by self or other. It is the power of buddha dharma. The scale of the body and mind is not […]