Hui-neng

‘The teaching has no dualism, neither does the mind; the Way is pure, without any signs. You should be careful not to contemplate stillness and empty your minds. The mind is originally clean, with nothing to grasp or reject. Each of you work on your own, going along as best you can according to circumstances.’ (The […]

Dale S. Wright

‘From an authentic Buddhist point of view, it matters little whether something can be identified as “Buddhist” or not. What matters is whether what it says is transformative and whether the transformation it offers will enlighten and awaken out lives.’ (The Six Perfections) This book has been very highly regarded around Zen Center, and several teachers […]

Cuiyan

‘A monk asked, “There are words and phrases everywhere and all of it is polluted. What is the higher truth?” Cuiyan said, “There are words and phrases everywhere and all of it is polluted.” The monk said, “What is a place where there are none?” Cuiyan said, “The assembly is laughing at you.”‘ (Zen’s Chinese Heritage) […]

To the Top of the City

Coming into this weekend, I felt like I had a lot of time and space – there was very little on my schedule, though I knew I would have some writing and recording to do. Mostly, with the sun doing its best, I was looking forward to getting some exercise. Between the summer weather and continuing […]

Chan Master Sheng Yen

‘The Sanskrit word for fundamental ignorance, avidya, means ‘not-clear.’ What we are unclear about is the true nature of being – that of no-self, or emptiness.’ (There Is No Suffering) I quoted this during my class this week, as we discussed the second Bodhisattva vow; ‘Delusions (or desires depending on the translation, which in itself gave […]

Lou Hartman

‘You can’t stop your mind – I think we have all realised that. But you can put your butt on a cushion.’ (from an unpublished talk) I used to love listening to Lou give talks, when he still did. It took me a while to cotton on to the fact that something calamitous always happened before […]