‘A monk asked Qingyuan, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from India?”Qingyuan said, “It’s just like this!”The monk asked further, “What do you have to teach these days?”Qingyuan said, “Come closer.”The monk moved closer.Qingyuan said, “Keep this in mind.” (Shinji Shobogenzo) What did the monk miss here?
Returning home from a day of begging;Sage has covered my door.Now, a bunch of leaves burns with the brushwood.Silently I read the poems of Han-shan,Accompanied by the autumn wind rustling through the reeds.I stretch out both feet and lie down.What is there to fret over?What is there to doubt?
‘If I say, “When you do zazen you become buddha,” that is beautiful, but it is still words, still doctrine, still the moon in the water. Put it aside and just do zazen.’ (Returning to Silence) Let’s face it, whatever the phrase is, put it aside, and just do zazen. You’ll get into less trouble that […]
‘Each of the two views, both dual and nondual, enhances and informs the other. If we look at our differentiated, relative world from the realm of nondual awareness, each object in the relative world is rendered unique by the possibility of its disappearing into undifferentiated reality. One Zen master said that when he took his […]
‘I have spoken many times about posture, which is one third of the sitting position, but also the breath sits, the mind sits. It’s hard to talk about zazen body and zazen mind separately. Maybe it’s just a convenience to say, “From the physical, bodily perspective, I sit this way.” On the other hand, one […]
‘Seeing is never from memory. It has no memory. It is looking now. The total organism is involved in seeing. Not thinking about what is said from memory, but listening and looking openly now. No one can do that for us. We can only do that ourselves, discovering directly whether what is heard, said, or read is […]
Actually there isn’t a thing,Much less any dust to wipe away;Who can get this straightDoesn’t need to sit there stiff. (in response to this famous pairing)
‘Magu, Nanquan and another monk were on pilgrimage. Along the way they met a woman who had a teashop. The woman prepared a pot of tea, and brought three cups. She said to them, “Oh monks, let those of you with miraculous powers drink tea.”The three looked at each other and the woman said, “Watch […]
‘To use skillful means – beneficial action – means to see and consider before we act. What has made this situation what it is? What are its origins? How can this tangle of causes and conditions be unraveled? If we look closely, we may see things we don’t want to see. We have to take […]
‘The family style of all buddhas and ancestors is to first arouse the vow to save all living beings by removing suffering and providing joy. Only this family style is inexhaustibly bright and clear. In the lofty mountains we see the moon for a long time. As clouds clear we first recognize the sky. Cast […]