Posted on 1 August 2015 by Buddhism Now
Son (Zen) Master Taego Pou (1301-1382)
Translated from the Korean by Stephen and Martine Batchelor
HUA-T’OU: (Lit. ‘head of speech’). Has a twofold meaning: (i) the essence of the kung-an, a shortened version of the story or situation; (ii) the source of thought; that which exists before one thought has arisen (thoughts being the mind’s external manifestations — the ‘tail of speech’).
A monk asked Chao Chou [Jap. Joshu], ‘Does a dog also have the Buddha nature, or not?’ Chao Chou replied, ‘Mu (No).’ This Mu is not the Mu of yes or no; it is not the Mu of true nonexistence. Ultimately what is it? To reach that place from where Chao Chou said Mu one must straightaway lay down the entire body.
Do not do anything (good or bad) and do not even do this not-doing; then straightaway one reaches that place where there is no concern for external affairs, that vast and peaceful place where there are absolutely no obstructing thoughts. Continue reading
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Posted on 25 July 2015 by Buddhism Now
Calligraphy by Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768)
Japan, Edo period
ink on paper
Image: 106 × 52 cm
Overall with mounting:
85.8 × 64 cm
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Posted on 24 July 2015 by Buddhism Now
A dog called Madness
Dogs were very important in old Tibet a lot of reincarnated Lamas had kept companion dogs.
Here a yorkie called Madness is given blessing from Lama Chime Rinpoche
Short film 2mins 30secs
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Posted on 16 July 2015 by Buddhism Now
The words ‘spiritual’ and ‘mental’ have widely divergent meanings. ‘Mental’ refers to the mental factors that are connected to and associated with the body. If we suffer from mental illnesses, we go to a psychiatric hospital or an asylum not – it’s not a spiritual matter. The word ‘spirit’ here doesn’t mean spirit in the sense of a ghost or a being that takes possession of people or anything like that, but it refers to the subtle aspects of the mind that are ill through the power of defilement, in particular through ignorance or wrong view. The mind composed of ignorance or wrong view suffers from the ‘spiritual disease'; it sees falsely. Seeing falsely causes it to think falsely, speak falsely, and act falsely, and the disease lies right there in the false thought, false speech, and false action. Continue reading
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Posted on 11 July 2015 by Buddhism Now
Ethnicity and Buddhism in the UK, by Noy Thomson (Thai name Mom Rajawongse Saisvasdi Svastis Thomson) at The ‘British Buddhist Landscape —Transplantation and Growth’ conference.
Talk given on Saturday June 28 2008 at Taplow Court. The conference was organised by the Network of Buddhist Organisations (UK) & The Institute of Oriental Philosophy-UK
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Posted on 4 July 2015 by Buddhism Now