Four Noble Truths, by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku RinpocheShort film (about 6 minutes) on the Four Noble Truths.

The truth of anguish
The truth of the arising of anguish
The truth of the stopping of anguish
The truth of the course leading to the stopping of anguish

Click here to learn more about the Four Noble Truths.

Other posts by Ringu Tulku click here.

Seeds of Happiness and Sorrow, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Herb plant.In Buddhist psychology, we talk about ‘store consciousness’. Store consciousness is the lower part of our consciousness which stores many things; we call them seeds — seeds of happiness, seeds of sorrow, seeds of pain, all kinds of seeds. And that part of our consciousness is described as being like a garden, or soil, or earth, which preserves seeds. Continue reading

Study the Self! By Maezumi Roshi

Sekizanzen-in's (赤山禅院) Juroku-rakan (十六羅漢 the '16 Arhats')In the Soto school we also appreciate gradual practice and sudden realization. But Soto Zen emphasizes that, because this life is all together one thing, is the Buddha Way itself, you should not expect kensho. As soon as you chase after something, right there you cre­ate separation, so how can you have realization? Many people misunderstand, saying that the Soto school is not concerned with the enlightenment experi­ence — that’s nonsense. Awak­ening is the very core of the Buddha’s teaching, but if we are thinking about awakening we are separating ourselves from it. Continue reading

Crashed out Buddhas, by Ajahn Sumedho

Art © Marcelle HanselaarIs there any object we can really trust forever and take refuge in? Is there another person we can feel completely happy with all the time? Is there a place, a book, a picture, a flower, beautiful scenery that we can enjoy all the while? Flowers are beauti­ful creations of nature, but how long can we sit and look at one without feeling bored? Most of us have to go from one flower to the next because one beauti­ful flower is not enough. People who do gardening, their minds are always creating something new, some new kind of arrange­ment, something that will be even nicer. No matter how beautiful anything is, it is never truly satisfying. There is always a snake in the grass, a worm in the apple, a fly in the oint­ment. Continue reading

The Tibetan Chan Manuscripts

Cove: The Tibetan Chan Manuscripts Papers on Central Eurasia No. 41, Sam van Schaik, The Tibetan Chan Manuscripts: A Complete Descriptive Catalogue of Tibetan Chan Texts in the Dunhuang Manuscript Collections.
The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, ISBN 2333-648X 100 pp. 2014, $18 paper, $5 pdf.

The author, Sam van Schaik, describes his book as follows:

‘Tibetan Chan Manuscripts is a catalogue of the Tibetan Chan texts found in the Dunhuang manuscript collections. The catalogue discusses 42 manuscripts, many of which are compendia containing several Chan texts. I’ve included some previously unknown Chan manuscripts (including the one on the cover) and put together some manuscripts that had been separated between the London and Paris collections. I’ve also looked at writing styles, both to date manuscripts and to suggest when two or more might have been written by the same person. The catalogue also has an introduction to the Tibetan Chan manuscripts and previous scholarship on them, plus an index of titles in Tibetan, Chinese and Sanskrit.’

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I have to admit to getting a bit of a buzz when I got this book for review. Those of us who follow Sam van Schaik’s blog Early Tibet have enjoyed his translations and comments on the Dunhuang manuscripts for quite a while. His translations range from the Tibetan debate on Indian versus Chinese Chan Buddhism to one of my favourites about Silk Road phrase books. He has the knack of bringing these subjects alive.

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No Longer Foolish, by Shen Hui

Figure of a Luohan Northern China 1279-1368 AD Wood with traces of paint. V&AThe Prince of Sseu Tao once asked Master Shen Hui whether ‘the absence of thought’ was something to be cultivated by the foolish or by the wise. ‘Because’ the Prince reasoned, ‘if it was a method for the wise, why encourage the foolish to cultivate it?’

Shen Hui answered, ‘”The absence of thought” is a method for the wise, but if the foolish were to cultivate it, they would no longer be fool­ish.’

Prince: But that absence — what is it the absence of, and that thought — what is it the thought of? Continue reading


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