Posted on 20 November 2013 by Buddhism Now
I would like each of you to individually investigate and thoroughly study the Self. And then, I would like you to awaken to the essential true Self that is, in other words, Emptiness—a condition that transcends the comparison between true form and formlessness. I would like you to realise this and that is why I have come to Europe. I would like each of you to awaken to your unlimited, big Self and attain great peace of mind. (more…)
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Posted on 24 October 2013 by Buddhism Now
In Mahayana Buddhism, emphasis is laid on what is called the Sermon of No Words. This is a sermon preached by mere behaviour, by demonstration of one pointed spiritual effort in calmness, by the absence of instinctive reactions to events, and by what is called a spiritual atmosphere generated by the presence. It is a sermon not by exhortation, reasoning or threats but by example. (more…)
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Posted on 28 September 2013 by Buddhism Now
I hope to give a very brief, personal view of the Tantric attitude to life. Tantra is an enormous subject, and this therefore is a very small aspect of it.
I think the most important thing about the Tantric view or the Tantric attitude is that it is a sacred world, a sacred dimension of life. I often think of William Blake as the English Tantric. In a few of his attitudes this would not apply, but much of his poetry, especially for instance, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell could really be a Tantric document. One of the things he says there is: ‘Everything that lives is holy.’ Another beautiful saying is: ‘Energy is eternal delight.’ These two could be the essence of Tantra. (more…)
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Posted on 23 August 2013 by Buddhism Now
In the Instructions of Dogen Zenji, there is the following passage:
The successive Buddhas and Patriarchs were all seekers of the Way. Without this mind that seeks the Way (bodhi-mind), everything one does is in vain. Hence, monks must generate bodhi-mind. To generate bodhi-mind is to arouse the mind that vows to save all sentient beings. Secondly, there must be a yearning for olden times (mokoshin). Thirdly, there must be truth-seeking mind. These Three Minds are studied by beginners as well as those who have been practising for a longer time.
These Three Minds—bodhi-mind, yearning for former times, and truth-seeking mind—cannot be divided and used according to time, place, and rank. Rather, they are always one mind fulfilling one great role. (more…)
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Posted on 10 August 2013 by Buddhism Now
Buddha is always present in what-is-just-is; buddha just is. If we think we understand ourselves, this is already not exactly what-is-just-is, or thusness or as-it-isness. This what-is-just-is, or thusness, is not a state of being that we can know through our consciousness. In Zen Buddhism it is said that this is ‘the self prior to our parents’ birth’ or prior to the germination of any single thought. This is the self before something runs through our consciousness. The problem is that our consciousness is always working, going this way, that way, in every direction from moment to moment. So how can we know the state of ‘the self prior to our parents’ birth,’ or thusness or what-is-just-is-of-itself? This is a big question, a big project for us to research. The best way to do this research is just to sit down and do zazen, and let the flower of life force bloom in thusness. That is all we can do. Nothing else. In other words, whatever problem we have, we have to take care of it and constantly keep walking. (more…)
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Posted on 3 July 2013 by Buddhism Now
What I’m trying to say is that we may well succeed in becoming extremely rich and gain great material profit. We can buy the most expensive clothes or manage to be famous in this world so that everyone knows our name. That is quite possible. We can pursue these worldly attainments very enthusiastically and think that there is plenty of time to enjoy them while we are in the first half of our lives.
However, in the second half of our lives, as we age and become elderly, life starts being less fun. I speak from experience here. It begins to be difficult to stand up and to move around. You get sick more often and you start to ail in different ways. What lies ahead of you is only further sickness and finally death. (more…)
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