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    Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

    A Classic Zen text written in the 8th century by Hui Hai. He was a student of Ma-tsu and from the same line as Hui Neng, Huang Po and Rinzai (Lin-chi).

  • Don't Take Your Life Personally

    Ajahn Sumedho urges us to trust in awareness and find out for ourselves what it is to experience genuine liberation from mental anguish and suffering.

  • Perfect Wisdom: Prajnaparamita Texts

    The Short Prajnaparamita Texts were composed in India between 100 BC and AD 600. They contain some of the most well known Buddhist texts such as The Perfection of Wisdom in 700 Lines, The Heart Sutra, and The Diamond Sutra.

  • Fingers and Moons, by Trevor Leggett

    Trevor Leggett points to the truth beyond words, beyond explanations and methods.

  • Experience Beyond Thinking: Practical Guide to Buddhist Meditation. An easy to follow guide to Buddhist meditation and the reflections of an ordinary practitioner. Used as a guide by meditation groups.

    An easy to follow guide to Buddhist meditation.

  • Understanding Karma and Rebirth A Buddhist Perspective

    Meditations and exercises to help us understand karma and rebirth and to live from the unborn moment.

  • The Old Zen Master by Trevor Leggett

    Stories, parables, and examples pointing to the spiritual implications of practical events in daily life.

  • Teachings of a Buddhist Monk

    Modern practical teachings from an American monk living within one of the oldest Buddhist traditions.


Mahakasyapa, Maha Kasho (Jap)

Student of the Buddha, who was renowned for his strict practise. Took a leading role in the Sangha after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha.

First Zen patriarch, after smiling as the Buddha held up a flower.


Wood artifacts are difficult to conserve. There are only a few surviving examples and this statue of Kasyapa in excellent condition is very precious. Though the exterior colored pattern has effloresced and peeled away, and the wood grain is exposed, it still represents the simplicity and beauty of wood-carving art.

With high and plump forehead, gracefully connected eyebrows, a lofty nose, deep half-closed eyes and furling mouth, Kasyapa seems both in deep meditation and smiling. The statue had been coated with rich and thick colored patterns but were worn away over years. The craftsman used multifold skills masterly and devoted much effort to carving the statue’s face. The Kasyapa’s head is rich in the sense of gradation, tempering toughness with gentleness, which successfully reveals the features of a wise monk who had experienced the hardships of life.

From: Cultural-china

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