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Don’t Take Your Life Personally

Mindfulness or awareness is knowing, isn’t it? It is a direct knowing, immanent here and now. It is being fully present, attentive, to this present moment as is. But defining mindfulness tends to make it into something — and then it is no longer mindfulness, is it? Mindfulness is not a thing; it is a recognition, an intuitive awareness. It is awareness without grasping…

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Teachings of a Buddhist Monk

Spiritual life is not about becoming someone special but discovering a greatness of heart within us and every being…

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

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Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

This eighth-century classic is a complete translation of Hui Hai’s teachings. He was one of the early Chan/Zen masters (along with Ma Tsu and Huang Po) following on from Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch.

Hui Hai: “What do you suppose is not the Buddha? Point it out to me!”…

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Fingers and Moons

The well-known Zen Buddhist phrase ‘the finger pointing at the moon’ refers to the means and the end, and the possibility of mistaking one for the other…

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Perfect Wisdom: Prajnaparamita Texts

The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras (The Short Prajnaparamita Texts) were composed in India between approximately 100 BC and AD 600. Those contained within this volume are among the shorter ones; they are also some of the most well known such as The Heart Sutra, Perfection of Wisdom in 500 lines, The Diamond Sutra, and Perfection of Wisdom in 700 lines.

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The Old Zen Master

At the beginning you have to take up a koan riddle. One such is this: ‘What is your true face before father and mother were born’. For one facing the turbulence of life and death, such a koan clears away the sandy soil and opens up the golden treasure which was there from the beginning, the ageless root of all things…

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Understanding Karma and Rebirth

Rebirth and reincarnation are generally accepted realities in the East and have been since ancient times. What the next life will be is usually the question rather than whether it will be. In the West, on the other hand, we have our own religious and secular beliefs which usually do not include living another life, or at least not in this world or in this way…

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