Chinese Chan masters in the earlier periods did not possess a unified definition of Tathāgata Chan and Patriarchal Chan—instead, they wrote with rather ambiguous meanings and loose definitions…
A remarkable collection of religious items from diverse lands was discovered during archaeological excavations on the Swedish island of Helgö. Undoubtedly the most extraordinary find discovered during the excavations at Helgö was a small, bronze Buddha…
‘Nothing of this sort needs to be coped with. Why? Because, if avoidable, it will be avoided. If unavoidable, it will be borne. If sufferable, it will be suffered. If insufferable, it will be wept at.’
Many thanks everyone.
‘Is there a way we should aim at beyond the framework of zazen that has not yet been accomplished?’ Is there some kind of formless samadhi besides this sitting using this body and mind, besides ‘polishing a tile’, or not?
Shakyamuni Descending from the Mountain. 15th century, Japan. © Metropolitan Museum of Art
Vinaya master Yuan asked Great Pearl, “When you practice the Way, do you use a special skill?”
Great Pearl said, “I do.”
Yuan asked, “What is it?”
Great Pearl said, “ When I’m hungry I eat. When I get sleepy I sleep.”
Yuan said, “Everyone does these things. Do they not have the same skill as you?”
Great Pearl said, “They do not have the same skill.”
Yuan said, “Why is it not the same?
Small Buddha on show at Agatha Christie’s old house near Totnes, Devon.