Chan / Seon / Zen

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!”…

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…

Advice for Monks who are Beginners on the Way

Your paying homage to the Buddha proceeds from certain conditions latent within your true original nature. These are deep impressions that you have received from the Buddha. And they were not received in vain. They are like sounds near a mountain that will be followed by their echo…

Sound of One Hand

Just a few of the fantastic paintings and calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin at the The Sound of One Hand Gallery, Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017. October 1, 2010–January 16, 2011