Shenhui thus founded what became known as the Heze (in Japanese, Kataku) school of Zen. The branch largely died out during the early ninth century and is not remembered as a major school. Nevertheless, the doctrine of sudden enlightenment remained a central characteristic that defined the teaching styles and cultural flavour of later Chinese Zen…
The Buddha starts to talk about vast space. What he is saying is that when we give something to a particular person, or when we try to do something good for someone, we often attach to that person. We might ask who the person is…
The Buddhas are delighted when sentient beings are happy and distressed when they are hurt. So by loving them I will please all Buddhas and by harming them I will injure the wise. For just as someone whose body is engulfed by fire finds no pleasure in desirable objects, it is impossible for the compassionate ones to be joyous when a sentient being is in pain…
Short film (about 10 minutes) on the Four Reminders.
Hanging scroll; ink on paper Artist: Kano Tan’yū (Japanese, 1602–1674) Edo period (1615–1868) Japan, 1635–45 Photo © Metropolitan Museum of Art This small image, executed with a few brushstrokes in light ink, is Kano Tan’yū’s reiteration of a legendary painting… Read More ›
If someone does wrong out of confusion and someone else gets angry because he is also confused, who can be said to be innocent and who guilty?
However hard I practise seeing my true nature, I am always brought back into birth and death. What method must be practised in order to obtain the birthless and the deathless?
Earnestly avoid seeking without, lest it recede far from you.
Today I am walking alone, yet everywhere I meet him.
He is now no other than myself, but I am not now him.
It must be understood in this way in order to merge with Suchness.