Martine Batchelor

We must not stay at the Zen of Words, by Haechun Sunim

We can say, ‘As yet, I do not know for myself, but the Buddha said this … And Bodhidharma said that… Let’s practice together in this way.’ This is fine! Who knows, the student may awaken before the teacher. In Buddhism, there is the saying: Although there might be a hierarchy according to who has entered the temple first, in awakening, there is no hierarchy, there is no line — it is according to our roots and our efforts.’

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…

The Way of Tea, by Popchong Sunim

Do not gulp the tea but sip it slowly allowing its fragrance to fill one’s mouth. There is no need to have any special atti­tude while drinking except one of thankfulness. The nature of the tea itself is that of no-mind…