The True Meaning of Zen (parable)

The students at No Wind Monastery were flabbergasted!  They could hardly believe what they had just heard.  Master Blusime, the greatest Zen Master since Dogen Zenji had just revealed what they never thought they would hear.  In their traditional morning congregation Master Blumise had said, “My most beloved family, I really need your help.  Yesterday evening a guest at our renowned monastery …

Peeling back the curtain on the Heart Sutra

Today, we think of a sutra as a scripture or chant. But “sutra” in Sanskrit means “thread” and the word was given to the Buddha’s original sermons. Later on, the word was attached to any of the writings in the prajna paramita. Prajna paramita means “the perfection of wisdom” and the prajna paramita canon itself is made up of a collection …