A language without words

from the Vimalakirti Sutra: “There will come a time when many will no longer need words, when we will be beyond words … words can be clung to, and we should not cling to things. Understand that the words of the Buddha are like a raft built to cross a river: When its purpose is completed, it must be left …

What is Life? Two views

*** Like a star at dawn “Your days pass like rainbows, like a flash of lightning, like a star at dawn. Your life is short. How can you quarrel?” (The Buddha) *** A firefly in the night “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. …

Zen: A new twist on an old story

MAMIYA was a worldly man, but he thought he ought to study Zen. So he went to a great teacher, who told him to concentrate on the famous koan: “What is the sound of one hand?” Mamiya went away, and came back a week later, shaking his head. He could not get it. “Get out!” said the master. “You are not trying hard …

How dirt is filtered through an empty mind

“Zazen (Zen meditation) is like water in a glass. Let the water sit quietly and soon the dirt will sink to the bottom.” –Zen master Taisen Deshimaru On the surface zazen would appear to be the easiest thing in the world: Sit in a chair for 15 or so minutes with an empty mind. But did you ever try to empty …