A universe inside each of us

(A meditation by Zen master Jakusho Kwong-roshi ) Each time I sit before you I want to convey this most important thing: I want people to experience this greatness, this vastness, so I hope to be able to convey that, what may be called this mysterious universe that is without doubt inside each of us. All I can really do is to invite …

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 …

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Trapped by the very thing that could have saved him

By the Rev. Tom Ahlburn The invitation to meet Adi Da came at the best possible time. It would be an understatement to say that I was going through a rotten patch in my life. Frankly, I don’t ever remember feeling quite so low and lonely. Full of self-pity, and lacking in confidence in myself and others generally, I was …

12 essential rules to live more Like a Zen monk

I’m not a Zen monk, nor will I ever become one. However, I find great inspiration in the way they try to live their lives: the simplicity of their lives, the concentration and mindfulness of every activity, the calm and peace they find in their days. You probably don’t want to become a Zen monk either, but you can live …

Only the finest horses

“In our scriptures, it is said that there are four kinds of horses: excellent ones, good ones, poor ones, and bad ones. The best horse will run slow and fast, right and left, at the driver’s will, before it sees the shadow of the whip; the second best will run as well as the first one does, just before the …

Cultivating lovingkindness

By Ezra Bayda A YEAR OR SO AFTER I BEGAN WORKING as a hospice volunteer, I was asked to sit with the body of a thirty-year-old man who had just died. He had requested that his body remain untouched for three days. He had specific beliefs about what happened following death, and his wish was for supportive people to sit …