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The Unexpected Rears Its Head

July 1, 2014
by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei Yangshan's Declaration Book of Serenity, Case 90 Introduction ‘I alone am sober’—this is drunkenness indeed. Yangshan speaks of a dream just like when awake. But say, as I say this and you hear it, tell me, is this wakefulness or is this a dream? Continue reading “The Unexpected Rears Its Head” »
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The Night Journey of Nicodemus

May 2, 2014
by Philip Zaleski The words are magisterial, even harsh: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Astonishing idea, to be born again! This cryptic teaching, given by Jesus in Jerusalem at the beginning of his ministry, bewilders Nicodemus, a pious Jew and member of the Sanhedrin, who has come to the celebrated Rabbi for guidance. Continue reading “The Night Journey of Nicodemus” »
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Birth and Death

May 2, 2014
by Eihei Dogen, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi As a Buddha is in birth and death, there is no birth and death.” It is also said, “As a buddha is not in birth and death, a buddha is not deluded by birth and death.” Continue reading “Birth and Death” »
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Transmigrating, For Now

May 2, 2014
by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei Ruiyan's "Constant Principle" Book of Serenity, Case 75 Introduction Even as you call it ‘thus,’ it’s already changed. Where knowledge doesn’t reach, avoid speaking of it. Here, is there any investigating or not?  Case Ruiyan asked Yantou, “What is the fundamental constant principle?” Yantou said, “Moving.” Ruiyan said, “When moving, what then?” Yantou said, “You don’t see the fundamental constant principle.” Ruiyan stood there thinking. Yantou said, “If you agree, you are not yet free of sense and matter: if you don’t agree, you’ll be forever sunk in birth and death.”  Continue reading “Transmigrating, For...
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Oceans

May 2, 2014
by Juan Ramón Jiménez, translated by Robert Bly Continue reading “Oceans” »
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Liberation: Uncoiling in Space

May 2, 2014
by Francesca Fremantle What is liberation? How is it accomplished? Who is liberated, and from what? The state of liberation is the ultimate goal. It has been given many names and has been described in many different ways, although it is essentially inexpressible. It is our true, innate nature, our inalienable birthright, yet we do not recognize it. We seem to be imprisoned in a condition of unknowing. Continue reading “Liberation: Uncoiling in Space” »
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Why Beings Fare As They Do After Death

May 2, 2014
by Bhikkhu Bodhi Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was wandering by stages in the Kosalan country with a large Sangha of monks, and eventually he arrived at a Kosalan brahmin village named Sala. Continue reading “Why Beings Fare As They Do After Death” »
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The Original Question

May 2, 2014
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei Zhao Zhou's "Indestructible Nature" True Dharma Eye, Case 288 Main Case Zhao Zhou was once asked by a monastic, “Before the world existed, there was already the original nature. When the world is destroyed, true nature is not destroyed. What is this indestructible nature?” Zhao Zhou said, “Four great elements and five skandhas.” The monastic said, “They are destroyed. What is this indestructible nature?” Zhao Zhou said, “Four great elements and five skandhas.” Continue reading “The Original Question” »
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Sangha Reflections: On Rebirth

May 2, 2014
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, as a graduate student at Columbia University, I studied with Yoshito Hakeda, Professor of Religion and a Shingon priest. We worked one-on-one studying Buddhist texts. He was not only my teacher, but also my mentor and my friend. Continue reading “Sangha Reflections: On Rebirth” »
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Adolescent Buddhism

February 20, 2001
by Rachel Yuho RiderOriginally published in Mountain Record journal: "Spirituality and Education" (2001) During my childhood, religion was not a major part of my family life, nor was it a part of the life of anyone around me. My life revolved around my fam­ily and friends; the people who loved me. I saw no need for religion and didn’t under­stand the importance of its presence until I came into adolescence.  Continue reading “Adolescent Buddhism” »
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