Excerpt on the “Five Ranks” of Zen

Excerpt from the “Five Ranks” chapter of the book, “The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing” … Thereupon, having taken his seat upon the flatbed, Louie Wing asked the assembly to clear their minds. Then he gave the following address. Good friends, Tozan Liang-chieh, who lived from 807 to 869, was an exceptionally ingenious master of Zen Read More …

Questioning the Ancients

I was pondering a variety of questions concerning the teachings of practice and enlightenment, as well as the role of Sutras, Koans, and other written and verbal teachings on the path of Zen. Not totally confident with my own understanding, I thought I would question some of the ancients. Although I am sure that my Read More …

Emptiness, true nature, practice-realization and the art of Zen language.

  Emptiness, true nature, practice-realization and the art of Zen language.   The literature of Zen (Chinese, Ch’an) offers a number of unique styles, devices, and methods that use language in some extremely creative and effective ways. Here, I would like to examine a few of those methods in a complimentary way to explore a couple Read More …