Big self, small self?

A visiting Zen monk asked, “You say that our own mind is the unnamable void; do you mean the mind of the big self or the small self?” Louie Wing said, “Do your big self and your small self wear the same sized shoes?” The monk said, “Many Zen teachers talk about a big self Read More …

The Sword of Enlightenment and Delusion

Enlightenment and delusion are fused in the sword that has been sharpened in the forge of buddhas and Zen ancestors. Dogen says it is easy to cut something in two, but difficult to cut into one. Emptiness and form are cut into one by the “two crossed swords” which is also the razor-sharp sword of Read More …

Suppressing thoughts? Might as well close your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body – along with your mind!

  All activities are ‘objectless’ When I talk about the void, you should avoid developing a concept of nothingness. Many people have fallen into this subtle trap, believing that they have discovered some ultimate truth. Some of them become false teachers who urge their students to sit quietly with blank minds. There are such teachers Read More …