Your mind, right here, right now

When you make efforts, thinking there is something to awaken to, you are positing a gap between what is awakened to, and the one that awakens. There is no gap between reality and your own mind. If you cling to the slightest notion that there is something to be gained, you are only entangling yourselves Read More …

To Realize Your Self is to Forget Your Self – Zazen: The Keystone of Zen

The Keystone of Zen To realize your self is to forget your self.  Shobogenzo, Genjokoan, Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) Learning the Buddha’s truth (your truth) is to forget your self. Forgetting your self is what occurs when you truly achieve mustering your whole body-and-mind, which is zazen, the keystone of Zen. In his works, Dogen uses Read More …

Zen Master Torei on Joshu’s Mu

  Zen Master Torei on Joshu’s “Mu” If thoughts are flying around, consider this story: “Does a dog have buddha-nature? No.” Bring it to mind directly, and don’t interpret it logically. Don’t interpret it as flavorless, don’t interpret it as nothing. If you conceive any logical understanding, you’ll never complete the work. But don’t develop an Read More …