Where There Is No Cold or Heat

A monk asked Tozan, “When cold and heat come, how can we avoid them?” Tozan said, “Why don’t you go to the place where there is no cold or heat?” The monk said, “What is the place where there is no cold or heat?” Tozan said, “When it’s cold, the cold kills you; when it’s Read More …

Between Rank 1&2 – The Five Ranks of Zen

Excerpt From The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing — The initial experience of the first rank is the point at which the aspect of enlightenment, sometimes referred to as the universal mirror prajna, becomes partially realized. The full realization of this prajna is fulfilled as you move into the experience of the second rank–the Universal Read More …

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 …