The Emptiness of the Self is the Emptiness of Other Than Self

Emptiness, Self and Other Than Self It now is me, I now am not It. ~Tung-Shan [Translation by Thomas Cleary, Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues, Shambhala, (1998), p. 206] Because form is empty of self it is empty of other than self; having no self, form has no other. The same reasoning applies to emptiness; Read More …

Bodhisattvas, Observing Prajna, and The Five Ranks of Zen

Excerpt from The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing Good friends, the reality that is symbolized by the ideal of the bodhisattva is of the utmost importance to authentic practice and enlightenment of Zen. Indeed, the ideal of the bodhisattva is a better representation of the Zen ancestors, than even the ideal of the Buddha. Learned Read More …

Excerpt ch. 5 The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing – The Five Ranks

  …following a dialogue with his teacher, Ungan, Tozan was still harboring some doubt in his mind when, crossing a stream, he saw his image reflected in the water and experienced a great awakening. He then composed this verse: Earnestly avoid seeking without, Lest it recede far from you. Today I am walking alone, Yet Read More …