Always Already Free

I sit here looking out, filled with an emptiness that spills over and keeps on spilling. There is no end to this boundlessness, this delicious thrill of Presence. Nothing can contain it, for everything is contained within it. The good and the bad, the black and the white, the harsh and the gentle——all simply flavors… Continue reading Always Already Free

The teaching of a Sage

Someone who understands the teaching of sages is a sage. Someone who understands the teaching of mortals is a mortal. A mortal who can give up the teaching of mortals and follow the teaching of sages becomes a sage. But the fools of this world prefer to look for sages far away. They don’t believe… Continue reading The teaching of a Sage

Caterpillars and Polliwogs

Caterpillars weave cocoons, polliwogs form from cells; eventually the cocoons break open to produce moths, the cells develop to produce frogs. What I realize as I observe this is the Tao of liberative transformation of the spiritual embryo. Those who cultivate reality assemble the five forces, join the hundred spirits, merge with the ultimate; one… Continue reading Caterpillars and Polliwogs

The Crane and the Tortoise

The crane is good at nurturing the spirit, so it lives for a thousand years. The tortoise is good at nurturing energy, so it can survive a century without food. What I realize as I observe this is the Tao of prolonging life. If people are able to humbly lower themselves, to be yielding, plain,… Continue reading The Crane and the Tortoise

I am like the clear blue sky

I am like the clear blue sky Standing on the earth I look up into the sky Suspended in mid air Time is of no importance My mother is always near Resting in the clear blue sky How can I loose heaven When we never depart.

Suchness

In Buddhism,the word “suchness” is used to mean “the essence or particular characteristics of a thing or a person, its true nature.” Each person has his or her suchness. If we want to live in peace and happiness with a person, we have to see the suchness of that person. Once we see it, we… Continue reading Suchness

Meditation and Wisdom

Fellow students of the Way, be careful. Don’t think that meditation comes first and then gives rise to wisdom or that wisdom comes first and then gives rise to meditation or that meditation and wisdom is separate. The Platform Sutra by Hui-Neng translated by Red Pine

The great Way has no gate

The great Way has no gate; There are a thousand different roads. If you pass through this barrier once, You will walk independently in the Universe. The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans by Yamada Koun

One heart

Can you polish your mysterious mirror And leave no blemish? Lao Tzu There is never been a single thing Then where is dust to cling? Huang Po Joining hands One heart. You and Me

Living Together

When we live with another person, to protect each other’s happiness, we should help one another transform the internal formations that we produce together. By practicing understanding loving speech, we can help each other a great deal. Happiness is no longer an individual matter. If the other person is not happy, we will not be… Continue reading Living Together

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