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
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 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 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 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.
Me, me, me.. and puff I am gone!
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
After a retreat in southern California, an artist asked me,“What is the way to look at a flower so that I can make the most of it for my art?” I said, “If you look in that way, you cannot be in touch with the flower. Abandon all your projects so you can be with… Continue reading Our Life Is a Work of Art
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
Realising our full potential – Saturday 18th May – Day Course Retreat To achieve true happiness, we must understand what is holding us back and learn to develop the mind to achieve its full potential. In this day course retreat we will look into our life purpose and learn practical methods to overcome obstacles and… Continue reading Realising our full potential
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
Generally speaking, when people are active, this gives rise to heat; when people sit quietly, this gives rise to cold. When one is cold, if one moves about this will again produce heat. When one is hot, if one sits still this will again produce coldness. In other words, cold and heat do not depend… Continue reading The Heat of Movement The Coldness of Stillness
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
I am eternally present. There is nothing to do. Nowhere to go.
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