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16 Feb Posted by | Be Able To Let Go | Comments

What is Zen?

What is Zen?

Zen (Dhyāna in sanskrit) was a heart teaching passed down from Gautama Buddha. Bodhidharma from India brought this teaching to China in the 5th CE. This heart teaching became known as Chan (in Chinese). Chan later became popular in Japan (pronounced as Zen in Japanese) and from there, it spread to the rest of the ...

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22 Jan Posted by | Be Able To Let Go | Comments

Your buddha nature will appear when you are able to unlearn what is right or wrong.

Your buddha nature will appear when you are able to unlearn what is right or wrong.

This verse is taken from the formless stanza of huineng the zen master. “邪正尽打却。菩提性宛然” If you let go of what is right or wrong, your true wisdom, ie buddha nature will emerge. We have been programmed to think of what is right or wrong since young. These pre-conceptions stop us from using our trueself in ...

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22 Jan Posted by | Be Wise | Comments

You Cannot Become a Buddha by Isolating Yourself

You Cannot Become a Buddha by Isolating Yourself

The sixth patriarch of zen, hui neng (慧能) said in the platform sutra (六祖壇經) “佛法在世间, 不离世间觉, 离世觅菩提, 恰如觅兔角 “ Literally, it means “The Dharma is in this world, you cannot seek enlightenment by isolating yourself away from it. If you seek bodhi outside of this world, you are looking for horns on a rabbit.” This ...

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