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a man named LewZen Master Ryokan

If YOU speak delusions, everything becomes a delusion;
If you speak the truth, everything becomes the truth. 6 years ago

a man named LewDogen

Rujing, my late master, Old Buddha, said, “Practicing Zen is letting go of body and mind. It can only be done by wholeheartedly sitting; incense offering, bowing, chanting Buddha’s name, repentance, and sutra reading are not pivotal.” 6 years ago

a man named LewA Chao-Chou story

One day Chao-Chou fell down in the snow, and called out: “Help me! Help Me!” A monk came and lay down beside him. Chao-Chou got up and went away. 6 years ago

a man named LewUntitled

Humans born into this floating world
Quickly become like the roadside dust:
At dawn small children,
By sunset already grown white-haired,
Without inner understanding,
They struggle without cease.
I ask the children of the universe:
For what reason do you pass this way?

- Ryokan (1758-1831) 6 years ago

a man named LewIt's that man again

The only real service we can render to that which we perceive and interpret in phenomenal existence as ‘others’ is by awakening to universal consciousness ourselves.
—Wei Wu Wei 6 years ago

a man named LewUntitled

chacacters for zazen according to zen glossary #56 years ago

a man named LewWei Wu Wei again

One must know that one is not in order to be able to understand that we are. 6 years ago

a man named Lewbtotd

But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest. – Buddha 6 years ago

a man named LewBuddhist thought of the day


A myriad bubbles were floating on the surface of a stream. ‘What are you?’ I cried to them as they drifted by. ‘I am a bubble, of course’ nearly a myriad bubbles answered, and there was surprise and indignation in their voices as they passed.

But, here and there, a lonely bubble answered, ‘We are this stream’, and there was neither surprise nor indignation in their voices, but just a quiet certitude.

by wei wu wei6 years ago

a man named Lewr h blyth III

Zen cannot assert either the mortality or the immortality, the existence or non-existence of the soul. Buddhism may do so, for it is a religion; Christianity may do so, it is a religion; Zen cannot do so, because it is religion itself, which deals with the infinite in this finite place, eternity at this moment of time, and cannot make general or abstract statements about any world to come or not to come. What answer shall we give then to the question “Is there an afterlife?” Thoreau’s is the most concise: “One world at a time!”

Zen and Zen Classics p103 Zen, Sin, and Death6 years ago

a man named Lewr h blyth II

The aim of Buddhism is of course enlightenment, but enlightenment is not a state; it is an activity. The other shore is actually never reached. If reached, we drop dead. The omnipotence and omniscience of God would be his undoing. The great illusion is that we are enlightened. That is the reason Christ is greater than Buddha. His life ended with “My God, my God, why?” The Buddha said that these “why”s were unprofitable, which is another way of saying he had given up on the problems.

Zen and Zen Classics p104

I think that Blyth remained a Christian for all his interest in Zen. Lots of interesting opinions from Blyth — Christ is greater than Buddha. 6 years ago

a man named Lewr h blyth

his translation and commentary on the Hsinhsinming


a man named LewFrom To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki

Next to the temple on Bush Street was a grocery store run by an old woman. Suzuki Roshi used to buy the old vegetables there. Finally one day the old woman said, “Here are some fresh ones. Why don’t you take these?”

“The fresh ones will be bought anyway,” he answered.7 years ago

a man named Lewmanjusri

the bodhisattva of wisdom. 7 years ago

a man named LewBertrand Russell

Buddhism is a combination of both speculative and scientific philosophy. It advocates the scientific method and pursues that to a finality that may be called Rationalistic. In it are to be found answers to such questions of interest as: ‘What is mind and matter? Of them, which is of greater importance? Is the universe moving towards a goal? What is man’s position? Is there living that is noble?’ It takes up where science cannot lead because of the limitations of the latter’s instruments. Its conquests are those of the mind.

Buddhism and science7 years ago

a man named LewWesak

next year is on May 20th.

Vesak7 years ago

a man named LewRohatsu

The word Rohatsu (Rōhatsu) is Japanese and literally means 8th Day of the 12th Month.

Bodhi Day7 years ago

a man named Lewsunrise at Sojiji

7 years ago

a man named Lewzen buddhist vows

Sentient beings are numberless,
I vow to free them.
Delusions are inexhaustible,
I vow to end them.
The Dharma Gates are boundless,
I vow to open them.
The Enlightened Way is unsurpassable,
I vow to embody it. 7 years ago

a man named Lewikkyu

I Hate Incense

A master’s handiwork cannot be measured
But still priests wag their tongues explaining the “Way” and babbling about “Zen.”
This old monk has never cared for false piety
And my nose wrinkles at the dark smell of incense before the Buddha.

Found at George Boeree’s web pages7 years ago

a man named LewBuddhist thought of the day

When you give a shilling to a beggar – do you realize that you are giving it to yourself? When you help a lame dog over a stile – do you realize that you yourself are being helped? When you kick a man when he is down – do you realize that you are kicking yourself? Give him another kick – if you deserve it! – Why Lazurus Laughed by Wei Wu Wei

Wei Wu Wei was an Englishman. 7 years ago

a man named LewUngan

asked Dogo, “How does Kanzeon the Bodhisattva of Compassion use all those many hands and eyes?” Dogo answered “It is like someone asleep adjusting the pillow in the middle of the night.” 7 years ago

a man named LewMon-koh

Listening to Incense

Image of ideograms from shoyeido.com7 years ago

a man named LewBuddhist activism

Burmese protesters defy warning

Tens of thousands of monks and civilians in Burma’s main city Rangoon have defied military warnings and staged new anti-government protests.7 years ago

a man named LewThe Heart Sutra

in Chinese calligraphy. 7 years ago

a man named Lewhakuin ekaku

Now, if asked what is this spirit of meditation I reply that it is to have a sincerely benevolent heart at all times, whether one is talking or waggling one’s elbow when writing, whether one is moving or resting, whether one’s luck is good or bad, whether one is in honour or in shame, or in gain or loss, in right or wrong — this is the spirit of meditation.

Hakuin Ekaku7 years ago

a man named LewFrom To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki

One day I complained to Suzuki Roshi about the people I was working with. He listened intently. Finally he said, “If you want to see virtue, you have to have a calm mind.” ~To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki (Edited by David Chadwick)

cuke.com7 years ago

a man named LewBodhidharma's Definition of Zen

教外別傳 Kyõge betsuden A special transmission outside the scriptures;

不立文字 Furyû monji No dependence upon words and letters;

直指人心 Jikishi ninshin Direct pointing at the soul of man;

見性成佛 Kenshõ jõbutsu Seeing into one’s nature and the attainment of Buddhahood.

Found here7 years ago

a man named LewIkkyu

It has the original mouth but remains wordless;
It is surrounded by a magnificent mound of hair.
Sentient beings can get completely lost in it
But it is also the birthplace of all the Buddhas of the ten thousand worlds.

A woman’s sex


Ikkyu was born in 1394 in a small suburb of Kyoto. He was the illegitimate son of Emperor Go-Komatsu. His mother was forced to flee to Saga, Japan, where Ikkyu was raised by servants. At age five Ikkyu was separated from his mother and enrolled as a monk at the Rinzai Zen temple, Ankokuji. The temple masters taught Chinese culture and language as part of the curriculum, a method termed Gozan Zen. He was given the name Shuken, and learned about Chinese poetry, art and literature.7 years ago

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観世音7 years ago

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