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Nobody's Fool

Category: Alternate Takes

by Bob Bradshaw

02-01-2009

She was nobody's fool, but you would never have known it, unless you got to know her. Her name isn't important. She didn't think it was important. When it came up, she always gave it like...

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The Lottery Ticket

Category: Alternate Takes

by Yao Feng - Greece

01-09-2004

Once a week, usually on Tuesday, I drive down to Loutraki to buy supplies. It is the nearest small city in the area, about 16 kilometers from where I live. It's not a big town, but it's pr...

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The Nisargadatta Song of Beyond I Am

by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

29-06-2009

...you are not this, there is nothing of yours in this, except the little point of 'I am' ... . 'I am this, I am that' is dream, while pure 'I am' has the stamp of reality on it. You have tasted so...

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The Stages of Spiritual Growth

by M. Scott Peck, M.D.

29-06-2009

Just as there are discernible stages in human physical and psychological growth, so there are stages in human spiritual development. The most widely read scholar of the subject today is James Fowle...

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To Suppose A Post-Modern Buddhism

by Fa Gong Shakya, OHY

18-03-2011

In Buddhism's adaptation to the concerns and climates of the post-modern West, much of what has been taken for granted as necessarily intrinsic to it has inevitably been questioned. Ancient Indian ...

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The Nisargadatta Song of I Am

by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

29-06-2009

 My teacher told me to hold on to the sense 'I am' tenaciously and not to swerve from it even for a moment. I did my best to follow his advice and in a comparatively short time I realized with...

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The Next Step

Category: Alternate Takes

by Yao Lian

29-12-2008

Structures built to last for generations have crumbled in moments. Countless lives lost and families irrevocably altered in less time than it takes to park a car. What kind of compassionate respons...

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From Temples to Tea

Category: Travelogues

by Fa Xing

29-01-2015

A Chan and Cha Pilgrimage to China   About four hours from where I live is a spiritual retreat center called Trout Lake Abbey, which is the home of Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple (MAZBT). Nestle...

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Searching for Budo

Category: Alternate Takes

by Sifu Fa Jue

30-12-2008

Many Dojos claim to be Budo schools, and many Sensei to be Budoka; but much separates claim from actuality. Between the two must come the necessary developmental steps, that natural progression of s...

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Book Review: Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Category: Book Reviews

by Fa Liang, OHY

08-10-2007

MICHAEL! There's a bear outside!" said Karl."A what?" called Michael."A bear. He's really big. And he's in the backyard.""What's he doing?" Michael asked."He's sitting." If you ever wishe...

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The Box

Category: Alternate Takes

by Sifu Fa Jue

30-12-2008

Father opens the front door and walks into the entrybox. As he steps inside, he trips over daughter’s doll. "I thought I told her to pick up her toys," he mutters to himself. Walking into the livin...

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The Ambitious Violet

by Khalil Gibran

19-06-2008

A Lebanese-American essayist, novelist, poet, and artist, Khalil Gibran has become, post-humorously, one of the greatest Lebanese-American mystics of modern times. Born in 1883 in the mountains of L...

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Tsunami Wake: Harbor Wave Kids

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Che

28-01-2005

Hardships still come One upon the otherEnabling me to see If my mind truly hasCast off the world, or not. -- Myocho Shuho * Fame is not experienced by most of us. Famous persons seem to b...

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Uncle's Last Trip

Category: Alternate Takes

by Yao Feng- Greece

08-01-2009

An icy January morning, 6 a.m. It is not my habit to be awake at this hour, in this season, but I have an appointment to keep. Kilometers away from here lies the village where I will bid f...

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Fullness of Being: How We Know

by The Rev. Graeme Chapman

19-06-2009

It can be argued, as a consequence of exploring the extensive dimensions of the knower, that our capacity for discernment will depend upon the degree to which we are in touch with various levels of...

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Answer Your Love Letters

Category: Book Reviews

by Fa Dao Shakya

12-06-2006

Book Review by Fa Dao Shakya: Answer Your Love Letters: Footnotes To A Zen Practice by Adam Genkaku Fisher A wondrous little book has joined the unofficial canon of “American Z...

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Zen Ritual

by Fa Dong Shakya, OHY

18-03-2011

In her bestselling spiritual memoir "Eat, Pray, Love", Elizabeth Gilbert tells a delightful story of a great Hindu teacher who led his followers in daily meditation in his ashram. The onl...

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Five four three two one

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Liang

29-08-2007

Either sit upright with eyes closed or lay down with eyes closed. Breathe slowly - in through the nose, out through the mouth. Think to yourself: I hear 5 things. Then identify each of the five th...

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Book Review: Zen Baggage

Category: Book Reviews

by Chuan Zhi

27-06-2010

Zen Baggage by Red Pine (Bill Porter) ISBN: 1582435405 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel through China to discover the historical background of Chinese Zen? Red Pine is t...

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Zen Without Buddhism: Getting to the Heart

by Fa Che Shakya, OHY

18-03-2011

As a Dharma teacher in the West, in a small, rural town of 2500 people, Zen is virtually unknown. Perhaps there's a class or two at the university about 25 miles away. But outside of college electi...

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Buddhism and Forgiveness

by Father Joseph S. O'Leary

19-06-2009

Christianity is based on the idea, or rather the event, of divine forgiveness: “As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also [must forgive]” (Col. 3:13). Why was this reality so little actualized in Nor...

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Kata and Enlightenment

Category: Alternate Takes

by Chadan

29-12-2008

In his second book, Yamakura Shihan tells us that the ultimate source of GoJu Ryu is Shorin-Ji Ryu. At first blush it would appear that this is a reference to the Shorin systems native to Ok...

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Everyday Challenges

Category: Alternate Takes

by Yao Xiang - Bulgaria

08-01-2009

Dedicated to Grand Master Jy Din Shakya, founder of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun Dear Friends, Let’s review an episode in the life of the Indian Buddhist Master Dipankara. Some m...

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Travels and Travails in China

Category: Travelogues

by Matthew Lawther (Yin Shan)

29-06-2009

"The tenderest things of creation prevail over the hardest. Something immaterial enters into the most impenetrable to preserve its unity." -- Lao Tsu A temple scene at Hong...

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Tsunami Moon Reflections on being human

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Che

29-12-2004

Bamboo shadows sweep the stairs,  Yet not a mote of dust is stirred; Moonbeams pierce to the bottom of the pool,  Yet in the water not a trace remains.  --from 'The Zen...

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The Urban Hermit

by Fa Dong Shakya

05-12-2011

As anyone versed in Chan’s history knows, the hermitic life is a common one passed through by many of China’s most famous Chan teachers.  In fact, all mystical traditions commonly find their memb...

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Faith

Category: Alternate Takes

by Yao Xiang - Bulgaria

08-01-2009

Dear Friends, The gift of Faith is like a rare and precious jewel; but strangely, it is a gift that often remains hidden from the one who possesses it. Like Aladdin's treasure, it lies hidden behin...

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Who Am I? Reflections on Chan's Path

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Gong

20-03-2006

Evolution   Religion's ubiquitous "ism's" often leave me wondering about their relation to spiritual growth. I'm reminded of a famous Chan hua-toa, "If you don't really exist, why am I trying to s...

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Free Expense

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Tien

02-01-2009

Today I would like to discuss: The high price of Free Baseball Tickets, Conflict of Interest, Cognitive Dissonance and The Simple Life. Free Baseball Tickets The deal was agreed to. The salesmen men...

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Grand Master Ben Huan passes after 105 years

Category: Travelogues

by Administrator

04-04-2012

Grand Master Ben Huan. Photo taken in 2010 at a celebration in honor of his birthday. Grand Master Ben Huan, one of the most respected of China's Chan masters, passed away this past Monday, April 2, ...

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The Mind of God - review

Category: Book Reviews

by Chuan Zhi

17-07-2007

"The Mind Of God, Human Destiny, Music, and the Search for Meaning Amidst Tragedy" a book review by Chuan Zhi Shakya Enlightenment manifests uniquely in each of us. Instead of seeing reality as ma...

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Synchronicity and the Nature of Reality

by Paul Cochrane

17-07-2007

The concept of miraculous coincidences is not at all new. The phenomenon has been recognized by many cultures, and in the distant past, was attributed to the acts of the Gods. In Greek mytho...

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Nowhere-attaching and Zen

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Gong

08-01-2009

In the past few years, I read many times the Chinese version of both the Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra and The Sixth Patriarch’s Platform Sutra. Although I understood the literal meaning ...

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Student Striver

Category: Alternate Takes

by Zheng Dao (Fogueira)

02-01-2009

Once upon a time, at this very moment here and now, while reading the wonderful pieces by my teachers on this site, I wondered, "What could I, a mere student, do to contribute?" How could this parti...

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Zen Ties

Category: Book Reviews

by Fa Liang

18-06-2007

Book Review: Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth Reviewed by Fa Liang The follow-up to "Zen Shorts": "a sequel that doesn’t disappoint"   In his new book "Zen Ties", author and illustrator Jon J. Muth invi...

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Seeing Through Zen: A Book Review

Category: Book Reviews

by Chuan Zhi

26-06-2014

John R. McRae offers a unique and fresh look at the historical development of Chan Buddhism in China with his book, Seeing Through Zen: Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese ...

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The Buddha Dharma for Fighting Addictions

Category: Alternate Takes

by Hin Lik of the Western Chan Fellowship

29-12-2008

How appropriate the Buddha's message is to those of us with addictions - especially alcohol addictions! The Four Noble Truths explain our dilemma quite clearly and the fourth, the Eightfold Path, gi...

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Zen and the art of Windsurfing

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Tien

30-12-2008

Chalice Lighting.Before I joined this church,I worshipped every Sundayand often on Wednesdayand sometimes Friday and Saturdayworshipped in the wilderness that lies just offshore,worshipped...

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After the Rain

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Che

08-01-2009

A monk once asked master Chao-chou: "Does a dog have Buddha-nature or not? Chao-chou said, "Mu" I was awakened by a cry in the darkness before any light of morning and after a night of thunderous tr...

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Spirits and Ghosts

Category: Alternate Takes

by Fa Lian Shakya, Greece

15-08-2009

In the span of a few seconds, or maybe hours, time was no more what it seemed to be. Suddenly a great many things to see appeared: shapes, bright and dark ethereal masses, spirits...

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Historical Writings

The Snake and the Stone

Category: Dharma Stories

by Roger D. Abrahams

14-05-2015

One time a large stone fell upon Snake and covered her so that she could not rise. A white man, it is said, came upon her and lifted the stone, but when he had done so, she wanted to bite him. The W...

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Mahayana-Sraddhotpada Shastra

by Administrator

24-01-2009

THE AWAKENING OF FAITH IN MAHAYANA(Mahayana-Sraddhotpada Shastra) Attributed to Asvaghosha Translated by Yoshito S. HakedasCopyright 1967 Columbia University Press I take refuge in the Buddha...

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Gatha of Seng T'san, Third Chan Patriarch

by Administrator

24-01-2009

The Hsin-hsin-ming It’s not difficult to discover your Buddha MindBut just don’t try to search for it.Cease accepting and rejecting possible placesWhere you think it can be foundAnd it will appear ...

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The Tricky Wolf and the Rats

Category: Jataka Tales

by Jataka Tales

21-01-2008

Once upon a time a Big Rat lived in the forest, and many hundreds of other Rats called him their Chief. A Tricky Wolf saw this troop of Rats, and began to plan how he could catch them. He wanted to...

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The Swindler and the Widow's Mite

Category: Dharma Stories

by Soren Kierkegaard

19-06-2009

from The Parables of Kierkegaard edited by Thomas Oden Is charitable intent essential to an act of charity or mercy? Take the story about the woman who placed the two pennies in the temple-treasury...

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The Thief

Category: Dharma Stories

by Unknown

28-06-2009

An old Zen story ... There was once a very popular Zen master. Due to his virtue & his skillful delivering of sermons, the lecture hall was always full. There happened to be a thief among h...

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The Window

Category: Dharma Stories

by Anonymous

19-06-2009

There were two men, both seriously ill. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The ...

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The Costume of the Actor

Category: Dharma Stories

by Soren Kierkegaard

19-06-2009

from The Parables of Kierkegaard edited by Thomas Oden What does it mean to love one's neighbor? To love one's neighbor means, while remaining within the earthly distinctions alloted to one, e...

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Diamond Sutra

by Administrator

24-01-2009

(1) Thus have I heard. One morning, when the Buddha was staying near Shravasti in the jeta grove of Anathapindika's estate, He and His company of twelve hundred and fifty monks went into the...

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The Scorpion and the Old Man

Category: Dharma Stories

by Anonymous

17-06-2004

as told by Henri Nouwen One morning, after he had finished his meditation, the old man opened his eyes and saw a scorpion floating helplessly in the water. As the scorpion was washed closer to th...

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The Heart Sutra

by Administrator

24-01-2009

Maha-Prajna-Paramita-Hridaya Thus have I heard. At one time the Blessed One together with many of the highest Bodhisattvas and a great company of Bhikshus was staying at Rajagaha on Mt. Gridhrakuta...

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On Rationalizing Negligence

Category: Dharma Stories

by Lafcadio Hearne

19-06-2009

Kusa-Hibari His cage is exactly two Japanese inches high and one inch and a half wide: its tiny wooden door, turning upon a pivot, will scarcely admit the tip of my little finger. But he has plen...

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The Man Who Walked Backwards

Category: Dharma Stories

by Soren Kierkegaard

23-06-2009

from  The Parables of Kierkegaard edited by Thomas Oden   Why do inconsistent behaviors so often accompany exorbitant professions of good intentions? When a man turns hi...

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Vijnanabhairava Tantra

by Administrator

24-01-2009

Divine Consciousness Bhairava and Bhairavî, lovingly united in the same knowledge, left the undifferentiated state so their dialog may enlighten all beings. 1. Bhairava's Shakti, Bhairavî, said: O ...

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Flower In The Desert

Category: Dharma Stories

by Loki

19-06-2009

A short story from Loki of the Sioux nation approximately 200 years ago. It is said to have been given to her by a medicine man. This happened many many summers ago. There was a young flower in ...

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The Cunning Wolf

Category: Jataka Tales

by Jataka Tales

21-01-2008

Once upon a time the people in a certain town went out into the woods for a holiday. They took baskets full of good things to eat. But when noontime came they ate all the meat they had brought with ...

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The Limping puppy

Category: Dharma Stories

by Anonymous

26-06-2009

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read " Puppies For Sale". Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner...

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Song of Enlightenment

by Administrator

24-01-2009

By Zen Master Hsuan Chuen of Yung Chia,the Dharma Successor of Hui-Neng. There is the leisurely one, Walking the Tao, beyond philosophy,Not avoiding fantasy, not seeking truth. The real nature of...

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The Girl Monkey and the String of Pearls

Category: Jataka Tales

by Jataka Tales

20-01-2009

One day the king went for a long walk in the woods. When he came back to his own garden, he sent for his family to come down to the lake for a swim. When they were all ready to go into the water, the...

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Brood Over Other's Sins, and You Sin Yourself

Category: Dharma Stories

by Sri Ramakrishna

29-06-2009

A sannyasin dwelt by the side of a temple. There was the house of a harlot in front. Seeing the constant concourse of men in the prostitute's house, the sannyasin one day called her and censured her...

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The Monkey Lesson

Category: Dharma Stories

by --

19-06-2009

from The Chuang Tzu An arrogant prince took his friends on a boat trip to an island famous for its monkeys; but as the royal boat docked, the monkeys - with one exception - fled in terror and hid...

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The Three Fish

Category: Jataka Tales

by Jataka Tales

21-01-2008

Once upon a time three Fishes lived in a far-away river. They were named Thoughtful, Very-Thoughtful, and Thoughtless. One day they left the wild country where no men lived, and came down the r...

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The Zen Master’s Stirring Spoon

Category: Dharma Stories

by Sarah Kanowski

17-06-2003

Once, the chief cook of a Chinese Zen temple was busy preparing lunch. As he was working, there appeared floating above the rice pot the revered Bodhisattva, Manjushri. ‘Get away from here!’ said ...

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River Creatures

Category: Dharma Stories

by Richard Bach

19-06-2009

from Richard Bach's Illusions Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river ...

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The Metta Sutta

by Administrator

24-01-2009

The Buddha's Teaching on Loving-kindness This is what should be doneBy one who is skilled in goodness,And who knows the path of peace:Let them be able and upright,Straightforward and gentle in sp...

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Making a Difference

Category: Dharma Stories

by Anonymous

19-06-2009

A friend of mine was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leani...

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The Golden Goose

Category: Jataka Tales

by Jataka Tales

21-01-2008

Once upon a time there was a Goose who had beautiful golden feathers. Not far away from this Goose lived a poor, a very poor woman, who had two daughters. The Goose saw that they had a hard time to ...

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The Woodpecker, Turtle, and Deer

Category: Jataka Tales

by Jataka Tales

21-01-2008

Once upon a time a Deer lived in a forest near a lake. Not far from the same lake, a Woodpecker had a nest in the top of a tree; and in the lake lived a Turtle. The three were friends, and lived tog...

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Autobiography and Maxims of Master Han Shan

Category: Han Shan

by Master Han Shan

26-06-2009

Translated by Upasaka Richard Cheung A publication made possible for this Website by Chuan Yi Shakya and by Chuan Yin Shakya   The Autobiography and Maxims of Han Shan423.79 KB26/01...

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The Maxims of Master Han Shan

Category: Han Shan

by Master Han Shan

29-06-2009

(from Journey to Dreamland) 1. When we preach the Dharma to those who see only the ego’s illusory world, we preach in vain. We might as well preach to the dead. How foolish are they ...

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Kalamer Sutra

by Administrator

31-08-2012

Kalamer Sutra Translator's note: Although this discourse is often cited as the Buddha's carte blanche for following one's own sense of right and wrong, it actually says something much ...

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The Platform Sutra

by Administrator

26-01-2009

The Platform Sutra of Hui Neng became a pivotal treatise in the history of Chan, often used as a distinguishing mark of Souther School Chán.  An important resource for anyone interested in the hi...

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Arts

Progression of Sitting

by Fa Liang

23-10-2007

The phone rings and I sit The dog barks and I sit I remember deadlines appointments past due notices obligations declined invitations and I sit I feel anger sadness fe...

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Oxherding Poems by Empty Cloud

by Empty Cloud

13-03-2009

Illustrations by Fa Lian Shakya - Greece 1. Pushing Aside the Grass to Look for the Ox Wanting to break through to Emptiness with my white cudgel I cried out louder than the bellowing O...

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The Divine Intoxicatoin

by Emily Dickenson

23-07-2016

Exultation is the going Of and inland soul to sea, -- Past the houses, past the headlands, Into deep eternity!   Bred as we, among the mountains, Can the sailor understand The divine int...

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Daily presence / Daily presents

Category: Poems

by Jonathan L., Age 13

09-10-2007

  Dew drops on sweet gumglitter like a thousand jewels;Ev'ry morning's gift. - Jonathan L., Age 13      ...

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Going Beyond Desire

by Empty Cloud

05-03-2009

With translations in many languages Striving to leave the wilderness You become part of what's wild. Striving to cease grasping Is, itself, grasp...

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Sunset

by Fa Jian

24-10-2007

Spending valuable time alone Facing West, sitting comfortably In the evening on the porch And watching the sun go down Being in the lovely company Surrounded by furry friends Who are ...

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Bitter Rain

by Empty Cloud

23-02-2009

With translations in many languages   Bitter rain soaks the pile of kindling twigs. The night so cold and still the lamp flame hardly moves. Clouds...

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Hakuin's Song of Zazen

by Hakuin (1686 - 1768)

02-03-2010

English translation by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki All beings are primarily Buddhas. It is like water and ice: There is no ice apart from water; There are no Buddhas apart from beings. ...

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Living Zen: An Introduction to Poetry for Kids

Category: Poems

by Fa Liang

15-10-2007

How do you feel today? What do you see around you? Do you notice anything different, new, or beautiful? Did you know that there is a way to paint a picture of the things you see and the ways you fe...

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An Exquisite Truth

by Empty Cloud

05-03-2009

With translations in many languages This is an exquisite truth: Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start. Inquiring about a difference ...

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Haiku by Chuan Kong Shakya

by Chuan Kong Shakya

13-06-2000

Even emptiness Empties itself inside out; Our cups overflow! Withering flowers Die and live, live and die, ah; Seamless unfolding..... Looking deeper still Within; the ancient mir...

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Poems by Empty Cloud: Series V

by Empty Cloud

16-06-2009

On Novices being robed for the first time. The Buddha grieves that we must face such hardship. He's so lovingly concerned for people like us. Don't let pretty flowers dazzle your young eyes...

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on a New York line

by Yao Feng of Tasmania

25-09-2002

A haiku written about an Australian firefighter to his twin brother in one of the World Trade Center towers. on a New York line saying last goodbyes to a recorded message ...

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The Barking Dog

by Empty Cloud

23-02-2009

With Translations is many languages   We went up across the ridge for the fun of it. Didn't need to pack any more wine. On the precipice, flowers o...

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Haiku by Zheng Hui

by Zheng Hui

16-06-2003

Chipmunk Road Eleven chipmunks Greeted me as I walked by In my hiking shoes! Time and tide will wait When I am walking softly On a quiet road. - Zheng Hui, 2003   &...

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Dark and Light

by Patricia Paiva

02-06-2016

  When you help, tell darkness When you advise, tell darkness When you reach great acts of generosity, tell darkness If you achieve great peace, tell darkness Make it your friend No one else ma...

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Recess time

Category: Poems

by Josh L., Age 8

09-10-2007

  When I climb a tree,I enter the squirrel's playground.He invites me in.      ...

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Muhammad and the Huge Eater

by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

16-06-2009

Translated by Coleman Barks Excerpt from "Delicious Laughter, Rambunctious Teaching Stories from the Mathnawi" by Coleman Barks. 1990 Paypop Books, 196 Westview Drive, Athens, GA 3060...

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Images and Reflections, Series VI

by Yao Feng

20-06-2009

  A new future Language? I suggest we may need to better read a wordless One to ingest the meanings coaxed into stone ...

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Poems by Yin Ming Shakya

by Yin Ming Shakya

11-07-2002

Sesshin Snapshots Early morning hush, candles flicker Lights glint from Buddha figures and Pictures of ancestors Incense smoke curls In currents and eddies Subtly coloring the air As we prepare...

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Descobrir Chan

by Chuan Zhi

25-04-2016

Traduzido por Patricia Paiva 1- A virada Quebrado, sofrendo, a mudança nos chama.  Uma voz grita: “Socorro!” 2- Achando o caminho De repente o caminho aparece- e estava lá todo este tempo...

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Poems by Empty Cloud: Series IV

by Empty Cloud

16-06-2009

Returning to Mount Gu Meeting with Master Gu Yue (Master Ancient Moon) For thirty years I've traveled. At last I return to this village. One bamboo walking ...

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In Blackwater Woods

by Mary Oliver

24-09-2016

  Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment, the long tapers of cattails are bursting and floating away ...

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Rain's grace

by Petko (of Bulgaria)

22-04-2002

The rain falls gracefully. Countless drops, separated, but together. I am on my way! The bubbles emerge and disappear on the surface of the puddles. ...

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Zen Sweeping

by Fa Jie Shakya

07-08-2014

From The Zen Gardner   Sweep, and you raise dust.In the light of the sun’s shine,It settles on it’s own...

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Have Mercy on Me, My Soul!

by Courtesy of Kahlil Gibran online (www.kahlil.org)

13-03-2009

Why are you weeping, my Soul? Knowest thou my weakness? Thy tears strike sharp and injure, For I know not my wrong. Until when shalt thou cry? I have naught but human words to interpret y...

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The Triumph of the Soul

by Attar

13-05-2015

Joy! Joy! I triumph! Now no more I know Myself as simply me.   I burn with love Unto myself, and bury me in love. The centre is within me and its wonder Lies as a circle everywhere about me...

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Night on the Great River

by Fa Xin Shakya

07-06-2004

After a Zen poem by Meng Hao-Ren photo by Yao Feng of Corinth   When you were buying ripe cherimoyas from a man on a donkey, in Nerja, it was still the middle of the ni...

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The Heart

by Yao Feng

05-03-2007

Painting and poetry by Yao Feng of Oregon           I once heard & read. To hate no one Is the highest wisdom Divine. To love every...

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Conquering Evil

by Fa Jian

10-10-2007

Evil seeks its victim among the weak. A robber does not attack a fortress. A thief does not steal when watched. A liar does not slander the truth well known. Offer robbery a strong fortre...

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Poems by Empty Cloud: Series III

by Empty Cloud

16-06-2009

A Time of Regulation What luck! The chance to practice the Supreme Dharma of Emptiness Without fear of being invaded by the foolish affairs of outside life...

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Spring Rain

by Empty Cloud

09-03-2009

Translated to Pinyin (from the English translation) by Fa Xian     ...

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I Only Journey this Path Once

by Fa Jian

23-10-2007

Some people cross our life for a season, because it is time to share, grow and learn. They bring experience of peace and joy. They say or teach something new and enriching, even if not felt...

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Love Recons

by Emily Dickenson

24-07-2016

Love reckons by itself alone, "As large as I" relate the Sun To one who never felt it blaze, Itself is all the like it has.                ...

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Who am I?

by Upasaka Fa Xing

29-11-2015

I am I, I am me,I am he, I am she,I am this, I am that,I am who, I am what?. What is there here, that’s me?Can you point it out and see?If you say look here, that’s me!I’m afraid I can’t agre...

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Just Being

by S. Elliot Sozan

01-01-2012

The plum trees blossoms In the middle of winter. There is no robe no color. In practice there is no time, no culture, no sex. In pure existence the breath takes what the intellect can never ...

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Looking For A Monk And Not Finding Him

by Li Po

23-07-2015

  I took a small path leadingup a hill valley, finding therea temple, its gate coveredwith moss, and in front ofthe door but tracks of birds;in the room of the old monkno one was living, a...

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Just Sitting - Black Mountain

by Fa Lian Shakya of Greece

15-03-2005

Sitting on top of the waxen rock mountain - Looking nowhere, looking everywhere, Seeking rebirth. I'll know the place when I see it Even if clouds are hiding it most of the time. ...

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Selected Poetry of Fa Xing

by Fa Xing

30-01-2015

  Cold rain tapping the roof of the house; Hot tea warming the roof of my mouth; Nothing else to do until my friend arrives... Perfect. Many clouds float high overhead; They hide th...

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Searching For The Dharma

by Empty Cloud

05-03-2009

With translations in many languages   You've traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the Dharma. So many long days in the archives, copying, copying. ...

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Time to Clean the House

by Fa Guang, OHY

12-03-2009

So little time, so much to do. Sweep unpleasant things Under the rug of Time. Divide seconds into smaller parts. But clocks have no room  For smaller "parts." No time, ju...

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Poems by Empty Cloud: Series I

by Empty Cloud

16-06-2009

Meeting Tang Yousheng Twenty-one years old and from my village, yet! So bright and filled with fresh ideas. No wonder you gained such a high post in Tenchong. I seemed ancient when I came to...

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Chan Teachings of Hsu Yun

by Fa Lian of Greece

20-06-2006

Power Point shows The Chan Teachings of Hsu Yun, part four The Chan Teachings of Hsu Yun, part five ...

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Next Movement

by Fa Lian Shakya of Greece

24-08-2003

Sitting in the dark Sitting on top of the stairs The little child is looking nowhere, Looking everywhere - Getting strength for the goal to overcome The dark with the light wit...

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Poems by Empty Cloud: Series II

by Empty Cloud

16-06-2009

Chant of the Heart's Impression This is an exquisite truth: Saints and ordinary folks are the same from the start. Eventually there's a difference between them. You don't borrow string when...

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Life is a Dream

Category: Poems

by Yao Feng

02-01-2008

art and poetry by Rev. Yao Feng Shakya We are all flowers. When the butterfly landsWe let it.When the butterfly departsWe let it.We are a flower. ...

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Vision of Dusk

by Fa Xin

10-04-2000

One morning born of anger, autumn frost is melted by heated hearts. My heart burns for indifferent days, when the sun set with no worries. A time where the starry midnight meeting knew ...

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Passing

by Paul B.

10-10-2008

I STAND IN ABSOLUTE SILENCE AND LOOK TO THE WEST THE MIGHTY MOHAWK RUNS WITH A FORCE LIKE LIFE ITSELF I LOOK AS FAR AS I CAN SEE UNTIL THE RIVER DISAPPEARS AND WHILE I CANNOT SEE IT ANY MORE ...

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Summer Rain

by Fa Che

13-07-2005

It would seem that once the leaves fall from the tree, lay upon the ground, and become covered by rain, that this would be enough. One leaf in particular turning orange and brown, with ...

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Heart Of The Buddha

by Empty Cloud

23-02-2009

With translations in many languages   No need to chase back and forth like the waves. The same water which ebbs is the same water that flows. No point turning back to get water...

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Painting Buddha

by Pawel Kowalik

06-02-2006

Deep, crystal abyss brightened by a light is a million doors from the other side, but here are none. No questions asked. Liberated from myself, all of what is left of me floats ...

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Poems by e.j.

by e. j.

07-04-1998

Clouds drifting by write all that need be said White ink dissolving into blue paper Reappeared as sunset rose Fall leaves and rain Again remind me of this year's passing. Evening sw...

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Flying free

by Patricia Paiva

02-05-2016

When I look at the sky I see birds flying free;Oh, I wish I were them, I tell myself:They are so detached from gravityWhich tries to pull them down all the time. But somehow,They manage to use thei...

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A Single Thought

by Peadar Graham

21-03-2014

A single thought ... You notice it, you embellish it, It becomes a story, lost in it now, It’s an epic. Feature film length, 2 minutes later, you can’t even remember it!! Th...

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The Fool

by attributed to The Buddha

02-12-2010

Long is the night to one who is awake. Long is ten miles to one who is tired. Long is the cycle of birth and death to the fool who does not know the true path. If a traveller does not mee...

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The Mask

by Fa Ming (of the Garden State)

14-06-1999

(writen in resonse to a friend) The mask is placed upon the face, yet envelopes all of me. For, with no disguise, how would your eyes handle what they see? I am yesterday, tomorrow, t...

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The Meanderer: the Woman and the Little Mirrors

by Fa Lian Shakya of Greece

11-04-2005

 The Meanderer: the Woman and the Little Mirrors   ...

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Selected Poems by Fa Guang

by Fa Guang Shakya

12-03-2009

Origins The Mind knows beyond far here a blooming weed out there a fading star   Sitting Through It Thoughts of my hometown... how many worlds are there, shimmering in ...

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Haiku by Jerry Earley

by Jerry Earley

23-06-2003

Hummingbirds hover as bumblebees give teaching to happy Ch'an monks - Jerry Earley, 2003               ...

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Opposite End

by Fa Hu

18-09-2001

As a little girl I'd go to the park wearing hand-me-downs and hope. I'd run to the see saws but there was no one to lift no one to share it with no friend for the opposite end. I'd st...

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The Mozhao Ming

by Hong Zhi

13-01-2011

12th Century AD In complete silence words are forgotten, total clarity appears before you. When you reflect it, it is boundlessly vast, and your body becomes numinous. Numinous it is ...

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One

by Patricia Paiva

16-05-2016

One   The monk passes by Unexplained Quiet Breathing Smiling Serving Praying     The help is Observing Wondering Questioning Touched   “I am in wonder, he says How can I help?...

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From Duality to Unity

by Yao Feng (of the Tropics)

08-04-2002

In the stillness and silence of what I call my place, I thought I was alone. So, I sang, and I danced, and I talked... I thought I was alone. Then I laughed, and I cried, and I ...

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Or not . . .

by G. Lucas

13-06-2005

I once was a dreamer, lost in the waves of the ocean which battered me, and threw me around, here, there, everywhere. Somewhere in this dream, by an act of grace, or not, I began to wake up...

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Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching

by John Stubbs

03-01-2016

The eternal Way and its name are not known. The essence of creation is without form. The mother of creation is in the form of all things. Focus on the eternally formless to perceive the essence.Focus ...

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Poetry Selections: Emily Dickinson

by Emily Dickinson

09-01-2014

  Exultation is the going of an inland soul to the sea Past houses – past headlands– Into deep Eternity. ‘Tis little I – could care for pearls Who own ...

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Song of the Passionate Lover

by a Yokut Native American

29-12-2013

A poem from the Yokut Native American tribe residing in the Central Valley of California Come not near my songs, You who are not my lover, Lest from out that ambush Leaps my heart upon yo...

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A Poem

by Yao Feng of Tasmania

13-06-2001

The view from my house in the Mount Wellington Range, Hobart, Tasmania   The walls of cool mist, dance with the morning sun. Far off the birds sing and call, riding the early...

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More Poems by Fa Ming

by Fa Ming Shakya

16-06-1999

Don't strive after anything. Don't seek to attain. The True Mind is there already. By letting go, relinquish the need to make Distinctions, Discr...

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Poems by Yao Feng

by Yao Feng (of the Islands)

08-03-1999

  Swallows Across the threshold of a late afternoonautumn light, a serpentine river of swallows,suspended by angels, swims over our heads,inviting us to cross the v...

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What's out there?

Category: Poems

by Andrew L., Age 8

09-10-2007

  If I sat outside,I would hear birds singing orleaves falling from trees.        ...

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Nothing to gain

by Than Nguyen

28-08-1997

Nothing there to gain. Nothing there to lose. No center nor vastness. Accepting existence and non existence Is the same as harmonizing within and without; The same as rejecting no evilnes...

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