12th century Zen Master Hongzhi Zhengjue’s emphasis and central teaching theme was ‘Shikantaza’, the form of silent meditation (‘just sitting’) that is at the heart of Soto Zen practice. This poem, Guidepost of Silent Illumination, is a suggestive guideline for silent meditation built on – among others – the legacy of Zhengjue’s predecessors Shitou and Dongshan.
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FROM THE ZEN GARDEN
The Bhaddekaratta Sutta is one of the many teachings the Buddha gave over the course of his 19 three-month practice periods at the Jetavana Monastery. It conveys the essence of a self-sufficient practice and way of existing – not clinging to the past or living for the future but diligently dwelling in current stability and freedom.
The Jijuyu Zanmai is the second section of the first part of Dogen’s Bendowa – ‘The Endeavor of the Way’ and concerns the experience of zazen
This biographical snippet, taken from the introduction of Tenshin Reb Anderson’s book Being Upright, tells a bit of the story of how he met his