Virginia Woolf on our relationship to illness, its potential spiritual value, and the mysterious intelligence of the body.
Brandon McQuade – Jamaica
Wyoming poet Brandon McQuade's "Jamaica" is a narrative of searching for God in the tropics and coming face to face with disillusionment.
Body Like a Rag, Mind Like a Mirror – Guo Gu Breaking Through Boundaries
Chan teacher Guo Gu on silent illumination, punk music and his teacher Sheng Yen's legacy.
‘Simply Be Aware of the Oneness of Things’ – Lao Tzu’s Lost Teachings from the Hua Hu Ching
It is thought that in addition to the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu authored another text called the Hua Hu Ching whose full title translates as 'Lao Tzu's Conversion of the Barbarians.'
Everything is Made of Mind: Norman Fischer on the Playing-Out of Impermanence and Eternity
"Life is the wind. Life is the water. As long as life appears as phenomena there will be the stirrings of delusion. Delusion is in fact the movement, the stirring, of awakening." - Norman Fischer In this 2019 essay featured in his new book, When You Greet Me, I Bow, Zen teacher and poet, Norman… Continue reading Everything is Made of Mind: Norman Fischer on the Playing-Out of Impermanence and Eternity
The Moon in the Water, the Body in the Mirror
Samurai Yagyu Munenori uses the popular Zen image of the moon reflected in the water to explain its application in martial arts training.
Mencius – To Fathom the Mind
Chinese philosopher Mencius' core conviction was that human nature is fundamentally good and pure and only sullied by societal living.
Bodhidharma’s Bloodstream Sermon
Bodhidharma's fundamental teaching was that the Buddha can only be found in the mind since its essence is mind itself.
Returning Home – From Keizan Jokin’s Zazen Yojinki
The Zazen Yojinki, written by 14th century Japanese master Keizan Jokin, covers the fundamental aspects of zazen, the form of Zen meditation.
Shunryu Suzuki’s Waterfall – On Separation and Death
When a human life comes into being, a unique form comes together, like a drop of water when it is separated from the wholeness of the river as it hits a rock or falls down a waterfall.