Zen

Zen emerged in China about 15 centuries ago after a Buddhist monk from India named Bodhidharma meditated for 9 years in a cave where the Shaolin Temple is now located . In China it is called "Ch'an" Buddhism. Ch'an is the Chinese rendering of the Sanskrit word dhyana, which refers to a mind absorbed in meditation. Zen does not rely on words or scriptures but emphasizes the direct experience of the Essence of Mind in meditation.

Ryokan’s Hut

Ryokan’s Hut

My hut lies in the middle of a dense forest; Every year the green ivy grows longer. No news of the affairs of men, Only the occasional song of a woodcutter. The sun shines and I mend my robe; When the moon comes out I read Buddhist poems. I have nothing to report, my friends. If you want to find the meaning, stop chasing after so many things. - Ryokan … [Read more...]

Discovering a “higher power” within oneself

Discovering a “higher power” within oneself

From:  "The Natural Bliss of Being" by Jackson Peterson available at Amazon and Kindle Chapter 7    Integration:  The Merging of Wisdom, Love and Life "Eugen Herrigel documents in his book “Zen in the Art of Archery”, his experiences training under a Zen master while living in Japan in the 1930's, who also was a master of the art of archery or Kyudo.  He was taught that one needs to get the personal self   and all intentional will out of the process or action, in order … [Read more...]

Go Drink Tea

Go Drink Tea

by Zen Master Dae Kwan on Apr 25, 2013 The following talk was given at the Opening Ceremony for Kwan Lin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre in Singapore, on September 25, 2012. In this world and in our life, many things are in duality: negative and positive, good and bad. When we hear something negative, we would probably feel bad. At that moment, our life is not on the middle path. Learning Zen gives us a way out; to be free from good and bad, free from our emotions. It … [Read more...]