Zen (Chan)

The meditation (dhyana) school originating in China that emphasizes "mind-to-mind transmission"
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    Living the Platform Sutra Paid Member

    In this online retreat, Tricycle offers an opportunity to learn from the wisdom of the Platform Sutra, a foundational teaching of the Chinese Chan school composed of records of the Chan Master Huineng. Huineng, a pioneer of the idea that “practice” is not limited to any specific form or situation, pushes us in this text beyond our every attachment—to theory, to meditation methods, to feelings of serenity—so that we can learn to have a free-flowing state of mind in any scenario, whether we’re on retreat or dropping the kids off at school. More »
  • Talking Buddha, Talking Christ Paid Member

    Popemania may have moved on to the afterlife, but our memories of it endure: the wide-eyed references to Francis as a "rockstar," the jet-black Fiat, and yes, even the Popemojis. Papal pomp aside, perhaps the most memorable moment of the visit was the Pope's address to a joint session of Congress, in which he spoke pointedly about climate change, the arms trade, and the death penalty, among other issues.  More »
  • Actualizing The Fundamental Point Paid Member

    As all things are buddhadharma, there are delusion, realization, practice, birth and death, buddhas and sentient beings. As myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death. The Buddha way, in essence, is leaping clear of abundance and lack; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.  To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.  More »
  • Black, Bisexual, and Buddhist Paid Member

    OAKLAND, Calif. (RNS) When Zenju Earthlyn Manuel goes to teach somewhere for the first time, she often sees surprise in the faces of the students as she is introduced. She doesn’t look like many of them expect. She isn’t Asian. She isn’t a man. And she isn’t white. And getting them to acknowledge that her body—her “manifestation,” as she calls it—is different and a part of her experience is crucial to her teaching. If our bodies are sources of suffering, then we ignore them at our peril. “When I have held and embraced who I am, how I am embodied, it has become a source of enlightenment, of freedom,” she said from a sunny corner window seat in her living room. Draped in a black monk’s jacket, she is a stark contrast to the white walls and white upholstery of the rest of the room. More »
  • In Pursuit of Bird Poop Paid Member

    I graduated from college in the spring of 2008, just as the economy shuddered, gasped, and died. Not that the fatality mattered much to me at the time. Having spent the previous four years reading philosophy—Plato, Kant, Hume, and more Derrida than is likely healthy for a developing brain—I was borderline unemployable anyway. Or so I’d been told by the jerks in the Econ. Department.  More »
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    Hai-en Temple South Korea Home of the Total Tripitaka Set of Printing Blocks Paid Member

    Four a.m. sandy courtyard, Orion rising The great drum       booms from the painted bell-tower        And the bell then bongs morning sutra chanting in the Great Hall up another flight of stairs        & one more terrace further up the slope,        is the hall of all        the birchwood blocks.        that print the thousand-volume Triple Basket        Eighty thousand carved blocks rank on rank.        Cooled by grillwork open windows More »