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The Bodhisattva Vow-the whole thing is hopeless, but we’ll do it

A hazy autumn moon, solitary and full, falls as it may on the winding river ahead.
 There are those who seek perfect clarity,
 yet sweep as you may, you cannot empty the mind. (The Capping Verse to Dongshan and Shenshan Cross the River) “You can’t teach someone to walk a tightrope wire by telling them […]

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The Fear and Wonder of Being Open to the Unknown

“The unknown is frightening as long as there is the sense of self. When we face the unknown and abandon selfhood, then the unknown changes from being frightening to being mysterious, full of wonder. The mind is left in a state of wonderment, rather than terror. This is the transmutation that frees, it liberates, it […]

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The Mind of Absolute Trust-Seng-Ts’an

One of the most beloved teachings of Zen is the Xinxin Ming (Hsin Hsin Ming) by Jianzhi Sengcan (Seng-ts’an), the Third Patriarch of Chinese Zen. Over the years, the title Xinxin Ming has been translated numerous ways: Inscription on Trust in the Mind, Verses on the Faith Mind, On Believing in Mind, Inscribed on the […]

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