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Don’t be fooled! There is a Way and We Can Walk It!

Mere belief and mental agreement with some metaphysical view—nirvana, emptiness, non-duality, the “way of no way,” the Tao, the “pathless path,” and all the other terms and concepts of spirituality — don’t do, pardon the language, a damned thing to change anything in us or in the world! The emptiness of Buddhism, for example, is not just a metaphysical view that […]

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Beat Zen? Square Zen? or just Zen?

In the history of the introduction of Buddhism, and especially of Zen, to the West, one name that stands out is Alan Watts.  Few people did more to popularize and explain Eastern philosophy than Watts.  Long before I had a serious interest in Buddhism, I remember reading and being intrigued by his popular The Way […]

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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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