Without Devices

Pictures four and five represent further meditation practice after stage two, Seeing the Tracks, and three, Seeing the Ox.

Dragons Moving, Oxen Moving

The battle is over, and the time for loss or gain passed. She plays a […]

Save the People

A student asked Zhaozhou, ‘‘’The greatest way is not difficult if you just don’t pick and choose. As soon as someone speaks, we think tha…

When Yes! Is the All of It

To advance from where you can no longer advance and to do what can no longer be done, you must make yourself into a raft or ferryboat for ot

When We Can No Longer Advance

To advance from where you can no longer advance and to do what can no longer be done, you must make yourself into a raft or ferryboat for…

More Than Mending

Shenshan was mending clothes with a needle and thread. “What are you doing?” asked Dongshan “Mending.” “How is that?” “One stitch is like…

Age of Sages and Emperors

In the middle of nothing, there is a road that has no dust. If you just do not mention the names of the sages and emperors, You’ll be mor…

Of Partridges and Slugs

A monk asked the teacher in all earnestness, “Both speech and silence are concerned with form and emptiness. How can we transcend them?” …

On South Mountain

Hsueh Feng taught the assembly, “On South Mountain, there is a turtle-nosed cobra snake. All of you people must watch out carefully!” Cha…

Ordinary Way is the Virus

Chao-Chou asked Nan-chuan, “What is the Way?” Nan-chuan replied, “Ordinary Way is the Mind.”
~ The Gateless Barrier, Case 19, paraphrased