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…

We Share Joy

Yuanwu wrote,

The golden duck vanishes into the golden brocade; with a country song the drunk comes home from the woods; only the young beauty knows about her love affair.

Wuzu responded, “I share your joy.”

Peach Blossoms

Deshan one day descended to the dining hall, bowls in hand. Xuefeng asked him, “Where are you going with your bowls in hand, Old Teacher?The bell has not yet rung, and the drum has not yet sounded.” Deshan turned and went back to his room.

I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill

What is the nature of true freedom? If inside and outside are not two, as we say in Zen, how then do we escape from a prison that we believe others have put us in, or one that we have created ourselves?

An Invitation

Deshan one day descended to the dining hall, bowls in hand. Xuefeng asked him, “Where are you going with your bowls in hand, Old Teacher?…

In the Blue Dragon’s Cave

For twenty years I have suffered bitterly. How many times have I gone down into Blue Dragon’s cave for you? ~ The Blue Cliff Record, Case…

Sun Faces, Moon Faces

The temple superintendent asked him, “Teacher, how has your venerable health been in recent days?” Ma replied, “Sun-face Buddha, Moon-fac…

No Bombs, No Family, No Me: Yikes!

Who dares to be at peace with not falling into “has” or “has not”? Everyone fully desires to leave the constant changes. When we’ve finis…

Ascending the Heavens

Two crossed swords, neither permitting retreat. Dexterously wielded, like a lotus amidst fire. Similarly, there is a natural determinatio…

Before There Is Moonlight

Don’t be surprised to meet yet not recognize What is surely a familiar face from the past. ~ The Record of Tung-shan, 114 The imagery and…