Tagged with zen

Sovereignty & Silence

“being sovereign wherever you are and using that place as your seat of awakening.” – Master Linji Tricycle has recently posted an excerpt from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go (2007). I haven’t read the book itself but after this I would like to. Here’s something that really stood out for me: … Continue reading

Zen and Christians, afraid to love?

Clergyman defends his Zen Buddhist practices. Conservatives in the Episcopal Church of the US are demanding that Rev Kevin Thew Forrester, a priest of the diocese of Northern Michigan, be barred from the episcopate because he received a “lay ordination” from a Buddhist group. Strange how so much misunderstanding stems from when we see something … Continue reading

Mindfulness every day.

In Zen, we often here the task of the practitioner is to silence the mind. In modern society this can be very difficult. Gone are the days we can find blocks of quiet time. We are imbedded with technology – cell phones, instant messages, wifi – all wizzing by through the air. Yet, even in … Continue reading

Work, writing, fiction…Zen.

As the Big Sit continues, I find a part of myself that is hyper-rationalizing. Also, I find that this part of myself, to some degree, is a response to the environment: the explosion of available material (library books, gift cards to book stores), and schoolwork. My head, however, issued a warning as of late: Past … Continue reading

No Water, No Moon

As described by the Zen Koan, When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time. At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the … Continue reading

Radical Empiricism

“If you look very carefully, you’ll see that consciousness is simply one with whatever is immediately arising- as we saw the mountain, for example. You as a subject do not see the mountain as an object, but rather, you and the mountain are one in the immediacy of the actual experience. So in that sense, … Continue reading

What is Zen?

A special transmission outside the scriptures,  Not depending on words and letters;  Directly pointing to the mind,  Seeing into one’s true nature and attaining Buddhahood. -Bodhidharma, the first Chan Master. 

The Big Sit

Tricycle is offering a challenge for us: Sit for 90 days. By that, of course, they mean meditate. It’s the first I’ve heard of this tradition, but apparently they have a 90 day meditation challenge, and an outline or guideline on how to do it:   Sit in formal meditation for 20 minutes each day. • … Continue reading