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The ease of meditation

Just rest in the Self-Enjoyment Samadhi of all the Buddhas, wandering playfully in the four practices of peace and bliss of those open to Openness. This is the profound and inconceivable practice of Buddhas and Awakened Ancestors. From “Zazen Yojinki: … Continue reading

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Go into the mountains

Go and stay in a monastery where there is a true teacher. Go deep into the mountains and valleys. Practice kinhin by clear waters and verdant mountains. Clear the mind by a stream or under a tree. Observe impermanence without … Continue reading

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Nothing to reject, nothing to accept

The exceptional approach is to recognize the true nature of afflictive emotions. When desirous thoughts arise vividly, looking directly at their essence, they subside in themselves. This is the dawning of mahamudra, bliss and emptiness inseparable. It is also called … Continue reading

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More Fully Human

There is a Jewish tradition of the zaddik—the holy person. The zaddik differs, it is said, from ordinary people, in that the zaddik is more fully human. In the Christian tradition, Saint Irenaeus says something similar. He says that the … Continue reading

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Wise Returning

I just finished reading an excellent article, “Impermanence is Buddha Nature,” by Zoketsu Norman Fischer, published in the May 2013 issue of Shambhala Sun. The article was incredibly helpful in deepening my understanding of Buddhism’s teachings on permanence and impermanence. … Continue reading

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Being the Knowing

So contemplate this ability to know when you think a good thought or a bad thought. There’s an immediate transcendence to that: the fact that you know goodness is good, or badness is bad. To have the wisdom to know … Continue reading

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Ajahn Sumedho on “being the knowing”/pure awareness

“I can’t claim ‘I am the knower of the world’–that gives the wrong message, doesn’t it? It’s not a matter of me claiming it, but of being, of trusting. There’s no name, you don’t have to be anything. You don’t … Continue reading

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