Tuesday, 12 June 2018

229. ZEN REMARKS

229. Want to practise Zen but can't live without preferences? Take heart. Buddhist scholar Mu Soeng introduces a modifier to the opening line of the 'Xinxinming'. So now it reads: 'The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no  (addictive) preferences'.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

228. ZEN REMARKS

228. It is said that 'the Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences'. If this is so then for many of us it must be very difficult indeed.

Friday, 8 June 2018

227. ZEN REMARKS

227. Does the enlightened Zen master have no problems? Feel no pain? Sleep soundly every night? Is he or she immune to the attractive power of the beautiful other? See the following:

          Awake and alone
          listening. The dark surround
          ringing in my ears. 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

226. ZEN REMARKS

226. In a sense, the Zen practitioner sets out, not to win, but to lose. Unless the wheat grain dies ...

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

225. ZEN REMARKS

225. Some reminders: seek without seeking, strive without striving, care without caring.

Monday, 28 May 2018

224. ZEN REMARKS

224. It might be said that the work of the Zen master, like that of Wittgenstein's philosopher, is to assemble reminders for a particular purpose. 

Sunday, 27 May 2018

223. ZEN REMARKS

223. What is your aim in Zen? To release the goose from the jar it was raised in  (without damage to either jar or goose).