What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?

Re: What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?

Postby duckfiasco » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:52 am

I'm reading "Moon in a Dewdrop", which has many of Dogen's writings and expounds a bit on his history and philosophy. There are also many explanations and footnotes to make the texts easier to understand.

It seems like a good place to start at least :)
Namu Amida Butsu
The Perfect Way knows no difficulties
Except that it refuses to make preferences;
Only when freed from hate and love,
It reveals itself fully and without disguise.
- Sengcan (tr. Suzuki)
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Re: What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?

Postby Fa Dao » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:11 am

Bodhidharma gave the Lankavatara Sutra to Hui Ke and told him that was all he needed...
"But if you know how to observe yourself, you will discover your real nature, the primordial state, the state of Guruyoga, and then all will become clear because you will have discovered everything"-Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
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Re: What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?

Postby plwk » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:34 am

Bodhidharma gave the Lankavatara Sutra to Hui Ke and told him that was all he needed...

And the 'demonstrable evidence' for this is....
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Re: What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?

Postby jundo cohen » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:34 am

Oh, there are many good Buddhist books by many authors ... and one should read them, learn from them ...

But the "end all and be all" book of Zen is written by you in this moment on the open page of emptiness ...

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Oh, sure, one is handed the Karma and other conditions of the story heretofore ... and we may not always find ourselves in the place we would wish ... but what happens from this instant is greatly up to our choices right here, our words, thoughts and acts. One can thus choose to write a tale of greed, anger and ignorance ... or Wisdom and Compassion ... as you will.

That is the "be all and end all manual", ever beginning and ending in every step and breath, without beginning or end ... :smile:

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Re: What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?

Postby Fa Dao » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:39 am

Plwk,
read the Bodhidharma Anthology by Prof. Jeffrey Broughton
"But if you know how to observe yourself, you will discover your real nature, the primordial state, the state of Guruyoga, and then all will become clear because you will have discovered everything"-Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
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