Chan master [Mazu] Daoyi (709-788 CE) of Jiangxi was a native of Shifang in the province of Han (Sichuan). His family name was Ma. Uncommon of appearance, with the gait of a bull, the gaze of a tiger and a long tongue that could reach to his nose; he also two...
You didn’t actually give us this park. We took over the railings and walkways between your buildings and rode on them. Then we painted brilliant graffiti all over your grey concrete walls. You’ve always hated the lot of us.”
The Buddha looked at Monkey sceptically and challenged him to a wager. If Monkey could jump out of the Buddha’s right hand he would take the Jade Emperor with him into the Western Paradise and Monkey could have the throne.
In this talk, as well as covering the basic step-by-step method of how to sit zazen, we place this practice as a central ritual of the zen school, a symbolic enactment of the Buddha’s own awakening under the Bodhi Tree.
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