Throughout the Ten Directions

“Throughout the ten directions and the three times… “ (Dedication, Hollow Bones Sutra Book p.7) The ten directions are the eight directions of the compass—north, south, east, west, northwest, northeast, southeast, and southwest—plus up and down. Hence, the entire universe… all physical space. Buddhist texts refer to the existence of Buddha lands in all directionsContinue reading “Throughout the Ten Directions”

Spiritual Life and Practice is Empty

“We must remember that even spiritual life and practice are fundamentally empty.” (Great Wisdom Heart Sutra, Hollow Bones Sutra Book p. 5-6) If we pay attention to the Heart Sutra one may say it’s ridiculous, crazy, nuts or doesn’t make any sense. That may be closer to accurate than one might think. Wisdom one couldContinue reading “Spiritual Life and Practice is Empty”

Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

I take refuge in the absolute purity of this Awakened Mind! (Buddha) I take refuge in this practice of pure selfless awareness, wisdom, compassion and skillful means! (Dharma) I take refuge in this awakening community and our realization in the truth of the interconnection, interpenetration and interdependency of all sentient and insentient beings everywhere! (Sangha)Continue reading “Buddha, Dharma, Sangha”

Atta Dipa | Pure Awareness

Atta = Self Dipa = Light (You are this light) pure selfless awareness. Rely upon selfless awareness. Do not rely upon concepts of self and other that appear. Do not depend upon beliefs, sensations, and emotions, which arise and fall away. Meditative awareness, clear intention, acting wisely, compassionately and skillfully are this practice. Rely uponContinue reading “Atta Dipa | Pure Awareness”

“What is Most Essential” ~Jun Po

“What is most essential is the practice of Dhyana, meditative mindfulness, which enables us to experience the Absolute Purity of our deepest nature and to hold that transpersonal truth in the complexity of our personal lives.” ~Jun Po

The Gate of Oneness is Open

The gate of the oneness of cause and effect is open. (Song of Zazen, Hollow Bones Sutra Book p.39-40) The Buddha identified three kinds of suffering: the dukkha of physical and emotional pain… The first kind of dukkha is the obvious suffering caused by physical discomfort, from the minor pain of stubbing a toe, hunger,Continue reading “The Gate of Oneness is Open”

“Shikantaza” ~Barry Magid

“Just sitting means just that. That “just” endlessly goes against the grain of our need to fix, transform, and improve ourselves. The paradox of our practice is that the most effective way of transformation is to leave ourselves alone. The more we let everything be just what it is, the more we relax into anContinue reading ““Shikantaza” ~Barry Magid”

Hollow Bones Precepts

Precepts 1. Affirm Life ~ I respect all sentient and insentient beings and always act with compassion towards them. In order to live, it is necessary for me to take life. I do so with reverence for the life taken. In gratitude, I do not take my own life for granted. 2. Act Generously ~Continue reading “Hollow Bones Precepts”

“Lotus Paradise” ~Master Hakuin

“At this moment, what more need we seek? As the Truth eternally reveals Itself, This very place is the Lotus Paradise! This very Body is the Buddha!” ~Master Hakuin (Hollow Bones Sutra Book, Song of Zazen p.39-40)

I Now Confess and Purify

“All of the deluded behavior ever manifested by me because of my beginningless greed, anger and ignorance, born of my body, speech and mind, Through meditation and action I now confess and purify.” (Purification, Hollow Bones Sutra Book p.2) For countless eons we have been influenced and motivated by our greed, hatred, and delusion. Therefore,Continue reading “I Now Confess and Purify”