Yulu – zen onderrichtingen

22 – Daoxin’s mystic fusion

A zen teaching (yulu) by Daoxin (580-651). When mind of itself is peaceful and clean, then all that is needed is bold advance as if saving your head from burning. You must not slack off or get lazy. Try hard, try hard! When beginners sit in meditation to contemplate mind: sit alone someplace. First straighten … Lees meer

21 – Bassui’s inherent nature

A teaching (yulu) by Bassui (1327-1387). Someone asked me: “If all existing form is possessed of the three poisons [greed, anger and delusion], who among buddhas, ancestors, saints, and wise men can escape them?” I responded: “Just wake up to your own nature, and the three poisons will be transformed into obeying the precepts, meditation, … Lees meer

20 – Bodhidharma’s way

A teaching (yulu) by Bodhidharma (5th century), founding teacher of the zen tradition. There are many avenues for entering the Way, but essentially they all are of two kinds:A. entering through the principle,B. and entering through practice. ad A. “Entering through the Principle” is awakening to the essential by means of the teachings. It requires … Lees meer

19 – Hakuin’s song of zazen

A zen teaching (yulu) from master Hakuin (1686-1769). From the beginning all beings are Buddha.Like water and ice, without water no ice,Outside us no Buddhas. How near the truth, yet how far we seek,Like one in water crying “I thirst.”Like a child of rich birthwand’ring poor on this earth,we endlessly circle the six worlds. The … Lees meer

18 – Baizhang’s awareness

A zen teaching (yulu) from master Baizhang (8th century). When facing the end, all are beautiful scenes appearing – according to what the mind likes, the most impressive are experienced first. If you do not do bad things right now, then at this time, facing death, there will be no unpleasant scenes. Even if there … Lees meer

17 – Huihai’s control

A zen teaching (yulu) from master Huihai (8th century). Once a Taoist, happening to pass by, asked: ‘Is there anything in the world more marvellous than the forces of nature?’M: ‘There is.’ Q: ‘And what is that?’M: ‘The power of comprehending those natural forces.’ Q: ‘Is cosmic vitality the Way (Tao)?’M: ‘Cosmic vitality is cosmic … Lees meer

16 – Torei’s embrace

A teaching (yulu) from Torei Enji, 1721-1792, a disciple and successor of Hakuin. The monks of our school do not know how to set the body at ease and be obedient to the Dharma. Nowadays they often mistake their uninteresting views for ‘Zen’. They do not peruse the sutras and treatises [shastra’s], but rather query … Lees meer

15 – Nagarjuna’s mind

A teaching (yulu) from master Nagarjuna (c. 150 – c. 250) on the mind as root of freedom. All that arises is suffering; cravingIs its vast origination.Its cessation is liberation – the path forAttaining this is the Eightfold Arya [Noble] Path. That being so, strive – always –In order to see the Four Arya [Noble] … Lees meer

14 – Dahui’s wisdom

A teaching (yulu) from zen master Dahui (1088-1163) on knowledge and enlightenment. There are three mistakes. Saying you are obstructed by knowledge is one, saying you are not yet enlightened and willingly being deluded is another, and going on within delusion to use mind to wait for enlightenment is another. These three mistakes are the … Lees meer

13 – Mazu’s truth

A dharma talk by zen master Mazu (709–788). Here the contents of this fragment: “All dharmas [all phenomena] are mind dharmas; all names are mind names. The myriad dharmas are all born from the mind; the mind is the root of the myriad dharmas. The sutra says, ‘It is because of knowing the mind and … Lees meer

12 – Dogen’s certainty

Spoken by Eihei Dogen (1200-1255) at the beginning of a summer retreat. Here the contents of this fragment: Once when Zikong was at Tiantong monastery in Siming at the beginning of a summer retreat he said, “For people in meditation the most important thing is that the nostrils be right; then the eyes must be … Lees meer

11 – Linji’s freedom

“If you want to be free to live or to die, to go or to stay as you would put on or take off clothes, then right now recognize the one listening to my discourse, the one who has no form, no characteristics, no root, no source, no dwelling place, and yet is bright and … Lees meer

10 – Yunmen’s commitment

My brothers, if there is one who has attained it, he passes his days in conformity with the ordinary. If you have not yet attained it, you must at any price avoid pretending that you have. You must not waste your time, and you need very much to pay close attention! The old men definitely … Lees meer

09 – Yantou’s treasure

As soon as he arrived at master Te Shan’s place, Hsueh Feng asked him, “Does this student [Hsueh Feng] have any share in this matter handed down from antiquity as the fundamental vehicle?”Te Shan struck him a blow and said, “What are you saying?”Because of this, Hsueh Feng had an insight. Later Hsueh Feng told … Lees meer

08 – Dongshan’s flame

When Shenshan had picked up a needle to mend clothes, Master Dongshan asked, “What are you doing?”“Mending,” answered Shenshan.“In what way do you mend?” asked the Master.“One stitch is like the next,” said Shenshan.“We’ve been traveling together for twenty years, and you can still say such a thing! How can there be such craftiness?” said … Lees meer

07 – Vimalakirti’s pleasure

The daughters of the gods asked:What is this pleasure that has as its object the garden of the Law (dharma)? Vimalakirti replied: It is the pleasure which consists in believing firmly in the Buddha, in desiring to hear the Law (Dharma), attending to the community (Sangha), driving away pride and respecting the teachers, extricating oneself … Lees meer

06 – Hongzhi’s fullness

Practice in emptiness and forget conditioning as dazzling light gleams from the shadows. When each portion of spirit is luminous and unhindered, the mind of the three times is interrupted and the four material elements are in balance. Transparent and marvelously bright, in solitary glory for multitudinous kalpas, a patch-robed monk can practice like this … Lees meer

05 – Clear your mind (Huihai)

[A sutra says:] Wise men regulate their minds rather than their persons; fools regulate their persons rather than their minds. Another sutra states: ‘Evil springs forth from the mind, and by the mind is evil overcome.’ Thus, we may know that all good and evil proceed from our minds and that mind is therefore the … Lees meer

04 – Suzuki’s ground

Usually we are not interested in the nothingness of the ground. Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest the most important thing is to make the soil rich and to cultivate it well. … Lees meer

03 – Buddha’s non-thinking

[Buddha said:] In the transparent lucidity of the original nature of thought, in the perfect purity of its original nature, no genesis of a thought takes place. Where there is an objective support, there the foolish common people produce a thought. The bodhisattva, however, wisely considers the objective support, as well as the genesis of … Lees meer

02 – Shibayama roshi

Dharma teaching from Zenkei Shibayama roshi. A Zen master said in his teisho [dharma-talk]: “Whenever it may be, wherever you may be, your mind is at peace, because there’s no mind outside your body; because there’s no body outside your mind. Since your body and mind have already dropped away, what is there to be … Lees meer

01 – Huang Bo

Huangbo said to the assembly, “You people are all slurpers of dregs. If you travel like this, where will you have today? Do you know that in all of China there are no teachers of Chan?” At that point a monk came forward and said, “What about those who guide followers and lead groups in … Lees meer