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October 31, 2011


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"The Bodhisattva in Shurangamasamadhi does not pledge himself to morality, but does not avoid it." — Shurangamasamadhi Sutra

“The sutras of the Buddha are true. But long ago, when that great bodhisattva was cultivating the seed of enlightenment, it was to counter the three poisons that he made his three vows. Practicing moral prohibitions to counter the poison of greed, he vowed to put an end to all evils. Practicing meditation to Counter the poison of anger, he vowed to cultivate all virtues. And practicing wisdom to counter the poison of delusion, he vowed to liberate all beings. Because he persevered in these three pure practices of morality, meditation, and wisdom, he was able to overcome the three poisons and reach enlightenment. By overcoming the three poisons he wiped out everything sinful and thus put an end to evil. By observing the three sets of precepts he did nothing but good and thus cultivated virtue. And by putting an end to evil and cultivating virtue lie consummate all practices, benefited himself as well as others, and rescued mortals everywhere. Thus he liberated beings.”

Bodhidharma, The Breakthrough Sermon, translated by Red Pine

"The Buddha and Bodhidharma both taught a path comprised of morality, meditation and wisdom.

So what is the fuss?


Your carefully designed and built house is burning Clyde, and like the homegrown village idiot you are, you have decided it is safer staying inside, until the presumed Buddhas fire brigade is coming knocking on your door (which it wont) .

The cognitive dissonance of Zen is a wonderful blog and its keep the wonderful informative that is informative and useful for the users too.

Dear Zennist;

While I agree that Zen has its fair share of mythology, rites and rituals, and I agree that the single focus of Zen is “seeing into one’s true Nature”, as Bodhidharma, the legendary founder of the Zen tradition, is reported to have said:

"A special transmission beyond Scriptures,
Not depending on words or letters,
But pointing directly to the Mind,
Seeing into one's true Nature,
And realizing one's own Enlightenment."

This is clearly not a focus on the suttas, sutras, or “the literature of Zen”, nor doctrine or philosophy, nor any intellectual understanding – but of direct experience.

The Buddha and Bodhidharma both taught a path comprised of morality, meditation and wisdom.

So what is the fuss?


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