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Zen Stories – Is That So? – The Zen Universe
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Is That So? The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbours as one living a pure life. A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him.
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Mumonkan – The Gateless Gate – The Zen Universe
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Mumonkan, Mu Mun Kwan, Wu Men Kuan, Wu-men kuan, Wu-men-kuan, Wumenguan (Gateless Gate, Gate of Gatelessness) represents a collection of 48 koans, compiled
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Ego – The Zen Universe
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Latin for I, ego seems to be a most confusing word, used by different people in very different senses. These senses range from an idea of the self which
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the three marks of existence – the three seals – The Zen Universe
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The three marks of existence (Pāḷi: tilakkhaṇa; Sanskrit: trilakṣaṇa) or three seals are a major cornerstone of the Buddha’s teachings. In Buddhism, they
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True Living Buddha – The Zen Universe
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One day, my master Kodo Sawaki confided in me, “Why did zen impress me so much? It wasn’t reading the Shobogenzo, or the words of the masters or any other
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Z – Zazen – The Zen Universe
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Zazen is a Japanese term. “Za” literally means to sit or sitting; “zen” means to meditate or concentrate. Zazen literally means sitting meditation.
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Wabi-Sabi – The Art Of Imperfection – The Zen Universe
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Wabi-Sabi’s roots lie in Zen Buddhism, which was brought from China to Japan by Eisai, a twelfth-century monk. Zen stresses austerity, communion with nature
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Tripitaka – The Zen Universe
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The Tripitaka is a collection of holy writings organized into three collections or baskets to include the rules for monastics (The Vinaya), the actual
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Ritual and Form in Zen Buddhism – The Zen Universe
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Ritual traditions have changed over historical time and differ from sect to sect and from region to region throughout East Asia. Descriptions of Zen ritual
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Mantra – The Zen Universe
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For thousands of years, mystics, meditators, and yogis have used mantras for mental and spiritual transformation. A mantra is a sequence of words, syllables
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