Zen • Chan • Seon

Sho Daka, Song of Liberation.

Song of Enlightenment by Master Yonglia — going beyond all dualisms, theories, names, forms, preferences and aversions.

Bodhidharma image from Truc Lam Buddhist Temple in Dalat Vietnam. He is s towering presence in Chan and Zen Buddhism, a historical monk with many legendary stories, who influenced Shaolin and Kungfu.

Bodhidharma, One-Shoed sage: The Towering and Profound Life and Teachings of the Legendary Zen Master and Martial Artist

"This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

Emptiness and Shunyata: What the Teachers Say About Emptiness: Removing “Lazy Nihilism” and “How Deep the Rabbit Hole goes”

Buddha-Weekly-Wrathful Achala Fudo Myoo is supreme compassionate help-Buddhism

Immovable Lord Achala, Fudo Myoo, ferocious activity of compassion of Maha Vairochana

Larger fish drums are often hung outside temples.

Waking up the Mind in Buddhism! The Zen of Drumming for a Wakeful Mind and Mindfulness with the Wooden Fish Drum’s Unique Sound

Buddha Weekly's video True Dragon in Buddhism.

Dragons in Buddhism: The Zen Tale of the True Dragon; Guanyin and the Dragon King’s son

Does the dog have Buddha Nature is one of the "stories" in The Gateless Gate. The answer "Mu!"

The Gateless Gate and the door of Mu!: “Does a dog have Buddha Nature?” and other breakthrough koan riddles

Interior of Korean Buddhist Temple with altar on Ganghwado Island, Korea.

Korean Seon Buddhism: the thriving and profound tradition, history and practices of Seon Buddhists

Hanaum Seon Centre founded by Daehaeng in 1972.

Buddhist teachings according to Korean Zen (Seon) and Seon Master Daehaeng: Buddha-Dharma encompases all of life; dying three times; One Mind

Just sitting in mindful practice can be thought of as both Buddhist practice and martial arts skill.

Six ways to focus the mind: Metta, mindfulness, breath, progressive, transcendental, or Zazen

In the "Flower Sermon" Buddha simply holds up a flower and says nothing. Only one disciple understands — so profoundly he founded Chan Buddhism.

Chan Buddhism – the “Flower Sermon” and the profound roots of Chan or Zen — the open hearted path

Seated Zen demonstration from a video by Deputy head priest Taizo-in within Myoshin-ji Daiko Matsuyama.

Zazen is “good for nothing” — the journey to Enlightenment starts with “just sitting” — and it’s good for your health, stress or anxiety (studies)

Soto Zen temples are among the most beautiful in the world, and Eiheiji is the most pristine and preserved. Beautiful Eiheiji Temple is in Eiheiji Town Fukui Prefecture Japan, and is one of the two main temples of Soto Zen.

Dogen, Satori, and the personal experience of enlightenment in Soto Zen: impermanence, emptiness, Zazen and “Being Time”

The great monk Bodhidharma brough Chan Zen teachings to China from India and influenced the Shaolin Temple and martial arts.

Bodhidharma – The Life of the legendary Da Mo, founder of Shaolin: an epic journey from India to China

Ultimately, Shunyata can only be experienced through meditation. It has more to do with "Oneness" and "Fullness" than "Emptiness" and "Nothingness." Empty of ego, but full of everything else.

Buddhism has Nothing to do with Nihilism and everything to do with Experiencing; Why “Emptiness” and “Nothingness” are poor translations of Shunyata

MInd, thought by many theorists to be separate from the brain, is often described as a field, similar to a gravity field.

Visualization Activates the Mind; Mindfulness Stills the Mind — Which is Right for Your Buddhist Practice?

No Mud, No Lotus book bundle by Thich Nhat Hanh from Parallax Press ebook bundle.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Literary Legacy Celebrated with Charitable Bundle of ebooks: No Mud, No Lotus excerpt

The most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.

The Great Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh passed away at age 95 — his message of peace shook the world.

Zazen, silent sitting meditation — clasically, facing a blank wall — is, to some people synonymous with Zen.

‘Outside Tradition and Scripture’ – Zen Buddhism: “If you meet the Buddha, kill him.”

Monks prostrating.

The Foundation Practice of Prostrations: Humble Bow, a Method to Connect with Buddha Nature; the Psychology of Buddhist Prostrations

Shaolin kung fu is almost synomous with Buddhist monastic discipline.

“Dharma in motion”: Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhist Tantra and Zen have as much in common with martial arts as religion?

Kshitigarbha (Jizo) can be recognized in images by his staff and monk robes.

Veneration Practice and Devotion According to the Ksitigarbha Sutra: Why Devotion is Not Superstition

In many temples, including this one in Canada, the shrine typically has, as three principle deities: Buddha (here on left); Lao-Tzu (founder of Taoism) and Confucius. Combining these three traditions raises no eyebrows in Asia, since the philosophies and beliefs are similar (in many ways) and complimentary. Pictured Fung Loy Taoist Tai Chi International Centre near Orangeville, Ontario.

Dharma and the Tao: how Buddhism and Daoism have influenced each other; Why Zen and Taoism can be complementary

Soto Zen priest Ruyosho Joaquin Salazar centre.

Mindfulness: a Soto Zen priest discusses sensory and mental stability — and a vision absent of contamination

Buddha tending the sick.

Response to the Cries of the World: Teacher Theodore Tsaousidis asks “Why do such terrible things happen?”

Bodhidharma meditating in his cave, facing the wall.

Bodhidharma’s Breakthrough Teaching: Shastra on Eradicating Appearances


Why Reciting Buddhist Sutras Out Loud is Important; Sutras Help Us Remain Mindful of the Teachings and Disengage the “Clinging” Conscious Mind

Modern day statue of Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma, according  to tradition, brought martial arts to the monks to help with discipline, health and self-defence.

Bodhidharma – Founder of Zen Buddhism: “Who stands before me?” — “I don’t know.”


Basho’s Zen: Matsuo Basho and the Buddhist influence on his Haiku Poetry — profound wisdom in three lines

There are approximately the same number of neurons in the human brain as there are solar masses in the Milky Way galaxy. Our minds not only "observe" what we perceive to be our universe, it is a shining galactic cluster made of of 100 million neurons and 100 trillion synapses.

What is Buddha?: The Koans and stories of Zen Buddhism — profound riddles that “break” the mind


Zen Skateboarding: Riding Into Enlightenment

A Buddhist monk performing formal walking meditation on a forest path.

Cankama Sutta: Walking Meditation Sutra: put some mileage on your Buddhist practice with formal mindful walking

Incense is a form of honor and worship in Buddhism and other religions

Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveals Brain Health Benefits

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