How to tell whether something really is your Real Mind or not – The Buddha in the Shurangama Sutra

Essence of Buddhism writes: In the Shurangama Sutra, the Buddha starts off by saying that people who undertake spiritual cultivation but fail to realize ultimate enlightenment all fail because they don’t understand 2 fundamentals roots – the 2 different types of mind.  They only think that there is 1 type of mind – their thoughts … Read more »

Knowledge into Practice

A TIBETAN STORY illustrates the lack of connection between intellectual knowledge and ingrained habit, and the difficulty we have putting the fruits of our meditation into practice: A monk once asked one of his brother monks, “What are you up to these days?” and the friend replied, “I’ve been doing a lot of meditation on … Read more »

Buddha Nature

Keiji, a long-time Zen student, approached his master and said: “I don’t see how there can be any enlightenment that sets you free once and for all. I think we just get ever greater glimpses of Buddha-nature, the vastness that is our true Reality. It’s an ever-expanding process.” The master, looking penetratingly at Keiji, replied. … Read more »