In an exchange between a young novice Shishi and Shitou when a knife is not a knife and a branch of a tree becomes the obstacle to clear seeing Shishi is awakened. This extract comes from Records of the Transmission of the Lamp vol. 4
In this podcast we hear of Buddha’s...
Reginald Blyth may not be so well known these days but his influence on early and mid-twentieth century writers and travellers was considerable. He popularised both Japan and Zen Buddhism and was a major contributor in bringing haiku to the West.
Skeptical doubt is an emotional reaction based on either prejudice or fear. The great ball of doubt is an openness that allows for there to be something beyond my own views. They have two quite different feeling tones.
In this episode, the King visits Vimalakirti to discover what ails the patient and when he will be well again? However the news from Vimalakirti is bad. When he tells them they realise how it's going to affect them all.