Allspirit - Spiritual Poetry, Quotations, Song Lyrics & Texts
Zen Buddhism has its roots in both Mahayana Buddhism and Taoism. Originating in China, where it is known known as ch'an, in the 6th century. Zen spread to Korea and Japan, and then became popular in the west in the mid twentieth century.
The essence of Zen Buddhist practice is to come to the realisation that every being has buddha nature. Zen is more interested in direct knowing, rather than rote learning of scripture without experience. There is often a direct transmission of enlightment between master and disciple.
There is plenty of Zen throughout Allspirit. Some of the writings are listed below:
- Bankei - Buddha Mind
- Cheri Huber
- Hsin Hsin Ming
- Huang Po
- Zen Poetry
- Zen Stories
Some Zen Quotations:
If you're afraid of being grabbed by God, don't look at a wall. Definitely don't sit still.
~Jiyu Kennett - Essential Zen
All the evil karma, ever created by me since of old; on account of my beginningless greed, hatred and ignorance; born of my conduct, speech and thought; I now confess openly and fully.
Translated from Japanese by Robert Aitken Roshi