Author Archives: Jean Low

Karma is empty

teisho 1039 (2006) This teisho was based on some talks given by Ma Tsu. He said that those who seek the dharma should not seek for anything. To sit in order to become a buddha, to become awakened, is a … Continue reading

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Actionless action

teisho 1334,  (2014) Koan practice is not a Zen practice but a life practice that brings into question the very basis on which we live our life. And as a consequence it is necessarily going to cause suffering. The security we … Continue reading

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Medicine and Sickness

Teisho 681 – 1999 “The clear-eyed one has no abode. At one time on top of the mountain, weeds thick all around; at another in the bustle of the market place enjoying perfect peace of mind.” What is this clear-eyed … Continue reading

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Investigate Identifications

Teisho 914, 2004 Nisargadatta:  “Go back to that state of pure being where the I am is still in its purity before it became contaminated with I am this or I am that.” This sums up the entirety of the practice: … Continue reading

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That I am

teisho 1056  (2006) One of the main errors people make when working on ‘Who am I?’ or ‘Mu’ or ‘the sound of one hand clapping’ is that they try to know Mu, or to know who they are, or to … Continue reading

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Dharma Gates

teisho 643 (1999) Working with Mu, or Who am I? you come to the point where you feel you have done everything you can do, and that every strategy that you have used is of no use.  That all the intelligence and … Continue reading

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Subsequent koans.

teisho 705, (2000) Eventually, you are going to have to challenge everything in your mind; every understanding, every thought, every prejudice you have must be brought under the microscope of your awareness.  This is why one practices with subsequent koans after the … Continue reading

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