Author Archives: Jean Low

All is open and unobstructed

Teisho 990 (2005) and Teisho 1302 (2013) You are not what you think you are. There is nothing wrong with you, there is nothing that needs to be eliminated or corrected, there is not even something that needs to be … Continue reading

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Be open to what is.

Teisho 1099 (2007) When one comes home to oneself there is at the same time a profound awareness. It is not an awareness of being, it is awareness as being.  Awareness and being are not the same, but they are … Continue reading

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The illusory nature of the limited.

teisho 589 (1998) This teisho was given on the first day of a sesshin, but if one is seriously working it applies to every day. When you come to a sesshin you must dedicate yourself entirely to the practice. You … Continue reading

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With awakening one acquires nothing

teisho 1293 (2012) The Diamond sutra is one of the sutras of the Prajna Paramita tradition.  The Prajna Paramita wipes it all away, it describes your face before your parents were born.  The Pajna Paramita hridaya is also a perfect … Continue reading

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Everyday mind is the way

teisho 1118 (2008) One of the things that many people feel is that there is a higher self, a real self, a cosmic self, and that we have to make contact with that higher self.  And so the tendency is … Continue reading

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Following the Breath

teisho 559 (1997) Life can only be lived now.  And when life is lived now, it is real.  When we allow ourselves to get distracted by the past, by imagination, by the future, we no longer live.  It is as … Continue reading

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The habitual way of experiencing

I was looking through a list of music on Albert’s computer, when in the midst of all the composers and music titles I saw ‘Teisho’. When I opened the file I found fifteen teishos, or ‘fifteen songs’ as they were … Continue reading

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