Author Archives: Jean Low

A seeing that is being

Teisho 1238  (2010) Buddha said, ‘Life is suffering.’ Suffering is the very fabric of life. One can liken life to a tapestry: experience is the warp, suffering is the weft. Once one realises that pain and suffering are a manifestation … Continue reading

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The Immutable

teisho 683  (1999) When we ask ‘what is Mu?’ and ‘what am I?’ these are not questions in the ordinary sense of the term.  Normally when we ask a question we are wanting information. At a deeper level, we are … Continue reading

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Existence

teisho 1125 (2008) It is the need to exist, the insistence on existence, that is the source of our suffering. Existence comes from two words:  ex-which means outside of, and then sistere, to stand. So existence is to stand outside, … Continue reading

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Questioning

teisho 1229  (2010) What am I?  One of the main problems we have is that we do not know how to ask this question in a meaningful way.  It is possible to hear this question, or read it, or for … Continue reading

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Allowing

These blogs are usually prepared from a teisho.  This one is different, it is an extract from Albert’s comments in Genjokoan by Zen Master Dogen. A friend had been taken by the previous blog on allowing.   Her husband recently came … Continue reading

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What am I?

teisho 1234 (2013) ‘I am’ and the question ‘what am I?’ are fundamental. Our very life is a question. There is this constant onward thrust;  life is not static, needing to be put into action by outside forces. All life … Continue reading

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Koan 6 in the Mumonkan.

Teisho 1031 (2006) A flower is held up, and the secret has been revealed. Kashyapa breaks into a smile. Buddha said, ” My doctrine implies thinking of that which is beyond thought. Performing that which is beyond performance. Speaking of … Continue reading

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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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