Author Archives: Jean Low

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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The Divine Spark

teisho 1362 (2015) If we are going to practice Zen, particularly on sesshin, it must be one wholehearted practice.  Everything must be directed towards the question ‘Who am I?’    How would you answer this question?  There is only one response, … Continue reading

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Reality has no form

teisho 1316 (2013) Reality has no form. This is what we cannot grasp with the reasoning, discriminating, intellectual mind. It has no form, and yet it appears. Everything is the appearance of that which has no form. A non Buddhist … Continue reading

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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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