Category Archives: Teisho

The Illusion of Reality

teisho 1310  (2013) Someone asked Huang Po, ‘What is implied by seeing into our true nature?’   Isn’t there a contradiction here? Is there a true nature you can see into, something that you can perceive? It is the same when … Continue reading

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The Right Practice

teisho 1041 (2006) Case 28 in the Hekiganroku: Hyakujo asked: “Is there any dharma that has not yet been taught?” Nansen said, “It is not mind, it is not Buddha, it is not a thing.” A koan pushes us beyond … Continue reading

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Working on yourself.

(extracts from various teishos) The idea that the craving for experience, the clutching after this, that and the other, may be a cause for suffering is not difficult to accept. It is more difficult, but nevertheless possible to accept that … Continue reading

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Everyone has their own light (teisho 1007 – 2005)

Before the thought ‘I am’ arises, what are you? You are always before the thoughts. You do not have to go backwards in some inner space, or go backwards in some inner time to get to the before. You are … Continue reading

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Questioning (teisho 1169 – 2009)

Nisargadatta: “As long as you take yourself to be a person, a body or a mind, separate from the stream of life, having a will of its own, pursuing its own aims, you are living merely on the surface.” This … Continue reading

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Hakuin’s Chant. (teisho 550 – 1997)

In his chant, In Praise of Zazen, Hakuin says, “But if we turn inwards and prove our true nature….” In this teisho Albert talks about this turning inwards and points out that we mostly misunderstand what is required.  He starts … Continue reading

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Koans (teishos 593-1998 & 1026-2006)

To say it in the abstract is easy, but to explain reality in words is difficult. This is the key to koans. When one is working on a koan, any explanation is an utter waste of time. When one thinks … Continue reading

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