Category Archives: Teisho

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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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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