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Humiliation and Humility

Hubert Benoit’s books were our first introduction to Zen. A small group of friends used to meet of an evening and read his texts and discuss what he said. This was in Johannesburg; we had just left Scientology, disappointed that … Continue reading

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Working on Mu: teisho 944-2004

The problem is we feel things are absolute. We believe that there is a world and that we live in this world. It is as though there is water and it freezes and now you have chunks that you can … Continue reading

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Beyond any movement of the mind teisho 1005/ 2005

In this teisho Albert was talking about the four noble truths of Buddha, the first one being that life is suffering, and he said it is only by seeing this thoroughly that we are going to really question, which is … Continue reading

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Two monks roll up the blinds

Early on in these postings I wrote about the smile. I have continued to work with the smile for this past year. A good deal of the time it was impossible, sometimes it was possible. But eventually I have come to … Continue reading

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Practice (teisho 1364/2015)

One should always start with the realization that fundamentally everything is OK.   We can say instead: ‘All beings are Buddha’; or we can say, more enigmatically, ‘Everyday mind is the Way’. Or we can say, ‘Nothing needs to be done’. This … Continue reading

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It is all awareness

The ability to change your perspective is needed for understanding. (Roger Antonsen TED). We take for granted that the way we see the world is the way the world is. We have a fixed viewpoint. One way to look upon awakening … Continue reading

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A cigarette is sometimes just a cigarette

As many of you will know from the happy parties over the years, Albert’s birthday was in December. So to mark the occasion I am posting a piece of his writing that was on his computer. If any of you … Continue reading

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