On laughter

In a real deep laughter the mind disappears. It is not a part of mind or of the heart. When a real laughter happens -- a belly laughter, as it is called -- then it comes from your very core; from your very center ripples start spreading towards your circumference. Just as you throw a … Continue reading On laughter

Art of God-realization

A monk asked Ryuge, "What did the old Masters and Prophets attain when they entered the last stage of perfect enlightenment?" "They were like burglars sneaking into a vacant house," Ryuge, the Guru, replied with kindness. The Ultimate Stage The monk in this Zen story is representative of the modern pragmatist - he is obsessed … Continue reading Art of God-realization

When Truth shines solitary and bright

As Zen sees it, life and non-life are under a certain order, In interactions the student is wont to consider the smallest details. When host and guest appear, there is an exchange of discourse. ... The wise that are desirous to conform with the Way keep themselves from all doubting. If expanded, the splendor of … Continue reading When Truth shines solitary and bright

How the world lost interest in high spiritual philosophy

The state of never-going, never-returning A monk asked his Zen Teacher, "What do you think of a monk who goes from the monastery and never returns?" The Teacher replied, "He is ungrateful." The student then asked, "What do you think of a monk who goes out of the monastery but comes back again?" The Teacher … Continue reading How the world lost interest in high spiritual philosophy