Wake Up From The Dream teaching Apr 16, 2021

The challenge is to use our practice to cultivate awareness, to be honest enough and to train ourselves to be able to witness and watch the ever-changing flow of emotion, thoughts, projections, and experience that goes on in our minds. If we don't pay attention, then our minds make and rule...

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The Ten Thousand Samadhis Are Not Necessary teaching Apr 02, 2021

Deep pine tree valley:

Sitting quietly,

The moon was bright last night.

The ten thousand samadhis are not necessary.

When thirsty, drink.

When tired, sleep

By Zen Master Hahn Am

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What is “I”? teaching Mar 26, 2021

What is this thing that I call, “I”?  What is it really? We think we know who we are—we have stories about ourselves. But what is it really?  We have our own limited human perception of things, and that's good, that helps us somewhat. But it's not the truth.

We create...

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How To Enter Buddhahood teaching Mar 12, 2021

A monk asked a master, "I just became a monk and would like to know how to enter Buddhahood."

The master said, "Do you hear the waterfall?"

"Yes I do" replied the monk.

Master said, "Enter there."

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This Moment Is Our Life teaching Mar 05, 2021

If you go into the realm of metaphysics about life after life after life, you're in the world of supposition. But take everything about our past actions creating a future life and substitute the word “moment” for “life”. Our action in this moment creates our life in the...

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Great Effort teaching Feb 13, 2021

Great Effort, I think of as the hinge-point of our practice. If we don't have this great effort, then we really don't have a practice. Because unless we bring our practice to the difficult parts of our lives, it's not much of a practice. In fact, what often seems to happen is many people will...

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Authentic Natural Self teaching Jan 22, 2021

"Before thinking" is easy to talk about but difficult to practice. Our desire, anger, and ignorance are so powerful, so encompassing, and solid that we don’t even recognize their impact. Many people who first hear about before thinking find it absurd. Others feel that it is impossible to...

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Cause and Effect teaching Jan 15, 2021

That combination of the cause and the action leads to a result. That result becomes the next cause. I remember Zen Master Seung Sahn pretending to hold a match in his hand, and he said, “This match is the cause. Fire is the result.” But you need to strike the match in order to...

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This Moment Is The Answer teaching Dec 18, 2020

We're actually more focused on the question than the answer because answers change. There's no one fixed answer. The point of questions is to open us up to the experience of our lives. So, this moment is the answer. Our practice is to open up to this moment. It's usually our ideas, our opinions,...

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The First Noble Truth teaching Dec 11, 2020

The First Noble Truth is "All things are suffering." Life is suffering. The word in Sanskrit is duḥkha. Sometimes it is translated as "unsatisfactory". Situations, this world, and our lives are not what we want them to be. There's almost always a gap between what we want and what is. In as much...

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Self Doubt vs Great Doubt teaching Dec 04, 2020

Self Doubt is quite different than Great Doubt. Self Doubt is more like, "I am no good, what am I doing? "I should be able to do this better." It’s centered on “I”. This "I" is a construct. The fundamental concept of suffering is that attachment to "I". With this self-image,...

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The Doorway Into Liberation teaching Nov 27, 2020

So what am I? We think we know, but we really don't. That not-knowing is the doorway into our liberation. When we walk through that doorway of not-knowing, we let go of the concept, we let go of the belief, we let go of the idea. We ask, “What is it?” If we can let go of what we think...

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