Your Daily Zen Meditation for February 6th

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Your Daily Zen Meditation for February 6th

The realm of enlightenment of all the Buddhas and

patriarchs is the same as that of you monks.  If you

have a head full of Buddhas and patriarchs, how will

you ever get to see what is your own?

But if you see what is your own, at that time there

cannot be any Buddhas, patriarchs, other people or

dharma established…The patriarch is not another

person separate from yourself, and the Buddha is

miraculous, pure awakening.

– Hongzhi

Empty the Cup

Empty the Cup


A western scholar once visited a Zen master and asked to receive teachings. The master invited the scholar to tea, then proceeded to pour a cup for him. He did not stop when the cup was full but continued pouring until the tea overflowed. His point was that if a seeker’s mind is preoccupied, there is no room for wisdom. To gain in insight we must empty the cup of the mind, rather than pour precepts into it.

Daily Zen Meditation for August 19th

The world is unstable, like a house on fire. This is not a place where you stay long. The murderous haunt of impermanence comes upon you in a flash, no matter whether you are rich or poor, old or young. If you want to be no different from a Zen master or a buddha, just do not seek outwardly.

– Lin Chi (d 867?)

Make A Zen Garden

A miniature Zen garden provides an excellent focus for meditation. To make one you will require a shallow dish, some sand, and some natural objects for the “features” (such as stones, leaves or small twigs).  Choose these objects with care, bearing in mind that natural forms are sacred in Zen. Place the sand in the dish and position the features in a pleasing formation. Use your fingers to create wave-like patterns around each object, echoing the way in which water eddies around rocks and islands. When you meditate on your Zen garden, notice the paradoxical suggestion of stillness and movement that the effect creates.