Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the Zen master's. Where
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.
It has been said the first step toward Enlightenment is to have your mind being ripe. How does one go about having that ripening happen?
ALL THINGS ZEN
Web site focuses on Chinese Zen master Ch'ing yuan Wei-hsin's famous discourse on mountains being mountins and waters being waters and how it relates to Zen and views of illusion/delusion and emptiness.
AWAKENING 101: APPROVED SITE LIST
A free on-line college level course exploring the Enlightening experience and the Dharma in the Zen tradition.
AWAKENING EXPERIENCE IN THE MODERN ERA
Ten typical common run-in-the-mill everyday garden variety type folks Enlightened out of the blue tell their stories. They didn't used to be nothing, now they are not not nothing, but all nothing.
The Four Bodhisattva Vows. What they are and what they mean.
BUDDHISM IN AMERICA BEFORE COLUMBUS
When the Europeans of the 1500s began a sophisticated exploration of what was eventually to become the desert southwest of the United States they continually came across remnants of what appeared to be a strong one time in place Buddhist presence.
BUDDHISM IN FORTY-ONE CHAPTERS
Forty- one quick, easy-to-read, concise chapters on the fundamentals of Buddhism. Covers all major schools of Buddhism including seven chapters on Zen.
BUDDHIST ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE INTERNET
Biologically people today are very similar to people at the time of the Buddha, however, modern communication devices that relay information instantaneously make modern society very different from the that of the Buddha.
BUDDHIST MESSAGE BOARDS AND FORUMS
If you would like to read, post, reply, or leave messages on various online message boards related to Zen, the Tao, or Buddhism this page offers quick easy access to most of the major boards and some minor ones.
SMASHING THE BLACK LACQUER BARREL: Transmission of the Light. An Enlightenment experience in the Zen tradition.
DEATH HAD A FACE
The Specter of Death in Shamanism and Zen.
Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) the founder of the Soto school of Zen and considered by some as 24th in succession in the lineage of Zen from Bodhidharma.
DOING HARD TIME IN A ZEN MONASTERY
Ending up high in the mountains in an ancient Chinese Zen monastery, with stark, unfettered study-practice that harkend back to Bodhidharma, Hui Neng and the Buddha.
ENLIGHTENED INDIVIDUALS I'VE MET
It has been said there are less than 1000 Enlightened individuals in the world. This person has met eight.
Eveywhere you go all over the internet in Zen and Buddhist related areas everyone is Enlightened. Can you do it?
FALSE GURU TEST
Worried about a false guru? Find out now before you waste anymore of your precious life.
FIVE VARIETIES OF ZEN
The five different levels of Zen: Bompu, Gedo, Sojo, Diajo, and Saijojo are explored and compared.
BUDDHISM PLUS DISABILITY: One "Step" Closer To Nirvana.
STEPHEN HAWKING: BLACK HOLES, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND ZEN.
Black holes and Enlightenment? What's the connection --- or is there one?
Some say Kensho is the samething as Satori. Is it?
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THE BHAGAVAN SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI
Written in India by an east Indian this page offers an indepth look into the life and background of the self-Enlightened sage of Arunachala.
In your search along the path for things-Zen have you ever had the feeling you are being watched? The eyes of Zen are following you.
NINE MAIN SIDDHIS
Eight Additional Siddhis.
Obeah is African-Jamaican shamanism. An Obeahman is a revered man of spells, a sort of cross between a voodoo witchdoctor, medicine man, root doctor, and "Travels with Don Juan" occult spiritualist.
OF COBRAS, SCARABS, MASERATIS, AND ZEN
Tales of a wild ride in a race car transporter from Los Angeles to Nassau in the Bahamas to meet the world's driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio to learn his secrets of Time Dilation
POWER OF THE SHAMAN
Explores if a special or secret "power source" exists for use by Shamans and others. Discusses if so, what is it, where does it comes from.
Prajna translates into "wisdom." What is meant by "wisdom" in Zen and Buddhism?
Shikantaza explores the BEST meditation method around. Dogen's gate to Enlightenment.
Supernormal Perceptual States In Buddhism and Zen.
Some say it means Emptiness, others the middle way. Which is it --- or is it both?
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Zen master Te Shan burnt all of his commentaries and books on Zen within hours of his Enlightenment. Find out his reasoning why.
THE RAZOR'S EDGE: Myrid of Sources and Links
W. Somerset Maugham's novel "THE RAZOR'S EDGE" follows a young American as he searches for spiritual awakening after a harrowing experience in WWI. High in the mountains of India he attains Enlightenment. Maugham's novel chronicles the man's journey.
THE TEN FETTERS OF BUDDHISM
"IN THE WAY OF ENLIGHTENMENT: The Ten Fetters of Buddhism." In the Sutras the Buddha described ten hurdles standing in the way of ultimate Attainment. They are called Fetters and this site explores all ten using an understandable common everyday approach.
THIRTY MINUTES TO ENLIGHTENMENT
A classic page once lost in cyber space just waiting for you to set your stopwatch.
What does tying your shoes have to do with Zen? Take a little Zen shoe tying test and find out. The sound of one hand shoe-tying.
On Vulture Peak Mountain the Buddha held up a flower and his successor was made known.
THE WANDERLING AND WIKIPEDIA
Zen and other related links by the Wanderling continue to disappear from the Free Encyclopedia.
WINDSWEPT, ZEN-SWEPT, MIND DUNES
An Anonymous Author Writes Of An Anonymous Zen Master.
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Brief biographical page on Yasutani Hakuun Roshi the founder of Sanbo Kyodan, the Fellowship of the Three Treasures, combining what he regarded as the best of the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen.
ZEN AND THE ART OF WOODIE WAGONS
How a onetime teenager's ownership of a Ford woodie wagon led to the meeting of an Enlightened Zen master and the to-this-day downstream outflow from that encounter.
Zen Enlightenment, Zen, Zen Buddhism, Buddhism, Enlightenment, Meditation, Hui-neng, Satori, Kensho, Sri Ramana, Maharshi, Guru, Te Shan, Carlos Castaneda, Bodhidharma, Four Noble Truths, Emptiness, Samsara, Sunyata, the Tao, The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham, Leonardo DaVinci, Obeah, Shamanism, Inka Shomei.
ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT IN A NUTSHELL
Ever ask the question "How do I get Enlightened?" and wonder if there is an answer?
SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: THE LAST AMERICAN DARSHAN
RECOUNTING A YOUNG BOY'S NEARLY INSTANT TRANSFORMATION INTO THE ABSOLUTE DURING HIS ONLY DARSHAN WITH THE MAHARSHI
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