by: Mokuho Guy Mercier : About Shantideva: Shantideva was an eighth century Indian monk highly renowned in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism. Like Shakyamuni, he came from a royal family, but renounced his royalty to devote himself to meditation. He was ordained a monk at Nalanda, a monastic university, where he continued to study the sutras, and […]
“To study Zen is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self…“ Dogen Zenji Jean Baby: Sesshin at Bangor. October 1995. “To practise Zen is to know the self.” It’s to be present to ourselves, to be present to our body, and to all that we are beyond our […]
This is the first in a series of talks looking at different Buddhist teachings from a Zen perspective. I thought I’d start with the first sermon the Buddha gave, on the Four Noble Truths, look at what he said, and also the Zen attitude to this.