Between the first awakening and enlightenment

About the verses

Inscribed on the Believing Mind

1:  The Perfect Way is not difficult

2:   A hairbreadth of difference

3:  To set what you like against what you dislike

4:  Do not labor to quiet your thoughts

5:  Perfect it is, like vast emptiness

6-8:  The Middle Way

9:  Banish words, banish thinking

10:  Return to the Source

11:  The shifting and changing in emptiness

12:  Do not seek the true

13-17:  Do not dwell in dual views

18:  Do not discriminate between coarse and fine

19:  The Great Way is open to all

20:  Letting go, it will happen spontaneously

21:  Be your natural self

22:  Have no aversions

23:  The sage does nothing

24:  The silkworm

25-26:  Gain and loss, right and wrong

27:  If the eye never sleeps

28-29:  The myriad things are of one suchness

30:  Unite motion and stillness

31-33:  This is Enlightenment

34-35:  No other, no self

36-37:  Beyond time and space

38-40:  Undivided is the Believing Mind

Glossary of Buddhist Terms

Deepak Chopra: The Secret of Healing

What is the mind?

What is the body?

Rama is Raised From the Dead

What is love?

There are no problems to solve

The koan

Song of Angya

Relationships and Celibacy

The Capala Sutra

D. T. Suzuki: Early Memories

D. T. Suzuki: Zen

D. T. Suzuki: Self the Unattainable

D. T. Suzuki: Zen and Meditation

Passivity in the Buddhist Life

Lester Levenson (1909-1994)

The most direct path to self-realization

Letting go of the ego

D. T. Suzuki: The Unconscious in Zen Buddhism

The Ego and Zen (Richard De Martino)

Lester Levenson: The Self

Lester Levenson: As your mind is, the world is

Lester Levenson: Creation

Lester Levenson: Summary

Buddhist meditation—the theoretical framework (Williams, Tribe)

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

How to become a buddha

Eleven practices to attain first awakening

After the first awakening: Reaching the other shore

Dharma: The true reality

The Woman Yogi Who Never Eats

The flying nun: Saint Mariam of Jesus Crucified

Bounding weightlessly across the Tibetan plains: Lung-gom runners

Swami Trailanga (1607-1887)

Death and enlightenment

Bodhidharma: His life and teachings

Chinese Buddhism before Bodhidharma (Jorgensen)

Bodhidharma’s Method for Quieting the Mind

Bodhidharma on “No-mind”

Bodhidharma: Go with the flow

The Fourth Patriarch on ‘The Abandoning of the Body’

Introduction to the Platform Sutra (Martin Verhoeven)

The Life of Hui-neng, the Sixth Patriarch

The Dharma of Hui-neng (12-16)

Hui-neng: “No-thought is the foundation” (17-19)

Hui-neng: The Mahaprajnaparamita (24-33)

Hui-neng makes Paradise appear before the assembly

Hui-neng: Practicing at home

Hui-neng’s “Seeing the Nature”

Hui-neng: On teaching the Dharma

Enlightenment experiences of Zen masters

The enlightenment of Gaofeng Yung

Alayavijnana: The storehouse of memory

The Lankavatara Sutra: Introduction

The Paramitas

The Doctrine of “Mind-only” (Cittamatra)

Lankavatara: Stages of enlightenment

Lankavatara: Instructions for disciples

What is causation?

Lin-chi (Rinzai)

Lester Levenson: The Ultimate Goal

Tibetan Practices: Alexandra David-Neel

Huang-Po’s Sermon

The question of will


Rebirth, karma and meditation (Paul Williams)

Meister Eckhart: Love

Meister Eckhart: On Performing Works

Meister Eckhart: On Detachment

If you have a staff, I will give you a staff

Meister Eckhart: Higher states of being

The Vimalakirti Sutra: The Place of Practice

The Vimalakirti Sutra: The Emancipation that is Impermanent and Permanent

The Life and Poetry of Layman P’ang

The life of Madame Guyon

Madame Guyon: Letter to Gregory

The Discourse on the Not-Self Characteristic

The disciplines: Austerities and self-mortification

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