January 12, 2008

Online Sutras

Here is an excellent site providing links to various translations of all the major Mahayana sutras. Of particular interest to Zen students: the Heart, Lankavatara, Avatamsaka, Surangama, Vimilakirti, Diamond and Lotus sutras.

January 3, 2008

Traces of Bodhidharma

South Mountain Tours, which leads trips to sites in China connected with Zen history, has a number of interesting clips on YouTube. Take a look at this one, dealing with the recent rediscovery and restoration of the burial place of Bodhidharma, the Indian monk whose teachings mark the beginning of the Zen lineage in China. An interesting thing to see in the South Mountain clips is evidence of what has been called a resurgence (or perhaps reemergence) of Buddhism in China.

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January 2, 2008

Tenryuji


The famous dragon painting on the ceiling of Tenryuji's Hatto (teaching hall). From the Tenryuji temple brochure.

Here is a history of Tenryuji, the temple through which our line of Zen was transmitted to the west: from the excellent website of the Joint Council for Rinzai and Obaku Zen.