Buddhism and Zen

About 550 BC a man of northern India called Gautama achieved liberation or enlightenment after 7 days of intensive meditation. It was through this achievement that he was called a Buddha, an enlightened one.

Born and brought up in a royal family the prince Siddhartha Gautama had left his palace including wife and son to look for the real thing. He followed ascetics and lived with hermits, studied various yogic practices but was not able to overcome his inner duality; every answer he found brought more questions.

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Recent Reflections

DARKNESS OF THE PINESHADOW

At the entrance to the zendo at the Gendronniere there is a caligraphie of master Taisen Deshimaru reading :

Master Taisen Deshimaru Caligraphy
THE HUMAN BEING IS MORTAL

REFLECTION OF IMPERMANENCE

TODAY HE LOVES, TOMORROW HE HATES.

THE DARKNESS OF THE PINE SHADOW

DEPENDS UPON THE CLARITY OF THE MOONLIGHT.

 

The darkness of the pine shadow depends upon the clarity of the moonlight . . . . . what does that mean ?

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