Refuge Beyond Time

A few days ago, we had an article about Huineng, the sixth patriarch of Zen. Tomorrow, we will have another. In these words of wisdom we hear from a later Chan (Zen) Master, Hongzhi, writing about the refuge beyond time. The refuge beyond time occurs “where the three times cease.” This is the place where […]

The Sixth Patriarch of Zen

Master Huineng was the sixth patriarch of Zen. Remember, he was an illiterate who had to have the announcements on the bulletin board read to him. He had to have someone write his response to the fifth patriarch’s (Hongren) quiz. He tells us that “Constant sitting restricts the body.” It cannot help us to find […]

How to Regard All Beings

Here is a quote from Huineng on how to regard all beings. Other than the quote, which is from, this is my recollection of his role in Zen Buddhism. Huineng was the sixth patriarch of Zen. He was born in 638 and died in 713 at the age of 75. He began his spiritual […]