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A Little About Zen and This Site

As you can see from some of these webpages, I love critters. Animals and children get you HIGH. It is their utterly unpretentious nature. Pure "Sincerity" . . . undiluted, unmolested, uncontaminated, unpolluted SINCERITY. Pure Being. Their utter sincerity ... those are the terms of their endearment. Tabula Rosa, the 'blank slate', before the ego & intellect have begun to occlude the ultimate Subject Matter. Loading Ball Bullet Let's hear it for the chubby Little Rascal on the right and for all the children and critters of the planet who remind us how to simply BE sincere.

ball.ABOUT THIS ZEN SITE: There are many misconceptions about Zen . . . Probably because conceptions tend to be preconceived and their tenacity despite reality, tends to eclipse the 'True' image, once it presents itself. I have often said that Zen is the salt in the ocean of Christianity. All major religions, at their most mystical - spiritual level, evoke the mystery and spirit of Zen. Many perceive Christ as a Zen Master, advocating direct, immediate, personal experience and understanding of one's intangible, spiritual Self, while urging abandonment of dogmatism and reliance on 'black letter' doctrines, which stand as fraudulent, nutrient-poor surrogates . . . counterfeits.

. .ZasScroll. . . . The teachings of Christ and Zen both espouse a principle shared by most major religions, namely, that the immediacy of insight (the intuitive epistemology), provides a more direct and comprehensive vision of reality and one's inner Self, than does Intellect and rationality, and it is an essential, indispensable, utterly necessary compliment to rationality. The essence of the spiritual view is that, reason (intellect), unbridled and uninformed by compassion, is meaningless, aimless and potentially dangerous. The typical western view inverts this premise, holding that compassion, insight and intuition must be bridled by "reason" and the intellect. Plato is sometimes credited with the articulation of the inverted western view, although in fact, he actually espoused the Zen view, as clearly illustrated in his "Cave Shadow" allegory ("Plato's Republic").

. . . . . In trying to ferret out the truth of the matter, one might ask, "In all of human history, What great harm and holocaust has ever been wrought against the masses by COMPASSION when it has been 'let loose' and is off the leash?" Then ask that same question of 'rationality' and the intellect. What Frankensteins of harm has unbridled rationality created in human history? The Holocaust? Hitler's Ultimate Solution with his Grand Scientific Scheme for genetic perfection? The Crusades? The Stalin Holocaust? The Lenin Holocaust? The Mao Regime Genocides? The Pol Pot Regime Genocides? The Rwanda genocides? The Bosnian-Serb genocides? Few would try to argue that these horrific social engineering debacles were the product of 'unbridled' COMPASSION. Indeed rationality, unbridled by Compassion, has proven to be a very wild and dangerous thing. And when 'reason' malfunctions - it is still reason and rationality - the "rational operation" - the Reason\Rationality epistemology - that is responsible (i.e., an 'automobile' that malfunctions is still an 'automobile').

. .ball. . . . Yet the continued prevalence of the inverted western view persists and has led to the atrophy of the spiritual dimension of humanity. This is a global phenomenon. The intellect's obsession and preoccupation with the material side of existence, has left it spiritually destitute. As Huston Smith stated it: "Reason is trapped in its own operation - Reason makes a good servant and a lousy master." It's a gross understatement of the predicament where one epistemological operation runs roughshod over another, in a land-grab coup assault in a determined effort to attain totalitarian 'supremacy.'

. .ball. . . . Ironically, many people, especially young people, erroneously believe Zen is about intricate intellectualizations about reality. They seize upon the poignant Zen paradoxes and parables and pithy Zen 'one-liner' puzzles (Koans), and mistakenly believe that Zen is the practice of cerebral gamesmanship and cunning intellectual 'swordmanship' chess-match duals and debates about the elusive intricacies of reality (For example, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"). Actually, the Zen paradoxes and koans are designed to frustrate the intellect, to cause the intellect to 'lock-up' when it reaches the limits of its capacity (e.g., 'paradox'). They are calculated to force the listener to transcend the intellect, as inadequate to the occasion, upon discovering the futility and inappropriateness of its continued application in areas which lie, inevitably, beyond its grasp and beyond its ken. This common intellectual misconception proves to be quite fruitful, in the end, because Zen does tend to attract those 'gaming' rationalists who most need to transcend the rabble of their own intellects and egos.

. .ball. . . . But this introduction is not intended to be a treatise on "What Zen is". No one who is honest would even think of making such an attempt or claim . . . Just as poets, philosophers and song writers, from time immemorial, have spoken 'about' LOVE, without ever attempting to or claiming to define it or "bottle it." Although, no one can tell you what Zen is, you'll know it when you see it. This site was designed to give the visitor an opportunity to experience for themselves the Spirit of Zen. Setting aside all preconceived notions and intellectual baggage, this is the place and now is the time to experience it for yourself.

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. . . ball. . . . The many Zen-Tao Site references listed here, were carefully selected and will be revised and updated on a regular basis. The focus of the effort will be to develop and maintain a rich diversity of expression of the Zen-Buddhist-Taoist-Theravada-Tibetan spirit, from Ikabana to Aikido, from Calligraphy to the Zen Garden, from the Tea Ceremony to Zazen. Zen expresses itself in myriad ways.

Zen Gardens & Japanese Gardens
Vast Photo Collection

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ZEN PAGE TWO SITE: . . . The Zen Two Page Contains more Zen-related referral sites . . . including IMPORTANT links related to the 'crisis' in Tibet and Myanmar (formerly Burma), where despotic government officials fear Buddhism and are determined to turn Buddhist practice into ideological government brainwashing 'Indoctrination' camps, much like the China Agenda. In Tibet, China insists that the government, NOT the Dalai Lama, shall have total control over Tibetan Buddhist practice and over determining the lineage and the Dalai Lama's successor. Not ALL Buddhist practitioners enjoy the freedom which is essential to Buddhist Practice.

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The "Begging Buddha" Slide Show:

Shakyamuni Buddha

"The Begging Buddha"

      On a trip not long ago, to Chinatown in New York City, I visited a shop with some of the most exceptional Buddhist art pieces I have ever seen. The shop was called "Hua Yang USA Co. Ltd" at 81 Mulberry St. in Chinatown (Manhattan). I took about a hundred pictures of these Buddhist art objects, and have culled from them a few of the most moving pictures. I have assembled the "Best of the Best" pictures in this slide show.

      The original pictures were extremely high-quality, having been taken with a very high resolution camera. Although I had to reduce some of the resolution to make them useable on the Internet, this did not noticeably compromise the quality of these pictures. The high resolution is important in trying to capture the magnitude of the central figure, a humongous statue of "The Begging Buddha." This statue was immense, standing nearly seven (7) feet tall. One of the store clerks stood next to this statue so I could provide a sense of scale for one of the pictures. The enormity of this statue, heavy bronze, is truly captured in these pictures. The Begging Buddha had a "presence" and everyone who came into the shop was immediately confronted by it and was profoundly moved by its "presence."

      Several weeks later I returned to the shop to take even more pictures, but "The Begging Buddha" was gone ... it had been sold. The shop just didn't seem the same after that. It was like a gaping hole was left behind, for anyone who had seen that spectacle. It was this profoundly moving experience that I am trying to share and convey in these pictures.

      Left-click on the animated "NEW" icon below, then click the 'Play' arrow to start the slide show (Play arrow is the largest right-facing arrow within the largest round button in the middle of the Control Panel). Remember you can pause the automatic flow of pictures at any time by clicking on the pause button. Click pause again to resume. Photo descriptions are at bottom beneath the controls. If you should have any problems getting this Slide Show to play, try disabling any "pop-up blockers" you may have running, or hold down the ctrl key when you left-click on the "New" icon below. Be sure to enable JavaScript. But these acts should not be necessary. You should have no problems operating the SlideShow.

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The Begging Buddha Slide Show

Center for Traditional Taoist Studies

Ball. ZEN PAGE TWO SITE: . . . The Zen Two Page - Contains more Zen-related referral sites . . . including IMPORTANT links related to the 'crisis' for practitioners in Tibet and Myanmar.


Zen Referral Sites

Site Submissions Welcome

  1.   Urasenke Chanoyu Chada "New York City" Manhattan (Tea Ceremony)
  2. Article About: Urasenke Chanoyu Center Manhattan
  3.   Ramana Maharshi (Sri Bhagavan) Site
  4.   Insight Meditation of Mid-America
  5.   Insight Meditation Society (IMS) - Barre, Mass.
  6.   Barre Center for Buddhist Studies - IMS
  7.   New York City - Insight Meditation Center (IMS)
  8.   Dharma Zen Center - LA
  9.   Zen Mountain Center, Southern California - Soto Zen
  10.   Mountains & Rivers Order - Zen Center - Abbot John Daido Loori
  11.   San Francisco Zen Center
  12.   Mount Baldy Zen Centre near Los Angeles
  13.   Tassajara Zen Center
  14.   Still Mind Zendo - New York City
  15.   New York Zendo Shobo-Ji - Abbot Shimano Eido
  16.   Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-Ji- Abbot Shimano Eido
  17.   The Bhavana Society Monastery
  18.   Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego
  19.   Center for Traditional Taoist Studies
  20.   Cheng Hsin Home Page - Peter Ralston
  21.   DMOZ Listing of Buddhist Zen Centers in New York State
  22.   Buddhist Temples in Japan
  23.   Guide to Temple Lodging in Japan
  24.   Meditation & Teaching Centers in Japan
  25.   Directory of Japanese Buddhist Organizations
  26.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | Japan
  27.   BuddhaNet | World Buddhist Directory
  28.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | North America
  29.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | United States of America
  30.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | Europe
  31.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | Asia
  32.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | Africa
  33.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | Central America
  34.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | South America
  35.   BuddhaNet | Buddhist Directory | Oceania | Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands
  36.   Buddhism & Shintoism In Japan A To Z Photo Dictionary Of Japanese Sculpture & Art
  37.   Directory of Japanese Buddhist Organizations
  38.   Center of Traditional Taoist Studies
  39.   Taoism Directory
  40.   Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi)
  41.   The I Ching, or Book of Changes | as translated by Richard Wilhelm
  42.   All a Mistake: Poems of Soto Zen Masters
  43.   San Francisco Bay Area Soto Zendos Listing
  44.   San Francisco Zen Center's online library of Dharma Talks - Streaming Audio
  45.   Buddhism Links
  46.   Rinzai Zen (Lin-chi) Lineage of Joshu Sasaki Roshi
  47.   Krishnamurti HomePage
  48.   Taoist Meditation
  49.   Audio Dharma - Dharma Talks - Streaming Audio
  50.   Audio Dharma talks by Buddhist teachers of various traditions ( - Streaming Audio
  51.   Mountains & Rivers Order Monastery -- WZEN Radio
  52.   Mountains & Rivers Order Monastery Streaming Dharma Talks
  53.   Dharma Communications - Mountains and Rivers Order - Dharma Talks
  54.   Dharma Communications - Mountains and Rivers Order - Shobogenzo Dharma Talks
  55.   Dalai Lama's Public Talks - Streaming Video
  56.   Dalai Lama - The Four Noble Truths Part 1-4 - Dharma Talks - Streaming Video
  57.   Dalai Lama - Official Website
  58.   Large Collection of Alan Watts Talks - Streaming Audio & Video
  59.   Alan Watts: MP3s and Real Audio files - Streaming Audio
  60.   The Lazy Man's Guide To Enlightenment - Thaddeus Golas
  61.   Tibet & Myanmar Crisis: Where Freedom of Practice is Denied

Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen (MRO)
Mount Tremper, NY (Catskill Mountains)

Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen (MRO)
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The Ten Oxherding Pictures

. . . ball. . . . Below are a variety of different versions of the Ten Oxherding Pictures, where Zen tradition attempts to describe, by oxherding metaphors, the stages of "Enlightenment" or the stages of 'awakening' or the stages of 'realizing' the True Self (the ox). These pictures are sometimes also referred to as "The Ten Bulls" or the "Bull-Herder Series." In the first version from the Terebess Asia Online website, the Paintings are by YOKOO Tatsuhiko, the Verses by Master K'uo-an, (Kuroya 1801-10, Chichibu-shi, 368-0001 Japan) . The second version is from the`Shambhala Website, with text by Kakuan, Transcribed by Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps, and Illustrated by Tomikichiro Tokuriki. The third presentation is from the Shokoku-ji Temple website, and the 4th set is from the Zen "Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) Ten Oxherding Picture Gallery," with Paintings by Master Gyokusei Jikihara, Verses by Master K'uo-an. The 5th version of the Ten Oxherding Pictures comes from the ChungTai Zen Center of Sunnyvale Gallery website. The sixth and final version of the Ten Oxherding Pictures is housed at the Sacred Texts website and comes from The Manual of Zen Buddhism, D.T. Suzuki, illustrated By Shubun (15th Century).  It is generally acknowledged that the most traditional version is the 4th set in this sequence, at the Zen "Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) Ten Oxherding Pictures Gallery," with Paintings by Master Gyokusei Jikihara, Verses by Master K'uo-an.

The 10 Oxherding Pictures . . . Paintings by YOKOO Tatsuhiko
Verses by Master K'uo-an
(Kuroya 1801-10, Chichibu-shi, 368-0001 Japan)
(Click on Picture)

The 10 Oxherding Pictures . . .
by Kakuan, Transcribed by Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps, and
Illustrated by Tomikichiro Tokuriki.
Shambhala Website
used with permission of Charles Tuttle & Co., who published them in
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, by Paul Reps,
with commentaries by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
(Click on Picture)

Ten Oxherding Pictures at MRO Monastery Store
for an exceptionally generous
price of $15

Ten Oxherding Pictures
from the ChungTai Zen Center of Sunnyvale Gallery
A modern rendering by artist Chao Bao Chen - Taiwan, 2007
(Click on Picture)

The 10 Oxherding Pictures . . .
from The Manual of Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki
Illustrated by Shubun -15th Century
The Sacred Texts Website

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi websites

  1.   The official Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi website - Home page
  2. Home
  3.   The Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi website - German
  4.   Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK
  5.   Ramana Maharshi
  6.   Ramana Maharshi - A Selection of Stories
  7.   Sri Ramana Maharshi - "Nothing Ever Happened" by David Godman
  8.   Ramana Maharshi Realization
  9.   SAT Ramana
  10.   Ramana Maharshi Non-duality
  11.   Ramana Maharshi - Sage of Arunachala Hill
  12.   Ramana Maharshi Biography

WEB SITE REFERRALS . . . . . . . .

Buddha Links

More of My Treasured WebSite Favorites

  1.   Weatherhill Publications (Zen Mind, Beginners Mind)
  2.   Shambhala Press
  3.   Vedanta Books
  4.   Selected Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi . . . by Sri Swami Sivananda
  5.   PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
  6.   Dharmacrafts catalog of meditation supplies
  7.   Zen Gardens within Zen monasteries
  8.   The Crooked Cucumber - an archival site on the life and world of Shunryu Suzuki
  9.   San Francisco Zendo (Shunryu Sazuki's Zendo)
  10.   Perfection of Wisdom
  11.   Sufi Poets Website
  12.   Sufism: The Inner or Mystical Dimension of Islam
  13.   Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan
  14.   Biography of Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan
  15.   Hazrat Inayat Khan: Wiki Bio
  16.   The International Sufi Movement - founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan
  17.   Hazrat Inayat Khan Quotes - The Quotations Page
  18.   Insight Meditation of Mid-America
  19.   Dharma Zen Center - LA
  20.   Zen Center of Orange County
  21.   Hazy Moon Buddhist Zen Center of Los Angeles
  22.   The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies --
  23.   Zen Center of New York City - Fire Lotus Temple
  24.   San Francisco Zen Center
  25.   Mountains & Rivers Order - Zen Center
  26.   Still Mind Zendo - New York City
  27.   Cold Mountain Zen Center
  28.   Zen Mountain Monastery
  29.   Dharma Eye Zen Center
  30.   Clear Water Zen Temple Vallejo, CA
  31.   Mountain Source Zen Center
  32.   LA Zen Center
  33.   Great Mountain Zen Center
  34.   The Atlanta Soto Zen Center
  35.   Japan Zen Temples
  36.   Zen Buddhism - Dharmaweb
  37.   Cuke: an archival site on the life and world of Shunryu Suzuki
  38.   Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573)
  39.   Eiheiji Temple, Japan Photos (Shunryu Sazuki's Roots)
  40.   Cyber-Zen Cyber-Bones - Zen Communities Listing
  41.   Zen & Dharma Center Listings & Guide
  42.   MapQuest (Find Your Way)
  43.   DharmaWear - Catskill Mountains Tibetan Store
  44.   The Enchanted Bazaar - Syracuse NY
  45.   Anna Maria Island Gulfcoast (Bradenton\Manatee County, Florida U.S.A.)
  46.   The Dharmaware Gallery of Sacred Arts - Woodstock NY
  47.   Tenant Net (Landlord/Tenant Law)

A Word From the Masters:
Beginner's Mind. ZEN MASTER TO THE YOGI IN SEARCH OF . . . Enlightenment

"What you are looking for is what is looking."
            . . . Ask the Awakened, by Wie Wu Wie

Ramana Maharshi (Sri Bhagavan) Site

Zen Gardens & Japanese Gardens Vast Photo Collection

Zen Gardens & Japanese Gardens
Vast Photo Collection

Hazrat Inayat Khan
International Sufi Movement

Avalokitesvara Bodhissattva

The Compassionate Buddha
The 10,000 Eyes and Hands of Compassion

Avalokitesvara Bodhissattva
John Daido Loori, Roshi - Dharma Talk
"Your Self Has No Shadow"

Gautama Buddha
Imperturbable Composure


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