Category Archives: Buddhism

The Poetry of Buddhism

On November 2 of last year, I wrote about my interest in reading the Records of the Transmission of the Lamp. It has to do with the “transmission” of the essential teachings (Dharma) of Buddhism from one teacher (“patriarch”) to the next … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Chan, China, Zen | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

“Fruit ripened is awakening completed/The flower opens and worlds arise”

The quotation above is a translation of the last two lines of the gatha of Dharma transmission by Punyamitra, the 26th Indian Buddhist Patriarch, given to his successor Punyatara, the 27th Patriarch, in a succession of patriarchs following the death … Continue reading

Posted in Buddhism, Chan, Zen | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments