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Acerca de Miao Tsan

El Venerable Maestro Miao Tsan, fundador y abad del Monasterio Zen Vairocana, posee una profunda visión de la esencia del Zen y se ha consagrado a su difusión y práctica. El Monasterio Zen Vairocana se fundó con el propósito de explicar las enseñanzas Zen sobre la esencia de la Mente utilizando diferentes métodos de práctica. La creencia esencial del Maestro Miao Tsan y el objetivo fundamental de sus enseñanzas sobre el dharma consisten en dirigir a seres de cualquier tradición cultural hacia la comprensión de la verdad universal, que todo lo abarca y a todo se puede aplicar. Debido a que esta verdad…
dcarter
July 11, 2019
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Present Moment

When we are uplifted, we do not deliberately change anything . After all, nothing is carried into this moment. Instead, we use the mind to generate a better function. If, in this moment, you can generate a smiling thought instead of a crying thought, you are actively uplifting yourself. So, each moment is one of liberation in which you are set free. It is not that you are changing a negative karma to a positive one. You are simply using the mind’s creative ability to generate a positive expression. Your physical body is elevated, and you experience fewer wandering thoughts.…
dcarter
July 11, 2019
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How to Uplift Yourself

Use the mind in positive ways. Constantly improve its expression. The past is already the past. The past “you” was a creation of the mind. The past “you” is gone. The present “you” is the expression of the mind solely for this moment. Each moment is a separate phenomenon. The Zen patriarchs said, “If you are lost in the previous thought, you are a sentient being; but if in the next moment you awaken to your true essence, then you are a Buddha.” In the previous thought, you have vexations and attachments. However, if in the next moment you perceive the…
dcarter
July 11, 2019
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Is this a habitual thought?

Just completed this morning Zen-Seven Retreat at the monastery and over lunch, a few fellow practitioners and I came up with a question: "How do you know if a thought is a habitual thought or a wondering thought instead of a pure thought?" Our answer is: "You must know from where the thought arise. If you do, then it is a pure thought. If you don't, then it is habitual thought." What is your answer?
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July 11, 2019
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To Be Like Water

Lao Zu, an ancient Chinese philosopher once stated thus: "the greatest good is to be like water." This saying I have found most helpful in everyday life and in Zen practice.   We are almost completely composed of water, so why shouldn't we be more like water?   When water is moving it is swift, life-giving, smooth, persevering, flexible, forceful, cleansing, etc.   To be like water in motion I try to envision being a narrow river continually winding its way to the wide ocean, carving deep valleys and canyons slowly but surely, flowing around impasses, and forcefully cutting through…
dcarter
July 11, 2019
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Four Star Day

Encounters with certain people, for example, may tend to trigger confrontational interactions. While we can easily justify our dislike of another person, the real question worth asking is why does this person manifest in our reality in the first place? From Just Use This Mind As enlightened as I'd like to be, I have some habits that are harder to let go of than others. Take my morning routine: Wake up, let dogs out, make tea, read a few comics--Pearls Before Swine, Dilbert, Baby Blues--and my horoscope. How many stars are projected for the day? If there are four or…
dcarter
July 11, 2019
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Dewy Grass

An eternity shrouded in darkness, fearless and unmoving Dawn breaks, rays of light cascade warmly over a sea of green Harsh freeze receding, blades of grass rise resiliently Rewarded, each tip of grass is crowned with a bead of dew A bright pearl on the forehead Where is your pearl? Without braving the bitter cold winter, you will never find it Strive on. Strive on. Look Within. Look Within. Who am I? Just a blade of grass Spring is almost here A time for new beginnings
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July 11, 2019
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No More Fighting

Master gave an intriguing lecture today, which I will try to summarize. We are always getting into never-ending fights with the people close to us, because we keep trying to defend ourselves or fight back. We don't realize we are stuck in an endless negative karma cycle. We should be unmoved by our surroundings, and take the punches others give or let it pass by us like wind blowing across our face. We owe them so we are paying our debts.We should be glad to return the debt, and not try and owe them more by fighting back. When things…
dcarter
July 11, 2019
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Zen Music

Hello, everyone. I have just returned from a brief visit to Vairocana Zen Monastery and my friend, Venerable Master Miao Tsan. Like each visit before it, this was an important step in my learning process, and like certain visits it was a bit emotional. I attribute that to the confluence of memory and the present moment, or a meeting of the past and the future. Now, you might say there is no past and no future; you'll say there is only the present. That is true, but one must identify the past and future--look at them directly, and call them by…
dcarter
July 11, 2019