In Zen practice, a Mondo is a dialogue between a disciple and his master.

Come back, realize, become?

... (All the following quotes are yours.) "Everyday, we must get back to point zero, to the root, to Nirvana, to the origin, call it whatever you want. It is of primary importance in Buddhist practice to have no goal. [...] Awakening is the original state of all things. [...] This is why it is said: awake with the ten thousand beings." ...

Eno

In his reply to Shenxiu, the sixth patriarch says that there is nowhere where the dust can alight. Where does this dust come from?
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Advice

What do we do when the house is empty?  Thanks for helping to empty it, but what does remain?
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Buddha nature

Is the "Buddha nature" the "true self": permanent, unconditional, unalterable, indestructible, independent (Nirvana Sutra) that would be revealed when a pure and perfect awakening occurs? Is it the conscious that frees us from the vacuity inherent in every phenomenon and in every being (Heart Sutra), available anytime? ...


Ego

I've learned by getting interested in zen that the ego was an illusion from the mind, because it was deluded that phenomenon are separated. But phenomenon are interdependent. And you answered a visitor who asked about how he could abandon the ego, that he should totally integrate it. But if I integrate the ego, I integrate the illusion ...


Echoes

Why do they say that any action we carry out, even in secrecy, echoes throughout the universe? Is this an assumption or a dogma?
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Mushotoku

I have read the answer about Mushotoku in the FAQ, but am not fully satisfied. I have read an article by Léo Babauta on the ZenHabits.net blog: http://zenhabits.net/achieving/ This article is about achieving things without setting any goal. Doing things only because we like to do them. This brought me a deeper understanding of the Mushotoku ...


Religion

Is it so important in Zen to know the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha about the four Noble Truths and how critical is it to know the noble Octuple Path and its application?The question may seem silly but I would like to know. Does Zen, like other branches of Buddhism, take into account teachings or is it solely concerned with ...

Freewill and destiny?

Since I was a little boy, I have always been intrigued by the metaphysical problem of freewill and destiny and have after a very long reading process realised that Western philosophy can never help me understand the truth to this most fundamental paradox. Many people believe in absolute freewill and yet others say we have no freewill whatsoever,...

Abandoning the body and the spirit.

I wanted to know what you understand for "abandoning the body and the spirit". Is this to forget your body-spirit? It seems to me that in one of your teachings you say that in moment it is necessary to forget the body! But then, to return to this body, constantly, as we are recommended in the soto Zen, is this just a first step before the "big ...

Saint, either as awakening, doesn't exist ?

When girls treated St Francis of Assisi as a saint, he used to answer: I am not a saint, I could make you a child. For me, it is a koan, and my interpretation is that holiness, just like awakening, do not exist. One who claims to be awaked, can he be sure of his reaction facing the death of his/her child, the news of a cancer, its own death or ...

"The 8 satori of the Great man."

I've read the comments of Master Dogen on "the 8 satori of the Great man". I can establish a correspondence with the eightfold path, except for "CHISOKU", the SATISFACTION OF WHAT IS. Which relationship is there with the right action?Should it be understood that ONE has simply the fruit of the last actions?Is CHISOKU the recognition of the karma...


Teachings of Nichiren.

According to the teachings given by the monk Nichiren Daishonin, it is said tha through the invocation of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo (essence of the lotus sutra "Myoho Renge Kyo" in japanese)in front of the Gohonzon which is a mandala that reflects the state of life of the boudha one can develop a superior state of life, rising the vital energy and so,...


Are there levels of understanding?

Going through Zen education, certain texts and comments are simple and concise, while others are more elaborated to understand, even complicated. Are there levels of understanding, and these teachings are really different? My respects
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