WHAT IS BUDDHISM ABOUT?
In his enlightenment the Buddha overcame all suffering, realized the absolute truth in life and reached a state of ultimate bliss. ‘Buddha’ means ‘the aware one’, he realized complete awareness. He further saw that everyone has the capacity to attain the same state, but because people have deluded thoughts and attachments, they are not in touch with their own awareness, or their own Buddha nature, as it is also called. Buddhism is about experiencing one’s true self and gaining wisdom, …more >>>
ABOUT THE CHAN TRADITION, OR WHO IS DRINKING THE TEA?
‘Chan’ is the Chinese word for the better known Japanese word ‘Zen’. To explain the Chan tradition, we can consider the following question: “Who is drinking the tea?” The answer is usually: “Me, of course!” But that does not answer the question. To identify oneself as someone who is drinking tea does not mean to recognize one’s true self. Chan Buddhism is always about finding the true self. All existing concepts of yourself and the world are only a hindrance. It is necessary to let go of every single thought, to leave all rational theories and confused … more >>>