Spring 2019 Retreat

Zen Master Pohwa, Sunim will be leading a 14 day retreat in Clarksville, Virginia (south central VA) from May 16 until May 30. Please mark your calendars if you are interested. It will be possible to attend for a few days or all 14, but more is always better because the power of a retreat […]

Diamond Sutra: Section I-V

Section I. The Convocation of the Assembly

Thus have I heard. Upon a time Buddha sojourned in Anathapindika’s Park by Shravasti with a great company of bhikshus, even twelve hundred and fifty.

One day, at the time for breaking fast, the World-honored One enrobed, and carrying His bowl made His way into the great city of Shravasti […]

Diamond Sutra: Section VI-X

Section VI. Rare is True Faith

Subhuti said to Buddha: World-honored One, will there always be men who will truly believe after coming to hear these teachings?

Buddha answered: Subhuti, do not utter such words! At the end of the last five-hundred-year period following the passing of the Tathagata, there will be self-controlled men, rooted in merit, […]

Diamond Sutra: Section XI-XV

Section XI. The Superiority of Unformulated Truth

Subhuti, if there were as many Ganges rivers as the sand-grains of the Ganges, would the sand-grains of them all be many?

Subhuti said: Many indeed, World-honored One! Even the Ganges rivers would be innumerable; how much more so would be their sand-grains?

Subhuti, I will declare a truth to you. […]

Diamond Sutra: Section XXI-XXV

Section XXI. Words cannot express Truth. That which Words Express is not Truth

Subhuti, do not say that the Tathagata conceives the idea: I must set forth a Teaching. For if anyone says that the Tathagata sets forth a Teaching he really slanders Buddha and is unable to explain what I teach. As to any Truth-declaring […]

Diamond Sutra: Section XVI-XX

Section XVI. Purgation through Suffering the Retribution for Past Sins

Furthermore, Subhuti, if it be that good men and good women who receive and retain this Discourse are downtrodden, their evil destiny is the inevitable retributive result of sins committed in their past mortal lives. By virtue of their present misfortunes the reacting effects of their […]

Diamond Sutra: Section XXVI-XXXII

Section XXVI. The Body of Truth has no Marks

Subhuti, what do you think? May the Tathagata be perceived by the thirty-two marks ?

Subhuti answered: No, the Tathagata may not be perceived thereby.

Then Buddha said: Subhuti, if the Tathagata may be perceived by such marks, any great imperial ruler is the same as […]

Heart Sutra

We usually recite the Heart Sutra at the end of our last sitting meditation for the day. Some form of this sutra is used by most Zen and Mahayana traditions.
The Maha Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra

The Bodhisattva of Great Compassion
From the deep practice of Prajnaparamita
Perceived the emptiness of all five skandhas
And delivered all beings from their suffering.

O […]