Author Archives: heldenkline

Expanded notes on “The Sutra of 42 Chapters” (Part 1)

To read along in the Sutra, right click  here and open it in a new tab.  My notes are in chronological order. Part 1 covers  Chapters 1 through 21. Prologue: The most pivotal sentence in this first paragraph is “Abiding … Continue reading

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How to Write Good Clean Prose! by Good Clean Zen (Here’s what not to do.)

CLICHES Use “the poster child for [whatever]” Yes! Let’s put that on a poster & get people contributing! Use  “…a Perfect Storm of [whatever]” Maybe that book & the movie based on it should have been called “The Worse Luck … Continue reading

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Think about it.

“Things are seen through the lenses of our desires, prejudices and resentments. and are transformed accordingly.” ~ Rune Johansen

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I find that I’m constantly asking myself and others questions. I was eating some candy the other day and realized I was admiring the pastel colors. I asked myself, would I eat Jordan almonds if they were all white? Other … Continue reading

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For some reason…

…maybe because of the poetry, I’ve began to generate interest and followers. But let me remind anyone who stops by here: at this point I haven’t even publicized this blog. Quite simply, this is a Zen Buddhism resource site. The … Continue reading

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“The Smile”

He smiles… He has been taught. I smile… I have taught myself. You smile… It is your nature. The other smiles… Within and without at peace. 2/17/16

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Grief and anger sleep alone In the same small bed Together they make their mark On my pillow and under my tread– Dimming my eye, my taste and tone. How long life is, how short time seems Lived in disguise … Continue reading

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