A special transmission outside the scriptures;
No dependence on words and letters
This statement, attributed to the first Zen teacher in China, illustrates the central point of Buddhism – Truth can be discovered only through individual effort, without relying on ideas and concepts of others. Expressed another way, setting aside mental activity and quieting the mind through the practice of zazen enables inherent wisdom to be realized and expressed.
However, the inspiration to begin to explore Zen practice, and to encourage its continuation, necessarily relies on words, written or spoken. The words referenced in this section help to provide the worldview that has grown out of the practice, both ancient and modern.
The lectures, from the weekly talks presented over the years by Kannon Do’s current abbot, emphasize the relevance of Zen practice to life in today’s challenging world.
Audio lectures are selected audio recordings from the weekly talks at Kannon Do by our current abbot and guest speakers.
Personal stories, from Kannon Do students and elsewhere, relate various ways that Zen practice has found its way into the daily lives of ordinary people.
Suggested readings provides reference to several books that are informative and useful for both new and experienced Zen practitioners.