July 30, 2014

Essays by Fa Lohng

"The universe is a big place and our consciousness resides at its very center, with everything we know of existing within this infinite series of concentric spheres. Some spheres are so small that we tend to doubt their significance and others are so large that we cannot even comprehend their importance.  But they all represent our personal environment, at the center of which lives the living, breathing “dot” of awareness that every single one of us refers to as 'me.'” - Fa Lohng

Connecting the Dots

by Fa Lohng (Koro Kaisan)

Published Dec 12, 2011

Connecting the Dots

Students who come to my weekly Dharma talks (or who meet regularly with me in private) are often confronted with my insistence that they view the world more holistically.  This is typically triggered by one or more meetings in which claims are made that a “big picture” perspective is fine... Read more

The Tradition of Mountain Ascetic Zen

by Fa Lohng (Koro Kaisan)

Published Aug 27, 2009

The Tradition of Mountain Ascetic Zen

Among the most admired of Zen masters are those who have eschewed the temple life and opted instead for the life of a Mountain Ascetic. Asceticism is a cross-cultural, cross-religious and multidisciplinary practice. Like nearly all forms of spiritual practice, asceticism covers a wide spectrum of beliefs and practices and... Read more

Passing Through the Gateless Barrier

by Fa Lohng

Published May 11, 2009

Passing Through the Gateless Barrier

The Great Way is gateless, approached by a thousand paths. Pass trough this barrier, you walk freely in the universe. One of the principal Zen texts from thirteenth century China is a collection of koans entitled Wu-wen kuan (Mumonkan). This translates into English as The Gateless Gate,... Read more