When the mind is active, it should rest on the personal God, Saguna Brahman.

It should meditate on Vishnu, Jesus, Krishna, Rama; these are highest conceptions by meditating on which the mind slowly begins to lose its activity. If you imagine Jesus teaching on the Mount of Olives in His divine glory, and rest your mind on it and imagine that you are also one of the disciples, then …

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The Pure Consciousness, which witnesses both being and becoming, is real

These elephants , horses, youth, chariots, wealth, large houses and luxuries will not avail in the long run. They are liable to be lost in a moment. They are unreal like the figures in a passing cloud. O my mind, knowing this fact, leave them aside at a distance and, in order to obtain Self-realization …

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Trevor Leggett talks in 1976 to Japanese students about English views of the French and the Germans

The French and the English For centuries the French and English have fought each other, not only in Europe but all over the world. In the 20th century the two countries were allied against Germany, but there is still an undercurrent from the depths of our history of antagonism. In English slang, the word “French” …

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The Buddha can write a masterpiece and since then I felt a strength holding me and peace within

 A Japanese master of calligraphy retired to the country and he took an interest in the schoolchildren in their education and there was one boy there who was being brought up by his grandmother because both his parents had died and the teacher of calligraphy saw this boy and saw his schoolwork and he told …

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What is your true face, your original face which you had before your parents were born

The original face is a well-known Zen riddle where the pupil is asked, when you were born, just when you were born, your face was covered with little wrinkles. When you were young your skin was smooth. When you get old your skin is covered with wrinkles again. Now what is your true face, your …

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The special point of Budo is that the inspiration has to manifest at high speed

Some people think that Budo has no future as such, because its typical representatives have now become mere games. Like many games, they have dropped away from the ideal of training into the aim of winning, often as professionals entertaining a crowd. To win or lose a Kendo contest, they say, is the same thing …

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The place of emotion in Yoga and Zen in the form of questions and answers

Question: What is the place of emotion in Yoga and Zen TPL: In Zen they turn it into austerity, enquiry and will. Question: Are they happy that they found, is it a sort of fascination with enquiry?  Is it emotional satisfaction? TPL: In Zen, you have to produce an answer to the teacher twice a …

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The main distinctions between Vedanta and the Zen in the form of questions and answers

Question: Mr Leggett, could you just fairly briefly tell what you feel to be the main distinctions between Vedanta and  Zen training. TPL: All right, well, we have to remember two distinct things.  One, the methods of training and the other is the objective, and they are very distinct in methods of training.  Zen and …

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They put on fierce expression and attitude, though they have no intention of actually fighting Judo

When I lived at the British Embassy, there was a British bulldog who used to sit on the steps of the central building. The bulldog is a thickset animal, bred for fighting, and with a terrifying face. This one was supposed to be a symbolic guardian of the Embassy. A dog normally regards himself as …

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