Learning Buddhism, Zen and Vajrayana

Vairocana Johndennis GovertTen thousand laws end in one.
Don’t stick to that either!”

Realizing the vast, original freedom of our own nature is the fruit of Zen. The method is letting go of all fixations in body, energy and mind.  Zen, derived from the Sanskrit word, “dhyana,” means meditation and is a principle means used to let go so that: “body and mind drop away.” On the path to the great awakening, compassion, wisdom and skill ignite in and beyond the play of magnetic opposites.  The daily practice of meditation creates the necessary momentum for the great leap to enlightenment.

When we first glimpse our original nature, we remain unsure. It is so enmeshed in our life of conflicted striving in the world toward all our goals that we doubt what we have experienced as true. After enough glimpses crystallize into a steady perception, we reach a breakthrough called “satori.” Satori means a sudden awakening, but it is not the great awakening. Moving beyond all effort in the deep and steady state of satori leads to the great awakening called “daigo” or” daigkaku.”

Sitting quietly,
Doing nothing,
Spring comes,
Grass grows green by itself.”

In 1983 in Seattle, I founded Daikakuji, Great Enlightenment Temple.  It moved with me to Phoenix when I moved in 1992. Daikakuji has been everything from a Zen-in-a-box road show to a Temple Zendo. As an organization it is a non-profit corporation. As a way to teach Zen, it adapts to conditions. The name came from Matsuoka Zengaku Roshi and the mission from Matsuoka Roshi and Master Quan. Currently, I teach the path to great awakening mainly through Spiral Dragon. It contains a meditation that is 95% the same form as Zen meditation and 100% the same spirit. I teach what I have learned well in Buddhism, in the Ways, Zen and Vajrayana all through Daikakuji. The form of the teachings arises from the variety of students of the Way and what they need in this very moment.

“One moon shows
In every pool.
In every pool,
The one moon!”