nor in any sort of material benefits for their instructions. This is a universal law among
Masters, and yet amazingly, it is a fact that thousands of eager seekers in America and
elsewhere, go on paying large amounts of money for "spiritual instruction." Masters are
always self-sustaining and are never supported by their students or by public charity."
- HOW TO ACHIEVE ENLIGHTENMENT
It has been said the first step toward Enlightenment is to have your mind being ripe. How does one go about having that ripening happen?
- SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: The Last American Darshan
Recounting a young boy's nearly instant transformation into the Absolute during his only darshan with the Maharshi
- THE MEETING: An Untold Story of Sri Ramana
Putting into place the super-normal perceptual state called Siddhis in Sanskrit, Sri Ramana meets a former disciple thousands of miles away from the ashrama.
- ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT: The Path Unfolds
A seeker along the path writes of things Zen and his spiritual mentor who was neither teacher nor guru, but the real life person W. Somerset Maugham wrote about in "The Razor's Edge."
- DOING HARD TIME IN A ZEN MONASTERY
An American Zen adept ends up high in the mountains in an ancient Chinese Zen monastery, faced with stark, unfettered study-practice that harkened back to Bodhidharma, Hui Neng and the Buddha.
- THE RAZOR'S EDGE: W. Somerset Maugham, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Guy Hague, and Zen
Explores who W. Somerset Maugham's main character Larry Darrell in "The Razor's Edge" was in real life and what happened to him after the novel ended.
- SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI AND W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
What did the holy man actually tell Larry Darrell during their first meeting? The book version is different from the movie. Which one is correct?
- DARK LUMINOSITY
An Enlightenment experience in the Zen tradition.
- ZEN, THE BUDDHA, AND SHAMANISM:
Does a shaman have the Buddha nature?
- WHAT THE BUDDHA SAID:
A word-bridge of understanding is created.
Little Kensho, Great Kensho, Enlightenmennt or just a glimpse?
Some say it means Emptiness, others the middle way. Which is it --- or is it both?
- SATORI IN ZEN BUDDHISM:
Satori and Kensho, what do they mean?
- BHAGAVAN DAS
Considered by many historians and others as being single handedly responsible for one of the 1960s era's most crucial happenstances, the introduction of HIS guru, Neem Karoli Baba, to Ram Dass, AKA Dr. Richard Alpert. Was he?
Now you know what Satori, Kensho, and Sunyata means, what about Samadhi?
- SIDDHIS: SUPERNORMAL PERCEPTUAL STATES
Pundits push off what Siddhis are by calling them Supernormal Perceptual States. But what are Supernormal Perceptual States and do they even exist?
- THE AWAKENING EXPERIENCE IN THE MODERN ERA:
In the old days Zen masters stressed Enlightenment outside the doctrine. Is it still done today? Does it work? If so, how and for who?
- MEDITATION ALONG METEOR CRATER RIM:
Deep in the desert at an ancient impact site a Zen-man contemplates the Universe.
- MORE BUDDHIST LINKS AND SITES:
If you can't find it here or below it probably isn't.
- BUDDHISM IN FORTY-ONE CHAPTERS
Forty-Eight quick, easy-to-read, concise chapters on the fundamentals of Buddhism. Covers all major schools of Buddhism including seven chapters on Zen.
- STEPHEN HAWKING: BLACK HOLES, ENLIGHTENMENT, AND ZEN
Black holes and Enlightenment? So what's the connection? Find out when the Wanderling crosses paths with Stephen Hawking.
- ENLIGHTENED INDIVIDUALS I'VE MET:
It is said there is less than 1000 Enlightened individuals in the world. This person has met eight.
- THE FIVE HINDRANCES
If it's Enlightenment you seek and you are following the path of the Buddha, that is through the Jhana states, the Five Hinderances have to be eradicated. What are they and how?
- THE JHANA FACTORS
Traditional Factors of the Eight Jhana States.
- DREW HEMPEL AND THE WANDERLING
Explores a modern day Qigong master's viewpoint and the Wanderling's regarding Enlightenment and the internet as well as the Wanderling's experience under Sri Ramana Maharshi.
- SRI RAMANA'S WESTERN DISCIPLES
It has been many years since the death the Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and people who studied under him, sat in the ashram with him, or knew him in the flesh, are all falling by the wayside. Is there anyone left alive that actually met Ramana? Any from America? Find out.
- BUDDHISM IN AMERICA BEFORE COLUMBUS
When the Europeans of the 1500s began a sophisticated exploration of what was eventually to become the desert southwest of the United States they continually came across remnants of what appeared to be a one time in place Buddhist presence.
- THE TEN FETTERS OF BUDDHISM
IN THE WAY OF ENLIGHTENMENT: The Ten Fetters of Buddhism." In the Sutras the Buddha described ten hurdles standing in the way of ultimate Attainment. They are called Fetters and this site explores all ten using an understandable common everyday approach.
- VETERANS ZEN
KP to Enlightenment: One soldier's path for alleviating stress, dissipating all the bullshit, and laying low the fog of war.
THE CODE MAKER, THE ZEN MAKER
SHANGRI-LA, SHAMBHALA, GYANGANJ, BUDDHISM AND ZEN
ENTER ANY ZEN OR BUDDHIST RELATED WORD OR TERM IN THE GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINE BELOW ALONG WITH THE WORD WANDERLING IN QUOTES, I.E., "WANDERLING", AND SEE WHAT COMES UP
Zen Enlightenment, Zen, Zen Buddhism, Buddhism, Enlightenment, Meditation, Hui-neng, Satori, Kensho, Sri Ramana, Maharshi, Guru, Te Shan, Carlos Castaneda, Don Juan Matus, Bodhidharma, Four Noble Truths, Emptiness, Samsara, Sunyata, the Tao, The Razor's Edge, W. Somerset Maugham, Leonardo DaVinci, Obeah, Shamanism, Inka Shomei, Samadhi, Meteor Crater, Roswell.
Fundamentally, our experience as experienced is not different from the Zen master's. Where
we differ is that we place a fog, a particular kind of conceptual overlay onto that experience
and then make an emotional investment in that overlay, taking it to be "real" in and of itself.
ZEN ENLIGHTENMENT IN A NUTSHELL
30 MINUTES TO ENLIGHTENMENT
"I would take the information so provided by the Wanderling with a grain of salt."
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DON JUAN MATUS
THE BEST OF CARLOS CASTANEDA
ON THE RAZOR'S
CODE OF ETHICS FOR SPIRITUAL GUIDES
SPIRITUAL GUIDES: PASS OR FAIL?
FALSE GURU TEST
Te Shan burnt all his commentaries and books on Zen within hours of his awakening to the truth. Why? Zen master Mu-nan gave Shoju his sacred book on Zen that had been passed down through seven generations of masters. Shoju threw it into burning coals.
WINDSWEPT, ZEN-SWEPT, MIND DUNES
THE WANDERLING AND WIKIPEDIA
MAJOR HISTORICAL BUDDHIST MASTERS, ZEN ANCESTORS AND ZEN PATRIARCHS
Bodhidharma, Hui'ko, Hui Shen, Hui Neng, Shih-t'ou Hsi-ch'ien, Zhaozhou, Moshan Liaoran, Mugai Nyodai,
Nagarjuna, Ganapati Muni, Kuan Yin, Miao Shan, Tung-Shan, Lin Chi, Te Shan, Dogen
As to the subject of donations, for those of you who may be interested in doing so as it applies to the gratefulness of my works, I invariably suggest any funds be directed toward THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT and/or THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.