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Welcome to the section about Zen & Buddhism on this English language home page of website. ‘Buddha Way’ is a notion central to this site. While the notion of Buddha Way has evolved throughout the centuries, its original articulation of the Eightfold Path, attributed to ‘the Buddha’, has continued to resonate within Buddhist communities until this present day. First and foremost, however, everyone’s Buddha Way remains a personal one, as this site will once more make clear.

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My spiritual ‘homeless home’ lies in Zen Buddhism, especially with Hisamatsu’s modernized Zen grounded in the ancient insight that “Buddha can be known never as an object but only as Self-Awakened Existence, as the Awakening awakened to Itself”. With Hisamatsu (1889-1980) and Sheng-yen (1930-2009) I trace Zen/Chan back to its Chinese roots, to sources such as Bodhidharma and Linji. Other major influences include Nagarjuna (Madhyamaka), Vasubandhu (Yogacara), Zhiyi (Tiantai), Shinran (Pure Land), as well as Zen Buddhists such asDogen, Thich Nhat Hanh and Ryokan. All of them you will find on this website.

While my heart is with Zen, my mind remains open to other forms of Buddhism. Coming home to Zen has been preceded by a long journey along many other Buddhist pathways. The articles of my blog, mainly written in Dutch, bear witness to my explorations deep into the jungle of many centuries of Buddhism. The Buddha Way, so I have found out by experience, is not a straight line.

Some parts of the site are in English, notably those which list the source texts (many downloadable) of major Buddhist schools. Please use the links below for an overview of English language pages and posts:

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> Buddhism texts
> Mahayana texts
> Yogacara texts
> Zen texts
> Pure Land texts

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