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Teisho: Cases 1, 7, & 23 of The Book of Equanimity

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“… if we can taste the power of the Buddha just sitting …” Description: This teisho is the second talk from the Summer 2017 sesshin. The talk begins with an acknowledgment of the difficulties that can arise during sesshin, as expressed in the Buddha’s five hindrances. These are: desire; aversion; restlessness; sloth, torpor, or lethargy; doubt. The […]

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Teisho: Shukman: Case 1, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s Dog (Mu)

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“… Everything has its source in zazen …” “… The more clearly we see what is going on, the more clearly we discover there is only what is going on …” Description: This teisho is the first talk from the Summer 2017 sesshin. Before looking at the koan Mu, this talk begins, as context, with Bodhidharma’s two “entries”—principle […]

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Teisho: Ben Connelly: Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara

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Description: In this talk,Ben Connelly, a Soto Zen teacher from the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage, discusses his book, Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara. Vasubandhu was a fifth century Indian monk who was a prolific author and teacher. He was a profoundly influential but poorly understood figure in Mahayana Buddhism and a key figure in […]

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Teisho: The Word “Good”

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“… beauty, in the zen tradition, is regarded as a hallmark of reality … Beauty is ephemeral; it is inextricably linked to loss and impermanence …” Description: In this talk, Henry explores the meaning of the word “good,” beginning with the opening of the Book of Genesis, and moving into the first way that “good” appears in […]

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Teisho: Case 42, Book of Equanimity: Nanyô and the Water Jug

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“… Absolute happiness, regardless of circumstances, is possible in the existence that the Buddha discovered …” Description: This talk was given by Sanbo Zen Abbot, Yamada Ryoun Roshi, during a special visit to Mountain Cloud. The center of this talk is the koan, “Nanyô and the Water Jug” from the Book of Equanimity. Ryoun Roshi chose this […]

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Teisho: Case 58, Book of Equanimity: ” ‘Getting Despised’ in the Diamond Sutra”

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“…any notion of recognition or good reputation becomes unnecessary …” Description: The center of this talk is the koan, “‘Getting Despised’ in the Diamond Sutra,” from the Book of Equanimity. It also appears in the Blue Cliff Record. This koan is an excerpt from the Diamond Sutra, the Mahayana sutra which expresses, most closely, the spirit […]

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Teisho: Case 57, Book of Equanimity: Gon’yô’s One Thing

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“… when you experience sight and sound with your whole body and mind, you are swallowed whole, so to speak. We are swallowed by the moment.” Description: The focus of this talk is Case 57 of The Book of Equanimity, “Gon’yô’s One ‘Thing.’” Henry begins by discussing the story of Jôshû’s life and cites James Austin’s […]

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Teisho: Shukman: Case 1, The Blue Cliff Record, Bodhidharma’s “Clear and Void”

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“… Sitting is how we embody zen … It is “the complete continuation of the practice of Bodhidharma in his cave … it is one, unbroken fact.”   Description: The focus of this talk is the first koan of The Blue Cliff Record, “Bodhidharma’s ‘Clear and Void.’” It begins with the story of Bodhidharma, who is […]

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Teisho: Koans & Why We Study Them

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“… the world that koans reveal grows evermore in wondrous beauty …” Description: This teisho centers on koans and why it is worthwhile to study them. Henry likens koan study to a violinist playing a technically challenging piece like Bach’s Chaconne, in that both set a very high standard. Koans are saying to us that the […]

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Teisho: Case 46, The Gateless Gate: “Stepping Forward From the Top of a Pole”

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“… Our whole body is all things. Our entire existence is one practice …” Description: This talk centers on the koan, “Stepping Forward From the Top of a Pole,” Case 46 of The Gateless Gate. Henry discusses the teachings of Master Chosa, relevant to this koan. Chosa points to the fact that our own body, our […]

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