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Teisho: Continuation Case 50, Book of Equanimity, Seppo’s What Is This?

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“If we could all just reside in our real self, we would be infinite.” “They are so imponderable, that you cannot ponder them. So what do you do? You sit, and you swallow the koan, and you wait. All things come to those who wait“ ~ Henry Shukman Description: Henry delivers this talk on Rohatsu, […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Case 50, Book of Equanimity, Seppo’s What Is This? (Part 5 of 5)

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“It’s a series of graces falling like blows on the crown of the head.” “… the inevitability of failure in Zen practice—error and mistake are the mulch which allows our humanity to grow …” ~ Henry Shukman Description: This final teisho of the Rohatsu sesshin follows an early morning ceremony that commemorates  Shakymuni’s awakening.  Henry notes […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Case 49, Book of Equanimity, Tôzan and the Memorial Service (Part 4 of 5)

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“Avoid seeking elsewhere, for that is far from yourself. Now I travel alone, everywhere I meet it. Now it is me, now I am not it. It must be thus understood to merge with thusness.” ~ Tozan “… There is no other other essential reality, there is “just this,” beyond any description …” ~ Henry Shukman […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Case 48, Book of Equanimity, Vimalakirti’s “Not-Two” (Part 3 of 5)

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Then Manjusri asked Vimalakirti, “All of us have finished giving our explanations. Now you should give your explanation. What does it mean that the Bodhisattva enters the Dharma-gate of Not-Two?” Vimalakirti remained silent. ~ from Case 48 “…  what is that roar of silence? …” ~ Henry Shukman Description: Henry uses a computer software metaphor for […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Gateless Gate and Doubt (Part 2 of 5)

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Zen makes the mind of Buddha its foundation. It makes no gate, the gate of dharma. If it is no gate from the start, how can we pass through it? Haven’t you ever heard…things that come in through the gate are not family treasures. Description: In this second talk of the Rohatus sesshin Henry continues […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Mu Koan (Part 1 of 5)

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The great way has no barrier There are a thousand different roads If you pass through this barrier once You will walk this universe alone.         ~ Mumon Description: In this opening talk of our Rohatsu sesshin, Henry explores the Why, What and How of the koan Mu, which has come to […]

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Teisho: Is this life or is this death

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Description: In this short talk, Henry relates a koan about life and death. A student of Dogo’s had died. He went with Zengen to pay respects. Zengen tapped on the coffin and asked, “is this life or is this death?”  Dogo said, “I won’t say, I won’t say.”  Zengen was bothered by this response and […]

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Teisho: Times of Great Difficulty

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“Hatred never decreased hatred.“ ~ Henry Shukman Description: Henry offers calming clarity in this post election teisho. He begins by stating that Zen was forged in times of great difficulty and that practice is our only real response to difficulty. Practice teaches us concentration and the clarity to see what is going on both inside and […]

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Teisho: Case 46, Book of Equanimity, Study Accomplished (Part 2 of 2)

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“This life is an unparalleled opportunity; so far as we know, there is nothing like it in the universe. We don’t need to know anymore. This is it.“ ~ Henry Shukman Case 46: Great Master Tokusan Emmyo instructed his assembly and said, “If you have exhausted to the end, you will realize right away that all […]

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Teisho: Case 46, Book of Equanimity, Study Accomplished (Part 1 of 2)

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“… The “one giving the great laugh” is the ultimate learner …” ~ Henry Shukman “… The pure ground without an inch of grass for ten thousand miles still deludes people, and the clear sky without a speck of cloud still deceives you.”  ( from master Bansho’s verse to the koan). Case 46: Great Master Tokusan […]

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