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Ruben Habito: Two Zen Questions – Guest Episode

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Description: This talk was given by Ruben Habito Roshi, founding teacher of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX and Professor of Comparative Religion at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He offers an inspiring introductory talk on Zen, centered on two key questions of a lifetime… Please enjoy this 30 minute talk from a great living Zen […]


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Teisho: Happiness

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Description: In this talk, Henry touches on the various kinds of happiness, or sukha, as articulated by the Buddha, and explores why happiness is a worthwhile subject in light of the questions: Who are we? What are we? Why are we here? Ultimately, Zen practice can guide us into allowing the true experience of unconditional wellbeing. […]


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Teisho: Suffering, Beauty & The Dharma

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Description: Highlighting excerpts from two books, Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright and Narcissus and Goldmund, by Hermann Hesse, this talk focuses on three topics: suffering, beauty, and the Dharma. When we expose and examine our pain and the suffering caused by wanting things to be different than they are, it becomes easier to allow […]


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Teisho: The Christmas Story & Zen

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All things pregnant with a single treasure. “… open the inn door and allow room for now? Attending to the present moment opens the space where the treasure that is intrinsic to our existence is revealed …” Description: Essentially, the core of all the great traditions teach us about what it is to be human. In this beautiful […]


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Teisho: Case 70, Book of Equanimity: Shinsan Asks about Nature

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“… this moment … is without content—it is unborn and, simultaneously, undeniably present …” Description: In this powerful talk Henry begins by conveying that, however perplexing they seem to be, the subject matter of all koans is right here, right now. In Case 70, Master Shinsan and Master Shuzan are having a dialogue, or mondo. Shinsan begins, “After […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 6 of 6: A Guide to the Museum Called “Me” (Part 3)

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“… our life, our very existence becomes an ongoing service …” Description: This teisho is the sixth and final talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. Henry revisits the four levels of “the museum called ‘me,’” discussed in Parts 1 & 2, in order to clarify a few points. The element of “stop and see” is intrinsic to every […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 5 of 6: A Guide to the Museum Called “Me” (Part 2)

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“… the gate of ease and joy …” ~ Dogen Description: This teisho is the fifth talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. (The fourth talk was a “silent teisho.”) Henry recaps the guide to first two levels of “the museum called ‘me,’” presented in the first talk of this sesshin and discusses the subsequent levels. The third […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 3 of 6: Case 69, Book of Equanimity: Nansen’s “Cats and Cows”

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“… a state of stillness, peace and freedom …” Description: This teisho is the third talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. It begins with the various ways human beings have addressed the problem of suffering, citing the solutions proposed in the words of both Hakuin and John of the Cross. This leads into Case 69 of the […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 2 of 6: Humility Conquers All

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Description: This teisho is the second talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. The central topic is humility. Henry begins with the story of Father Foucauld, a French monk living in Algeria in the early 1900s, which calls to mind the latin motto, humilitas vincit omnia, or humility conquers all things. This directly relates to the six paths […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 1 of 6: A Guide to the Museum Called “Me” (Part 1)

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Description: This teisho is the first talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. The objective is to outline a guide to two levels of “the museum called ‘me,’” beginning with an excerpt from Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen: Lost on dark paths of ignorance, we wander through the six worlds, from dark path to dark path. Henry […]


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