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Teisho: Henry Explores Reincarnation

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“If you think such a theory (that there is a soul that exits the body at death and re-enters another upon birth) constitutes the Buddha’s teaching, you are even more foolish than someone who picks up a roof tile thinking it’s a gold coin.” ~ Dogen “All other lives are not separate from you yourself. […]

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Teisho: Case 53, Book of Equanimity: Obaku’s Drinkers

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Case 52: Ôbaku instructed the assembly and said, “You are all drinkers of lees [dregs]. If you continue to go on your Way like this, when will you have your ‘today’? Do you know that in this great empire of Tang there is no Zen master?” Now a monk came forward and said, “What would you […]

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Teisho: Case 52, Book of Equanimity: Sozan’s Dharma Body

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Case 52: Sôzan asked Elder Toku, “The true Dharma-body of Buddha is like the empty sky. It manifests its form corresponding to things – just like the moon on the water. How do you explain the principle of this corresponding?” Toku said, “It is like a donkey looking into a well.” Sôzan said, “You put it […]

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Teisho: A Talk on Jesus

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Description: In this Christmas-time episode, Henry gives a talk on Jesus, departing from his traditional koan-centered teisho. Henry starts by introducing Thomas Merton’s phrase “Virgin Time”… which could also be translated as “new time.” In a non-orthodox interpretation, Henry asks could it be that Jesus’ birth represents this “new time,” where all previous ordering and […]

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Teisho: Case 51, Book of Equanimity, Hogen’s By Boat or Land

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“The Dharma is rarely encountered, even in hundreds of millions of ages. Now we see it, hear it, receive and maintain it. May we fully realize the Tathagata’s true meaning.”        Gatha On Opening the Dharma Description: There is a second birth that occurs, says Henry; a waking from a cocoon of dreams. […]

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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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