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Dharmatalk: Case 75, Book of Equanimity: Zuigan’s “Everlasting Truth” (Part 1)

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“… We’re facing, in all its magnitude and wonder, the fact of existing …”   Description: To live in accord with the Dharma offers an alternative to the world of knowing-getting-having. In Case 75, Zuigan has asked Master Ganto, “What is the intrinsic, everlasting truth?” Henry recounts the story of Ganto’s training, and clarifies some of the […]


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Dharmatalk: Why Practice

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“… To be aware of breath means to be aware of being alive …”   Description: This talk offers some reflections on a path of practice, and how it can help support not only our awareness of being alive, but also make us more aware that we are not independent from all that surrounds us,  wherever we […]


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Dharmatalk: Ruben Habito: The Oak Tree in the Garden – Guest Episode

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  “…  it is here, right here and now, that the gateway to the infinite, … is found …” ~ Ruben Habito Description: Ruben Roshi likens koans to a GPS for our practice, as he addresses this famous koan with Chan Master Zhaozhou, otherwise known to us as Zen Master Joshu — “What did Bodhidharma bring […]


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Dharmatalk: Sesshin Talk 5 (of 5):The Story of Master Hogen

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“… Is this rock inside your mind or outside your mind? …”  Description: In this fifth talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin, Henry shares a few stories of Master Hôgen’s life to encourage us as we practice. Hôgen, and every great master, was once just like us—searching for clarity about their life. Upon hearing the words, […]


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Dharmatalk: Sesshin Talk 4 (of 5): Case 74, Book of Equanimity: Hogen’s “Form and Name”

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“… The force that through the green fuse drives the flower …” ~ Dylan Thomas  Description: This is the fourth tesisho from the Spring 2018 sesshin. In Case 74, Master Hôgen says, “Form arises from what has no substance yet; name comes from what has no name yet.” We can discover the world that Hôgen is […]


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Teisho: Sesshin Talk 3 (of 5): Case 73, Book of Equanimity: Sôzan’s Filial Fulfillment

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“… a continuous letting-go of everything …” Description: This teisho is the third talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. Master Sôzan, along with Master Tôzan, founded the Soto sect of Zen. Case 73 inspires a discussion of the lineage of practice and how this relates to “fulfilling filial piety,” which can result in a kind of rebirth. […]


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Teisho: Sesshin Talk 2 (of 5): Gimme the Enlightenment! (Part 2)

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  Description: This teisho is the second talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. This talk focuses on Bodhidharma’s second gate to the Zen path, entry by principle (or “fact”), as expressed by the first koan, Mu. Henry reads various passages, including a wonderful description of walking meditation by Natalie Goldberg, with the intention of giving […]


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Teisho: Sesshin Talk 1 (of 5): Gimme the Enlightenment! (Part 1)

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“… {just} keenly watch our experience …” Description: This teisho is the first talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. Over the course of these talks, Henry will touch on two sources of Zen practice, Taoism and Buddhism, and how they affect how we practice. Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk considered to be the founder of Zen, articulated […]


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Teisho: Many Doors

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“… The door of every house leads to Chang’an …. every aspect of our experience is a door to oneness, to emptiness …” Description: This talk begins with a reading from Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin by John Blofeld, which highlights various perspectives on practice. Every sect of Buddhism, every phenomenon and […]


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Teisho: Learning to Be

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“… The present moment is shot through with rays of the infinite …” Description: In this talk, Henry reviews the basics of mindfulness, beginning with Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which apply to the entirety of experience and demonstrate that the roots of mindfulness run deep in Zen. These foundations can be seen as the basis […]


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