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Teisho: Introductory Talk #4: Three Fruits of Zen Practice

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Description: This talk explores the three fruits of Zen practice. The first is concentration. The second is kensho, “seeing reality” or “seeing true nature.” The third is embodying this experience in everyday life. Concentration, or con-centration, is the process of continuously coming back to the present moment, where our lives are happening, in the center of […]

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Introductory Talk #3: Why Meditate? (Part 2)

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“… our existence where nothing is separate from anything else …” Description: This talk explores why it’s worth practicing meditation, in a broader context. Henry points to four main areas of human healing and exploration where mindfulness meditation, or present moment awareness practices, have great benefit. The first area is personal psychology. Over time, as we […]

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Introductory Talk #2: Why Meditate?

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“… There is nothing but the present moment … there is nowhere but here and now …”   Description: As we cultivate present-moment awareness, we are training ourselves to really experience what we are experiencing right now. There is nothing but the present moment. If we are thinking about the past or the future, we are doing […]

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Introductory Talk #1: The Origin of Zen Buddhism

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“… Zen Buddhism is focused primarily on meditative practice—“it’s about the sitting.” …” Description: This talk begins with the story of the Buddha, which means, “awakened one.” He began his life as a prince, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), and became Buddha after six and a half years of practice. After encountering an old man, a sick man, a […]

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Teisho: Dialoguing and Certifying

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“… we can become aware that we are the universe functioning; the universe is becoming aware of itself in every moment …” Responding without falling into achievement. Speaking without involving listeners. The ten thousand forms majestically glisten and expound the dharma. All objects certify it, everyone in dialogue. Dialoguing and certifying, they respond appropriately to each other. […]

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Teisho: Case 60, Book of Equanimity: Tetsuma, the Cow

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“… We practice, cultivating attention and allowing and go beyond “self” …” Description: This teisho is the fifth talk from the Summer 2017 sesshin. The fourth talk was a silent talk. In the third talk, Henry spoke about the fact that koans are not moral or practical guidance. To begin this talk, further explanation is offered—specifically, how […]

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Teisho: Case 59, Book of Equanimity: Seirin’s Deadly Snake

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“… The self is actually a root system of attachments, and the entire system can be suddenly uprooted …” Description: This teisho is the third talk from the Summer 2017 sesshin. The last talk covered the Buddha’s five hindrances. This talk begins with the remedy for the five hindrances—patience and determination. If we keep practicing, unconditional […]

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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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