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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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Teisho: Case 72, Book of Equanimity: Chûyû’s “Monkey”

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“… a six-windowed room represents our life, or our experience of the world through the six senses …” Description: This talk begins with a reading from The Lost Books of the Odyssey, which aptly describes what a koan is. Agamemnon has commissioned his wisest counselors to write a book that will explain the whole world. Dissatisfied with […]


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Teisho: One Love

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“… It is possible to see through our lives to a great wonder that is without form but is infinitely loving and deeply personal …” Description: This talk was given the day after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Henry had planned on presenting a koan but, instead, decided to tell us a story about an experience he […]


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Teisho: Case 71, Book of Equanimity: Suigan’s “Eyebrows”

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“… Zen does not impart anything to us, but rather allows us to let go of everything …” Koans are able to untie things we didn’t know were tied and to open things we didn’t know were closed. Description: This talk begins with a discussion of the power of koans to work on us — “they are little […]


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Teisho: 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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