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Dharmatalk: Case 89, Book of Equanimity: Tozan’s Place of No Grass: 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 3 of 6)

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“The real journey begins when you sit down.” Description: This is the third talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. Case 89 takes place in a monastery at the end of a three-month summer practice period. Master Tôzan instructs the monks to “go directly to the place of no grass over ten thousand miles.” Where is […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 1, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s Dog (Mu): 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 2 of 6)

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“…  Present moment awareness is deeply fulfilling.” Description: This is the second talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. The benefits of restriction, i.e., not moving, concentrating on our practice, etc., are discussed. This leads into Case 1 of the Gateless Gate and the koan “Mu.” Using the commentary written by Mumon as a touchstone, this […]


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Dharmatalk: Open Wide The Door: 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 1 of 6)

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“… for patience joins time to eternity.” ~ Wendell Berry Description: This is the first talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. The focus is on how to practice and why we practice. It begins with a poem by Wendell Berry, “How to Be a Poet,” which introduces powerful advice for practitioners, particularly during a sesshin. The […]


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Dharmatalk: The Sound of One Hand

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Unpack the gift Description: Beginning with a discussion of concentration practice, this talk focuses on the famous koan “The Sound of One Hand” and its origins. Just as we sit, Hakuin took these words from Setcho into his body: “The single hand doesn’t sound without reason.” This process is life-changing, allowing a radical change in […]


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Dharmatalk: Points of Practice

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We are giving ourselves to this moment  Description: This talk is about general points of practice with a focus on five areas: relaxing the body; general mindfulness; concentration (samadhi); awakening; returning to the world—to help. The common denominator to all of these elements is Love. In beautiful excerpts from Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, we can catch […]


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Dharmatalk: Living Our Deepest Nature

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Description: This talk recounts a recent teacher’s retreat in Germany with the Abbot of Sanbo Zen, Yamada Ryoun Roshi. It begins with the story of Father Lassalle, a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher who built the zendo in Germany where the retreat took place. Practice does not end; there is no I’ve-got-this moment. Or we might […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 7, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s “Wash Your Bowls”

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The world is nothing but metamorphosis and life is nothing but an opinion. ~Marcus Aurelius Everybody’s got a hungry heart. ~Bruce Springsteen  Description: In The Gateless Gate, the last line of this koan reads, “The monk attained some realization.” What did the monk realize? Why is this seemingly ordinary dialogue between the great master Jôshô […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 88, Book of Equanimity: “Non-Seeing” in the Ryôgon Sutra (Part 2 of 2)

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“We become the empty bowl that can receive the water.” Description: Case 88, taken from a sutra, is an unusual koan. It diverges from the narrative form that typically demonstrates how Zen is continuously pointing to the ordinary moments of life. This expansive talk explores the Ryôgon Sutra and poses three key questions about “seeing”: […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 88, Book of Equanimity: “Non-Seeing” in the Ryôgon Sutra (Part 1)

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“All spiritual discipline must grow out of a sincere heart.” ~Buddha Description: Case 88, taken from a sutra, is an unusual koan. It diverges from the narrative form that typically demonstrates how Zen is continuously pointing to the ordinary moments of life. This expansive talk explores the Ryôgon Sutra and poses three key questions about […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 87, Book of Equanimity: Sozan: With or Without

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“Any phenomenon experienced at any time has the power to awaken us.” Description: In an exploration of Case 87, we are invited to sense how a koan can truly be experienced when we allow it into our hearts. Sozan, who would eventually become a great master and another important figure in the history of Zen, […]


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