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Case 76, Book of Equanimity: Shuzan’s Three Verses

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“… Your you-ness is what is utterly beloved, from beginningless beginning …”   Description: This talk begins with a discussion of the five hindrances: desire; aversion; sloth and torpor; restlessness and worry; doubt. It goes on to explain how our task is not so much to get rid of them as to be aware of them. […]


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Dharmatalk: Koan Study: Why Bother?

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“… a glimpse of another order of things, in an experience of awakening from the “dream” of what we have taken our lives to be …” Description: This talk is about why and how we study koans. Practice often begins with mindfulness training, with the breath as our focus as well as other aspects of present-moment […]


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Dharmatalk: A Well That Has Not Been Dug

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In a well that has not been dug, water is rippling from a spring that does not flow; There, someone with no shadow or form is drawing the water. Description: This talk focuses on one of the first koans in the koan training: In a well that has not been dug, water is rippling from a […]


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Dharmatalk: Love is the Teaching

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It is empty, nameless, all-embracing love Description: The Blue Cliff Record is a classic collection of koans compiled by Setcho (Xuedou) in 1028. Each koan has a corresponding verse composed by Setcho, and the focus of this talk is Setcho’s beautiful verse to Case 2: In one there are many kinds. In two there are […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 75, Book of Equanimity: Zuigan’s “Everlasting Truth” (Part 2)

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Description: This talk continues the discussion of Case 75 and the wonder of practice. Zuigan has asked Ganto if there is an unchanging, everlasting reality. This can be taken as the central question of a lifetime. Ganto tells him that “it” — the unchanging truth — has already changed. We can never experience the world […]


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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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