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Case 2 Book of Equanimity, Bodhidharma’s Vast and Void

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Episode Description: This instructive teisho reviews Buddha’s earliest core teachings: The Four Noble Truths and The Three Marks of Existence. The Three Fires of greed, hatred and delusion mislead us, so we get caught in the Three Worlds of desire, form and no-form. Henry applies these early teachings directly to Case 2 of the Book of […]


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Case 1 Book of Equanimity, The World Honored One Ascends the Rostrum

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Episode Description: This teisho begins Henry’s journey through the Book of Equanimity. Case 1 shows the importance of just sitting, being still and quiet. Henry discusses Shakyamuni Buddha’s first teachings. He explores the teaching on dukkha (intrinsic dissatisfaction) and asks: Is there something in the core of ourselves that is intrinsically dissatisfied and dissatisfying? Henry then […]


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Shin-Jin-Mei (Verses on the Faith-Mind) by Sosan, Part 3 of 3

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Episode Description: Henry continues to explicate Sosan’s Shin-Jin Mei and incorporates the Three Treasures—Buddha, Dharma and Sangha–into the meaning of the poem. The Shin-Jin-Mei is an example of Dharma, a teaching or guidance, which helps us find our core, the heart/mind of ourselves (Buddha) and our universe (Sangha). Henry also discusses another meaning of Dharma, as […]


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Life is worth living … full flow! {VIDEO}

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“…life, …  for all it’s bruises and false starts, it’s blind alleys and reversals, it’s failures, … is worth living … full flow …” This YouTube video, below, is being posted in lieu of this week’s podcast episode. Regular weekly (every Thursday) publishing of podcast episodes will recommence with the next episode on Jun 18th. Bill Broyles, who […]


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Spring Sesshin Part 2 of 2, Case 10: Book of Equanimity, An Old Woman near Taizan

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Episode Description: In this second talk of our spring sesshin, Henry elucidates the the case of an old, wise woman near Taizan who gives directions to a lost monk. Henry acknowledges the many women teachers within Zen history and this lineage. He discusses the depth of awakening that Joshu senses in the old woman and describes […]


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Spring Sesshin Part 1 of 2, Mu Koan

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Episode Description: This talk, the first during our spring sesshin, introduces the Koan Mu and addresses the challenges that arise during a first sesshin. Henry compares zen practice to musical instrument practice with a lively story about his old trombone teacher, Jack Pinches. He also recounts the difficulties and rewards of his own first sesshin. Henry […]


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Case 9: The Book of Equanimity; Nansen Kills the Cat

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Episode Description:Henry uses this startling koan about Nansen and a cat to explore questions about life, death and ultimate reality. Does Nansen really kill the cat? If so, what has he actually killed? What is this life we believe we are leading? Listen to how this koan beckons us to wake from the dream of […]


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Shin-Jin-Mei (Verses on the Faith-Mind) by Sosan, Part 2 of 2

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Episode Description:Henry explicates the first six lines of the Verses on the Faith-Mind by focusing on the question, What is the great way? Henry quotes from the 14th-century Zen master Bassui, who insists we already are the great way, fully and completely. This talk grapples with the essence of Zen training; the three fires of greed, […]


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Shin-Jin-Mei (Verses on the Faith-Mind) by Sosan, Part 1 of 2

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Episode Description: In part 1 of this 2-part series about the Shin-jin-mei (Hsing-Hsign Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind), Henry provides background details about the second patriarch Sosan (Ch. Seng-T’san). We learn about his serious illness, his desire for release from karmic debt, and his awakening encounter with his teacher, the second Chinese Ancestor Eka (Ch. […]


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What Really Matters?

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Episode Description: In this teisho given on New Years Day, Henry peels back layers of the central question: “What really matters?” exploring other enquiries along the way — What is the grave matter of life and death? What realization can occur when patterned ways of perceiving fall away? Who am I? Henry relates a parable […]


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