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Samadhi, Henry Shukman

October 25, 2020

The Sanbo Zen lineage has traditionally focused on kensho (sudden awakening) experiences which offer a complete, though often brief, shift in how we see reality. To attain this shift, practitioners sit on a cushion and meditate with little instruction. This changed in the 1940s when Zen opened to western seekers and laity. An early introductory document written during this time period listed three aims for Zen, the first of which is samadhi (translated as bringing together or unification).

In this talk, from October 15, Henry introduces the concept of samadhi and describes how it fits into the scheme of practice. More on samadhi will come during the upcoming Oct 22-25 virtual retreat.

Find this and many other talks and discussions on the Mountain Cloud You Tube Channel.

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