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Teisho: Summer Sesshin: Why sit with Mu? (Part 3 of 5)

September 8, 2016

Our ‘sensorium’ composes the totality of our world; to believe there is anything else is an error, according to Buddha.

“… sitting with mu is ‘a set up to bring about the most remarkable short-circuit’ …” ~ Henry Shukman

short circuit

Description: Henry opens this third talk from the summer sesshin by reading a short sutra by Buddha, “I will teach you the All.”  This sutra prepares the way for Henry’s upcoming teaching about the five skandhas. He examines the sense doors (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell and thought) by means of which we experience reality, and which are in fact the totality of our reality. Henry then asks, why do we sit with Mu? He answers, because, sitting with mu is “a set up to bring about the most remarkable short-circuit.”  Henry describes more about our senses and how practice can completely overwhelm our conditioned sensory apparatus and open us to an unimagined new experience of reality.

Post Image Credit: Short Circuit by Lennart Tange, CC BY 2.0.
Featured Image Credit: Harmony by Devanath, CCO Public Domain.

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