Posted inDharma, Videos, Women in Zen

The Body of Awakening, Valerie Forstman (Video)

August 29, 2022

In this talk from her Women in Zen series, Valerie explores the life, practice, and transmission experience of Zongchi, a woman born into the court who became Bodhidharma’s disciple and dharma heir. Zongchi realizes the joy of seeing who she truly is – and the timeless moment of seeing just once. Bodhidharma recognizes Zongchi’s eye as his own flesh. As Dogen puts it, “’You have my flesh” is “the true human body.”

Photo/Image by Mark Paul Petrick

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