Posts by 2emilywarn

Mahaprajapati and the Philosophers’ Stone, a talk given by Madelon Bolling (May 8, 2016)

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Mahaprajapati and the Philosophers’ Stone, a talk given by Madelon Bolling (May 8, 2016)

To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening. (Dogen: Genjo Koan, Aitken and Tanahashi trans.) Mahaprajapati and the Philosopher’s Stone    The first of the women ancestors honored in our dedication chant is Mahaprajapati Gautami, foster mother of Shakyamuni Buddha and founder of the women’s order. In a sense she’s ancestral mother of all who sit and practice here. Today I’ll tell a little of her story—and though the Philosophers’ Stone seems like something belonging more to...

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A Climate of Change: 3 Week Study Retreat with Eileen Kiera and Jack Duffy (June 4 – 25)

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Meditation Retreat | Comments Off on A Climate of Change: 3 Week Study Retreat with Eileen Kiera and Jack Duffy (June 4 – 25)

During the 2016, 3-week study retreat, we will immerse ourselves in writings from Asia, Europe and North America which express and illuminate the natural configuration of reality.  Held by a spacious and disciplined schedule of sitting, walking, working and eating, we will circumambulate the stupa of “a climate of change”.  Individually and as a group, we step into a new and closer relationship with that which is before us. Our Teachers, Eileen Kiera & Jack Duffy co-founded Mountain Lamp Community.  Together they bring together the Diamond Sangha and Plum Village traditions.  They are...

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Seven-Day Zen Retreat (Sesshin) with Jack Duffy (April 16th-April 23, 2016)

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seven-Day Zen Retreat (Sesshin) with Jack Duffy (April 16th-April 23, 2016)

Three Treasures Sangha holds two, seven-day meditation retreats (Sesshins) each year at Mountain Lamp, a rural practice center near Bellingham, Washington. See our Sesshin page for more information.

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Hurt, Anger, Forgiveness and Acceptance in Zen — A Talk Given By Leland Shields — April 10, 2016

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Hurt, Anger, Forgiveness and Acceptance in Zen — A Talk Given By Leland Shields — April 10, 2016

The National Teacher’s Stone Lion Case 152, Dogen’s 300 Koans Nanyang arrived at the front of the palace with Emperor Suzong. Nanyang pointed at a figure of a stone lion and said to the emperor, “Your Majesty, this lion is extraordinary. Please say a turning word.” Emperor Su said, “I cannot say anything. Will you please say something?” Nanyang said, “It is my fault.” Later Danyuan Yingzhen asked Nanyang, “Did the emperor understand it?” Nanyang said, “Let’s put aside whether the emperor understood it. How do you understand it?” (Translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi and John Daido Loori) This is...

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Don’t Think Good Don’t Think evil–Zen Practice in the Messiness of Groups — A Talk Given by Leland Shields

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Don’t Think Good Don’t Think evil–Zen Practice in the Messiness of Groups — A Talk Given by Leland Shields

October 11, 2015 Before reading the koan case I’ll use in today’s talk, I’d like to provide background first about why I’ve chosen this case for today, and then the back story of the case itself. This is the third talk in a series on Zen practice in relationship – applying our practice when with others, not sitting quietly on our own cushions. In the first, I emphasized the inescapable interconnection that raises question about the very framing – in relationship or one? In the second I explored aspects of the form of our personal practice that are available when with others. Today, I want to...

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