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Pang Family Practice – A Talk Given by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pang Family Practice – A Talk Given by Madelon Bolling

January 10, 2016 Pang Yun Jushi asked Master Shitou: “Who is the one who is not a companion to the ten-thousand things?” Pang Family Practice: Pang Yun Jushi and Pang Lingzhao Today we continue becoming acquainted with Dharma ancestors honored in our sesshin dedication. Layman Pang (Pang Yun Jushi) and his daughter Lingzhao of the late 8th and early 9th century embodied one way of practicing Zen in the context of family. They showed that non-monastic practice could be done authentically and successfully. But this doesn’t mean that their story ought to be imitated. I think,...

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Branching Moon Sesshin March 28 – April 4 with Jack Duffy Rōshi

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Branching Moon Sesshin March 28 – April 4 with Jack Duffy Rōshi

Three Treasures Sangha is hosting a sesshin with Jack Duffy Rōshi at Mountain Lamp, a rural practice center near Bellingham, Washington, from March 28 – April 4. A sesshin is a week-long, intensive retreat in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Sesshin means to touch, receive, and convey the mind. During sesshin participants focus on their meditation, listen to talks, meet with the teacher, and perform jobs necessary to sustain the retreat.           To touch the mind is to touch that which is not born and does not die; it does not come or go, and is always at rest. It...

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Into the Dark of the Year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

By Madelon Bolling This piece was originally given by Madelon as a dharma talk at the Three Treasures Sangha zazenkai on December 14, 2014. The days are shorter now. It seems appropriate as we enter the dark of the year that we reflect on the lives of relatively unknown predecessors on the Way. Women and laypersons have always had an interest in seeing into self-nature, and they too influenced the course of Zen study significantly. Yet traditionally only monastics have been remembered and celebrated, and those were predominantly men. Not that women weren’t also monastics: they just weren’t...

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Participate in Online Discussion on Zen Master Keizan’s Transmitting the Light

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Participate in Online Discussion on Zen Master Keizan’s Transmitting the Light

You can read Jack’s comments or post a comment at: rocksandstreams.palousezen.org Book currently under discussion: Transmitting the Light: Zen Master Keizan’s Denkoroku with translations by both Francis Cook and Thomas Cleary Schedule of Postings: 10/19: Nagarjuna, 14th Ancestor 10/26: Rahulata, 16th Ancestor 11/2: Gayasata, 18th Ancestor 11/9: Shih-t’ou, 36th Ancestor (Coincidence of Opposites’ Grass-Roof Hermitage) 11/14-17: Retreat at Kairos; Spokane (Please join us) 11/23: T’ung-an Kuan-chih 11/29: L’ang-shan Yuan-kuan 11/29-12/7: Winter Bones Rohatsu...

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Branching Moon Sesshin Haiku

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Branching Moon Sesshin Haiku

Amidst the downpour, Sitting drenched and solitary– The red umbrella –written by Larry Keil, 2013

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Failure is a Friend by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Hakuin Zenji said, “They translated prajna as wisdom. All people have it. No one’s excepted. It’s faultlessly perfect in each one of us…” [Dokugyo Shingyo: Acid comments on the Heart Sutra] We go to extraordinary lengths to arrange our lives around this practice. We come to the zendo and sit, hear the Dharma as recorded and passed down for centuries. But it all comes down to this: this inexplicable thing we are looking for – It… is… here. Not just in this building or this room or in the presence of this group, but wherever you are, at any time of day or night,...

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