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Zen Talks from the 2024 Spring Sesshin

Posted by on May 29, 2024 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Zen Talks from the 2024 Spring Sesshin

  Relinquish Yourself, a talk be Lee Shields Not Wind, Not Flag, a talk be Lee Shields Wanderring Among the Poor, a talk be Lee Shields Voice of the Bird, a talk by Madelon Bolling The Zazen of the Mahayana, a talk be Lee Shields Blinded by Gold Dust, a talk be Lee Shields

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Blinded by Gold Dust – A Talk by Leland Shields (April 5, 2024)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2024 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Blinded by Gold Dust – A Talk by Leland Shields (April 5, 2024)

One day the Counselor Wang visited…Master [Lin-chi]. When he met the Master in front of the Monk’s Hall, he asked: “do the monks of this monastery read the sutras?” “No, they don’t read sutras,” said the Master. “Then do they learn meditation?” asked the Counselor. “No, they don’t learn meditation,” answered the Master. “If they neither read sutras nor learn meditation, what in the world are they doing?” asked the Counselor. “All I do is make them become buddhas and patriarchs,” said the Master. The Counselor said: “Though gold dust is valuable, in the eyes it causes cataract [can blind...

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The Zazen of the Mahayana – A Talk by Leland Shields (April 6, 2024) – Sesshin Day 5

Posted by on Apr 9, 2024 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on The Zazen of the Mahayana – A Talk by Leland Shields (April 6, 2024) – Sesshin Day 5

For all of us children of wealthy homes wandering among the poor, let’s return to Hakuin’s, “Song of Zazen,” Tuesday we left off on this verse: Lost on dark paths of ignorance, we wander through the Six Worlds; from dark path to dark path we wander — when shall we be freed from birth and death? Hakuin then changes course without answering when or if we will be freed– he turns instead to zazen. Oh, the zazen of the Mahayana! To this the highest praise! Devotion, repentance, training, The many Paramitas — all have their source in zazen. Those who try zazen even once wipe away...

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Voice of the Bird, A Talk by Madelon Bolling (April 4, 2024)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2024 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Voice of the Bird, A Talk by Madelon Bolling (April 4, 2024)

Voice of the Bird for sesshin, April 2024. Asan of Shinano lived in Japan in the eighteenth century. She was a sincere student who meditated assiduously. One morning, drifting in and out of sleep and struggling to stay present to her koan, she heard a rooster crow. Her mind suddenly opened, and she exclaimed:   The fields, the  mountains, the flowers, and my body, too, are the voice of the bird. What is left that could be said to hear? [From Dongshan’s Five Ranks (Bolleter), p.101.] PSC   Chinese Zen master Seng-Tsan noted in the 6th century: “To seek Mind with the mind is the...

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A Rich Man Wandering Among the Poor, A Talk by Leland Shields (April 3, 2024)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2024 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on A Rich Man Wandering Among the Poor, A Talk by Leland Shields (April 3, 2024)

All beings by nature are Buddha, as ice by nature is water.   Apart from water there is no ice; apart from beings, no Buddha.   How sad that people ignore the near and search for truth afar: like someone in the midst of water crying out in thirst; like a child of a wealthy home wandering among the poor. (Hakuin, “Song of Zazen”) Hakuin begins “The Song of Zazen” with a clear statement: all beings are Buddha. As clear as it is, when in doubt we can still equivocate – who or what is Buddha after all? Aren’t we supposed to slay any Buddha we meet? So Hakuin goes on to remove that...

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