Zen Talks

Observing: A Midsummer Retreat – A talk by Madelon Bolling, (July 9, 2017)

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The predecessor of this midsummer retreat was called “Ancient Bones.” They say it was discontinued because fewer and fewer people could attend at all. Even with allowances for our limitations, it had become too arduous for those with ancient bones. I bought pre-paid cremation services for my dad a couple weekends ago and we scattered my brother-in-law’s ashes on the Fourth of July. We’re all of us facing death from the instant we are born. We can’t face away from it since it is part of life itself. Death is seen as an end, the ending of everything. No more fun and no more...

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Purify – Already Pure, A Talk by Leland Shields (July 8, 2017)

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  In Red Pine’s translation of the Platform Sutra, it begins with these words of Hui neng and then those of a narrator within the text: “Good friends, purify your minds by reciting the teaching of Mahaprajnaparamita.” Then the Master stopped speaking, while he purified his own mind. (Red Pine, The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teachings of Hui-neng, 2006, p. 73) This can be a simple introduction, including a moment of Zazen meditation, or chanting one of the Prajnaparamita Sutras silently or out loud. The Prajnaparamita sutras are the Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra. Red Pine believed it...

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Zen Practice: What About Thinking? – a talk by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Zen Practice: What About Thinking? – a talk by Madelon Bolling

Zen Practice: What About Thinking? In Zazen Universally Recommended, Dogen says: Think without thoughts. How do you think without thoughts? Nonthinking. This is the essential art of zazen. I am assuming that at least some here besides me wrestle with this unwieldy thing called thinking? If not, please just enjoy the story. Some years ago there was a gathering here at Dharma Gate where we were invited to ask practice questions. At last! I thought, and I asked how to deal with thoughts when sitting zazen. One of the senior students, triumphantly quoted Dogen: “Think without...

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On Divisiveness – a talk by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on On Divisiveness – a talk by Madelon Bolling

On Divisiveness Everywhere the fog has blown away revealing what I have been unwilling to acknowledge. Separateness is fiction. In Dai-O Kokushi’s On Zen, we recite, “There is a reality even prior to Heaven and Earth,” Heaven and Earth being the spiritual and material realms, respectively. But this line affirms that there is a reality, a condition of possibility underlying what we call "spiritual" and what we call "material." Saying this reality is prior means it gives rise both to what we call spiritual and what we call material. This reality prior to...

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Two-Day Zen Retreat with Jack Duffy (November 12,13 , 2016)

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016 in Meditation Retreat, Zen Talks | Comments Off on Two-Day Zen Retreat with Jack Duffy (November 12,13 , 2016)

Three Treasures Sangha is hosting a two-day retreat with Jack Duffy Roshi at Dharma Gate zendo on November 12-13th. Jack Duffy will give a talk each day and hold dokusan (practice-related interviews). Everyone is welcome even if you haven’t attended a Three Treasures Sangha retreat. If you’re looking for other opportunities to sit Zen with Three Treasures, check out our Calendar. For more information about this or other retreats, contact ttssangha@gmail.com.   SCHEDULE Saturday, August 13th 8:15am — Work period 9:00am — Chanting...

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The Practice of Mutual Support — Leland Shields, July 10, 2016

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on The Practice of Mutual Support — Leland Shields, July 10, 2016

I’d like to start with a story from the Record of Lin-chi When Lin-chi was one of the assembly of monks under Huang-po, he was plain and direct in his behavior. The head monk praised him saying: “Though he’s a youngster, he is different from the other monks.” So he asked:” Shang-tso, how long have you been here?” “Three years,” replied Lin-chi. “Have you ever asked for instruction?” “No, I’ve never asked for instruction. I don’t know what to ask,” replied Lin-chi. “Why don’t you go ask the head Ho-shang of this temple just what the cardinal principle of the Buddha-dharma is?” said the head...

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