Zen Talks

Zenkai (May 13, 2018) with Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Beginner Zen Meditation, Zen Talks | Comments Off on Zenkai (May 13, 2018) with Madelon Bolling

Beginners who are interested in Zen and experienced Zen students are welcome. Schedule 8:15am Work period 9:00am Opening, Five Remembrances, Zazen 9:35am Zazen 10:00am Dharma talk 11:00am Zazen 12:00pm Informal lunch (Soup will be provided. Please bring food to share.) 1:00pm Sutras 1:30pm Zazen, Interviews 2:50pm Closing, Great Vows

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Today is Mothers Day

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Today is Mothers Day

                         Today is Mothers Day . . . for me as for many of us here, this day’s observance is a bittersweet reminder that “all things pass quickly away…” Remembering my mom wakens an urgency to inquire into the Great Matter, into mortality, life and death. Remembering her is a first step into this terrible mystery. Just what is going on here anyway? In Case 47 of the Mumonkan, the priest Doushuai set up three barriers to test his students. One of these barriers begins like this: When you have realized your self-nature, you are free of birth and death....

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On Feeling Lost – Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on On Feeling Lost – Madelon Bolling

The koan here is case 1 in Zen Echoes; also found as Case 1 in the Book of Equanimity and Case 92 in the Blue Cliff Record. One day, the World-Honored One ascended the seat. When the great assembly had gathered and settled down, Mañjuśri struck his gavel and said, “Observe deeply the Dharma of the Dharma King; the Dharma of the Dharma King is like this.” The World-Honored One then came down from the seat. In response to this koan, Zen master Miaozong declared: The true teaching has been transmitted in its entirety. The Buddhadharma is like this! Sitting around the room here,...

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Engaging The Bodhisattva Precepts: a talk by Leland Shields on October 8, 2017

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Engaging The Bodhisattva Precepts: a talk by Leland Shields on October 8, 2017

It seems civility is violated daily in our public discourse. White supremacists seem newly emboldened as we saw in Charlottesville. Early this year in our own state, respected professor Bret Weinstein objected to a proposed demonstration on the Evergreen State College campus, and received death threats. Also this year, the Dallas News reported that Representative Tony Tinderholt received death threats over his bill to abolish abortion. More recently and while I was writing this talk, yet another senseless mass shooting occurred, this time in Las Vegas. Internationally, Buddhists are not...

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

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Uncategorized, Zen Talks | Comments Off on Observing: A Midsummer Retreat – A talk by Madelon Bolling, (July 9, 2017)

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)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Uncategorized, Zen Talks | Comments Off on Purify – Already Pure, A Talk by Leland Shields (July 8, 2017)

  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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