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The Zen of One Flavor, a talk by Leland Shields (September 16, 2023)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2023 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on The Zen of One Flavor, a talk by Leland Shields (September 16, 2023)

A monk was taking his leave. Kuei-tsung asked, “Where are you going?” The monk said, “I’m going here and there to study the Zen of the Five flavors.” Kuei-tsung said, “Other places may teach the Zen of the Five flavors; here I have only the Zen of one flavor.” “And what is the Zen of one flavor?” said the monk. Kuei-tsung hit him. “I understand, I understand.” “Then tell me, tell me.” Just as the monk opened his mouth, Kuei-tsung hit him again.   Ikkyū and the Crazy Cloud Anthology, “From Wu Teng Hui Yuan,” p. 100. I have some admiration...

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Be Yourself, a talk by Madelon Bolling (September 16, 2023)

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Nanyue Polishes a Tile   Nanyue Huairang asked Mazu Daoyi, “Worthy monk, why do you sit in meditation?” Mazu replied, “I wish to become a buddha.” Huairang picked up a tile and started to rub it against a stone in front of Mazu’s hermitage. Finally Mazu asked him what he was doing. Huairang replied, “Polishing it to make a mirror.”    “How can you make a tile into a mirror by polishing it?’ asked Mazu.         “How can you become a buddha by sitting in meditation?” responded...

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Talks from 7-Day Intensive (September 9-16, 2023)

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Beginning Anew A talk be Lee Shields The permeability of our skin – the whole of our training is for the development of compassion talk by Lee Shields (Text available to members and participants by email request to ttssangha@gmail.com) The koan of groups – Don’t think good don’t think evil A talk be Lee Shields (Text available to members and participants by email request to ttssangha@gmail.com) Be yourself...

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Failure is a Friend — A talk by Madelon Bolling (July 9, 2023)

Posted by on Jul 19, 2023 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Failure is a Friend — A talk by Madelon Bolling (July 9, 2023)

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,...

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Talks from 3-Day Zenkai (July 7-9, 2023)

Posted by on Jul 19, 2023 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Talks from 3-Day Zenkai (July 7-9, 2023)

Practicing together with suffering – the cold kills you A talk be Lee Shields (Text available to members and participants by email request to ttssangha@gmail.com)   Failure is a Friend: A talk by Madelon Bolling Read talk

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On Dealing With “Self” When There Is No Such Thing – A Talk by Madelon Bolling (June 11, 2023)

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A monk asked, “How should one act during every hour of the day such that the ancestors are not betrayed?” Yunmen said, “Give up your effort.” The monk said, “How should I give up my effort?” Yunmen said, “Give up the words you just uttered.” (Ferguson, p. 287)   Today I want to explore a little more about living and working with thoughts. Thinking is a defining feature of our life, and one that’s often experienced by Zen students as the bane of our existence. In the presence of these...

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Loneliness without separation – bare mountains and fallen leaves (A talk by Lee Shields)

Posted by on May 23, 2023 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Loneliness without separation – bare mountains and fallen leaves (A talk by Lee Shields)

Text available to members and participants by email request to ttssangha@gmail.com).

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Talks from 7-Day Retreat (April, 2023)

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Everyone we meet is our teacher – True World imposes on us A talk be Lee Shields (Text available to members and participants by email request to ttssangha@gmail.com) The form of Zen in relationship – attention, attention, attention A talk be Lee Shields (Text available to members and participants by email request to ttssangha@gmail.com) Sesshin, Distractions, and Turning Away A talk be Lee Shields (Text...

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Lonliness – a talk by Madelon Bolling (April, 2023)

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This week we’ve been exploring relationship: various ways of relating with one another, with our practice, with ourselves, with the world in general and in all its amazing particulars. Seeing that we are interrelated in so many respects, I wondered at the plague of loneliness that sweeps through traumatized people whether from a pandemic or from dangers of other sorts – shooters on the loose for instance, railroad accidents, war, or uncontrollable weather events. How are we to deal with these realities and their effect on us? In the...

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Why Does It Come to That? – A Talk by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Mar 12, 2023 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Why Does It Come to That? – A Talk by Madelon Bolling

  One time when the Master was washing his bowls, he saw two birds contending over a frog. A monk who also saw this asked, “Why does it come to that?” The Master replied, “It’s only for your benefit, Acarya.”                                                                                                 (Record of Tung-shan, case 98)   As descendants of generations of colonizers here in this country, we are slowly coming to terms with our deep, personal, and inextricable connections with the natural world....

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