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Mahaprajapati and the Philosophers’ Stone, a talk given by Madelon Bolling (May 8, 2016)

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Mahaprajapati and the Philosophers’ Stone, a talk given by Madelon Bolling (May 8, 2016)

To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening. (Dogen: Genjo Koan, Aitken and Tanahashi trans.) Mahaprajapati and the Philosopher’s Stone    The first of the women ancestors honored in our dedication chant is Mahaprajapati Gautami, foster mother of Shakyamuni Buddha and founder of the women’s order. In a sense she’s ancestral mother of all who sit and practice here. Today I’ll tell a little of her story—and though the...

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Hurt, Anger, Forgiveness and Acceptance in Zen — A Talk Given By Leland Shields — April 10, 2016

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Hurt, Anger, Forgiveness and Acceptance in Zen — A Talk Given By Leland Shields — April 10, 2016

The National Teacher’s Stone Lion Case 152, Dogen’s 300 Koans Nanyang arrived at the front of the palace with Emperor Suzong. Nanyang pointed at a figure of a stone lion and said to the emperor, “Your Majesty, this lion is extraordinary. Please say a turning word.” Emperor Su said, “I cannot say anything. Will you please say something?” Nanyang said, “It is my fault.” Later Danyuan Yingzhen asked Nanyang, “Did the emperor understand it?” Nanyang said, “Let’s put aside whether the emperor understood it. How do you understand it?” (Translated...

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Don’t Think Good Don’t Think evil–Zen Practice in the Messiness of Groups — A Talk Given by Leland Shields

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Don’t Think Good Don’t Think evil–Zen Practice in the Messiness of Groups — A Talk Given by Leland Shields

October 11, 2015 Before reading the koan case I’ll use in today’s talk, I’d like to provide background first about why I’ve chosen this case for today, and then the back story of the case itself. This is the third talk in a series on Zen practice in relationship – applying our practice when with others, not sitting quietly on our own cushions. In the first, I emphasized the inescapable interconnection that raises question about the very framing – in relationship or one? In the second I explored aspects of the form of our personal practice...

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Pang Family Practice – A Talk Given by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Zen Talks | 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...

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Miaodao and the Demon of Doubt — A Talk by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Miaodao and the Demon of Doubt — A Talk by Madelon Bolling

Miao-Dao was the first Dharma heir of Dahui, a pivotal teacher of the Linji school. Though she did not establish an enduring lineage of her own, Miao-Dao’s influence on Dahui shapes our Zen practice to this day: she is present in our experience of doubt. If you missed Madelon Bolling’s talk on Miaodao at our one-day Zen retreat in July, you can download it here. Download Miaodao and the Demon of...

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Attention! Attention! Attention! A Talk by Lee Shields

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Attention! Attention! Attention! A Talk by Lee Shields

If you missed Lee Shield’s talk at our one-day Zen retreat in July, you can download it here. This is the second of two talks that Lee has given on Zen attention in relationship. Download Zen Attention in Relationship Part...

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Jishou Daojen, the Unknown: A Talk by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Jishou Daojen, the Unknown: A Talk by Madelon Bolling

Madelon Bolling’s talk on Jishou Daojen, the Unknown, which she gave at this month’s zazenkai is now available for download.

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Zen Koans in Relationship – A Talk by Lee Shields

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Zen Koans in Relationship – A Talk by Lee Shields

(At the Three Treasures Sangha zazenkai on April 12th, Lee Shields talked about koans relate to the everyday. Read the talk below or download it.) It is customary in giving a talk to begin with a koan or traditional text. Though I don’t always follow that tradition, today I would like to offer two koans that I have spoken about recently, and take them again from a different perspective.     Chu-chih (Gutei) and T’ien-lung One day toward evening a nun named Shih-chi (True World, as Yamada translated her name) appeared at [Chu-chih’s]...

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Into the Dark of the Year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Zen Talks | 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...

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Lay Practice: A Dharma Talk

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Lay Practice: A Dharma Talk

By Lee Shields We are together involved in a great movement that is very personal to each of us, and is also playing out in countries around the world as we speak. Each of us is experimenting with the adaptation of an ancient monastic tradition to our busy lay lives. Even those of us who live or have lived in retreat settings for periods of time I suspect adapt in the interface with our modern world. Speaking for myself, I have no doubt already that this practice of silent meditation, whether done formally on a cushion here together, at home...

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