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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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“Even prior to heaven and earth”

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on “Even prior to heaven and earth”

By Madelon Bolling This piece was originally given by Madelon as a dharma talk at the Three Treasures Sangha zazenkai on June 8, 2014. [Note: Daio Kokushi is a dharma name. Daio means “great Yes,” “great affirmation,” or “great response.” Kokushi is the Japanese version of a Chinese term meaning “national teacher,” pronounced like the English “coke-she.” The middle “u” is silent.] In his verse, “On Zen,” Daio Kokushi (1235-1309) wrote, “There is a reality even prior to heaven and earth.” We often recite this fairly automatically, so today I’d...

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Undoing the Usual – Zenkai Talk by Madelon Bolling (Feb 9-10, 2014)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Zen Talks | 2 comments

How can we extend the experience of sesshin and bring that settled focus into our workaday life? Right after sesshin, things often seem to go smoothly for awhile. For a few days as we recover from exhaustion and notice the strangeness of our surroundings, meal gathas echo quietly in our minds when we look around the lunchroom at work. Dōgen’s words about practice and enlightenment gentle us into the same directness we had as Cook, Chopper, Dishwasher or Bathroom Cleaner during sesshin. That experience enfolds us as we cook, chop, wash dishes...

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Jewels in Our Sutras – Talk by Lee Shields

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Jewels in Our Sutras – Talk by Lee Shields

In recent months I’ve found myself particularly struck by passages in the sutras we chant. So for the talk today, I decided to do something different. Rather than starting with a single koan, or a single sutra, I will talk today about a few key perspectives that run through the sutras. My hope is that we can deepen our consideration by looking at the same perspective expressed by different ancestors. As if we were looking at the same jewel through different facets. Over the course of the talk I want to recognize three different jewels. One,...

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On The Middle Way — Talk by Madelon Bolling

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on On The Middle Way — Talk by Madelon Bolling

Something caught my attention that has intrigued me for a long time. Maybe it intrigues you too, and we can start walking through it here. In the Coincidence of Opposites we recite:         In the very midst of light, there is darkness; don’t meet another in the darkness. In the very midst of darkness, there is light; don’t observe another in the light. This doesn’t mean that we should all become hermits so we won’t see other people. Rather, our way of seeing and being in the world needs a slightly radical tune-up. In...

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Introduction to Zen Meditation

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Introduction to Zen Meditation

Talk given by Lee Shields – May 12, 2013 Welcome to those of you new to Three Treasures (TTS), to Zen, and welcome to all my old friends in the dharma, joining again for a day of Zazen – Zen meditation. In my talk today I wanted to specifically offer an introduction to this practice of Zen that has meant much to me in my life. While my remarks are intended for people new to our group or new to Zen, I will leave it to old friends to see if you can find anything of use to you as well. I think there is some value to sometimes reflect on...

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Blue Cliff Record Case 6: Yun-Men’s Good Day

Posted by on Dec 11, 2011 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Blue Cliff Record Case 6: Yun-Men’s Good Day

Talk given by Scott Ruplin Zenkai, Dec. 3-4, 2011 Blue Cliff Record Case 6: Yun-Men taught by saying, “I do not ask you about before the 15th of the month. Come, give a phrase about after the 15th:” He himself responded, “Every day is a good day” First let’s say some words about the life and teaching of Master Yun-Men Wen Yen, who is called Ummon in Japan. Most of this information comes from The Roaring Stream, bu Foster and Shoemaker, and Zen Dust, and the book Master Yun-Men by Urs App. There’s also a pretty extensive Wikipedia entry about...

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Talks From Beginners’ Weekend

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in Zen Talks | Comments Off on Talks From Beginners’ Weekend

The talks from the Beginners’ Zazenkai, held November 11-13 at Dharma Gate, can now be listened on the Mountain Lamp website: “Talks for Beginners in 2 Parts” Also please join the Shin Jin Mei conversation on the web. Jack and the folks from the Palouse group are studying the Verse on the Faith Mind, and Jack provides comments on the section under study that week. Then the group and individuals send in their comments. This is a lovely way to study, stay connected to practice… & you don’t have to leave your...

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