Bubbles of Illusion

Posted on Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

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Ryushin Sensei discusses how our everyday experience is constantly being filtered through our personal bubbles of illusion. Inside, we believe we are the center of the world- and so we suffer.  How can we break free? If we stop trying to maintain our grasp on reality, the truth will reveal itself.

The koan in this talk is Qingyuan and the Price of Rice, Case 5 from the Book of Serenity. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery.

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An Ocean of Ripples

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Dharma Discourse by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei

Who can say how we came to be who we are? The workings of cause and effect are incredibly subtle, but Shugen Sensei teaches that when we deeply clarify what our life is about, this intention infuses everything. Then there’s no need to be consumed with planning or strategizing, and we can finally relax.

The koan in this talk is Case 28 from The Transmission of the Light, “Prajnatara.” It was given at ZCNYC on November 27, 2010.

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PODCAST: Stop Talking to Yourself

Posted on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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In this humorous talk, Daido Roshi asks us to examine and relinquish our obsession with thinking, and our tendency to overvalue it. He encourages all practitioners to delve deeply into the practice of zazen, let go of the chattering companions, and liberate their thoughts at their very origin.

The koan in this talk is “Layman Pangyun’s Awakening,” Case 5 from the True Dharma Eye.

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A Life Without Mistakes

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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Seeking fulfillment from our lives, we may feel anxious not to make any misteps. But what is a life without mistakes? In this talk, Daido Roshi encourages us to cultivate deep faith in our buddha nature, a faith so vast that it can hold all of our so-called mistakes. Then we can be truly free.

The koan in this talk is “The Woman of Daishan,” Case 133 from the True Dharma Eye. It was given at ZMM in November 1998.

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PODCAST: Everywhere is Maitreya

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Dharma Discourse by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei

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Where does it all come from? The Buddhadharma teaches that all things are established from a non-abiding basis, but what does that mean, particularly for our day-to-day practice? Shugen Sensei draws on the teachings of Dogen Zenji and the Vimalakirti Sutra as he guides us in exploring the nature of mind and reality, the arising of wisdom and compassion.

The koan in this talk is “Fayan’s Substance and Name,” Case 74 from the Book of Serenity. It was given at Zen Mountain Monastery on June 22, 2012.

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PODCAST: At Ease with the Wandering Mind

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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In this humorous talk, Sensei teaches us that the wandering mind is universal. These thoughts are the cause of our suffering, but also not the enemy. To go beyond them we need to be relaxed – yet determined – to clearly see the nature of our mind.

The koan in this talk is “Dayi Daoxin,” case 32 of the Transmission of the Light. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery on April 27, 2013.
 

 

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PODCAST: Manifesting Practice

Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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This impassioned talk by Daido Roshi packs in quite a bit of teaching – he speaks about koan study, the five kinds of blindness, the different upaya or skillful means of Zen, and the critical importance of bringing our practice off the cushion and manifesting it in our life.

The koan in this talk is titled “Tanxia’s Have You Eaten Yet?,” which is case 76 of the Blue Cliff Record. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery.

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PODCAST: No Big Deal

Posted on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

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Ryushin Sensei discusses how true insight is not cloaked in fancy liturgy, accomplishments,  or actions. To see the truth of one’s life is to live as full human beings, unobstructed by our delusions. Only then can we be free of the ups and downs that throw us off track.

The koan in this collection is Chao Chou Lets Asses Cross, Lets Horses Cross, Case 52 of the Bluecliff Record. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery in January of 2011.

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PODCAST: Forgetting The Ox

Posted on Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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In this talk, Shugen Sensei continues the teachings about the stages along the Path. The 7th stage of the Ox Herding Pictures is called Forgetting the Ox. After the 6th stage of riding the ox home, we might feel that we’ve accomplished something. We know, however, that living on the surface of things cannot be all there is, but where do we go from there? Forthright practice can lead to the manifestation of our true self–which is the great work of embodying wisdom and compassion.

The koan in this collection is “Changsha’s Returning to Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth,” case 16 of the True Dharma Eye. This discourse was given at the Zen Center of NYC on May 23rd, 2013.

 

 

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PODCAST: The Wisdom That Has No Teacher

Posted on Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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Realization isn’t about ideas, theories, or beliefs. It’s a direct, personal experience of reality. If we want to realize the Buddha’s teaching, we need to hear and see with the whole body and mind. When we’re truly intimate with sound and form, this very body is realized as the body of the buddha.

The koan in this talk is titled “Xiangyan’s Great Enlightenment,” which is case 17 of the True Dharma Eye. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery September of 2005.

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