PODCAST: You’re Not Going to Get It from Anybody

Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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We inevitably come to zen training full of expectations, carrying some idea of spiritual truth. In this discourse, Daido Roshi cautions that all our notions of self, of enlightenment, and of knowing, have to be abandoned before we can discover our own innate wisdom. It’s hard work, indeed, but there is no other way.

The koan in this talk is “Fayan’s Fire God,” case 122 of the collection True Dharma Eye. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery in August 2007.

 

 

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PODCAST: Why Not Be Real

Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

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How can we discern the right action to take, when each moment is unique and unprecedented? In this talk, Ryushin Sensei presses us to give up our preconceived ideas, our habits, and our defense mechanisms. Then, we can let our heart guide us and be real.

The koan in this talk is “Nanquan Kills a Cat,” case 9 of the collection Book of Serenity. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery in December  2012.

 

 

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PODCAST: Practicing When Lost

Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei photo of Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei

Shugen Sensei examines the second stage on the spiritual journey. In this early engagement with practice, the student has an intellectual, but not yet visceral, understanding of practice. In practicing, we discover what practice is – as we discover, we practice more easily.

The koan in this talk is “Zhaozhou’s Indestructible Nature,” case 288 of the collection True Dharma Eye. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery on March29, 2013.

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PODCAST: Meeting the Sages

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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In this discourse, Daido Roshi lays out the zen path: what is it that’s necessary for each of us to wake up? How is it that we can realize ourselves and meet our true nature?

The koan in this talk is “Deshan’s ‘Assembly at Vulture Peak’,” case 36 of the collection True Dharma Eye. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery.

 

 

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PODCAST: Fail Perfectly

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

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In one sense, the practice of the Buddha Way is a practice of constantly failing. At the same time, each of us is inherently perfect. In this powerful talk, Ryushin Sensei urges each of us to fail perfectly, and in so doing discover the joyfulness of practice.

The koan in this talk is “Yangshan Plants His Hoe,” case 15 of the collection Book of Equanimity. This                                     discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery on Jan 20, 2013.

 

 

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PODCAST: Yunmen’s Sixty Blows

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Having found our way to the dharma, we may have only a vague sense of what we’re seeking or why. At the same time, it all seems quite familiar, like catching a glimpse of an old friend we haven’t seen in years. What is that connection that grabs us? How do we find our way in the dark?

The koan in this talk is “Yunmen’s Sixty Blows,” case 280 from the True Dharma Eye. It was given at ZCNYC on March 24, 2013.

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PODCAST: Carrying the Lantern

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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In this talk Daido Roshi looks at the student-teacher relationship through the lens of a koan, Tianran’s Have You Eaten Yet? He delves into what appears as a simple conversation, looking at the subtle ways that the dharma is transmitted, and how, when it comes to zen masters, there are no innocent questions.

The koan in this talk is “Tianran’s ‘Have You Eaten Yet?’”  from the collection Koans of the Way of Reality. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery in November 2003

 

 

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PODCAST: An All-Encompassing Yes

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

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“Everything is sufficient its way,” Ryushin Sensei says. This includes your life, your mind, your body, the patch of ground you’re sitting on. Underneath our heartbreak, distraction, or suffering, the natural order of life is an all-pervasive, joyous, yes. The way to see it? Through unremitting, thorough practice.

The koan in this talk is “The World Honored One Points to the Ground,” case 4 of the collection Book of Equanimity. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery on November 4, 2012.

 

 

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PODCAST: What Brings Us to Practice?

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei photo of Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei

From within a dream how do we begin to get the sense that we are dreaming? How do we come to a genuine spiritual path? In this discourse Shugen describes what it is like to live a life when we are just chasing after things and what it means to turn to the Way.

The koan in this talk is “Ching Ch’ing’s Sound of Raindrops,” Case 46 from the Blue Cliff Record. It was given at ZCNYC on March 17, 2013.

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PODCAST: Just Close the Gap

Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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In this helpful talk, Daido Roshi takes up the Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind, looking at how Zen trains us to study and realize this mind directly, and at zazen as a practice of closing the gap between ourselves and the universe.

The koan in this talk is “The Sixth Ancestor’s ‘Your Mind is Moving,’” Case 146 from the True Dharma Eye. It was given at ZMM in September 1999.

 

 

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