PODCAST: Be Utterly Free

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

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

A monk asked Zhaozhou: what is the meaning of Zen? Zhaozhou said, Cypress tree in the garden.” The truth of our lives is not contained in things, yet we cannot ignore them either. War is not the same as peace. Anger is not the same as wisdom. Do we know how to live in the world and yet be utterly free?

The koan in this talk is “Zhaozhou’s Cypress Tree in the Garden,” case 47 of the Book of Serenity. This discourse was given at ZCNYC.

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PODCAST: The One That Is Not Busy

Posted on Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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We’re calling this talk, “The One That Is Not Busy.” An old master said we must recognize ‘the one that is not busy’ in order to see the union of mundane and enlightened reality. We can be every bit as engaged in spiritual practice as those living in monasteries. It requires great perseverance, but it is possible. Not only that – it’s our imperative.

The koan in this talk is titled “Yunyan Sweeps the Ground,” which is case 83 of the True Dharma Eye. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery in May 2006.

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PODCAST: Enlightenment Guaranteed

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

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Our everyday experience is constantly being filtered through our personal bubbles of illusion. Inside, we believe we are the center of the world—the misconception from which all suffering arises. How can we break free? If we stop trying to maintain our grasp of reality, the truth will reveal itself.

The koan in this talk is Case 5 from the Book of Equanimity, “Qingyuan and the Price of Rice.” It was offered at Zen Mountain Monastery on November 16, 2012.

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PODCAST: Who We Actually Are

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

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

In this inquiry into the 4th stage of the spiritual journey as portrayed in the Ox Herding Pictures, Shugen Sensei asks, How does the absolute basis of reality, which is not about time and place, relate to our daily life of differences, beginnings and endings, suffering and joy?  We have to free ourselves from all of our ideas of what things are, who we are.  With practice, the hunger for this freedom grows very strong.

The koan in this talk is “Kyogen’s Man Up a Tree,” case 5 of the Gateless Gate. This discourse was given at ZCNYC in Apr 2013.

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