PODCAST: Enlightenment Guaranteed

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

Photo of Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

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.


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.