PODCAST: Perceiving the Ox

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014

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Shugen Sensei continues his exploration of the spiritual journey.  In the third stage of Zen practice, a student might have her first experience of the ‘falling away of body and mind’, but there is much work yet to be done.  When everything you know about yourself is gone, what remains?

This discourse was offered at the Zen Center of NYC on April 4th, 2013.

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PODCAST: Bubbles of Illusion

Posted on Friday, May 9th, 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: Knowing the Ineffable

Posted on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi

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Daido Roshi explores why some people live into their hundreds, like Master Zhaozhou, and suggests that they are satisfied with their lot in life; they don’t grasp or hold on. So how do we let go of what hinders our lives?

The koan in this talk is Case 288 from The True Dharma Eye, “Zhaozhou’s Indestructible Nature.” It was offered at Zen Mountain Monastery on December 11, 2005.

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PODCAST: Record of Master Tung Shan

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014

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

In this discourse, Shugen Sensei describes the beginning of a real aspiration in a student to realize Buddha Nature. A few years into practice, the student’s mind becomes more settled, she becomes calmer, and begins to to experience fleeting moments of samadhi. As more is revealed, direct practice becomes more and more available.

The koan in this talk is from the Record of master Tung Shan. This discourse was given at Zen Mountain Monastery in April  2013.

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