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Ross Bolleter, Justine Mayer, and Arthur Wells Roshis – What is the Meaning of Zen?

What is the meaning of Zen? Visiting Roshis speak on the topic – What is the meaning of Zen? The talk follows the annual teachers meeting held by Diamond Sangha teachers of New Zealand and Australia in 2014.

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Silent Illumination

Silent Illumination Subhana speaks on silent illumination (or shikantaza) and addresses some of the misconceptions that exist with respect to just what this is. In the talk Subhana stresses that whether students are koan students or shikanataza students, our practice […]

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Gillian Coote Roshi – Chao Chou’s Dog

Gillian speaks on the koan ‘Chao Chou’s Dog’ as found in case 1 of the Wu-Men Kuan. This is the first talk given at the 2013 Spring Sesshin held in Kodoji.

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Maggie Gluek – ‘Ch’ing-shui: Solitary and Destitute’

Wu-Men Kuan Case 10 – Wu-Men Kuan Case 10 Maggie speaks on the koan ‘Ch’ing-shui: Solitary and Destitute’ as found in case 10 of the Wu-Men Kuan. This is the second talk given at the 2013 Rohatsu held in Annandale.

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Suffering and the End of Suffering

Autumn Sesshin 2014 Day 4 Teisho Subhana discusses Buddhas teaching of suffering and the way to true liberation on Day 4 of the 2014 Autumn Sesshin.

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Gillian Coote Roshi – Mi Hu’s ‘No Enlightenment’

Spring Sesshin 2013 – Day 6 Teisho Book of Serenity Case 62 Gillian speaks on the koan “Mi Hu’s No Enlightenment” as found in case 62 of the Book of Serenity. This is the sixth and last talk given at […]

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Allan Marett – Changsha Goes on a Picnic

Blue Cliff Record – Case 36: Changsha Goes on a Picnic Allan Marett takes us into the great mountains in this Teisho given on Day 1 of Rohatsu 2014 at the Sydney Zen Centre. Changsha lived from around 788-868 and […]

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Robert Aitken Roshi – The Three Pure Precepts

An historic talk by Aitken Roshi on the three pure precepts in 1985.

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Robert Aitken Roshi – The Four Vows

Jukai Talks No. 1 – 1985 Robert Aitken Roshi discusses the Four Vows given by students taking Jukai, what they mean to Aitken Roshi, what they mean to the Sangha and what they mean metaphysically.

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Robert Aitken Roshi – The Ten Grave Precepts

Orientation Talks No. 7 Robert Aitken Roshi discusses each of the ten grave precepts in the context of Zen practice in this historic talk (1979).

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Maggie Gluek – Entangling Vines Case 19 – Xiangyan’s ‘Up a Tree’

Rohatsu 2013 – Day 1 Teisho Maggie takes up a case from the Entangling Vines collection – Maggie discusses the challenges that teachers face in having to open their mouths in order to teach in the face of a subject […]

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Robert Aitken Roshi – The First Lesson of Zen

1979 Sesshin – Orientation Talk No.1 Aitken Roshi discusses in this opening talk the different paths people may take in seeking to put their minds at rest. Some pursue intellectuality, mind control, asceticism or meditation. The middle path does not […]

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Gillian Coote Roshi – What is your purpose in doing zazen?

February Zazenkai, 2014: Gillian takes up a dialogue within Case 30 of the Wu-Men Kuan, between Nan-yuëh and Ma-tsu. In this talk Gillian addresses the problem practitioners often have in explaining their practice to others. Answering ‘it helps me to […]

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John Seed – Buddha Touches the Earth

Deep Ecology John Seed discusses his journey with Buddhism and how it led him into conservation and direct action and how he has sought to bring these two guiding elements together in his Buddhist teaching activities. John has been awarded […]

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Allan Marett – This Dewdrop World

Zazenkai Dharma Talk January 2014 Allan takes up a Haiku by Issa – This Dewdrop World, written by Issa after the loss of his beloved one year old daughter: This dewdrop world is but a dewdrop world and yet, and […]

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Maggie Gluek – Wu-Men Kuan Case 13 – Te-Shan Bowls in Hand

Day 3 Teisho Rohatsu 2013 at the Sydney Zen Centre in Annandale Maggie gives Teisho on Day 3 of Rohatsu 2013. The talk covers Case 13 of the Wu-Men Kuan, the ‘silent teaching’ of Te-shan. Maggie discusses other cases where […]

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Patrick Kearney – Satipatthana and Shikantaza: A Common Heritage

Vipassana teacher Patrick Kearney explores his insights into Vipassana meditation technique and discusses the common heritage between Zen and Theravada Buddhism at the The Sydney Zen Centre Thursday Night Lecture Series October 2013.

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Dr Wendi Adamek – Master Wuzhu an 8th Century Chan Master

Dr Adamek, Author and Chan Scholar, explores the teachings and character of one of Zens’s iconoclastic figures, Master Wuzhu – at the Sydney Zen Centre Thursday Night Lecture Series.

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Gillian Coote Roshi – Book of Serenity Case 60 – Iron Grinder, the Cow

The nun ‘Iron Grindstone’ Liu was like a stone-struck spark, like a lightning flash; hesitate and you lose your body and your life. In the path of meditation, if you get to the most essential place, where are there so […]

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Allan Marett – Wu-men Kuan Case 3 – Chü-chih Raises One Finger

Allan explores the third case of the Wu-men Kuan at the 2013 Spring Sesshin Wu-men’s  Comment: The enlightenment of Chü-chi and the boy has nothing to do with the end of a finger. If you can realise this, then T’ien-lung, […]

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Robert Aitken Roshi – The Three Treasures

Robert Aitken Roshi describes what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is talk No. 6 in the ‘Orientation Talks’ series given by Roshi in Sydney 1979.

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

Investigating our responses to the eight worldy winds that blow through our lives.

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Gillian Coote Roshi – Book of Serenity Case 56 – Uncle Mi’s White Rabbit

Teisho by Gillian Coote Roshi at the recent Spring Sesshin 2013 – Gillie explores an ancient dialogue between Tung-shan Liang-chieh and Uncle Mi.

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Robert Aitken Roshi – Wu-Men Kuan Case 39 – “You Have Misspoken”

A line is cast in the waters, The greedy will be caught. If you open your mouth even a bit, Your life is completely lost.

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Andrew Judge – Ground Shakes

Andrew Judge gives a students Dharma talk at Zazenkai exploring his experiences working in foreign aid

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Gillian Coote Roshi – The Great Freedom

If one raises a speck of dust, the nation prospers If one does not rase a speck of dust, the nation perishes

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Gillian Coote Roshi – Uncovering the Treasure

Dedicated to Shakyumuni Buddha – “Ah, now I see that all beings are the Tathagata, it is only their delusions and their attachments that prevent them from seeing in to this fact”

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Gillian Coote Roshi – Barriers, Burdens, Faith and Trust

Day Two of Rohatsu – Barriers, Burdens, Faith and Trust by Gillian Coote Porcupine asked – “Do you have any last words for us?” Raven said “Trust”

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Gillian Coote Roshi – Dana, the way to begin – inspired by Robert Aitken’s Essay

Gilly uses Robert Aitken Roshi’s essay on Dana the way to begin as inspiration for this Teisho. When we practice Dana we practice relinquishment, but what is it that we relinquish?

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Robert Aitken Roshi – Wu-Men Kuan Case 38 – The Buffalo Passes through the Window

Teisho given by Robert Aitken Roshi on October 26 1986. “It is like a water buffalo passing through a window. Its head, horns, and four legs all pass through. Why can’t its tail pass through too?” Wu men’s Verse: Passing […]

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Maggie Gluek – Blue Cliff Record Case 87 – Yunmen’s Medicine and Sickness

Yun men said to the Assembly “Medicine and sickness mutually correspond to eachother. The whole universe is medicine – what is the self?”

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – What is the Sound of a Single Hand?

Subhana takes up one of the First Barrier Koans of the Diamond Sangha tradition discussing its origins and the Koans author – Hakuin

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Robert Aitken Roshi – Blue Cliff Record Case 77 – Yun men’s Cake

A monk asked Yun men ‘What are the words that transcend Buddhas and ancestral teachers?’ Yun men said “Sesame Cake” Robert Aitken discusses this and other responses given by Yun men

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Samu, for whom do we do it?

Subhana discusses right livelihood and conduct and the deeper question pervading these efforts – ‘for whom do we do it?’

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Robert Aitken Roshi – Blue Cliff Record Case 71 – Wu Feng’s Shut Up

This Teisho was given by Robert Aitken Roshi on October 29 1990 at the Koko An Zendo, Honolulu note: around 11 minutes in Roshi talks a little about the origins of Mind Moon Circle publication from the Sydney Zen Centre

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Robert Aitken Roshi – Wu-men Kuan Case 41 – Bodhidharma Pacifies the Mind

a Teisho given by Robert Aitken Roshi on Day 6 of Sesshin 7th January 1988, This Teisho is part of Sydney Zen Centre’s digitisation project, Aitken Roshi was kind enough to give permission to share these recordings with you a […]

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Robert Aitken Roshi – Wu-men Kuan Case 40 – Kuei-shan Kicks Over the Water Bottle

Wu-men Kuan Case 40 – Kuei-shan Kicks Over the Water Bottle was a Teisho given by Robert Aitken Roshi on Day 5 of Sesshin 6th Jan 1988 it was as part of Sydney Zen Centre’s digitization of Teisho’s given over […]

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Shoyo Roku Case 11 – Unmons Four Sicknesses

Subhana explores the four sicknesses that can befall a student and how these can manifest in our lives.

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Sexton Bourke Roshi – Wu-men Kuan Case 11 – Chao Chou and the Hermits

This Dharma talk was given Sexton Bourke Roshi at the Transmission Sesshin for both himself and Paul Maloney Rosahi celebrated at Kodoji on 10th April 2010.

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Paul Maloney Roshi – Obaku meets Rinzai

This Podcast by Paul Maloney was given during Autumn and Transmission Sesshin for Sexton Bourke and Paul Maloney at Sydney Zen Centres Kodoji. Paul describes the very begginings of the Zen lineage.

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Blue Cliff Record Case 16 – Breaking in and Breaking Out

Case 16 of The Blue Cliff Record – Breaking in and Breaking Out by Subhana recorded at the 2010 Autumn Sesshin at Kodoji The Koan A monk asked Ching Ch’ing, “I am breaking out, I ask the Teacher to break […]

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Blue Cliff Record Case 52 – The Great Stone Bridge of Chao Chou

Case 52 of The Blue Cliff Record The Great Stone Bridge of Chao Chou by Subhana was recorded during the 2010 Autumn Sesshin at Kodoji. A monk asked Chao Chou, “For a long time I’ve heard of the stone bridge […]

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Paul Maloney Roshi – Blue Cliff Record Case 11 – Huang Po’s Brewers’ Lees

This Podcast is by Paul Maloney in talk that he gave during Autumn Sesshin at Kodoji SZC’s wilderness zendo at Gorricks Run adjacent to Yengo National Park, about two hours north-west of Sydney. “Huangbo [Huang Po] addressed his assembled monks […]

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Gillian Coote Roshi – The Eve of the Buddha’s Realisation

This is a Teisho given by Gillian Coote during December 2009 Rohatsu Sesshin, this is the week between 1st and 8th of December, A sesshin literally “touching the heart-mind”, is a period of intensive zazen The custom has its roots […]

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – ‘Embodiment’ The Body of Practice

“Our experience of life is mediated by the body and yet we are not ultimately defined by the body. However if we are to realise enlightenment we are not going to realise it in any place other than right here […]

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Blue Cliff Record Case 55 – Ta Wu’s Condolences

“This talk is dedicated to my dear friend Gail Longmuir who’s daughter Hannah Levi Dawn Galliard, died at the age of 27 in Athens on the 27th August, 2009.” ~ Subhana

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Subhana Barzaghi Roshi – Denko Roku Case 24

Subhana addresses a baseline question held by many students “How should I direct myself?” Melbourne Sesshin 2009.

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