“Where is the one straight road to nirvana?” Jane Andino considers in detail this question posed by a travelling monk, and how we today can be everyday pilgrims walking along Kan-Feng’s One Road. This story comes from Case 48 of the Wu-men Kuan. This teisho was given on day 4 of the online Winter sesshin...Read More
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Zen practice is not a static affair. Realisation is useless unless it is carried forward and shared. Maggie Gluek, roshi explores the way in which practice can only ever be relational. Like the Hermit of Lotus Flower Peak, we must step out into the world, as the world. And engage in "compassionate conversation" with whatever...Read More
Jane Andino delves into the inner layers of a story where a monk encounters a nun Shih-chi or True World. Jane unpacks the exchange between these two people and looks at what the word ‘true’ might mean for us. She also comments on the paramita of aspiration. This story is told in Case 3 of...Read More
Jane Andino examines the question of how we, as Zen lay practitioners, can be in the world and also in our True Home. How do we find freedom of action and ease in our home, the world? 'At Home in the World' is the title of a chapter in a book by Steve Hagen of...Read More
There are three primary practices in Zen training - Mindfulness of breathing, Koan practice which is working with an existential question and silent illumination practice. Silent illumination is both a practice method and realisation of mind. We need to make a distinction between silent illumination which is the direct realisation of mind and silent illumination that...Read More
This is one of the primary Koans in Zen training used to open and awaken the mind. Zen Master Bassui, who was passionate about this koan urged his students throughout his life to take up this question. Our practice of Who's hearing has strong resonances with the indigenous practice of Dadirri. Dadirri is a word that...Read More
Come on a pilgrimage with Fa-yen and get lost in the mind of not knowing. In this era of Covid 19 the fact of uncertainty has been front and centre. It has become clear that whatever we think, we really don't (and can't) know what is going to happen next. "I don't know" opens the...Read More
What ailment does the Buddha Dharma address? What is it to be healed? Yunmen shares the good news. You might say that the cosmic, blue Medicine Buddha is constantly dispensing spiritual remedy! This talk was given by Maggie Gluek at a zazenkai in February, 2020, when Covid 19 was a vaguely alarming threat but before the...Read More
In these Covid times Jane Andino reflects on what is a virus and what is a cure. She delves into Yumen's words about medicine and sickness mutually corresponding with one another…. 'the whole universe is medicine, what is the self?' This talk, based on Case 87 from the Blue Cliff Record, was given at Rohatsu...Read More
Peter Bursky explores the Buddha's experience of seeing the Morning Star when he was sitting under the Bodhi tree. Yamada Roshi once said, “the basis and central focus of Buddhism is the enlightenment experience of Shakyamuni Buddha.” Rohatsu (8 December) is normally the day on which we, together with Zen communities throughout the world, celebrate the...Read More
Paul Maloney, roshi discusses the image of self we cultivate and cling to and how it relates to the Buddha's teachings on impermanence and interconnectedness. The Second Mark of Existence - Anattā The Buddha tells us, “When you develop the perception of impermanence, then the conceit of ‘I AM’ will be abandoned.” The conceit “I...Read More
Jane Andino explores ‘Not-knowing' and looks at how to embrace that mind of attentive openness and wonder. This talk was given on day 2 of Winter sesshin 2020 and refers to Case 20 in the Book of Serenity.Read More