Allan Marett takes us into the great mountains where Changsha lived from around 788-868 and was renowned for his great fierceness (nicknamed ‘great tiger’). In this encounter the teacher, now older and far more settled, is challenged by the head monk on his return from a walk -“Where have you come from?” a familiar challenge,...Read More
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Deep Ecologist 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 the OAM for his services to conservation and the environment and in this talk he discusses...Read More
As the Chinese Year of the Dog begins - Gillian Coote, roshi explores the koan 'Chao Chou's dog' which is the first case of the Wu-Men Kuan (The Galetless Barrier) This talk was given at 2013 Spring Sesshin held at KodojiRead More
Maggie Gluek, roshi discusses the challenges that teachers face in having to open their mouths in order to teach in the face of a subject that seems to elude description or comprehension through logical means. She takes up Case 19 - Xiangyan's 'Up a Tree' - from the Entangling Vines collection. This talk was given...Read More
Subhana Barzaghi, roshi talks about silent illumination (or shikantaza) and addresses some of the misconceptions about it. She stresses that whether students are koan students or shikanataza students, our practice in Zen is the same. Subhana also sees the need for shikantaza students to engage with and to be guided in their practice by a...Read More
Gillian Coote, roshi addresses the problem practitioners often have in explaining their practice to others. Answering ‘it helps me to remain calm’ or ‘to gain some insight’ reduces the practice to a very small part of what it is. Gillian takes up Case 30 of the Wu-Men Kuan, where this problem is reflected in the...Read More
Zen student Jane Andino explores affinity and interbeing with reference to the Kanzeon sutra. Recorded at a zazenkai in January 2018Read More
Robert Aitken, Roshi explores the three pure precepts: cutting off all evil, practising all good, and saving all beings in this historic talk given in 1985.Read More
Allan Marett revisits Case 2 of the Wumenguan and explores it anew in the aftermath of performances of his play, Oppenheimer, which has been described as a teisho on Baizhang’s Fox in the form of a Japanese Noh play. Recorded at the Rohatsu sesshin in December 2018Read More
On the occasion of Robert Aitken Roshi's centenary, Maggie Gluek, Roshi asks how each of us can uphold his legacy - the timeless teaching of the Buddha Dharma - in the context of Case 18 of the Blue Cliff Record (National Teacher Chung’s Seamless Tomb). And makes an excursion into the relevance of poetry to our Zen tradition. 2017...Read More
Allan Marett explores Case 4 of the Wumenguan (The Gateless Barrier), Huo-an’s Beardless Barbarian. The Barbarian in this case is, of course, Bodhidharma, the fifth century monk who brought Zen Buddhism from India to China. He is usually depicted with a flourishing beard, and his beard is also referred to in the books and poems. So...Read More
Allan Marett explores the role of the morning star in the Buddha’s awakening and some of the ways in which this story resonates with Indigenous Australian songs, dances and ceremonies about the Morning Star Dreaming. Rohatsu sesshin 2017 - Day 1Read More