“Mornings my thought is Kanzeon; evenings my thought is Kanzeon.” The Kannon sutra is an invocation to ourselves as Kanzeon bodhisattvas to live the timeless life and follow the Way of compassion. This talk also touches on the legacy of Torei Zenji. This talk was given by Jane Andino, roshi on the fourth day of...Read More
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Ta-mei asked Ma-tsu, “What is Buddha?” Ma-tsu said, “This very mind is Buddha.” In this talk, Peter takes up the well-known case 30 of the Mumonkan. Shibayama Roshi said that “This very mind is Buddha’ is a very important philosophical saying which concisely depicts the essence of zen” yet any philosophical expositions on “This very mind is Buddha”,...Read More
Hakuin Zenji is credited with revitalising the Rinzai (Linji) tradition in 18th century Japan. In this talk, Jane looks at aspects of Hakuin’s life which serve as a reflection on our modern-day Zen practice. She explores Hakuin’s art and calligraphy as teaching, and his efforts to transform Zen from a quietist practice to one of vigour,...Read More
There is only one true person of no rank, not two, always coming and going from the faces of each of you. Sometimes that one is cold wind, sometimes the crying of cicadas, sometimes loneliness, sometimes ... Look! Look! Peter explores Linji's famous phrase as it touches the heart minds of each of us. This teisho was...Read More
Dogen’s metaphor of Stone Woman giving birth to a child by night encapsulates the wisdom of seeing into the empty nature of the ‘self’ and all hence all phenomenal things. This realisation opens out to the way of true intimacy of interconnectedness with the 10,000 things of the world. The awakening to the interpenetration of...Read More
Peter takes up two koans that revolve around the primary koan of "Who is Hearing". Challenging the self to see where we begin and end, we eventually realise it’s not about beginnings or endings at all. There is only one timeless present, sometimes its valley streams, sometimes its rain drops... This teisho, given by apprentice...Read More
Subhana gives meditation instructions for Silent Illumination, also known as Just Sitting or Shikantaza. Zen master’s Hongzhi illuminated Silent Illumination as both method and realisation of mind. She gives a guided meditation of 15 mins, sitting in open expansive spacious awareness and letting go of identification with body and mind. This talk was given by...Read More
We recently honoured Sally Hopkins, who gave herself unstintingly to our sangha, and, in a couple of weeks, will honour Tony Coote, who gave so much to create Kodoji, our wilderness retreat centre. So, Gilly explores the concept of Dana, the Sanskrit word for giving or relinquishment. Dana is the first of the Ten Perfections,...Read More
Zen master Dogen-ji’s Mountains and Waters Sutra is full of beautiful poetic metaphors portraying the depth of the Mountains and Waters of the immediate present as the ancient way of all Buddhas. The Sutra encapsulates, the teachings of emptiness and form. The short-hand formula for insight and practice is; “First there is a mountain, then...Read More
Subhana explores what sprinkling Holy Water on the Dragon's Tail might mean. The Christian legend of Martha and the Dragon reveals a beautiful teaching of cultivating compassion to those parts that we don’t like; pain, jealousy, judgemental reactivity and old unworthy beliefs the “dragon” parts of ourselves. Instead of slaying the dragon or hating ourselves,...Read More
Peter introduces us to the first paragraph of Master Hongzhi’s “Practice Instructions”. In these opening lines, Hongzhi's gives us a sense of the infinite potential that we each possess, a wonderful field of boundlessness within our own experience. "With thoughts clear, sitting silently, wander into the centre of the circle of wonder..." This talk was given by Peter Bursky...Read More
Maggie explores and valorises the role of ceremony in Zen practice. Ritual objects and actions help us to forget the self and be fully present. They bring sangha into a harmonious one. Beyond formal practice in the dojo, any action in life can be taken with loving care and presence, in the interest of all...Read More