Podcasts

Below is a selection of the Sydney Zen Centre podcasts published on Soundcloud.
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What is Buddha?

This talk by Jane Andino deals with the question presented in many koans: ‘What is Buddha?’ What does it mean to be awake? What does it mean, in the words of Yuanwu’s pointer to Case 7 of the Blue Cliff Record, to ‘have personally heard the single word before sound?’ This teisho was given at...

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La Negra Noche

This beautiful piece of music was played on guitar at Jane Andino's transmission ceremony in June 2022, by her husband Ricardo. The title of the piece, La Negra Noche, literally means 'the black night' but Ricardo translates it as 'The dark night' which resonates more with the spiritual. Composer: Emilio UrangaGuitarist: Ricardo Andino

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Poisonous Snake

Peter Bursky explores 'Qinglin’s Poisonous Snake', Case 59 of the Book Of Serenity In this talk we meet a couple snakes on the road in the form of a monk and Ch’ing-lin Shih-ch'ien. Their dialogue explores the shape shifting nature our practice takes when we embody the endless dance of form and emptiness. Knowing that everything is...

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Ordinary Mind is Tao

Peter Bursky finds relief in Nan-ch'uan's light and lucid statement "Ordinary Mind is Tao", case 19 of the Wu-men Kuan. Rather than asking us to stop fighting ourselves to craft something better, it asks us to feel our moment to moment experience as a way forward to a life of flowing simplicity and grace. This...

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Zhaozhou’s “Wu”

A monk asked Zhaozhou, “Does the dog have Buddha nature, or not?” Zhaozhou said, “Wu.” Peter Bursky takes up Zhaozhou's famous "Wu" (Mu) koan, diving into a scholarly take on its etymological beginnings and usage in Taoist thought & practice, whilst envisioning a freshened take on its endless depths through the 'named' and 'nameless' of Taoism. ...

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Zhaozhou’s Cypress Tree

A monk asked Zhaozhou, “What is the mind that Bodhidharma brought from the west?” Zhaozhou said, “The cypress tree in the courtyard.”  Peter Bursky explores Zhaozhou's well-known Cypress Tree koan from the perspective of some of the traditions greatest trouble makers, including Zhaozhou, Bodhidharma and Iron beak Jiao.The realisation that cuts away all time allows...

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Meeting Kuan Yin

The Bodhisattva of Compassion is a salient figure in the Mahayana tradition and in our Zen sutra service. She (he!) manifests in different genders and forms which speak to us in slightly different ways. But her means are always generous, whether in pronouncing the deepest wisdom, portraying great action, modelling how to be embodied, showing...

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