Today’s Dharma Talk includes a reading from “The Record of Linji” – translation and commentary by Ruth Fuller Sasaki. “I believe that Zen, particularly Rinzai Zen, has a significant role in the present world. Modern people are adrift amid the great confusion and uncertainty of contemporary life. The Linji lu can give us a foundation on which to construct a new and powerful view of human existence.” –Yamada Mumon
Direct experience, beyond words, is original nature unfolding.
The Ten Ox-herding Pictures have concretely depicted the process in which the imperfect, limited, and relative self awakens to the perfect, unlimited, and absolute essential self (the ox), grasps it, tames it, forgets it, and completely incorporates it into the personality.
According to the Buddha, there are three poisons that cause suffering. We examine how the conception of a self and our identification with I, me, and mine is at the root of our suffering.
Learning how to be together in silence. Are you really ready to have a meaningful conversation?
Look at your relationships with fresh eyes…
Topsy Turvy thinking in social settings.
Do you hear? Do you see? Don’t Judge…
Before thought = Don’t Know Mind.
Today’s discussion focuses on issues that come up during sitting meditation.