MN Zen Meditation Center: Sunday Talks
Summary: Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at MnZenCenter.org.
Talk given by Tim Burkett. I suffer I do not suffer I both suffer and do not suffer I neither suffer nor do not suffer
Talk given by Bussho Lahn. A monastic asked Zhaozhou, "Does a newborn baby possess the six senses or not?" Zhaozhou said, "It is like throwing a ball into the rapids." The monastic later asked Touzi, "What is the meaning of 'throwiing a ball into the rapids'?" Touzi said, "Moment-to-moment nonstop flow." - Blue Cliff Record case no. 80
Talk given by Ben Connelly. This toiling life disordered and confused by lust, greed, and anger, But when the mind-flower suddenly opens, the world becomes Spring. Melting snow to boil water for tea, I while away the entire day, Feeling inside as vast and expansive as the icy cold moon above. Yikui (17th century Chan nun)
Talk given by Tim Burkett. Four Classical Yogas within the Zen Tradition: Raja (meditation) Bhakti (devotion) Jnana (deep questioning) Karma (service)
Talk given by Ben Connelly. Inscribed on a mirror We meet and scrutinize each other. I confront my own nature. If within there is no self, Then each and every thing is intimate. -Yikui (17th century Chan nun)
Talk given by Steve Hagen. Guest Teacher: Steve Hagen, from Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center.
Talk given by Wayne Moskowitz. Mounting the bull, Slowly I return homeward. The voice of my flute intones through the evening. Measuring with hand-beats the pulsating harmony, I direct the endless rhythm. Whoever hears this melody will join me. Comment: This struggle is over; gain and loss are assimilated. I sing the song of the village woodsman, and play the tunes of the children. Astride the bull, I observe the clouds above. Onward I go, no matter who may wish to call me back - Written by Kakuan Shien (Kuo-an Shih-yuan, 12th century China) - Translated by Nyogen Sensaki and Paul Reps, Illustrated by Tomikichiro Tokuriki (Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, 1957)
Talk given by Andrea Grant. Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at MnZenCenter.org.
Talk given by Ted O'Toole. The arising of the *other* gives rise to the self; giving rise to self generates others. Know these seeming two as facets of the One Fundamental Reality. In this Emptiness, These two are really one, and each contains all phenomena. If not comparing, nor attached to *refined* and *vulgar* -- you will fall into judgment and opinion. -- from Trust in Heart-Mind, by Seng Tsan
Talk given by Bussho Lahn. The Resting of the Streams and Tides Just resting is like the great ocean accepting hundreds of streams, all absorbed into one flavor. Freely going ahead is like the great surging tides riding on the wind, all coming onto this shore together. How could they not reach into the genuine source? How could they not realize the great function that appears before us? A patch-robed monk follows movement and responds to changes in total harmony. Moreover, haven't you yourself established the mind that thinks up all the illusory conditions? This insight must be perfectly incorporated. --Hongzhi, practice instructions (from Cultivating the Empty Field)
Talk given by Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger. Sunday 9/22/19 9:00am talk
Talk given by Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger. Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at MnZenCenter.org.
Talk given by Ben Connelly. Progress is not a matter of far or near But if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way I respectfully urge you who study the mystery Do not pass your days and nights in vain. -Shitou
Talk given by Ted O'Toole. Nirvana, the Third Dharma Seal, is the ground of being, the substance of all that is. A wave doesn't have to die in order to become water. Water is the substance of the wave. the wave is already water. We are also like that. We carry in us the ground of interbeing, nirvana, the world of no-birth and no-death, no permanence and no impermanence, no self and no non-self. Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts. - From The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Talk given by Tim Burkett. Wumen said to his monks: Each of you has your own light. If you try and see it, everything is darkness. What is this light? Hearing no reply, he exclaimed: The kitchen and the gate!