Sensei Shinzan was born in Veracruz, Mexico, He has been practicing Zen since 1996. In Mexico City, he met Korean Zen Teacher, Ven. Samu Sunim. Shinzan trained in the Buddhist Maitreya Seminar under Samu Sunim as he lived in the Toronto Zen Buddhist Temple for 4 years. He was ordained in 2004 as a Zen Buddhist Priest.
In 2006 became a resident and student of Roshi Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center and trained for over 8 years. He received Dharma transmission from Roshi Joan in Jan 2015.He has taught Zazenkai and Sesshins at Upaya and co-teaches teen retreats in around the US.
Shinzan divides his time between the U.S. and Mexico. Currently he is resident teacher at the Dharma Bums Temple in San Diego, California, where he works with teens and young adults, and leads the Spanishspeaking Sangha.
-Dharma talk given at the celebration of Doshin Sensei’s 80th birthday.
In truth there is nothing new to say. Nothing! So what’s worthy of repeating? When you get old enough the great poets and teachers have something worth repeating. Doshin shares what he’s learned in 8 decades of living. He shares thoughts about why we meet with a Sangha and practice together.
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Mushin Sensei: – Dharma talk given at SPZG on 7/18/2015 Download mp3
“The Dharma wheel turns from the beginning and reality is revealed in its many forms always in flux.”
-Mushin Sensei gives a talk to set off our Wake Up call. This talk was given at Southern Palm Zen Group on 7/18/2015. This talk has a surprise meditation in the middle. Are you listening? Sometimes Buddha’s use sound and form… Entering Zazen, sit straight, take a deep breath. The Buddha turns the Dharma wheel, the Buddha is not another person from another place, another time. The Buddha is alive, ever present, sitting right here and now. Buddha is your mind. Your mind is Buddha. Turning, Turning all things. This whole colorful world, nothing but mind…
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Shinzan Palma: – Dharma talk given at SPZG on 5/16/2015 Download mp3
Visiting teacher Shinzan Palma gives a beautiful talk at a Zazenkai on May 16th 2015
-Here we come to this Zazenkai, we are really fortunate to have this practice and time to slow down and be in silence and be intimate with ourselves. To come here and be silent and to look at the floor. Somebody might say you are ignorant and wasting your time not producing anything for society.
-He discusses his time in Mexico at a recent retreat and shares his experience in that community.
This rich story bundles together three aspects: birth and death, nirvana, and dreams. It is like a multi-layered cake. How can we taste it all at once?
Whenever something is out of reach, we use the language of dream. It is as though nirvana is a holiday island removed from reality, or an escape when things get too difficult here. For sure, some believe it’s a place you go after death. When you cry here you certainly won’t cry there. We cry and lament as though there is ever a real parting from loved ones. In the realm of no beginning and no end there is never separation through birth and death.
Dogen calls crying and laughing the expression of a dream within the dream. A delusion. And so he makes a fundamental point in his Genjokoan: Being deluded about realization is sentient beings. Having no delusions about realization is Buddha. When you wake up from a dream, the dream objects are gone, the dreamer is gone, and so is the dream. You are face to face with Suchness. Just this!
It is Ziyong’s shout that wakes up her student.
*see page 182 of The Hidden Lamp, Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women
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"Menju"or "Face to Face Transmission" aside from being the title of a chapter in Dogen Zenji's Shobogenzo, is also the name for one of the most basic Zen traditions. This "face to face" started with Shakyamuni Buddha holding up a flower on Vulture Peak and Mahakashyapa simply smiling. It is akin to the gaze between mother and child; a mirroring; a nourishment for mutual development.
Today we have the technological "IndraNet." It offers seemingly endless resources for the sharing of written and graphic teachings. This blog is one such nodule in the vast net.
However, the blog is in no way intended to replace Menju, our being together as a group or individually with a teacher. This blog is a service only. Its intention is to use the form, like the banks of a river, to direct or awaken the flow of ancient and contemporary wisdom for ourselves and the world we are part of.
Traveling in this blog, newcomers to our group may get a scent of the climate we practice in; a taste of what appeals to those who practice with us; and might take a step to sit with us and discover what it means to be with lovers of true silence. The silence that echoes from every teaching that connects and says "I have been here all along. There never was a need to search. Rest in this shared wisdom and find the place that seems most natural."