Zazen Unselfconsciously: Dharma Talk by Mitsunen Roshi

Mitsunen Roshi: Zazen Unselfconsciously
July 22, 2017 Southern Palm Zen Group”

Download mp3

 

View All Dharma Talks

——-

A Dharma talk (Sanskrit) or Dhamma talk (Pali) or Dharma sermon (Japanese: 法語 teisho[1] (ほうご, Hōgo), Chinese: 法語) is a public discourse on Buddhism by a Buddhist teacher.[1][2]

In some Zen traditions a Dharma talk may be referred to as a teisho.[3] However, according to Taizan Maezumi and Bernard Glassman,[4] a teisho is “a formal commentary by a Zen master on a koan or Zen text. In its strictest sense, teisho is non-dualistic and is thus distinguished from a Dharma talk, which is a lecture on a Buddhist topic.”[5] In this sense, a teisho is thus a formal Dharma talk.[6] Vietnamese master Thich Nhat Hanh says the following about Dharma talks:[7]

A Dharma talk must always be appropriate in two ways: it must accord perfectly with the spirit of the Dharma and it must also respond perfectly to the situation in which it is given. If it only corresponds perfectly with the teachings but does not meet the needs of the listeners, it’s not a good Dharma talk; it’s not appropriate.

[Description of Dharma Talk Notated From Wikipedia]

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
Newsletter Sign-Up
Facebook Link RSS Feed Meetup Link

Donate and Support Link

Caveat:

"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." Doshin Sensei