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Revisiting the Mirror of Zen (Dharma Talk)

Revisiting the Mirror of Zen: Finding Stability in a Culture of Distraction Jishin Sensei: – Dharma talk given at SPZG on 5/16/2015 Download mp3 Talk Notes: Southern Palm Zen  Group, October 15 2016 In this dharma talk, Jishin Sensei, looks at how our culture keeps us so distracted and makes it difficult for us to focus […]

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Satsujo Weeps by Wilbur Mushin May

The old woman grieving tears or no tears?! That’s the question: wet or dry? To jump into the water you get wet. No separation. To grieve you shed tears. Immerse yourself in your life! No holding back. That’s Zen! Yet staying present in your experience. Zen is not about experiencing dryness or stillness but dryness […]

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The Old Woman Steals Zhaoshou’s Bamboo Shoots

One day Master Zhaozhou was outside the monastery and an old woman came along carrying an empty basket. He asked her: “Where are you going?” We all run around with that empty basket wanting this, wanting that. Expecting demanding: food, knowledge, love etc. Zhaozhou is asking, where are you going? A poignant question for all […]

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