Pulling Out The Roots of Suffering: Dharma Talk by Shinzen Palma

Pulling Out The Roots of Suffering: The Three Enemies of a Buddha- by Shinzan Palma Sensei: Dharma talk given at SPZG in June 2016

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shinzan.jpg-sizedSensei 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.


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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." Doshin Sensei