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Step from the Top of the Pole

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Step from the Top of the Pole

Saturday the 7th of September, 2013 The first in a series of five talks at Kannonji Zen Retreat in Second life The priest Shishuang said, “How do you step from the top of a hundred-foot pole?” Another eminent master of former times said: You who sit on the top of a hundred-foot pole, although you have entered […]

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Zhaozhou’s Stone Bridge, Log Bridge

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Zhaozhou’s Stone Bridge, Log Bridge

Saturday the 21st of September, 2013 The first in a series of five talks at Kannonji Zen Retreat in Second life A student asked Zhaozhou, “For a long time I’ve heard about the stone bridge of Zhaozhou. But now that I’ve come, I see only a log across the river.” Zhaozhou said, “You only see the log, […]

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Zhaozhou’s Greatest Way With No Difficulty

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Zhaozhou’s Greatest Way With No Difficulty

Saturday the 7th of September, 2013 The first in a series of five talks at Kannonji Zen Retreat in Second life Zhaozhou’s Greatest Way With No Difficulty Zhaozhou taught, “The greatest way is not difficult if you don’t pick and choose. As soon as I speak, you’ll think, ‘That’s picking and choosing,’ or ‘That’s clear.’ But I […]

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Emperor Wu Questions Bodhidharma

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Emperor Wu Questions Bodhidharma

Saturday the 7th of September, 2013 The first in a series of five talks at Kannonji Zen Retreat in Second life Emperor Wu asked the great teacher Bodhidharma, “What is the first principle of the holy teaching?” Bodhidharma said, “Vast emptiness, nothing holy.” “Who are you, standing here in front of me?” asked the emperor. “I […]

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Kannonji Talk for December 2013: It’s only for your benefit

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Kannonji Talk for December 2013: It’s only for your benefit

The following is a transcript of a talk I gave at Kannonji Zen Retreat in Second Life on December 7, 2013 It’s only for your benefit One day when Dongshan and a monk were washing their bowls, they saw two crows fighting over a frog. The monk asked, “Why does it always have to be […]

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