Sydney Zen Centre Dharma Talks and Teishos
Summary: Our city zendo is in Annandale, weekly meditation on Monday and Wednesdays 7-9pm. We run seven day silent retreats throughout the year at our wilderness zendo Kodoji in Upper MacDonald. For more information visit our website www.szc.org.au.
The nun ‘Iron Grindstone’ Liu was like a stone-struck spark, like a lightning flash; hesitate and you lose your body and your life. In the path of meditation, if you get to the most essential place, where are there so many things? She had studied for a long time, her active edge was sharp and dangerous. – The Blue Cliff Record Gillie explores the case of Iron Grinder and her encounters with other Masters of Zen at the 2013 Spring Sesshin at Kodoji.
Allan explores the third case of the Wu-men Kuan at the 2013 Spring Sesshin Wu-men’s Comment: The enlightenment of Chü-chi and the boy has nothing to do with the end of a finger. If you can realise this, then T’ien-lung, Chü-chih, the boy and you yourself are all run through with a single skewer.
Robert Aitken Roshi describes what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This is talk No. 6 in the ‘Orientation Talks’ series given by Roshi in Sydney 1979.
Investigating our responses to the eight worldy winds that blow through our lives.
Teisho by Gillian Coote Roshi at the recent Spring Sesshin 2013 – Gillie explores an ancient dialogue between Tung-shan Liang-chieh and Uncle Mi.
A line is cast in the waters, The greedy will be caught. If you open your mouth even a bit, Your life is completely lost.
Andrew Judge gives a students Dharma talk at Zazenkai exploring his experiences working in foreign aid
If one raises a speck of dust, the nation prospers If one does not rase a speck of dust, the nation perishes
Dedicated to Shakyumuni Buddha – “Ah, now I see that all beings are the Tathagata, it is only their delusions and their attachments that prevent them from seeing in to this fact”
Day Two of Rohatsu – Barriers, Burdens, Faith and Trust by Gillian Coote Porcupine asked – “Do you have any last words for us?” Raven said “Trust”
Gilly uses Robert Aitken Roshi’s essay on Dana the way to begin as inspiration for this Teisho. When we practice Dana we practice relinquishment, but what is it that we relinquish?
Teisho given by Robert Aitken Roshi on October 26 1986. “It is like a water buffalo passing through a window. Its head, horns, and four legs all pass through. Why can’t its tail pass through too?” Wu men’s Verse: Passing through, Falling in a ditch. Turning back, All is lost. This tiny little tail, What a wonderful thing it is.
Yun men said to the Assembly “Medicine and sickness mutually correspond to eachother. The whole universe is medicine – what is the self?”
Subhana takes up one of the First Barrier Koans of the Diamond Sangha tradition discussing its origins and the Koans author – Hakuin
A monk asked Yun men ‘What are the words that transcend Buddhas and ancestral teachers?’ Yun men said “Sesame Cake” Robert Aitken discusses this and other responses given by Yun men