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Hyakujo‘s Fox Part Two

Hyakujo‘s Fox Part Two

September 18, 2021

Here is the second part of my series of lectures about the old Chinese Zen teaching story, Hyakujo's Fox. This talk took place in September, 2021 at the Benediktushof Retreat Center in Germany.

Hyakujo‘s fox Part One

Hyakujo‘s fox Part One

September 15, 2021

Here is part one of a three part lecture I did at the Benediktushof Retreat Center in Germany. I'm discussing Hyakujo's Fox, a very old Zen famous koan (teaching story). Parts two and three will follow shortly. 

Aliens, Socks, and Sweat in Finland

Aliens, Socks, and Sweat in Finland

September 5, 2021

Here's a recording of a discussion I had on September 4, 2021 with the group at my recent retreat in Lammi, Finland. We talked about aliens, socks, and sweat — three vital topics in Zen Buddhism!

Getting Rid ofWhat Does Not Originally Belong to Us

Getting Rid ofWhat Does Not Originally Belong to Us

August 31, 2021

Nishijima Roshi said that zazen is getting rid of what doesn't originally belong to us. It's kind of an interesting to say.

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Three

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Three

August 23, 2021

Here is the final part of my paraphrase and commentary on Dogen's essay Bussho (Buddha Nature). In this episode, Dogen says, "Grasses, trees, and even land are mind itself. Because they are mind, they are living beings and they have Buddha Nature. The sun, the moon, and the stars are mind itself. Because they are mind, they are living beings and they have Buddha Nature." Pretty interesting stuff!

Hacking Enlightenment?

Hacking Enlightenment?

August 20, 2021

Years ago I made a joke commercial about a machine called The Enlightenizer that gets you enlightened in minutes. Now someone has created the Enlightenizer for real!

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Two

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Two

August 16, 2021

At last! Here is part two of my paraphrase and commentary on Dogen's essay "Bussho" or "Buddha Nature." The commentary is far more extensive this time so the episode is twice as long as part one! Dogen discusses the deep meaning of Buddha Nature and I get into some of what I think Dogen means. What is Buddha Nature, anyhow?

Dream (for Franz)

Dream (for Franz)

August 13, 2021

The second episode of my series about Buddha Nature isn't ready yet. So I'm putting up the audio from the video tribute I made for my friend Franz Kummer in Germany who passed away a few weeks ago. He was good guy.

Buddha Nature A Brief Synopsis

Buddha Nature A Brief Synopsis

August 11, 2021

I'll be back soon with more of my in-depth analysis of Dogen's essay about Buddha Nature. But here's the audio of a brief video I did on the subject. It may serve as a good introduction to the subject.

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part One

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part One

August 9, 2021

This is part one of my podcast about Dogen's essay Bussho or "Buddha Nature" from Shobogenzo. I paraphrased the essay in the style of my Dogen paraphrases from my books Don't Be a Jerk and It Came From Beyond Zen, then I commented on it. Enjoy!

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