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Video June 30, 2017

When the Seas Got Rough

Allison Atwill, David Weinstein, John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, Rachel Boughton

“Not deciding it is or it isn’t, do you have the courage to be at peace with this? Everyone wants to leave the endless changes, but when we finish bending and fitting our lives, we come back to sit by the charcoal fire.”

During the final night of the 2015 January sesshin, the teachers have a conversation about identity, art, intimacy, and the nature of koan study.

21' 10"
Video June 30, 2017

Upside Down Lists

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton talks about the lists of our lives at the Santa Rosa Creek Zendo, July 20th 2015.

23' 36"
Video June 30, 2017

We’re Going to Talk About Dragons

Jon Joseph

“For twenty years I’ve suffered bitterly – how many times have I gone into the cave of the Blue Dragon for you?”

Jon Joseph talks about the difficult struggle of life, and suggests that even in the midst of the hardest struggle there is a beauty, and a sort of redemption in the realization that the struggle is not separate – but a part of the whole package of existence.

11' 39"
Video June 30, 2017

Radical Transparency and Koans as Frenemies

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton, at the June-July sesshin held at Land of Medicine Buddha, talks hackers, privacy, and zen koans in an age of technology.

19' 36"
Video June 30, 2017

Koan Party

David Weinstein

“We go to wild places in search of our self nature. Looking in the darkness of the tall grasses of abandoned places. Now, honored ones, where is your self nature, when you are searching for your self nature?”

David Weinstein talks about culture and ideas, and recounts stories of enlightening adventure.

23' 45"
Video June 30, 2017

Classic Predicament Koan

John Tarrant

“Late one night, you decide to visit the family graveside, where (as a point of somewhat snobbish pride) your family’s personal tomb resides…” During the 2015 summer Sesshin at Land of Medicine Buddha in Southern California, John Tarrant talks friends, the feverish scheming and planning of the mind, and the predicaments faced in life.

27' 41"
Video June 26, 2017

Features of the Path

John Tarrant

On Sunday, John Tarrant discusses the notion of a “path.” (2016)

20' 15"
Video June 26, 2017

Labyrinth at the Heart of the World

David Weinstein

David Weinstein discusses the labyrinth at the Heart of the World. (2016)

25' 7"
Video June 26, 2017

Stories of NO

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton, Roshi offers a talk on what it’s like to live with the koan “Does a dog have Buddha nature? No.”

24' 34"
Video June 26, 2017
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Video June 26, 2017

The Transformation That Doesn’t Change

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a Monday evening talk in January 2016.

22' 8"
Video June 26, 2017

The Teachers Speak

David Weinstein, Illana Berger, John Tarrant, Steven Grant

On Friday evening, the last night of the October 2015 sesshin, all the teachers weigh in.

23' 0"
Video June 26, 2017
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Video June 26, 2017

Form is Emptiness

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk at the October 2015 sesshin.

25' 7"
Video June 26, 2017

The Sport of Meditation

Steven Grant

Steven Grant gives a talk on “the sport of meditation” at 2016 Winter Sesshin.

3' 28"
Video June 26, 2017

Being Soft to Myself

Steven Grant

Steven Grant gives a talk on “being soft to myself” at 2016 Winter Sesshin.

1' 18"
Video June 26, 2017

The Relationship to Koans

Steven Grant

Steven Grant discussing the relationship to koans at 2016 Winter Sesshin.

1' 52"
Video June 26, 2017

Maybe The World Is Bigger Than I Thought

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton talks about the limiting factors of belief – even the ones we think of as positive.

1' 21"
Video June 26, 2017

You’re Blind But That’s Your Light

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton talks about using koans to have confidence within the dark places of life (2016).

7' 31"
Video June 26, 2017

There Is Nothing I Dislike

John Tarrant

John Tarrant talks about the koan “There is nothing I dislike”, and recounts the story passed on from a schoolteacher, about her experience living with this koan at the edge of darkness and world-weary fatigue. If there’s ever only one zen video you watch, this should be it. Trigger warning: sexual assault. (2016)

6' 49"

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