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Ancestors and Fires


John’s monthly talk at SRCZC, November 2019. The time of year for ghosts, memories.


We’ve just come through another disastrous fire season. Our ancestors survived fires, plagues, famines, great crossings.

John reads the teaching on the great Zen temple fire of 1374 in which hundreds of thousands of precious texts were incinerated – and yet the temple master told them all had survived.

Teachings that nourish us beyond scripture is the core of Zen.

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