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Chan History

Audio December 13, 2022

Zen Luminaries: Silent Illumination with Chan Scholar GuoGu

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph talks with scholar and Chan Teacher GuoGu about his book, Silent Illumination, on the literary genius of Zen master Hongzhi, whose teaching evolved during the height of 12th century Chan. GuoGu discusses the subtleties and great freedom inherent in Chan, from its flourishing in the Sung Dynasty to the current day.

88' 33"
Video June 6, 2022

Zen Luminaries: Jon Joseph with Morten Schlütter on the Song Dynasty Record of Chan Zen

Jon Joseph

Morten Schlütter recounts the scholarly record of Chan practice and organizations in the Song Dynasty.

13' 50"
Video June 6, 2022
20' 38"
Video May 30, 2022

Zen Luminaries: Scholar Morten Schlütter on Translating Ancient Chinese Koans

Jon Joseph

Zen Luminary Morten Schlutter with Jon Joseph -On Translating Ancient Chinese koans from texts like the Book of Equanimity 2 min

2' 23"


Dharma Theme November 4, 2021

Dharma Theme: Zen Luminaries, A Series of Conversations with Jon Joseph Roshi

Jon Joseph

Modern Zen Luminaries: A series of Zen Buddhist scholars, writers, poets, translators, and practitioners join PZI’s Jon Joseph Roshi for lively discussions online, with a focus on our Chan lineage. Includes all recordings beginning with the series’ launch in September 2021.

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Video June 19, 2018

Koans and Mantras

David Weinstein

David Weinstein talks about his internalized mantra-phobia, fourth Chan ancestor Daishin (translates to “the way of faith”), and the parallels between early Chan history and his own practice of chanting mantras and working with koans. A morning dharma talk in Summer Sesshin, June 13, 2018.

29' 8"