Zuisei Sensei draws on the life of the Buddha to illustrate the six stages of pilgrimage—the call, homeleaving, the journey, contemplation, encounter, return.

Pilgrimage is both an inner and outer journey; it is travel into the unknown for the purpose of knowing ourselves intimately and drawing closer to our understanding of the divine. It is realizing that at the end of a long sojourn, we return to the home that we never actually left.

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/26/2018

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01 : Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

02 : Gaelic Blessing

03 : Caminante No Hay Camino by Antonio Machado

The Incalculable


“The Incalculable” is a chapter in the Avatamsaka or Flower Garland Sutra whose purpose is to blow open our ideas of reality.

In this talk, Zuisei Sensei uses this chapter, as well as readings from Hildegard of Bingen, Master Dogen’s “Sound of the Valley Streams” and excerpts of the modern mystic’s Flora Cortois’ record of her enlightenment experience to speak of the beauty and extraordinary nature of our most ordinary moments.

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery, 12/30/2017

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01 : The Book of Divine Works by Hildegard of Bingen

02 : “Sounds of the Valley Streams” by Master Dogen

03 : The Incalculable