Daring to Ask

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We have to be willing to take a risk in order to see clearly.

In this talk on case 31 of the Gateless Gate: Zhaozhou Saw Through the Old Woman, Zuisei Sensei speaks of the spiritual life as a perilous journey. “Every time we ask,” she says, “we expose ourselves. But when we don’t ask, we also expose ourselves. So we might as well take a risk—be wild and daring — and see what comes of it.”

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/14/2018

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Renunciation Paramita

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In the third talk in this series of ten talks on the paramitas, Zuisei Sensei speaks on the importance of renunciation:

“What if we think of renunciation as the protest against anything that gets in the way of our clear seeing? Renunciation of noise, of distraction, of self-serving thoughts, of doubt, of arrogance, of greed and fear and laziness, harshness and the need to control.”

Recorded at Zen Center of New York City 11/14/2015

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01 : Ten Paramitas by Thanissaro Bikkhu

02 : The Four Immeasurables

03: Dhamma Fighting by Ajahn Chah

Virtue Paramita

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In the second talk in this series of ten talks on the paramitas or perfections, Zuisei Sensei speaks on the importance of cultivating virtue as a quality that brings us to regard all beings fully.

So instead of thinking of virtue as purity, we can think of it as a careful, loving, seeing of all things and all beings. This kind of seeing involves a letting go, an emptying of ourselves so we can meet another fully.

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery 10/18/2015

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01 : Ten Paramitas by Thanissaro Bikkhu

02 : Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

03: Breast cancer surgeon who sings to patients , New York Times