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ZEN SESSHINS

Putting Zen into words — even for a Roshi — is a challenge. In these sesshin talks, Fr. Greg creatively employs analogies and illustrations, and draws on his own meditation experience to convey concepts that lie beyond the limits of language and outside the boundaries of the discursive mind.

Teisho by Students

 

From time to time, Fr. Greg Roshi calls on students to give teisho about their experiences of Zen. These talks address the impact of koan practice, and the realization of ordinary mind.

 

Teisho by Vicky Bolts (2010)

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Teisho by Nona Strong (2018)

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Spring 2016 Zen Sesshin

 

The discipline of silence

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You are all right by yourself

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Case 23: a poetry contest

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Fall 2015 Zen Sesshin

 

The master and his emissary

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I am not that story

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The empty cupboard

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Spring 2015 Zen Sesshin

 

The 3 doors of experience

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Mu and the primal absence

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Zen: Life in the raw

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Spring 2014 Zen Sesshin

 

A purposeless-driven practice

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Rene Girard and primal conflict

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A personal reflection on kensho

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Fall 2013 Zen Sesshin

 

The message is determined by the hearer

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Compassion is the heart of enlightenment

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Spring 2012 Zen Sesshin

 

Entering the mu koan

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What do we mean by 'impermanence'?

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Our practice is for others

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More spiritual talks by Fr. Greg

new talks

silent retreats

on the triune

self and other

emptiness and love

what is kensho?