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The East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center was founded by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. (1920-2005). During the nearly 30 years he lived and worked in Japan, Fr. Hand led spiritual retreats, taught English to high school students, and studied Zen meditation with Yamada Koun Roshi, who encouraged Western students to learn Zen practice as a way of deepening their faith. He received the affectionate name "Hando" (meaning 'companion on the way') from his students.

Fr Thomas Hand SJ

Hando began leading East-West meditation retreats and Center Days in the early years of Mercy Center Burlingame. He gave hundreds of talks at Mercy Center and at other retreat centers across the country. Insights gained from Zen practice deepened Hando's experience and understanding of the Christian faith. For many, Hando's journey served as a model of companionship to others on the path.

With the support of members of the East-West Meditation community, a selection of Hando's recorded talks from Mercy Center spritual retreats and Center Days is being archived and presented for the first time in MP3 format. New talks will be added on a regular basis.

Click the links to listen online, or right-click to download to your computer. Fr. Hand's talks are posted for personal, noncommercial use only. Please do not repost or otherwise redistribute.

 

Photos: Creative Commons license. Hando (Mark Werlin). Bodhisattva (Leon Krancher). Mt. Inasa (Sonotoki). Nansen (Albert). Universal Foregiveness (George Miller).

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The Bodhisattva Christ  

Mercy Center Retreat - June 1994
One of Hando's deep insights was that the teachings of Christ can be viewed in light of traditions of the Bodhisattva.
Day 1 Part 1  listen

Day 1 Part 2  listen

Day 2 Part 1  listen

Day 2 Part 2  listen

Day 3 Part 1  listen

Day 3 Part 2  listen

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Now Retreat 

August 2003
How do we experience the fullness and pure awareness of now?
Day 1 Part 1  listen

Day 1 Part 2  listen

Day 2 Part 1  listen

Day 2 Part 2  listen

Day 3 Part 1  listen

Day 3 Part 2  listen

Day 4 Part 1  listen

Day 4 Part 2  listen

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Nansen Transmits the Tao 

Center Day - 2/25/2001

A foundational Zen teaching that was transmitted by Nansen; from case 19 of the Mumonkan. Hando's appreciation of Japanese language informs this talk on the direct experience of enlightenment.
Part One  listen

 

Part Two  listen 

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Freedom from Sin 

Center Day - 1/25/2004

Hando explores the meanings of the words for "forgiveness" and "sin" as understood in the Greek and Hebrew languages and cultures, and in the letters of St. Paul and the Gospel of Luke.
Part One  listen

 

Part Two  listen 

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