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HANDO AUDIO LIBRARY

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's public programs. He gave hundreds of talks at Mercy Center and at other retreat centers in the U.S. His insights from the long practice of Zen expanded the understanding of the scope of the Christ event for many who had found themselves locked in dualistic, Western explanations of the Christian faith. His wonderful gift was in sharing the joy of his own journey by way of nourishing others in their journeys.

With the generous support of members of the East-West Meditation Program 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. Talks will be added on a weekly basis to complete the library.

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.

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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 nuances of Japanese language informs this talk on the direct experience of enlightenment.

Part One listen/download

 

Part Two listen/download 

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Freedom from Sin 

Center Day - 1/25/2004

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

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Part Two listen/download 

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