Zen Basics

A series of talks entitled “Zen Basics” was recorded in the winter of 2004. These recordings were orginally released on CD, and were made available as MP3 files.  Click on the Play button below and the mp3 file should begin to play. To download it right-click and select “Save target as…”. You can then select where to store the file on your local computer.

The story of Zen begins with Bodhidharma, and a lineage of masters in China recreate the core of The Buddha’s Teaching.  Download here.

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Zen’s Karma is contrasted with Grace from revealed religions.  Download here.

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The West’s relationship with an external God, and Jesus as Zen Master.  Download here.

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Forming your self image, and the Universal Buddha as True Self.  Download here.

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Zen begins with Bodhidharma’s declaration of the first principle.  Download here.

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Monk in Viet Nam sets fire to himself to try to bring peace.  Download here.

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Bodhidharma’s time; background and history.  Download here.

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What Hui-k’o’s dismemberment tells us about the practice of Zen.  Download here.

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Hui-neng’s awakening.  Download here.

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The early Chinese lineage, the Mongols provide a boost to Buddhism, and what Bodhidharma actually brought us.  Download here.

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Hui-neng’s famous verse, and the difference between practice and understanding.  Download here.

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How Pai-chang gave us monastic rules, and cemented the work ethic of Zen by a famous story.  Download here.

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Lin-chi raises his whisk, just as Shakyamuni raised a flower; and expressed the truth.  Download here.

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Lin-chi strikes students with his staff and students give shouts, and what this means for us.  Download here.

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An introduction to Dogen and his trip to China.  Download here.

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The story of Dogen’s awakening.  Download here.

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Dogen shows us that Zazen is Buddhism, and should be continuous.  Download here.

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How Dogen’s simple practice expresses the root of Zen, and how the word Zen is used.  Download here.

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Keizan brings Zen to lay people, and differences between Soto and Rinzai appear.  Download here.

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Delightful stories about Ryokan, famous for his poetry.  Download here.

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The story of Hakuin’s awakening, and the question if awakening is the end to practice.  Download here.

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Zen in later day Viet Nam.  Download here.

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Different schools of Buddhism taking root in America.  Download here.

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Being ordained in America, and a sense of how this is evolving.  Download here.

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