Saturday, September 19, 2009

Upaya Dharma Podcasts - Dogen’s Circle of the Way part 2 of 4

More dharmic goodness.

Dogen’s Circle of the Way part 2 of 4

Speakers: Sensei Kaz Tanahashi & Sensei Beate Genko Stolte

The practice of the Way is circular, non-linear, says Kaz Sensei. It is reflected in the “enso” and also resembles the full moon, both symbols of enlightenment. Each moment of our lives is complete and inclusive of everything, including the imperfections. Sensei Beate asks whether we can we find the determination to sit through the unknown landscapes of our minds during sesshin. She points out that despite his fierce reputation, Bodhidharma had great patience and vast compassion to be able to do what he did in ancient China. Sitting sesshin helps us develop true patience – as opposed to endurance – to continue our practice despite our fears.

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