3.2.9 Thusness Part 2

In the first session last night, I was making two principle points about the nature of Buddhism. Number one, that it’s a dharma, or method. And it’s method is a dialogue or what is sometimes called dialectic. It is basically a conversation. A dialogue. The...

3.2.8 Thusness Part 1

Now, the title of the seminar is a very strange word translatable into English as thus ness or suchness, in Sanskrit, tathata. This is based on the Sanskrit word tat which is Etymologically the root of our word that. And its supposed in India you see, that this is the...

3.2.7 Problems in Meditation Part 3

This morning I’m going to talk about the various different methods of meditation. The yoga sutra Patanjali starts out with the phrase yoga citta naroga, which is a definition of yoga and roughly translated into English it means yoga is the cessation of mind...

3.2.6 Problems in Meditation Part 2

And I say to someone, have you practice the piano today, and I say to another person do you practice medicine, it’s obvious that the word practice has a different meaning in both senses. When you say do you practice the piano, it means do you prepare for a...

3.2.5 Problems in Meditation Part 1

As you know the subject of the seminars problems of meditation. But the word meditation in English is usually associated with thinking things over. And what I’m talking about is not that at all. But we use the word to translate Indian words such as tyana,which...

3.2.4 Net of Jewels Part 4

Now I want to finish up this seminar, by explaining, trying to explain, the way in which the Kegon the loss of faith, underlies the practice of zen. Because the earlier in the seminar I explained that it insofar as Zen Buddhism has an intellectual background. That is...