Series Description: The dharma talks during this Sesshin will be inspired by some of the enlightenment stories from the Record of the Transmission of the Light (Denkōroku), a collection written in 1300 by Keizan Jokin Zenji. Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for practice. Each day consists of sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, service and chanting (liturgy), formal meals in the zendo (oryoki), personal interviews with the teachers, work practice (samu) and physical practice. We observe Noble Silence throughout and support each other in quiet, whole-hearted practice.
Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Sensei Genzan Quennell read from the story of Shakyamuni Buddha in the Denkōroku. Joshin encourages us during this Sesshin to dwell in the simplicity of oneness, and to be “nourished by the boundlessness of silence.” Genzan invites us to enter into a loving relationship with all things and to feel deep gratitude and gentleness towards our bodies. “Everything you feel also feels you,” he says. “When you are in loving relationship with everything you encounter, this nourishes, energizes, and refreshes you.”
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Sensei Joshin ByrnesVice Abbot
Sensei Joshin Byrnes is a dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center as well as its current President and Vice Abbot. Joshin is a student of Upaya's founder, abbot, and guiding teacher, Roshi Joan...
Sensei Genzan Quennell
Genzan Quennell began practicing zen in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, while on pilgrimage to the temples associated with Eihei Dogen in China and Japan, he met Roshi Joan...