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Second Sesshin, Zendo Lecture

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so we've had an impact is their money on it was a little bit after the middle of the packers game somewhere
fire alarm
model young somebody knows exactly like go
ha well
but i had the feeling that path
salma silver
am i have some concern
when looking at their social schedule ah after there a few wow
i requests and comments about the last gave her some kind of refinement of the email ten minutes here ten minutes there so we changed the pupils and then after think that maybe it's to global
mobile the social schedule is too flabby cannot a main camp and then you know it flattering it
now i don't think it's flabby are inherently fattening but their staff
there's will you know for example the exercise time
we added a little bit and we also have said that bath would can take a bath bring back at breaks so that means that exercise ten for some may not be exercise back and man
well what if you don't exercise them or the host machine the
break you know some huge ah
robbing it
which concerns me
i think the yeah a feeling of the issue ah unless we're talking it up completely everyone will will experience a kind of them
that we're not
course a lot together
so i'd like to ah
ask everyone to please enter the session fully
all the admonitions you know we create the session together
all the yeah
forms the session i can help it they're not you know it's akin know she says so says she is not a deprivation chamber
that we create our own deprivation chamber by wasting session on daydreaming and cutting corners and
you know
ha not following the admonitions and difference is a kind of deprivation
the freedom of ah fully entering
the forums the freedom that and get that's found near
we're the only ones who can keep us from entering
when i was up in san francisco way i saw a movie that was recommended to me and
ashley couple pick somebody wrote me about it and then kosher reminded me he attacked with the about it to it's called something like gum what the bleep is that all about anyway so can i gotta be heard about it
setting it
what the bleep do we know yeah
and it's about
physics sing
it's a wide ranging film it's kind of a documentary but it sounds animated parts with are animated and one one thing that really struck me and i actually want to study more about it is about the emotions
there was seven
when when emotions arise all different kinds of emotions negative and positive emotions there are
the hypothalamus begins to pump out peptides correct me if i got this wrong gainer kosher
and these and and their particular to each emotion with peptides and they had the animation of these this hypothalamus pumping and then zooming out where these colorful kind of blurry things he was it was like com you're inside the body and these colorful things going zooming through the body and
then the cells have receptors for these peptides every cell so they like these emotional all throughout the body and they they said it was like putting a t and a lack the peptides with common just the receptor they just like in
the whole body is suffused with with emotions ah in a chemical way can
chemically speaking
and you know the more
certain ones are pumped out the more receptors there for them when that when cells divide then there's more receptors for certain habitual ones that have pumped out until
and this they want to find out more about this a crowding out and a lessening of the ability to receive other kinds of things like gum
it is a new fighting thing is in ah
a like this is as you can tell a very rudimentary description but this this some
ah depiction out
animated of these colorful things flowing through the body and the lacking in themselves
i'm very very strong image
the yeah
the our pants are made by walking the paths and neuronal pass are further rented over and over again as we habitually have the same emotions chemists chemically speaking
so in in session this deprivation chamber of going over and over and over the same
stories in the same material in the same angers in the same daydreams you know that that we are
ah subject to that we no one can force us to daydream you know no one can force us to go over and over the same material but we'd often feel like it we can't help it you know it just goes this is a kind of deprivation chamber you might say and part of that this
the chemistry of it to you know the the limbic brained cannot distinguish between a memory
and one big green
and all the chemistry that goes with that experiences it again as happening again so kind of read traumatizing
so our session scheduled no talking no writing know i'm reading
the young
i mean sometimes the schedule a very short breaks and no work and just back to the cushion but this schedule as i say is a little more
he's got some space in it's impossible space so i want to encourage all of us to
take up the schedule thoroughly for one's own sake for the sake of the world cannot waste this
time in any way
and another way you know we haven't talked about form so much and here we are at the world-famous casino or a monastery ah
hey i'm not kidding it is and here we all are
so what kind of training are we receiving you know
the so lavishness you know in
finding flavius in the schedule finding flavius in the the training opportunities so i wanted to ask you all to
as we
our pass the midpoint to take up in a fresh way all the forms all the customer of forms all the monastic forms at i i wanted to one you know when i do the can count on the morning looking at the time the greeting and everyone is in gosh show
every everyone naturally has their own way you know and their own flavor
each person has a kind of flavor
ah which
can be
when rob pretty much doing the same thing the flavor comes out very you see each person's flavor very
ah her case each person flavor
very naturally but sometimes the variation is so big that you can't tell what flavor and once i have
totally doesn't work as an analogy but anyway
a flavor and plan anyway
so i wanted to ask us all to practice with gosh show
and and also with are bowing raising their hands so i'll just mention those two forms
and you can see whether you feel to ever have heard this before i want to do it i want to do my own way and so forth but
i yeah
i think that's a kind of deprivation depriving oneself of this opportunity to wow
find the freedom of restraint the freedom of not just doing it our own way
so are these forms are
created and transmitted in there's different forms indifferent monasteries but the beauty of the form and and the life of the form is that it passed on you know
so we can feel our teachers and a down of trance and brothers and sisters within the form if we feel that as we practice them so ah if you have with practices with beaver palms pressed together
a fists with your own fist with from your knows about even with your nose and the some and all the fingers are all together your thumb is an ouch
or you know opens it's all touching and the palms are touching palm to palm warm we talk about warm hand to warm hand we can start right here with warm hand to warm hand rather than this is there are other forms this is lotus bud which is ticked out
hand school does lotus bud
but we've been taught palm to palm so feeling more palm to warm bomb
this with and then the arms are about parallel to the ground and you can see are you overdoing it so they're flying up or are they kind of
like that so
palm to palm arms parallel to the floor and then in here there's a space so we're not close down against the heart
we're protecting their his openness in here and i often feel kind of energy coming from under the earned out to the elbows kind of wash that way you can see if you feel
something under the arm is that way
and we have so many chances to practice this all day long so each time
bring me your hands up serving bathroom bowing to each other
and then when you bow you keep that fits with the way as you go down
so in the morning during service when we there's the bill and the doshi as a full bow and everyone else bows down at your place you you keep that fits with the way than when your palms when you
your hands reached the floor than you stop
okay so you go down
i remember i would go out we don't kind of risk by hands then can rub my eyes a bit kenneth
do some stuff down there nobody could think
so they go down and and when they touch the ground you stop and that fits with way and then you come back up
and when we do our full prostrations don't mention the front talus muscle and that the are you relaxation and plunging into the bow and resting feeling and then the the hands or
they're kind of close to the ears just about there not even with the ears baby and also
fingers together from in and when you raise up the palms they remain parallel to the floor and that traditional images that you're raising the boot up for the boot is standing on your hands and you don't want to
flip the buddha over your back you know so you raise up and that means that
there's a kind of thumb in the rift to keep their hands parallel if you kept your wrist straight you to do this right so there's a kind of them
ah curve right there in the wrist to keep and keeping the hands parallel arrays up and down and then when you bring them down you can
you can also curl up into little palms into little
little fists little blue dress and you can use them a little bit to push on when you go up to help yourself up not a big
but just little stable
as you get up
and there's various practices you know touching the for hit three times and raised in the hands three tens or not i think i've been taught both ah
and i think circular she did one thing and then other teachers have been than others and suzuki roshi his disciples do different things so
i think that bowers choice
hi yes
yeah ah
you know in tea ceremony there's various kinds of both is the most formal and then there's less formal there's three for sure so and i think i'm standing balance you know you don't want to do a full all the way over thing when you're kind of putting the commercial
down you know it's just it doesn't it's not doesn't fit you know with what what's happening you just just a little a little bow there so i think it depends on the situation you know a deep bow sometimes is needed and sometimes it's overdoing it
doing for both don't forget to go all the way over into a deep deep an email

think just right
her just right
but god
you know it's interesting about dumb the forms we sometimes overdo them and undergo them you know
and often there's the state of mind that goes with that or resistance or wanting to look one way or another or the i hope they saw me do that wonder you know so what is just right what is
meeting the situation and responding just right i don't know if i can say than
thank you
so those are just a couple of things i wanted to
say something about drown our thousand and pasture the am i came upon something i found was very interesting which is whenever
we're anchored in one position and then sway from side to side kanchan drops away
this was a a kind of
a body work thing that i i read and they weren't talking about thousand pasture they were talking about kind of relaxing for another kind of thing but it just reminded me of you know stabilizing that sitting bones and then rocking the body right and left before we settle into his
daddy and mobile the immovable sitting posture and i came upon this the art of zazen lecture by category roshi and he mentions weighing
ah about eight times
she can't find right here but on
so put your hands palms up on your knees take a deep breath open your mouth just lightly and inhale letting the breath in through the mouth is this inhale exhale rack the body right unless as you inhale arch your body back a little bit stretching the front do this
very slowly with full attention this is right at the beginning of your sitting then when you exhale arch your body forward letting out the inhaled breadth from your lower abdomen
then repeat this but this time lean to the right as you exhale stretching out the left side of your body inhale as you bring your body after the sender repeat swaying from the right and left leaning a little less each time as your motion goes from large to small this prepares you for sitting physically
and mentally
so this inhale and exhale to the mouth you know big claims cleansing breath and then drag the body and exhale as you go out
if you rock in an email up to center exhale down in hell up to center and then slower i mean less of an arch less and less and less until settled in the center
especially during the machine when we're sitting so much and we which has returned to are sitting in a christian and just sit right away we sometimes
do an abbreviated you know and i'd like to
suggest that we do this
rocking inhaling exhaling rocking the body
ah stretching out the left and the right side
forward and backward arching a little forward and backward each time we sit if we see how that
affects your city safe you notice is that a fresh feeling each time we sit
and this
any time you rock the body you don't have a stable
part of the body of in rock you drop away tension ah
that damn you know doesn't mention that are traditionally but the tension that we carry and then i've been noticing i mentioned this when i went up to the city
in a kind of check-in group that i was in that i i think i mentioned it to noticing how much tension
and in subtle ways that i carry in my jaw and teeth and neck ears and shoulders and stomach and legs you know finding noticing contraction of my leg muscles for no reason
i mean that we need to contract or like muscles flex and software
but feeling it at different times when there's no for no reason just a habitual contraction and i am
i would like to ask us to notice the bodies tension and contraction in the areas and work with that working with releasing over and over and this beginning of sitting and rocking the body a good way to
help ourself notice
so we have reached in the lotus sutra we have reached chapter
on nine twenty eight chapters so it seems like we could do the next ten or so chapters in then the next ten or so chapters
you know looking at the schedule there's just a few damn events left meaning class schedule classes and
ah and then there's the other seventy sixteen so i had hoped to really do at least an overview of the whole twenty eight chapters
so during this machine i wanted to bring up try and bring up some of the chapters in the points and the chapters since the classes themselves we won't be able to get to it
so chapter nine
i think we have just touched on it it's called the
this peasant his destiny of our huts and it's
just prediction of the destiny of our has trained and untrained and this is the basically that chapter nine as the prediction of a nanda and rahul
buddha's family members really a number was his cousin rahul that his son and the main
point of chapter nine is that there is some the shaker and shake shop or a trained of the those who have learned and those who have not fully learned ah
they are also predicted their full complete perfect enlightenment have predicted and then tick that homes commentary he brings up the young
inclusiveness you know of the younger people who had maybe i've just started out in the way hadn't completed their studies hadn't mastered all the instructions in the meditations and so forth out so the they are just beginning to learn and in the other chapters the addicts in the
the those who had no more to learn these are technical terms
his oldest disables the booty and
modigliani that the ones that were the most spiritual foremost they were predicted and you would expect that to happen and here's now the younger ones chris and now does not so young but
now under didn't didn't become an airhead until after the buddha died but rule or a was his son of younger so they too are ah
and also two thousand others who are in the audience at the time in the assembly both learners
and those who had a learners in training and those who have completed their training were also predicted in this chapter
and you know as usual the the different rail missing and the beauty of the places in their names and all that are are mentioned
chapter ten is called the a teacher of the law
and in this one this chapter ten is
supposedly the you know there's three seems in the lotus sutra the first is the first teaching on vulture peak and then the second which is historical supposedly historical meeting is shocking when he at the end of his life his regular disciple of people we know
in india and vulture peak in of historical and then chapter ten is the opening into that section that's kind of opening into the ultimate side and ah the second seen is that
the preaching or the gamma that's the scene as in the sky and a stupor in the sky so chapter tennis that is in and then and then we go back to vulture peak in the third party so this is the historical section still first part and in this one
the ultimate mention the historical the ultimate is and have opened where the buddha as shakyamuni buddha who taught in this world live for eighty years it's it's shown that in this chapter that what the buddha taught or the
garment itself and is the body of the buddha the dharma kaja
as a body of the buddha is how after the buddha's demise
there is a way to ah
have spiritual communion with the buddha true the dharma through the dharma okay
and in this chapter on there is
a prediction of the four groups lay men manly women nuns and monks and then there's the a prediction for all these people who are going to come later if they were to hear even a sentence even a phrase of the lotus sutra or were to memorize a free
praise or were to copy recite keep and treasure the lotus sutra all those people to will be a predicted and if you hear even a single verse or word of the lotus sutra
all these people including all the people who come later you know in the future who hear a single word so that includes you know
all of us are included
all such beings as these in the presence of the buddha if they hear a single verse or a single word of the wonderful law flower sutra and even by a single thought delight in it i predict that they will all attain perfect enlightenment
and he's addressing at this time medicine king bodhisattva medicine king
and then you know he or she who reads and recites the love flower sutra know
that man or woman has adorned him or herself with the adornment of the buddha and so is carried by the to togheter on his shoulder wherever he goes
he should be saluted with hands whole folded revered worshipped honored and extolled and offerings made to him
now there's a beautiful part in here and in i think maybe somebody actually recited this
or maybe they copied it one day and i heard it recently
this is after the extinction of the to togheter if there be any good center good daughter who after the extinction of the to togheter desires to preach this law flower sutra to the four groups how should they preach it
that good son or good daughter it does say good center good don't i met editor editorializing here entering into the abode of the to togheter wearing the robe of the to takeda and sitting on the throne of the to tavita should then widely proclaimed this sutra to the four groups
so entering the abode of the thus come on wearing the robe of the best come one and sitting on the throne of the desk come one the law flower lotus sutra should be preached and then it goes on to describe what is the abode of the desk come on metadata what is the role and what
is the throne
now this is any center good daughter you know when they say a good senator good daughter of good family or a good center good daughter this refers to someone
who upbringing was such that they were inclined to hear the dharma so it doesn't mean noble it or good family meeting
economic status or
social status it means coming from
a family where you were then inclined to be able to hear the gamma as the center or daughter of good family goodbye good kitchen
so it doesn't mean and it also doesn't mean that your ordained as a priest or this is pete preaching or teaching to the four groups
les mis les women nuns and monks
so you enter the abode you wear the robe and you sit on the throne and then it says the abode of the to togheter is the great compassionate heart within all living beings
that is the abode of the to target the abode of the best come on the abode of the awakened one is the great compassionate heart
and the robe of the to togheter
is the gentle and forbearing heart
and the throne of the to togheter is the the voidness of all laws as what keto
translates it as but i am more familiar with the emptiness of dharmas that's the throne
so if you want to preach the law flower sutra you want to preach the good dharma the truth
the wonderful dharma than you put down the robe and where you enter the abode which is the compassionate heart you put on the robe which is gentleness and forbearance and you sit on the throne which is the understanding of the emptiness of all dharmas or you know the wisdom you know
a wisdom and compassion this is how one ah
preaches this
so can we enter the abode
where the robe and sit on the throne and widely proclaim the truth of the lotus sutra in all our actions you know ah
it doesn't one doesn't need you know to sit up on up diet or up
you know a special dharma seat the abode of the to target that is the compassionate heart
entering the abode of the jakarta
wearing the robe you know
this is this is not ordained one where the evidence is wearing gentleness and forbearance or baron says you know
being able to i think of forbearance is to be able to
ah you know it includes tolerance and patience and being able to
and receive the actions of the consequences of our own actions you know can be able to
not turn and run and avert from our own life and the pain and suffering of our own life this is forbearance
and then the throne
sitting on the throne the throne of
the emptiness of all dharmas there's nothing to be grasped the impermanence and interdependence and the lotus of course is far from nihilistic this point but you know celebrating
emptiness in a positive way all beings iraq
everybody's included in this
compassionate heart
even when all beings are empty of inherent self when there are no beings there in in in the ah
where we usually think you know
so maybe this can be something to turn you know this this relationship with the sutra it as in all the
when we study
and a minute talk about this a little more during the session the way that we study is to ah
not to gather more intellectual knowledge but to allow the teaching to reveal themselves to us to allow ourselves to open
even when we at first feel
i'm disinclined to open to them with familiarity and memorizing and turning a phrase and with a relaxed
rather than a tenseness around i gotta understand and trying to grab at the teachings a kind of relaxation allowing them in and not seeking after but
allowing the teachings to come in so to turn the phrases
turn these phrases of the abode and the role in the throne of the to togheter
how do we live that how do we enter that
how do we make that our own now
our own words
the buddha you know after mentioning nice
how this is proclaimed then he does it again in verse and down
there was a parable in here than i thought was very beautiful so i wanted to read this i never read the whole world that deadlock
in order to be rid of slough hearken to this sutra in order to be rid of flabby this baby with gets a hearkened to this sutra rare is the chance of hearing it and rare are those who receive it in faith it is like a thirsty man thirsty person needing water who digs in a table
and table land still seeing dry and arid earth he knows water is yet far off moist earth and mayor gradually appearing he is assured that water is near no medicine king such is the case with those who hear not
la flower sutra
they are far from the buddha wisdom should they hear this profound sutra which determines the law for disciples and as the king of all sutras and hearing truly ponder it know that those people are near the buddha wisdom should anyone preach this sutra let him or her
to enter the to togheter abode where the to target a rogue and sit on the target of thrown on daunted amidst the multitude
let them openly expound and preach it with great compassion for his abode gentleness and forbearance for her robe and the voidness of all laws the emptiness of all dharmas for their throne abiding in these let them preach the law
and then it's so it goes into what happens sometimes when you preach the law and this is this comes up this is in a show your roku about preaching the dermis the diamond sutra where this called the diamond sutra refinement when you teach certain things there's what happens is there's a
insults and reviled meant that comes and this is a
and if when here she preaches this sutra some issued with evil mouth abuse or lay on sword styx shards or stones think of the buddha that can be patient in thousands of myriads of counties of lands i appear with pure imperishable bodies and in infinite coat
use of calpers pre-k the law for all the living if anyone after my extinction is able to proclaim the sutra i will send the forest spirit groups a big shoes and big tourneys pure minded men and women to worship him as or her as teacher of the law while i will draw live
being beings and assemble them to hear this law
should men seek to assail with ill words with sword styx shards or stones i will spit and spirit people to act as his protectors
should any preacher of this law dwelling alone in a secluded place in solitude where there is no voice of a person read and recite the sutra then i will appear to him with a pure and luminous body should he forget sentences or words i'll tell him to his clear apprehension
whenever such a person perfect in these merits either preaches to the four groups or in seclusion reads and recites the sutra that person will always see me
whatever such a person
is in seclusion i will think gods and dragon kings yeah shes demons spirits and and
here's of this law that person will delight to preach the law and expound it without hindrance because buddhist guard and mind them
that person can cause multitudes to rejoice whoever is close to such a teacher of the law will speedily attain the bodies after way
and that person who becomes a pupil of that teacher will be hold buddha as numerous as the sands of the ganges so this some is
i am
you know a great encouragement to take up read recite listen read it in solitude and
you know in the abode of the a compassionate heart that the role of gentleness and forbearance sitting on the throne of emptiness of dharmas to teach about this
and and the s l i'll watch over you so this kind of a kind of doco this communion spiritual communion with the buddhists and with the teaching by taking it up is what this chapter is revealing to us
whether we resist this or not or say it's a bunch of
you know i don't get it it's weird
you know some ways it doesn't matter you know this is what's being offered

so please some
open your eyes and ears
sit still very very very still immovable
pay attention to all the forms
oh wow
you know bring yourself bring your full self to each of the forms to the chanting briskly chanting
please be very aware of your neighbors
make sure your robes sleeves are migrating into other people's applicants you know your zappa thomas is your body manda your
your body place so that's your spot
just notice if you're kind of migrating to other people's areas on the floor
and let some
have the m a kind of lean feeling to the sashimi lean meaning
no flab you know
okay thank you very much