Mitra-roshi shares and comments on another of the 12th century Chinese Chan [Zen] master Dahui Zonggao's [J.DaiE Soko] letters to students. This letter is his second response to a lay student named Chen Shaoqin, who seems to not understand that setting himself apart from his "busyness" at work in attempting to overlay it with an idea of Zen practice is not real Zen practice.
Dahui's Letters Continued
On Day 2 of this November 2017 sesshin at Mountain Gate, Mitra-roshi continues sharing and commenting on the “Letters of Dahui,” Chinese master of the 12th century. In this teisho she takes up two letters: one to Zhao Daofu, about whom nothing is known other then his name. And the second is to Xu Shouyuan.
Dahui's Letters Continued 2
Day 3 during Mountain Gate's November 2017 7-day sesshin, Mitra-roshi, in sharing more of the “Letters of Dahui,” a venerable Chan [Zen] master of 12th century China, spoke of the subtleties of deep awakening and the vital need for continuing practice regardless of awakening.
Dahui's Letters Continued 3
On Day 4 Mitra-roshi continues sharing and commenting on the “Letters of Dahui,” the 12th century Chinese master who is revered to this day. His teaching is deep.
Dahui & Authentic Awakening
Day 5 of the November 2017 sesshin at Mountain Gate has Mitra-roshi continuing to share and comment on the “Letters of Dahui.” In today's teisho the questions of authentic Awakening, true practice and the Long Maturation are explored, as well as Dahui's continuing concern with the misguidance of false teachers.
Dahui & Authentic Practice
Continuation of sharing and commenting on the “Letters of Dahui.”
Dahui's Comments on Zen Practice
On this final day of sesshin, Mitra-roshi shares and comments on more of Dahui's Letters. The one describes the misguided practice of shutting down thoughts and attempting to stay in quietude. The next letter is to an elder who has clearly been practicing both long and in the right direction.