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  • Biko
    Member
    • Sep 2013
    • 208

    Great Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo

    Some of you may have heard of Tenzin Palmo. She spent 12 years meditating in a cave in the Himalayas. Her lineage is Tibetan but the underlying concepts are of course universal. One of the most lucid talks on meditation I have heard.

    Enjoy and Gassho,
    Jeffrey

    "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden
  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39472

    #2
    Hi,

    Thank you Jeff. I listened to the talk. It is a lovely introduction to the general approaches of the many flavors of Buddhist meditation, including Shikantaza. Much of what she says applies to Shikantaza Zazen and what results. But what she presents is also a bit other from Shikantaza in some vital respects.

    As folks around here have heard me say many times, one sits Shikantaza as a whole, complete and self-fulfilling act ... the only place to be, the only act in need of doing in that moment while sitting. Nothing lacks.

    One is not sitting to attain some special state, or even "to relax", but to fully allow just what is with total equanimity. In so allowing (as counter-intutitive as it may be), that radical equanimity is a most special state ... and relaxing to boot! Such is a special "Big R" Relax that holds and allows both ordinary times of being relaxed and times of the greatest stress. As I often say ...

    "Shikantaza" Zen practice is a radical, to the marrow, dropping of the self's demands that something needs to be attained to make this world "right", that something must be added or removed from our lives to make life complete, that something is defective and needs to be changed., that we need to get some place to find our "True Home".

    HOWEVER, radically dropping, to the marrow all need to attain, add, remove, or change in order to make life right and complete --IS-- A WONDROUS ATTAINMENT, ADDITION and CHANGE TO LIFE! Dropping all need to "get somewhere" is truly finally GETTING SOMEWHERE! The True Home is here and everywhere! Abandoning all need in life's race to cross some finish line over a distant hill, is simply arriving at the finish line which is our every step!
    . ... by dropping all need and effort to attain enlightenment ... ... thus, enlightenment immediately attained! It is often said that our Shikantaza way is about "not seeking", being "goalless", abandoning the need and search for "enlightenment" ... It is also said sometimes that, in "just
    Finally, Tenzin speaks of the two traditional flavors of medition ... Samatha and Vipassana. Most Zen folks believe that Zazen holds both. That is a big topic, so I just link to an older thread.



    Gassho, J
    Last edited by Jundo; 10-30-2014, 05:14 PM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • Myosha
      Member
      • Mar 2013
      • 2974

      #3
      Hello,

      Thank you for the link.

      "Tenzin speaks of the two traditional flavors of medition ... Samatha and Vipassana. Most Zen folks believe that Zazen holds both." Z Jundo Cohen


      Gassho,
      Myosha
      "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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      • Jinyo
        Member
        • Jan 2012
        • 1957

        #4
        Thank you Jeff - I really enjoyed listening to this talk by Tenzin Palmo. I am just reading a book by Martine Batchelor 'Women on the Buddhist Path'
        - and Ani Tenzin Palmo's story is the first in the book.

        Gassho

        Willow

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        • Kokuu
          Treeleaf Priest
          • Nov 2012
          • 6791

          #5
          Thank you. Will listen later.

          The story of Ani Tenzin Palmo's 12 years in a cave is beautifully told in Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie. One of my favourite ever dharma books.

          Gassho
          Kokuu

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          • Jundo
            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
            • Apr 2006
            • 39472

            #6
            She is an amazing Teacher, with an amazing story. I should have said that earlier.

            Gassho, J
            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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            • Mp

              #7
              Thank you Jeffrey ... wonderful talk. =)

              Gassho
              Shingen

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              • Jundo
                Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                • Apr 2006
                • 39472

                #8
                The Amazing description of Shikantaza which Sam just introduced ties in nicely with this talk, and perhaps highlights nicely the special flavor of Shikantaza amongst paths of Buddhist meditation ... I really recommend the following reading ...



                Gassho, J
                ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                • Kyotai

                  #9
                  Watched this morning with the kids. Thank you.

                  Grassho, Shawn

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                  • Christopher
                    Member
                    • May 2014
                    • 45

                    #10
                    Yes, Thank you, Jeff. Her talk put a number of puzzles on the way to being resolved for me.

                    I think it will help.

                    Gassho....................................Christop her

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