“The Dharma Talk is Always with You”

The following is the Shambala Blog excerpt for today.  It comes from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen by Jakusho Kwong, page 4.

If you come to listen to a talk as if you are going to hear something great from somebody else, this is a big mistake.

The word teisho means something you already intimately know, and it is during the teisho that the roshi makes the Dharma, or truth, come alive.

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Beyond agnosticism

I have for several years been practicing a rather threadbare, in some ways malnourished religion—more by necessity than choice, though the choices are obvious to me.

I wrote that first sentence on Wednesday, March 31st of this year, shortly after I received confirmation that I could move my mother from hospital, where she had come through the crisis of a major systemic infection, into a new skilled nursing facility (SNF), where staff were better equipped than in her old one

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Am I a nontheist…? (Part I)

Part I: Languages of belief
Part II: Survival faith and practice
Part III: “Someone should start laughing”

Languages of belief 

As my spiritual life has matured and deepened over the decades, I have come to understand that no religious language, whether in scripture, in doctrine, in written or spoken ministry, or in personal testimony, describes the ultimate Reality in any objective way. Rather, at its best such language can only describe the human experience of

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