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Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

The Sandokai―a poem by the eighth-century Zen master Sekito Kisen (Ch. Shitou Xiqian)―is the subject of these lectures. Given in 1970 at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the lectures are an example of a Zen teacher in his prime elucidating a venerated, ancient, and difficult work to his Western students. The poem addresses the question of how the oneness of things and the multiplicity of things coexist (or, as Suzuki Roshi expresses it, “things-as-it-is”). Included with the lectures are his students’ questions and his direct answers to them, along with a meditation instruction. Suzuki Roshi’s teachings are valuable not only for those with a general interest in Buddhism but also for students of Zen practice wanting an example of how a modern master in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition understands this core text today.

Sandokai 2019-12

Sandokai 2019-11

John L 06-25-2019

Sandokai 2019-10

Sandokai 2019-9

John Lowney- 05-28-2019

Sandokai 2019-8

Sandokai 2019-7

John Lowney- 04-30-2019

Sandokai 2019-6

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