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The Tiger's Cave

by Padmavajra

This is the first in an excellent 8-talk sequence by Padmavajra on Zen Buddhism. The series is full of colourful stories and challenging insights from the lives of the great Masters of China and Japan.

This talk introduces the basics and brings us face to face with the Great Emptiness at the heart of practice.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

This talk is part of the series Tangling Eyebrows with Zen Masters.

Tracks (click play to listen)

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1. The tiger's cave, tangling eyebrows with zen masters; Bill Oddie's friend and the tiger; the compassion of the Masters; the lion and the bull (13:52) 
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2. Taming the tiger; an intense and risky exchange; Huang Po, Iron Grindstone Myu and Tu Tzu (5:04) 
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3. The Great Emptiness; self preoccupation; Yun Men (7:20) 
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4. Loosening up; beginner's mind; making the most of the moment (4:21) 
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5. Pseudo-zen games; what does 'zen' mean? Dhyana; meditation and wisdom not separate; conditions for practice (7:11) 
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6. Cha'an and zen as total Buddhist practice (1:47) 

Total running time: 39:35