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Wall Gazing

by Padmavajra

This is the third 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.

Are you looking at the wall? Or is the wall gazing at you? Another cracking take on Zen - the sutras, the experience, the dangers and the fruits...

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. Bodhidharma - the special transmission outside the scriptures (8:07) 
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2. Emperor Wu's questions (6:38) 
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3. Master Chi's explanation; commentaries on Bodhidharma's answers (3:04) 
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4. Bodhidharma in Shaolin Monastery - wall gazing; the Treatise on the Fourfold Practice and the Twofold Entrance (3:47) 
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5. Entering by communion with Primordial Reality; what is 'the wall'? Reality reading (8:26) 
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6. The Path of Vision; 'non-dual fundamentalism' (6:12) 
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7. Entrance through practice not separate from communion with primordial Reality - essence and function; the Precepts in terms of essence and function (5:54) 
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8. Dogen on practice as Enlightenement (1:30) 

Total running time: 43:38