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Entering Through Your Practice

by Padmavajra

This is the fourth 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.

Here we look at the traditional Fourfold Practice in some detail; there's also a lovely detour into the famous Ox Herding pictures, and a moving account of the death of Dogen.

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

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

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1. The harmony between two ways of seeing things; the Fourfold Practice (3:51) 
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2. i. Removing hatred; harmonizing with others and with the way things are; Dogen's intimacy (8:21) 
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3. ii. Living by cause and effect - conditionality; a poem by Ryokan (6:12) 
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4. iii. Giving up craving; the danger of moralism; contentment (7:15) 
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5. iv. Living in accord with Shunyata (2:08) 
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6. Summary of the Practice (0:48) 
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7. The Ox Herding pictures - Entering the Market Place with Bliss Bestowing Hands (3:57) 
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8. December the 9th at the Shaolin Monastery - Bodhidharma and Hui Ko; Dogen on committment; Dogen's last days (8:24) 

Total running time: 40:56