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    Bodhidharma's Shoe (film)

    Hi,

    Someone sent me a link to this very fine short film of a Sesshin held at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in New Mexico. I recommend that everyone have a look.

    http://www.folkstreams.net/film,175

    To the degree I can, I will be trying to recreate much of the same atmosphere, and sincerity, of that Sesshin in our own Rohatsu Sesshin of December 6 and 7. So, you can expect it to be quite like what is shown.

    Of course, our retreat will be 2 days, not the 7 days of there (perhaps we will try a 7 day retreat next year!). That does not truly matter if one has dropped all thought of time. (And one can always choose to sit with the recorded sittings for 5 more times! )

    A few differences in the film that folks may see are mostly due to the Bodhi Manda Zen Center being a Rinzai lineage (Treeleaf if Soto). Both are precisely the same but different.

    So, for example, in Soto, we tend to sit Zazen facing the wall (except the leader of the sitting who needs to keep an eye on things, which is why I can usually face away from the wall on the sit-a-longs).

    As well, in Rinzai, Kinhin tends to be a fast walk or even run, while we are slow. No matter, for both fast and slow go no where at all.

    You may see folks hit with the Kyosaku stick. That is common to both Rinzai and Soto, but my lineage does not use the stick.

    The people in the film are all engaged in Koan focused Zazen, and need to present their answer to the Koan to their teacher several times per day. We will also do interviews at least once per day, although sitting Shikantaza. The lessons are the same.

    In fact, it is all about the same, except for the small differences. Same but different.

    By the way, the old teacher in the film, Joshu Sawaki Roshi, is still going strong and actively teaching in California ... at age 101!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyozan_Joshu_Sasaki

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Re: Bodhidharma's Shoe (film)

    Thanks for that link Jundo, I enjoyed watching it.

    Guess we need a usb-kyosaku for the zendo, little electric shock if you see us nodding off :lol:

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    Very nice little film! A few differences but far more similarities I think i have seen some of this fellows work before??

    Kev that usb STICK idea is brilliant :lol: ...but I think I may pass on it :wink:

    Thank you for the link!
    Gassho, Dirk

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    Quite an inspiring little film

    Thanks!

    Gassho,
    David

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    Nice and reassuring film thanks.

    It's a shame about the Kyosaku stick not being used, I'm not sure how enthusiastic my wife will be in helping now.

    Philip

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    Thanks Jundo thats a really good film

    Brian

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    Re: Bodhidharma's Shoe (film)

    Hello Jundo and all...

    Thank you for sharing this little film with us. I truly appreciate being able to see how an intense sesshin works. I am glad that we at Treeleaf do not have a koan-centered practice...as I probably wouldn't be able to complete mine...dense as I can be at times :lol: .

    Thank you again for a rare look into a Buddhist retreat.

    Gassho,
    Kelly

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    Re: Bodhidharma's Shoe (film)

    Nice film.

    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyRok
    Hello Jundo and all...

    Thank you for sharing this little film with us. I truly appreciate being able to see how an intense sesshin works. I am glad that we at Treeleaf do not have a koan-centered practice...as I probably wouldn't be able to complete mine...dense as I can be at times :lol: .

    Thank you again for a rare look into a Buddhist retreat.

    Gassho,
    Kelly
    Hi Kelly,

    In our way, ALL life's a Koan. The Genjo Koan, the Koan right before your eyes (and your eyes too)!

    Plus, we do work with the traditional Koans in Soto Zen, and read "through" them in the same way as in Rinzai Practice (or mixed Rinzai-Soto Lineages) .... with 'Zen mind'. It is just that we do not do so during Zazen (get that? ... with 'Zen mind', but not during Zazen). We also do not use them in order to artificially force a Kensho experience.

    Kensho is every moment.

    Gassho, J

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    Re: Bodhidharma's Shoe (film)

    Hello Jundo,

    Ahhh...I see (or don't see).

    Recently, I've realized Kensho can be found easily in the actions of a child or the words of my dying Grandmother (in-law). It is those experiences that I could never and would never want to force.

    Humbly yours,
    Kelly

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