Jun 4, 2022
Martin Goodson

The Seed Shop

Gateway Talks

How to let causes and conditions (or Karma) work in your favor.

Here in a quiet and dusty room they lie,

Faded as crumbled stone or shifting sand,

Forlorn as ashes, shriveled, scentless, dry -

Meadows and gardens running through my hand.


In this brown husk a dale of hawthorn dreams,

A cedar in this narrow cell is thrust;

It will drink deeply of a century’s streams,

These lilies shall make summer on my dust.


Here in their safe and simple house of death,

Sealed in their shells a million roses leap,

Here I can blow a garden with my breath,

And in my hand a forest lies asleep.


(Muriel Stuart)


In this podcast:

•       Zen & poetry: How it appears in the training.

•       The Buddha uses an agricultural analogy with farmers to explain how things arise.

•       Creating causes and conditions (Make the things you want easy, the things you don’t want difficult).

•       Right Intention, the making of a vow

•       Creating conditions for practice: a timetable & ritual practice, a meditation space, regular exposure to the Dharma, good friends in the Dharma etc.

•       How to perfume consciousness - How we read the writings of the Zen canon.

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