Jul 3, 2022
Martin Goodson

Whose Song Do You Sing?

Gateway Talks

Although the Buddha’s teachings appear to come from the outside the Heart-Mind is their original source.

“Another asked; ‘Master from whom is the song you sing? Where does your style come from?” The master said: “When I was with Obaku, I questioned him three times and  three times was beaten.”  The monk hesitated. The master gave a Katsu, then hit him and said: “One cannot drive a nail into empty space.”

(The Zen Teaching of Rinzai - tr. Imgard Schloegl)

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 In this podcast:

•       The language of religion and how different schools of Buddhism teach.

•       The importance of the lineage (Master Sesso)

•       The Heart-Buddha is the source of the teachings which only appear to come from outside.

•       The story of Rinzai’s own awakening

•       Avoiding the stink of Zen; Joshu’s ‘Mu & Uu’.

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