Trust in Mind Three-week Dharma Talk Series, CC 7/10, 7/17, and 7/31

With Kyoshin Wendy Lewis

Three Wednesdays, July 10, 17, and 31, 7:30 – 8:45 pm

The Wednesday evening Dharma talks over these three meetings will be onTrust in Mind, a Zen poem attributed to the third Chinese ancestor Seng Ts’an/Kanchi Sosan, who died at the beginning of the seventh century.

The poem presents an interpretation of Chan or Zen that Mu Soeng describes as part of a movement now identified as “Buddho-Taoism” that transformed Chinese Buddhism. The effort of this movement was to refresh Buddhist teachings in the context of mid-sixth-century Chinese culture and understanding. The famous first line, “The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences” challenges and supports how we live our lives and interpret Buddhist and Zen teachings. The intention of the poem is the cultivation and experience of equanimity, or ease suffused with vitality.

This will be a class, so priests are welcome to wear koromo/hippari/samue or similar and their rakusus. Attendees may bring note-taking materials. As in other classes, pertinent questions and discussion are part of the class format.

The version of the poem that will be referred to in the class is Verses on the Faith Mind by Richard B. Clarke. [PDF]

The text for the class is Mu Soeng’s Trust in Mind, available in the Zen Center Bookstore. Also available is Chan Master Sheng Yen’s Faith in Mind: A Commentary on Seng Ts’an’s Classic. These texts are not necessary or required for attendance at the talks.

Please feel free to make donations as usual following a Dharma talk, in the donation box in the front hallway/foyer. Thank you for your generosity.