Avalanche

Robert Rakusan Ricci, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 11/24/2019

In this rousing and poetic talk senior monastic Rakusan uses Leonard Cohen’s song “Avalanche” as the framework for a journey into Buddhist teaching and practice. Hearing the voices of Cohen, James Joyce, Bob Dylan and the Vimalakirti Sutra, we range from the emergence of a sense of self through form and emptiness to the flowering of Bodhicitta. Rakusan reminds us, “It is indeed our turn, Noble Friends, to realize the Dharma…..It is our turn to smile on the subway.”

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