Face to Face Transmission

The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
Face to Face Transmission
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Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/30/2021

Master Hongzhi Zhengjue said, “Study the Buddha and research his lineage’s subtlety. You must clarify your heart, dive into the spirit, and silently wander in contemplation, apprehending the dharma’s source.”

With this teisho, Shugen Roshi begins a series of talks on the concept and actualization of transmission in the Zen tradition. While it is said to be a “mind-to-mind” transmission, it is at least equally important to point out that the student-teacher relationship requires some degree of face-to-face interaction.

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