The Empty Bowl

The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Zen Mountain Monastery Podcast
The Empty Bowl
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Linda Shinji Hoffman, Senior Lay Student

Zen Mountain Monastery, New York, Thursday 03/31/2022

Why do ‘bowls’ play a prominent significance as a utensil and symbol in Buddhist practice? In this talk, Senior Lay Student and sculptor Linda Shinji Hoffman offers a meditation on the teachings of bowls – on emptiness and fullness, food and hunger, creation and decay. In the Zen tradition, we take food in a formal meal called Oryoki – translating to “just enough”. What can we bring to mind as we receive food that will lead us closer to the true nature of reality? What do our bowls hold? And what does this tell us about our lives?

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