Rev. Myo Lahey talks about the issues that came up at two Soto Zen conferences he attended in Oregon and discusses the current state of Zen in the West, comparing it to the transmission of Zen from China to Japan and how Zen has developed in Japan in modern times.
Rev. Jordan Thorn describes what happens when one sits zazen and how to deal with the challenges that arise from doing so. There is an unexpected opportunity for interfaith dialogue partway through as a Christian minister attempts to interrupt the talk to speak out against “false doctrines.”
Rev. David Zimmerman reads from the book And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran, a blind French resistance fighter during World War II, and relates his description of interacting with the world without sight to Buddhist teachings of interdependence, mindful awareness, and compassion.
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