Transmission Talks

In Chan and Zen Buddhism, dharma transmission is a custom in which a person is established as a "successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual 'bloodline' (kechimyaku) theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." The dharma lineage reflects the importance of family-structures in ancient China, and forms a symbolic and ritual recreation of this system for the monastical "family".

In Rinzai-Zen, inka shōmei (印可証明) is ideally "the formal recognition of Zen's deepest realisation", but practically it is being used for the transmission of the "true lineage" of the masters (shike) of the training halls. There are only about fifty to eighty of such inka shōmei-bearers in Japan.

In Sōtō-Zen, dharma transmission is referred to as shiho, and further training is required to become an oshō.

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The Non-Duality of Silence and Language

Silence, Transmission, Perfect Wisdom, Non-duality, Balance, Duality, Observe, Heart...
Nov 23 2019
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Chapter Three, Shoveling Dung

Desire, Demons, Transmission
Sep 14 2019
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Teachings for the Welfare of the World

In this summer series, teachings will be offered for those who aspire to embrace and sustain the great earth and all living beings in order to realize peace and freedom in our troubled world.
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YRB-2019-Summer, Silence, Transmission, true dharma, Religion, Passions, Suzuki Roshi...
Jul 02 2019
2/7
The Yoga Room

The Hands And Eyes Of Avalokiteshvara

Compassion is the teaching of the Buddha. Stories of the different statues and scrolls at No Abode. Yunmen and Daowu, the thousand arms of Avalokiteshvara.

Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, Transmission, Silence, Avalokiteshvara, Perfect Wisdom,...
Nov 10 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #3: Our Buddha Nature Precepts

Origins of the Bodhisattva precepts; development and commentaries; the reasons for Buddhas appearing in this world.

Precepts, Buddha Nature, Transmission, Heart Sutra,
Jun 09 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Guidance or Control

Control is antithetical to enlightenment; NASA control center and GPS guidance systems; granddaughter's pacifier

Birth-and-Death, difficulty, Describe, Transmission, Zendo, American, Patience...
Feb 03 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Buddha’s Zazen is Face-to-Face Transmission

The personal practice of paying attention to the posture of samadhi; mindfulness of breathing; remembering stillness as transmitted by the ancestors;

Transmission,
Nov 11 2017
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Prajna Paramita, the Lovely, the Holy

Not abiding in anything, including wisdom; helping without the idea of helping; practicing the paramitas without holding on to them; Buddha twirling a flower, Manjushri smiling is transmission in...

Perfect Wisdom, Transmission, Concentration,
Jul 08 2017
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Prajna Paramita, the Lovely, the Holy

Ungraspable nature of all phenomena; perfect wisdom understands dependent co-arising; non-abiding in any state.

Perfect Wisdom, Transmission, Compassion, Dependent Origination,
Jul 08 2017
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Buddha Mind Seal Is Face-to-Face Conversation

Buddha mind is an intimate conversation; Dogen's meeting a master for the first time; conscious and unconscious mind.

Buddha Mind, Transmission, Conversation, Buddha Mind, Silence, unconscious process...
Jun 03 2017
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Building A Sanctuary For Awakening

Buddha pointing to the earth, a good place for a sanctuary; masks and personas; freedom from self-consciousness.

Karmic Consciousness, Buddha Mind, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Karmic...
May 06 2017
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The One Vehicle Lives In Silence And Stillness

The desire for awakening for the welfare of all beings; social engagement and silence, both practices pervade all beings; practicing with the limitations of the body.

Mahayana, Compassion, Meditation, Silence, Conversation, Transmission, Hate
May 06 2017
PM
No Abode Hermitage

A Sanctuary Is Built Right Here, Right Now

Buddha's 'a good place to build a sanctuary'; buddha mind is intimately transmitted - Sandokai; undergoing surgery; baby developing a self;

Transmission, Buddha Nature, Sanctuary, Conversation, intimate communication,...
Apr 01 2017
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Zen Meditation Is World Transformation

Talking about recent surgery; Buddha's 'a good place for a sanctuary'; the Buddha's work is face-to-face meeting; conversations within a family; opening the door to our original face...

Transmission, Sanctuary, Conversation, Transmission, Building, Ego
Feb 04 2017
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Bodhisattva Practice Includes Everything

Buddha's 'a good place for a sanctuary'; karma is a place to build a sanctuary; extending out practice outside the zendo; expressing from a place before you were born;

Confession-and-Repentance, Buddha Mind, Transmission, Sanctuary, Confession and...
Jan 02 2017
PM
No Abode Hermitage

A Lotus Sutra Narrative of the Bodhisattva Path

Lotus Sutra, Vow, Gaining Mind, Faith, Dharma Transmission, Zazen, causation,...
May 07 2016
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Breaking the Mirror

Bodhisattva Precepts, Precious Mirror, Interview, Samadhi, Transmission
Apr 09 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

From the First Time You Meet a Teacher

Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Transmission,
Feb 06 2016
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 8

Transmission, Precious Mirror, Consciousness,
Oct 10 2015
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 7

Transmission, Precious Mirror,
Sep 19 2015
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 2

Karmic Consciousness, Transmission,
Apr 04 2015
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Speakable and Unspeakable Names of Our Zen Family Ancestors

good friendship, Responsibilities of student and responsibilities of teacher, Torei Zenji's Bodhisattva Vow, Face-to-Face Transmission, Shui-feng and Yangtan. Sep-po

 

Torei Zenji, Kalyana Mitra, Perfect Wisdom, Transmission, Interview, japanese,...
Mar 01 2014
Afternoon
No Abode Hermitage

Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)

Kalyana Mitra, Compassion, New Year, Teacher-and-Student, true dharma, Perfect Wisdom...
Jan 04 2014
Morning
No Abode Hermitage

Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)

Compassion, Consciousness, Transmission, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Faith,...
Jan 04 2014
Afternoon
No Abode Hermitage

I Have Long Heard of Dragon Pond 

I Have Long Heard of Dragon Pond
Tenshin Reb Anderson
No Abode
April 13, 2013 AM

Perfect Wisdom, Dragons, Transmission, Chanting, Heart Sutra
Apr 13 2013
Morning
No Abode Hermitage

The Perfection of Wisdom 

Perfect Wisdom, zen meditation, Transmission, Faith, Heart Sutra
Mar 07 2013
The Yoga Room

The Buddha Mind Seal and the Teachings of Perfect Wisdom 

The Buddha Mind Seal and the Teachings of Perfect Wisdom
Tenshin Reb Anderson

March 2, 2013 PM
No Abode

Perfect Wisdom, Bodhisattva Vow, Dharma Transmission, Transmission, Jukai
Mar 02 2013
Afternoon
No Abode Hermitage

A Special Transmission Outside the Scriptures

A Special Transmission Outside the Scriptures
Tenshin Reb Anderson
No Abode 2013-02-02 AM

Buddha Mind, Transmission, Samadhi, Bodhisattva Vow, Dogen
Feb 02 2013
Morning
No Abode Hermitage

A Lotus Flower Blossoms on Each Thought 

A Lotus Flower Blooms on Every Thought
Tenshin Reb Anderson
No Abode August 11, 2012 Late afternoon

Duality, Avalokiteshvara, Doubt, Transmission
Aug 11 2012
Afternoon
No Abode Hermitage

The Boatman Does Not Use a Wooden Goose 

Transmission, Echo, Manjushri, Silence
Dec 17 2011
Morning
No Abode Hermitage

Entry into the nature of the knowable 

Transmission, Perfect Wisdom, Mahayana
Oct 01 2011
Morning
No Abode Hermitage

Transforming the Mind of Delusion 

Balance, cognitive process, Transmission, Sangha
Jul 28 2011
The Yoga Room

Transforming the Mind of Delusion 

Karmic Consciousness, Samsara, Transmission, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Samadhi...
Jul 21 2011
The Yoga Room

Paying Respect to the Great Teacher 

Dragons, Transmission, true dharma, Dogen, Perfect Wisdom
Nov 06 2010
Morning
No Abode Hermitage

Continuous Compassion for Karmic Consciousness 

Karmic Consciousness, Confession and Repentance, Repentance, Transmission
Feb 06 2010
Afternoon
No Abode Hermitage

Causation and Non-Self 

causation, Transmission, Describe
Apr 23 2009
The Yoga Room

Crisis: A Spiritual Turning Point

Spiritual life exists in crisis, which can be used as a turning point. To the extent that we recognize that where we sit right now is a turning point, we are able to understand the possibility of...

Conversation, Faith, Transmission, Priest, War
Jan 08 2006
Part 1
Green Gulch Farm

Crisis: A Spiritual Turning Point

Spiritual life exists in crisis, which can be used as a turning point. To the extent that we recognize that where we sit right now is a turning point, we are able to understand the possibility of...

Transmission, Intuition, Emotions, Bell, Continuous
Jan 08 2006
Part 2
Green Gulch Farm