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Chobo-Ji's Zen Podcast

Rinzai Zen Dharma Talks given at the Seattle Zen Temple Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji or other locations associated with Chobo-Ji.

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Bodhidharma and Peace of Mind

This Teisho was given on the 6th day of Rohatsu Sesshin 2011 by Genjo Marinello Osho.  It examines how we develop peace of mind by facing the walls of our own making. It is drawn from Case 41 of the Mumonkan.

48mins

8 Jan 2011

Rank #1

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Rinzai Roku Jodo Capter 1

This Teisho by Genjo Marinello Osho was given at the April 10th half-day sit at Chobo-Ji.  It examines the first case of Ascending the High Seat in The Book of Rinzai.  Rinzai is asked, "What is the essence of Buddha-Dharma?"

25mins

10 Apr 2011

Rank #2

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Sleep when Tired

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho on the occasion of the third day Chobo-Ji’s Autumn Sesshin, 2013.  This talk investigates Zen Master Rinzai's view of sleeping when tired and having nothing to teach. (Please listen past the end of this Teisho for a message from Genjo Osho.)

35mins

23 Sep 2013

Rank #3

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Essence of Zen Master Rinzai

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho during the January 10, 2016, Zen Master Rinzai's memorial day mini-sesshin at Chobo-Ji. This case examines two chapters of the Rinzai Roku about "who is listening" and the action of no action, "Buji."

34mins

10 Jan 2016

Rank #4

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What is the Essence of Buddha Dharma?

This Teisho by Genjo Marinello Osho was given at the June 12th half-day sit at Chobo-Ji.  It examines the fifth case of Ascending the High Seat in The Book of Rinzai.  Rinzai is responds to the question, "What is the essence of Buddha Dharma?"

30mins

12 Jun 2011

Rank #5

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Dipa Ma and the Thief

Genjo Marinello gave this Teisho on the 2nd day of Winter Odayaka Sesshin. Dipa Ma was a Twentieth Century Vipassanā teacher who in this case helps us have compassion for perpetrators. This talk was given a few days after the Parkland shooting. How do we go on?

34mins

17 Feb 2018

Rank #6

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Three Pounds of Flax

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho on May 35th, 2014 at Chobo-Ji.  This talk explores Case 18 of the Mumonkan, where Zen Master Tozan is asked: "What is Buddha?" Genjo explores the three Zen perspectives of Relative, Absolute and Transcendent.

31mins

25 May 2014

Rank #7

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Essence of Zen Practice

Virginia Myoshin Dunthorne gives a Senior Dharma Talk at Chobo-Ji where she examines all facets of Zen training.  She starts with how this essay Prajnaparamita: Transcendental Wisdom – Universal Mind brought her to Zen in her 70s. Then goes on to explore kaleidoscopic experiences (makyo), The Great Silence/Void, samu (work meditation), sesshins, and concludes with a quote from the Diamond Sutra.  This talk was given the evening of Oct. 18th, 2015 and Carolyn Josen Stevens introduced Myoshin.

34mins

19 Oct 2015

Rank #8

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Nansen Kills a Cat

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho on April 6th, 2014 at Chobo-Ji.  This talk explores Case 14 of the Mumonkan, where Nasen tragically kills the temple cat. Genjo explores Nasen's heart/mind and the conflict between two polarities of human nature.

32mins

6 Apr 2014

Rank #9

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Auschwitz Reflections

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho on the occasion of Chobo-Ji's Nov. 10th mini-sesshin.  This talk was given the day after his return from the Zen Peacemaker's retreat at Auschwitz.

34mins

10 Nov 2013

Rank #10

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Kyuho's Head and Tail

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho on the fifth day of Autumn Sesshin 2019. This talk explores what's needed and expected in koan study. It also examines the Head and Tail of Zen practice - deep perception blended with deep samadhi.

34mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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Golden Carp out of the Net

This Dharma Talk was given at the December 2007 Cho Bo Ji mini sesshin. The subject of this talk is Case 49 of the Hekiganroku, in it Zen Master Sansho investigates Zen Master Seppo about The Golden Carp out of the Net.

22mins

16 Dec 2007

Rank #12

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Mu and Diamond Sutra

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho during the April 28, Seattle University Zazenkai, at Chobo-Ji. This talk examines: What is This? Who is Asking?  Peeks at the Tathágata's view of the universe. And explores our relationship to each other and native First Peoples. What happens to the Dharma if our species does not survive our adolescence?

38mins

28 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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Miaozong's Dharma Interview

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho during the April 2016mini-sesshin at Chobo-Ji. This case examines intimacy and the wombof the universe. This talk contains some sexually explicitlanguage and imagery.

32mins

10 Apr 2016

Rank #14

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Claude Anshin at Chobo-Ji

This Dharma Talk was given by Rev. Claude Anshin Thomas, at the November 2007 Cho Bo Ji mini sesshin. Anshin is a Vietnam Vet who sat with the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh becoming awake to the devastating and lasting effects of the war and how to make peac

37mins

11 Nov 2007

Rank #15

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Nansen's Cats and Cows

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho during the November 2019 half-day sit (zazenkai) at Chobo-Ji. Why is it that cats, dogs, cows and many other animals often know more about love than we do? In this case the five kinds of spiritual blindness are examined.

26mins

10 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Ikkyu and Kannon

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho during the middle day of August, 2016, Odayaka Sesshin at Chobo-Ji.  This talk examines what it is to be a positive bodhisattva in this life: offering love that is not dependent on happiness. 

31mins

27 Aug 2016

Rank #17

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Dipa Ma's Fearless Daughters

This Teisho was given by Genjo Marinello on the final day of Summer Sesshin, 2016. Dipa Ma was a Twentieth Century Vipassanā teacher. This talk examines, how do we find fearlessness within fear?

37mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #18

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The Foreigner has No Beard

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho on the occasion of Chobo-Ji's Jan. 12thh mini-sesshin.  This talk explores how we are all primarily Buddhas and how everything is "empty."

28mins

12 Jan 2014

Rank #19

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Ryonen Scars Her Face

Genjo Marinello Osho gave this Teisho during the May 2016 half-day sit at Chobo-Ji.  It examines the dedication and sacrifices sometimes made to follow the Way, and looks at one of the most beautiful death poems (jisei) ever written. 

34mins

8 May 2016

Rank #20