Gerry Shishin Wick

  • Three Good Reasons to Study Koans Paid Member

    What are three good reasons for studying koans? First of all, koan study is an efficient and effective means to bring students to realization of their true self. Second, koans attract type A personalities and goal-oriented people to meditation. Third, they give you something to think about while meditating.  What are three really bad reasons? See answer to question one. -Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi, from his 2005 Tricycle interview "Give and Take: On Studying Koans" Koan practice is the subject of Week 2 of Shishin's Tricycle Retreat.  To hear Shishin discuss the practice further, click here. More »
  • Non-Judgmental Awareness Paid Member

    In his Tricycle Retreat, Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi, has been introducing us to his teachings on "The Great Heart Way," which is a deep exploration of the contents of our consciousness and the habitual patterns that dominate our thinking.  In his week 1 talk, he tells us a story from his own life that illustrates both the origins of these teachings as well their profound reach into mental habits and conditioning. In the practice of the Great Heart Way, we use our non-judgmental awareness to get in touch with our feelings and what's going on in our bodies without adding our narratives or dramas to it. We just see what comes up.  More »