The Great Heart of Zen

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Date Teaching Length
Mon, 12/06/2010 Entering the Heart of Zen 26:52
Sun, 12/12/2010 Working with Koans Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 36:10
Mon, 12/20/2010 Not Stopping Halfway Tricycle Sustaining or Supporting Member Only 29:12

In order to reveal the heart of Zen, a practitioner must be willing to face all of her or his barriers and resistances.  In this course we will learn how our habit-ridden consciousness prevents us from penetrating deeply into our practice.  When we are able to stay present with our disturbing feelings and feel them thoroughly, the wisdom of the body will provide us with the clues on how to proceed.  We will also explore the role of the ancient Zen practice of koans.

Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi is President and Spiritual Leader of the Great Mountain Zen Center in Lafayette, Colorado.  He is a Dharma Successor of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, founder of the Zen Center of Los Angeles. He did rigorous training in both schools of Zen, Soto and Rinzai.  He received inka and the title Roshi from Bernie Glassman in 2006.  Shishin and his partner, Ilia Shinko Perez, are currently developing a residential training center called the Abbey on a 5-acre ranch in Berthoud, Colorado.

Shishin received a Ph.D. in physics from University of California, Berkeley in 1967, has worked as a university professor, science writer & journalist, oceanographer, software developer, and technical manager.  For the past 15 years, he has taught at Naropa University.   He is the author of books and numerous articles on Buddhism, physics and oceanography.  His latest books include The Book of Equanimity, Illuminating Classic Zen Koans and The Great Heart Way: How to Heal Your Life and Find Self-fulfillment (co-authored with Ilia Shinko Perez).

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  • ZenIrishChai's picture
    zenirishchai commented on
    February 23, 2011, 3:44 am

    Thank you for the talk Shishin Roshi. You offered some great advice and perspective for me to bring to my practice...

  • gwlopez's picture
    gwlopez commented on
    February 13, 2011, 12:48 pm

    Roshi,

    Thank you for your teachings. Your words and perspectives have given me deeper insights into my...

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    hennessey98 commented on
    January 10, 2011, 12:20 am

    is that trash being collected in the background of video?

  • Jfree's picture
    Jfree commented on
    January 4, 2011, 12:06 pm

    The analogy of one's emotions being pulled about like a Great Dane is particularly vivid. (I own three rambunctious...