Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Sesshin: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra (Part 5 – Final)
Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell discuss two different versions of the three vehicles, as well as the importance of spiritual friendship to our practice. Sensei Genzan explains that The Three Great Vehicles, the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana respectively emphasize literal, relational, and absolute teachings. He also discusses Zen Master Dogen’s teaching on the three minds, which are magnanimous, grandmotherly, and joyful mind. Joshin follows with a story from the Lotus Sutra about friendship and speaks to the importance of friendship, dharma friends, and the qualities of friendship that we might cultivate on the path, including a wholesome sense of humor. “Buddhism doesn’t have to be grim —it is fundamentally joyful.”
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Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra
Sensei Joshin Byrnes
Sensei Joshin Byrnes is a dharma teacher at Upaya Zen Center and directs Upaya's Chaplaincy Training program. He is a student of Upaya's founder, abbot, and guiding teacher, Roshi Joan Halifax,...
Sensei Genzan Quennell
Sensei Genzan Quennell began practicing zen in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, while on pilgrimage to the temples associated with Eihei Dogen in China and Japan, he met...