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Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra Part III
Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell explore some of the insights found in “The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs,” also known as “Dharma Rain.” Sensei Joshin reads a passage which describes the infinite variety of plants, trees, thickets, groves, and medicinal herbs. It doesn’t matter how different they are from each other or where they grow, “Dense Clouds spread over them, covering the entire thousand-million-fold world and in one moment saturating it all. The moisture penetrates to all the plants and the trees and thickets and groves and medicinal herbs equally.” Sensei Genzan tells two stories, one of a man unmoved by good and bad fortune, and one of a man caught between two situations involving certain death. His stories contain insights about enjoying life and seeing everything as Dharma rain, able to serve as the gift of a teaching.
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...