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Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra Part IV
Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell provide a very intimate talk on love, and the power of right speech. The talk is inspired by a parable from the Lotus Sutra called, “The Bodhisattva Never Disparaging.” The Bodhisattva Never Disparaging was known for solely repeating his reverence and praise for whomever he happened to encounter, saying that he would never dare disparage anyone. As a beautiful introduction to this story, Sensei Joshin plays a recording of Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke singing a song about the story which includes an emphasis on love. The parable has insights about the courage and strength that it takes to speak words of kindness and healing. Sensei Genzan complements these insights with three ways that we can integrate them into our practice: not knowing, bearing witness, and compassionate action.
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...