“The beauty of a teacher is that they are much more interested in your awakened nature than just making you feel good.”

Recently the center held a day of Tangaryo, where 11 new formal students sat zazen from morning until afternoon as demonstration of their sincerity in intention and aspiration for practice. Sensei Koshin used this opportunity to examine the form of the student-teacher relationship and how, ultimately, it reflects to us our relationship with ourselves.

ZenTalk Notes:

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, is an author, Zen teacher, Jungian psychotherapist, and Certified Chaplaincy Educator. Koshin co-founded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

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Music: Heart Sutra by Kanho Yakushiji –  Buddhist priest and a musician of the Rinzai sect and Imaji temple in Imabari, Japan. In 2003, he formed “KISSAQUO”, a songwriting duo based in Kyoto.

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