“Learning how to relax is a place of practice.” 

In this vulnerable dharma talk, Sensei Chodo engages the students in the ancient art of Mondo Zen, or dialogue between teacher and pupil. He first shares a story of a classic zen teacher/student interaction and then queries: what does it take to relax into this moment as it is, and when is it just too hard? 

After Chodo shares some of his frustrations and challenges with relaxing in the moment, students share their own: from kids leaving the nest, arguments with spouses, and attempts to meditate under very uncomfortable circumstances involving skin care. 

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