“The pitfall is always within yourself. Everything is already here with you! This body and mind is the Way. You are complete to begin with. There is no gap but you think there is.” 

On the 25th anniversary of the passing of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, Sensei Koshin addresses the life and teachings of the eminent zen teacher. He discusses the traditional student-teacher relationship, its benefits and some of its pitfalls, and what it means to be fully harmonious.

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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