The teaching in Kanshoji

In Sôtô Zen, the teaching is transmitted from person to person.

At Kanshoji, it is given by Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure, who received the Dharma transmission from Dônin Minamisawa Roshi, vice-zenji of Eiheiji zen temple.

 Taiun Jean-Pierre Faure’s teaching is based on that of Shakyamuni Bouddha rewritten at each period. It takes the different traditional forms of sôtô zen (see page Sôtô zen buddhism). All the teachings are translated into English.

Kusen

Oral teaching given during zazen

Kusen is the oral teaching given by the teacher during zazen.

It is not literature. Sentences are simple, short and straightforward. The kusen speaks to the deep part of the brain, to the heart of the disciple, who should not try to grasp it intellectually.

Respect all forms of life

At Eiheiji, the monastery founded by Master Dogen, flows a river that descends from the mountain. It is said that Master Dogen, when he took water from the river with his ladle, used the quantity he needed and returned to the river what was left of the water in his ladle.
Some people don’t understand that. Yet it is a deeply religious attitude: to respect life in all its forms, not to waste a drop of our life, not to waste a drop of our virtues.
While greed, ignorance and neglect bring war, the mind that respects all forms of life is a guarantee of peace. So please, at all times, do not neglect anything. Do not neglect the right posture. Whether in zazen or in daily life, be totally present, animated by the desire to help all existences. Remember Master Dogen when he took water from the river.
Humanity is at a crossroads. Either it continues with fine speeches, without paying attention to even the most insignificant forms of life – and then it runs to its downfall. Or humanity understands that everyone must keep their minds at peace, and act responsibly, without expecting governments to change the world.
It is up to us, at all times, to keep our Buddha mind in every situation, that is, peace in our mind.
To act responsibly, without neglecting the slightest detail, this is Buddha’s teaching.

Taiun JP Faure, November 23rd, 2018

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All waters return to the great ocean

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Returning to the source

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Shosan

Meeting with the abbot

The teacher expounds the Dharma freely in the presence of his disciples, around a cup of tea.
The teaching relates to real-life situations.

A monastery is not great because of its many disciples.
It is great because shosan is practiced daily.
Master Dôgen

Shôsan on engaged Buddhism

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Zen and psychoanalysis

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Mondo

Questions and Answers

The mondo is the opportunity, for the disciple, to ask the teacher a question on some aspects of the teaching and how to realise them in daily life.

Teisho

Lectures

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 As you can see, it is possible to live in a monastery for a number of years and remain quite normal! In our Sangha of the AZI certain members imagine that monks and nuns live in a monastery like “extra-terrestrial” beings – austere,…

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Poems

Sagesses Bouddhistes TV broadcast

  • Which place and meaning should monastic life have? (French)
  • The Master-Disciple relation (French)
  • Understanding of Buddhism by Westerners, difficulties and traps (French)
  • The resonance in the Buddha Way (French)
  • The desire of appropriation, source of all the sufferings (French)