Auckland Zen Centre: Dharma talks from Richard von Sturmer

Richard von Sturmer has a long history in Zen: from 1993 to 2003 he lived and worked at the Rochester Zen Center, a Buddhist community in upstate New York, then in 2004, back in New Zealand, he co-founded the Auckland Zen Centre along with Sensei Amala Wrightson. He has given many Dharma talks at the Centre, and some of them are collected here. Richard is also a writer and poet. Six collections of his writing have been published including: A Network of Dissolving Threads (AUP, 1991), Suchness: Zen Poetry and Prose (HeadworX, 2005), Book of Equanimity Verses (Puriri Press, 2013), This Explains Everything (Atuanui Press, 2016) and Postcard Stories (2019).

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2022-10-25 Zen and Nature Part Two

Updated about 1 year ago.

"Zazen is not sensory deprivation — anything but. Birds and geckos and bullfrogs guide us. Be open to these natural teachers, wherever you may be practicing." -Aitken Roshi
This is the second of three Dharma Talks on 'Zen and Nature' given at Auckalnd Zen Centre by Richard von Sturmer.
Texts used:
Poetry and Zen: Letters and Uncollected Writings of R. H. Blyth by Norman Waddell
Passing Through the Gateless Barrier by Guo Gu
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon translated by Ivan Morris.