Transmission Talks

In Chan and Zen Buddhism, dharma transmission is a custom in which a person is established as a "successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual 'bloodline' (kechimyaku) theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." The dharma lineage reflects the importance of family-structures in ancient China, and forms a symbolic and ritual recreation of this system for the monastical "family".

In Rinzai-Zen, inka shōmei is ideally "the formal recognition of Zen's deepest realisation", but practically it is being used for the transmission of the "true lineage" of the masters (shike) of the training halls. There are only about fifty to eighty of such inka shōmei-bearers in Japan.

In Sōtō-Zen, dharma transmission is referred to as shiho, and further training is required to become an oshō.

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Teachers, Disciples

Silence, Blue Cliff Record, Ordinary Mind, Transmission, Rinzai
Feb 06 2021

Test

Silence, Blue Cliff Record, Ordinary Mind, Transmission, Rinzai
Feb 06 2021

Inconceivable Life

Conversation, Birth-and-Death, Intuition, Bowing, Enemies, Lineage, Observe, Passions...
Dec 26 2020

Women Ancestors Class 3

Blue Cliff Record, Gratitude, Soto Zen, soto, Lineage, Vows, Transmission, Culture,...
Dec 01 2020

Women Ancestors Class 2

Lay, Priest, Transmission, Monastic Practice, Dharma Transmission, Teacher-and-...
Nov 24 2020

Women Ancestors Class 2 1

Lay, Priest-and-Lay, Priest, Transmission, Monastic Practice, Dharma Transmission,...
Nov 17 2020

Problems, Prospects

Impermanence, Greed, Dharma Transmission, Gratitude, Nirvana, Conversation,...
Oct 10 2020

What Do You Call The World

Book of Serenity, Echo, Mindfulness, Six Realms, New Year, Teacher-and-Student,...
Sep 19 2020

Appropriate Action

Avalokiteshvara, Right Speech, Lotus Sutra, Book of Serenity, Describe, Diversity,...
Sep 12 2020

Dongshan Class 1

First Principle, Transmission, Subject-and-Object, Oneness, Heart Sutra, Continuous,...
Aug 25 2020

Virtual Skit Night

Offering, Zoom, Hate, Posture, American, Lay, Transmission, Discrimination,...
Jul 13 2020

Teaching Truth

War, Enemies, American, Ego, Evil, Dharma Transmission, Transmission, Hate, Offering...
Jul 11 2020

Living With The Epidemic

Transmission, training, Harmonizing, Bowing, Silence, Concentration, Bell, Separation...
Mar 07 2020

Questions

Priest, Transmission, Big Mind, Dharma Transmission, Karma, Hindrances, Lineage, Lay...
Dec 08 2019

Going Beyond

Heart Sutra, Intimacy, Impermanence, Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Renewal,...
Aug 24 2019

Sojun Roshi's 90th Birthday Party

Building, Dharma Transmission, Lay, Teacher-and-Student, Tassajara, Fundraising,...
Jul 20 2019

Denko Roku 1: Shakyamuni

Serial: BZ-02662

Study Sesshin Day 1

 

true dharma, Transmission, Liberation, Nirvana, Dogen, soto, Chanting, Buddha Nature...
Feb 16 2019

Being Shuso and Learning to Say Yes

Practice Period, Don't Know Mind, Buddha Nature, training, Lay, Patience, Bowing...
Dec 15 2018

Being Time

Buddha Nature, Sixth Patriarch, Doubt, Equanimity, Transmission, Dharma Transmission...
Nov 10 2018

Maylie Scott Bears the Unbearable Sesshin: Close Aspects of Practice

Berkeley Zen Center, Peace, Conversation, Transmission, Offering, Dharma Transmission...
Nov 03 2018

No Recipe

Passions, Mindfulness, Dharma Transmission, Anger, Happiness, Transmission,...
Jul 21 2018

The Heart of Priest and Lay Practice

Priest, Gaining Mind, Lay, Lay Practice, Ego, Practice Period, Priest-and-Lay,...
Apr 21 2018

Spring Rain

Big Mind, Platform Sutra, Dharma Transmission, Ordination, Buddha Nature, Lotus Sutra...
Apr 14 2018

Blue Cliff Record Case 9: Joshu's Four Gates

BCR-9, Birth-and-Death, Ego, Attachment, Teacher-and-Student, Daily Life, Buddha...
Feb 03 2018

Fukanzazenki

Fukanzazengi, Dragons, Berkeley Zen Center, Instruction, zen meditation, Posture,...
Jan 28 2018

Defying Gravity 2

Birth-and-Death, Dharma Transmission, Composure, Rinzai, Transmission, Culture, Lay,...
Dec 16 2017

Continuity Amid Conflict in Our Zen Practice

Buddha Ancestors, Berkeley Zen Center, Aspects of Practice, Transmission, Commitment...
Sep 30 2017

Jewel Mirror Samadhi Part 1

Transmission, Echo, Duality, soto, Five Ranks, Dharma Transmission, Teacher-and-...
Sep 02 2017

Jewel Mirror Samadhi Part 2

Five Ranks, Buddha Nature, Blue Cliff Record, Transmission, Oneness, Mindfulness,...
Sep 02 2017

Presence

Mindfulness, Monkey Mind, Current Events, Dragons, Enemies, Culture, Enthusiasm,...
Aug 19 2017

The Shuso Question: Full Spontaneous Encounter

Practice Period, Hindrances, Patience, Aspects of Practice, Conversation, Gratitude,...
Jul 01 2017

Heart Sutra

Serial: BZ-02553

Sesshin Day 2

 

Ego, Heart Sutra, Emotions, Duality, Offering, Peace, causation, Karma, Addiction,...
Jun 08 2017

Dogen's Uji: Time Being Part 2

Continuous, Karma, Karmic Consciousness, Obstacles, Echo, Enemies, Transmission,...
Feb 12 2017

Practice is the Details of My Life

Buddha Nature, Humility, Dharma Transmission, Soto Zen, Offering, Echo, Gratitude,...
Aug 13 2016

White Bird in Snow

Serial: BZ-02481

Jukai

 

Precepts, Lineage, Lay Ordination, Ordination, Bodhisattva Way, Lay, Transmission,...
Jun 04 2016

Plum Blossoms

Concentration, Dharma Transmission, New Year, Teacher-and-Student, Bell, Priest-and-...
Jan 30 2016

Seijiki

Demons, Six Realms, Offering, Fox, Culture, Renewal, Forgiveness, Samsara, Obstacles...
Oct 31 2015

Ordination and Patience

Priest, Lay, Attachment, Transmission, American, Dharma Transmission, Ordination,...
Sep 12 2015

Zen of Four Seasons

Transmission, Silence, Culture, uchiyama, Fundraising, Precepts, Building,...
Aug 29 2015
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Hearing the Cries of the World

Dharma Transmission, Transmission, Peace, Sangha, Constancy, Priest-and-Lay,...
Jan 31 2015

Dogen's Uji: Being Time

Big Mind, Doubt, Discrimination, Darkness and Light, Demons, Continuous, Buddha...
Feb 23 2014

Do What You Love To Be Happy

Right Effort, Oneness, Forgiveness, Dharma Transmission, confusion, Mindfulness,...
Jan 11 2014

Forgiveness

Serial: BZ-02340

Rohatsu

Forgiveness, Anger, Forgiveness, Emotions, Anger, American, Attachment, Transmission...
Dec 04 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

Eight Awarenesses and the Easeful Life of Ryokan

Eight Awarenesses, Karma, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Vows, Building, Transmission,...
Nov 30 2013

Dharma and Aging

Birth-and-Death, Priest, Transmission, War, Gratitude, Enemies, Lineage, American...
Nov 16 2013

Hozan Senauke Dogens Vow 4

Repentance, Dharma Transmission, Discrimination, Transmission, Mindfulness, true...
Sep 01 2013

Blue Cliff Record Case 14

BCR-14, Teacher-and-Student, Blue Cliff Record, Intimacy, Practice Position, training...
Jul 13 2013

Flexibility

Serial: BZ-02315

Working with Pain, Sesshin

Discrimination, Pain, Birth-and-Death, Attachment, Conversation, Bodhidharma, Enemies...
Jun 21 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

Bumblebees Can't Fly

training, Practice Position, Duality, Separation, Attachment, Heart Sutra,...
Feb 09 2013

Sandokai Lecture One

Serial: BZ-02278

Title and Couplet 1, Rohatsu Day 1

Big Mind, Platform Sutra, Discrimination, Oneness, Lineage, Absolute-and-Relative,...
Dec 02 2012
Berkeley Zen Center

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