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Rinzan Pechovnik is the head priest and primary teacher at No-Rank Zendo, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist Community in Portland, Oregon. His Dharma talks explore various aspects of Rinzai Zen Buddhist practice, spirituality and religion. He emphasizes practice as a means to develop and cultivate a tender open-heartedness that allows a deep engagement with a troubled world. http://www.norankzendo.org
 
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In this Teisho, given on January 31, 2021, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Blue Cliff Record, Case 19: Gutei's One Finger Zen. The ancient masters intimated at what lies beyond our conception yet is always immediately at hand. How did Gutei express all of this with his one finger? Can you see it not only in his finger but in every day's ordinar…
 
In this Teisho, given on January 17, 2021, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Blue Cliff Record, Case 17: Kyorin's "Sitting Long and Getting Tired." Kyorin faced with Ummon's question, "What is this?" for thirty years, sitting with great faith, great doubt, and great determination. How do we develop these qualities in our own practice? How do they…
 
In this Teisho, given on December 27, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Blue Cliff Record, Case 14: Ummon's "Preaching Facing Oneness." How do we face life? So long as we have notions of what things are and how they should be, we miss it. Yet we are immersed in this ineffable IT all the time. When we truly face it, nothing is missing. Nothi…
 
In this Teisho, given on December 13, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Blue Cliff Record, Case 12: Tozan's "Masagin." Our relative mind tends to see things as objects. In practice, we increase our intimacy to see beyond the utility of a thing into its deep nature. What is it when the everyday things of our lives speak to us?…
 
In this Teisho, given during Zazenkai on November 14, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Blue Cliff Record, Case 4: Tokusan Visits Isan." The mind wants to know, but deep spiritual practice involves a direct experience beyond knowing. Even then, when we have plumbed the depths, there is more to open to. Spiritual arrogance is the trap laid o…
 
In this Teisho, given on November 8, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Hidden Lamp: Qiyuan Gives Birth." Reflecting on there recent election and the national trauma over the last four years, Rinzan Osho questions how we sit with and explore all aspects of our personal and public life: going deep, becoming exposed, meeting face to face and b…
 
In this Teisho, given on October 18, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Rinzai Roku, Records of Pilgrimages Chapter 21." In Zen, we strive to be complete. Everything we do, however mundane, is done completely. Yet, it is also true that we are all already complete, and nothing really need be done at all. What does it mean that though we combu…
 
In this Teisho, given during Zazenkai on September 9, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Rinzai Roku, Records of Pilgrimages Chapter 9." Though we may develop some level of acceptance using various techniques, what do we rely on when the last thing has been taken from us. In the context of this Teisho, as Oregon and other areas in the West w…
 
In this Teisho, given on August, 5 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines the Rinzai Roku, "Records of Pilgrimages Chapter 3" in which Tokusan is having "One of those days ..." We all have so called "good" days and "bad" days, but our spiritual practice asks us to see through our own conceptions so that there is no good or bad in having good days and…
 
In this Teisho, given on August 4 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Hidden Lamp: Seven Wise Women in the Charnel Ground." Where do we go when we die? What is left behind? Is anything truly gone? Is there anything that can be left behind? These are questions whose answers can be intimated at through deep investigation of the true meaning of …
 
In this Teisho, given on August, 2 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines The Rinzai Roku, Cross Examinations Case XXIV in which Fuke asks for a one piece robe. Though we practice to get something out of it, true practice requires deep faith, and deep faith asks us to die on our cushions. When we let go of our ego restrictions, we open up to the grea…
 
In this Teisho, given on August, 1 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines case 1 from the Mumonkan: "Joshu's Mu." Though we are directed to strive with all our "might and main" to wake up, we must practice with unshakeable faith that the ineffable IT is already here and now. We must show up with full earnestness and acceptance of exactly where we are…
 
In this Teisho, given on July, 19 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Rinzai Roku, Cross Examinatioins Case 21." What is it when we go beyond the polarities of good and bad? More important still, what is it when we go beyond both good and bad and the expansiveness of no-good and no-bad? It is then that we might taste true freedom.…
 
In this Teisho, given on July, 12 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines "The Rinzai Roku, Cross Examinatioins Case 19." A monk asks Rinzai, "What is the true face of compassion?" Master Rinzai engages the monk in a dance dissolving barriers of host and guest and of all artifact of rank. In this intimate moment, who gives and who receives?…
 
In this Teisho, given on June, 13 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines a case from "The Hidden Lamp." The Old Woman says she was not afraid of anything. To be not afraid, means to be willing to face all things (fear or not). Dare we look at all parts of ourselves? Are we afraid of what we will find. In this time, for instance whites in America are …
 
In this Teisho, given on May, 30 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho gives Teisho from "Cloud Zendo," the virtual zendo used since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In the face of George Floyd's murder and the following uprising, Rinzan draws on the Rinzai Roku (Cross-Examinations Chapter 14) to investigate the spiritual mandate to break down div…
 
In this Teisho, given on May, 16 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho gives Teisho from "Cloud Zendo," the virtual zendo used since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rinzan examines the Rinzai Roku, Cross-Examinations Chapter 12. The visitor asked Rinzai if his students practiced Zen. Rinzai said, "No." Ultimately, what were they doing? ... The sa…
 
Rinzan Pechovnik Osho gave this informal Dharma Talk via video confront to Bright Way Zen Center on May 3rd, 2020. Using passages from the Rinzai Roku, Rinzan provides a sharing or Mater Rinzai's core teaching and vibrant approach to Zen which asks us to deeply engage and play with the unfolding world that is complete and full and always completely…
 
In this Teisho, given on April, 12 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho gives Teisho from "Cloud Zendo," the virtual zendo used since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rinzan examines the Rinzai Roku, Cross-Examinations Chapter 7. Not caught by "yes" and "no," how do we spring forth into life and with what attitude to we face life's hardships?…
 
In this Teisho, given on March, 29 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho gives Teisho from "Cloud Zendo," the virtual zendo used since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rinzan examines the Rinzai Roku, Cross-Examinations Chapter 2, exploring the nature of Rinzai testing his students. Life offers us tests, how do we respond?…
 
In this Teisho, given on March 22, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho gives Teisho from "Cloud Zendo," the virtual zendo used since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rinzan examines the Rinzai Roku, Cross-Examinations Chapter 1, exploring the question of "What are you doing?" and "Is it too much?" from the vantage of coping with the Coronavirus …
 
In this Teisho, given on March 15, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho gives his first Teisho from "Cloud Zendo," the virtual zendo used since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Rinzan examines Case #3 from the Hekigonroku (Blue Cliff Record), "Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon Faced Buddha," to explore ways to practice in difficult times. (For more informat…
 
In this Teisho, given on February 2, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho continues his examination of The Hidden Lamp. Cultivation is a standard aspect of Buddhist practice. Is it true there is nothing to cultivate? Rinzan Osho guides the listener from initial stages of practice in which cultivation helps calm the waves, to the deep waters where, looking u…
 
In this Teisho, given on January 19th, 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho continues his examination of the Rinzai Roku, reading from Teaching the Assembly Chapter XI (part 2). Rinzai draws from an allegory from the Lotus Sutra, The Burning House, to direct the student to understand that, in seeking things outside of ourselves (our direct, immediate experi…
 
In this Teisho, given on January 5th 2020, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines “The Old Woman and the Pure Land” from The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. When we open to all that is with nothing excluded, no good, no bad, no now, no later, the Pure Land is all around us. When we close off to all that is, we constrict a…
 
In this Teisho, given December 29th, 2019, Rinzan Osho examines The Rinzai Rokui: Teaching the Assembly, Chapter X. Whenever we think that it is supposed to be one way, we are lost. Instead, as Master Rinzai says, sometimes it is one way, sometimes it is another. When we freely move between different ways of being, it is a gift to ourselves and als…
 
In this Teisho, given on the seventh and concluding day of Autumn Sesshin 2019, Rinzan Osho examines Case 19 of the Mumonkan: "Ordinary Mind is Tao." Fundamentally, our task is to brush away conceptions of mind and to rest and revel in a state of wonder. In such a state, we do not merely sit back, but spring forward into life.…
 
In this Teisho, given the sixth day of Autumn Sesshin 2019, Rinzan Osho examines The Rinzai Rokui: Ascending the High Seat, Chapter Two. In Zen practice, breaking through the ego membrane, we have a direct experience of intimacy and a consequential deepening of care for all things. To dance freely in the Great Mystery, sometimes giving and sometime…
 
In this Teisho, given the fifth day of Autumn Sesshin 2019, Rinzan Osho examines The Rinzai Rokui: Ascending the High Seat, Chapter One. Rinzai continually invites us live an undivided life. He used Dharma Combat (Mondo) as a tool to invite us to see and flow into the Great Matter of life and death, challenging us to live fully, in an authentic and…
 
In this Teisho, given the fourth day of Autumn Sesshin 2019, Rinzan Osho examines "The Old Woman of Mount Wutai" from The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. In seeking true wakefulness, we have to go into what is unknown and unknowable. To do this, we must go straight on, facing each moment with curiosity and wonder.…
 
In this Teisho, given the second day of Autumn Sesshin 2019, Rinzan Osho examines Case 47 of the Mumonkan: "Tosotsu's Three Barriers." There are no barriers. Everything is manifest in full. Yet the mind creates barriers. Zazen and the study of Zen koans draw out the barriers we create for ourselves so that they may combust. Read More…
 
In this Teisho, given the first full day of Autumn Sesshin 2019, Rinzan examines Case 46 of the Mumonkan: "Step Forward the Top of a Pole." The paradox of spiritual life is that we are seeking that which is already manifested in full. The dual action In practice, of throwing our whole life into what rises before us while at the same time cultivatin…
 
In this first Teisho, given opening night of Autumn Sesshin 2019, Rinzan examines case one of the Mumonkan: "Joshu's Mu." Zen retreat asks us to deepen our practice. With fewer distractions, it becomes easier to throw our lives into what is in front of us with both profound determination and a sense of ongoing inquiry. In such a way, we can open up…
 
In this talk, given on September 15th 2019, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines case #38 from the Mumonkan (Gateless Gate): "A Buffalo Passes Through a Window." Master Goso said "It is like a buffalo passing through a window ..." Every part of it passes through, but not the tail. "It" being the great question of our lives and deaths, how do we understan…
 
In this Dharma talk, given on September 8, 2019, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines Case #37 of the Mumonkan (Gateless Gate): The Oak Tree in the Front Garden. Practicing Zen brings us face to face with the fundamental questions of our lives. When we ponder, "What is the meaning of it all?" "What's the point?", can we let Joshu's deep sharing crack our…
 
In this Dharma Talk, given on Aug. 25th 2019, Rinzan Pechovnik Osho examines Case 35 of the Mumonkan: "Sen-jo and Her Soul are Separated." We have many faces, many voices, and many parts, but when we ask "Who am I really," we cut through them all to something ineffable beyond. It is only through knowing this "True Person of No-Rank" that we can tru…
 
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