Teisho Today Archives

Welcome to the Teisho Today archives where we present our most recent Daily Zen Journals as audio files for your enjoyment. Over time we aim to have the entire library of journals available in this format, however, this is a work in progress as the first journal was released in 1998, and this is now 2022!

Join us on this journey as Daily Zen evolves and grows into the present moment heading into our 25th year.

Selections from the Song of Awakening – Part 2

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Selections from the Song of Awakening – Part 2
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What then is this transparent jewel whose breadth, height, and depth are without limit, within which the past, the present, and the future transpire?

One Practice Samahdi – Part 2

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
One Practice Samahdi – Part 2
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Deluded people are unaware, so they turn things upside down with their attachments. There are hundreds of such people who teach the Way like this. But they are, you should know, greatly mistaken.

Bodhidarma’s Bloodstream Sermon – Part 2

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Bodhidarma’s Bloodstream Sermon – Part 2
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To find a buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is buddha. And the buddha is the person who’s free, free of plans, free of cares.

On Gardens and The Way

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
On Gardens and The Way
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A passage about gardens and how they can connect us with our practice

Guidelines for Studying the Way

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Guidelines for Studying the Way
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Fearing the swift passage of sunlight, practice the Way as though saving your head from fire.

Always Mindful

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Always Mindful
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Whether deep in the mountain valleys or in the bustling villages and towns, they never turned their back on being mindful for an instant.

Dreaming Asleep and Awake

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Dreaming Asleep and Awake
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Sincere and rigorous practice lets us calm both body and mind, which in turn allows us, day by day, to reduce our karmic obstructions.

Other Ways to Do Zen

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Other Ways to Do Zen
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Though sitting in the upright position is the very best way to perfect your body, there are innumerable occasions when you must get bodily involved in the things and conditions of the worldly.

Stillness in Action

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Stillness in Action
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While Takashina Rōsen’s piece sounds so simple, it embodies a deep principle of practice. And one that is easy for everyone to relate to.

Buddhism is Natural Truth

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Buddhism is Natural Truth
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There seems to be as many descriptions of Buddhism as there are teachers and schools; each represents a different way of interpreting the essential teachings of Buddha.

Advice and Encouragement

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Advice and Encouragement
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With the change in colors and the sense of pause before the next step in the natural world, what better time than now to recharge our practice?

Discourse of Master Han Shan – Part 2

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Discourse of Master Han Shan – Part 2
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Such simplicity and clarity breaks through our tendency to complicate practice, something we all have done and still do at times.

Absorption in the Treasury of Light

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Absorption in the Treasury of Light
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Unless you form an alliance with the family of Buddhas lifetime after lifetime, how can you grasp what you hear in a lecture like this? Make sure that you do not become further estranged and further remote from it.

What is Zen?

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
What is Zen?
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Zen is discipline in enlightenment. Enlightenment means emancipation. And emancipation is no less than freedom.

Treatise on the True Sudden Enlightenment School – Part 3

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Treatise on the True Sudden Enlightenment School – Part 3
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The Great Path is fused with Mind, revealing the true pattern of reality. All worthy sages past and future tend toward this gate. For those who awaken, the triple world is only mind. Those who do not awaken create dreams as they sleep.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
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In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

Practice of Meditation

The Daily Zen Teisho
The Daily Zen Teisho
Practice of Meditation
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Ultimately, all true learning is done on one’s own