Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Gudo Nishijima on Buddhism, realism, intuition, and precepts

Below is a link to an audio recording of a talk I had with my teacher Gudo Nishijima yesterday. It's an MP3 file that lasts around 18 minutes (4 megabytes).

In the first part, Nishijima Roshi talks about the difference between Buddhism and Western philosophies.

Then I asked a question about a story in chapter 20 "Kokyo" in Dogen's Shobogenzo (paragraph [139]). The story's about two Zen master's talking about what they call the "Eternal Mirror".

Next Nishijima talks about his theory on how doing Zazen relates to the autonomic nervous system.

After that I asked him where he thinks Buddhist intuition comes from.

In the last part he discusses his ideas on the Buddhist precepts.

Well, our talk went something like that anyway.

Click here to download.




Uku said...

Dear Peter,

thank you very much for posting this.

With best wishes,
Markus "Uku" Laitinen

Peter said...

Thanks Markus,

Hope the sound quality is okay.



jundo cohen said...

Dear Peter,

Thank you for posting this. It can be heard, even where hard to hear.

Gassho, Jundo

Al Coleman said...

Awesome! Thanks Peter!

Harry said...

Thanks, Peter.

Roshi really cuts to the chase in the MP3. Good to hear him say these things in his own words. He sounds on good form.



Uku said...

Hi Peter,

sound quality is fine.

I've been listening this file over and over again. Nishijima Roshi's teachings and opinions are really helpful.

Thank you, Peter.

With best wishes,

k said...

Thanks <3

Rich said...

I like your website. The more I learn about Gudo the more I respect him.

Peter said...

Thanks for your comments.

I'll pass them on to Nishijima roshi too. I'm sure he'll appreciate them.