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Teisho (Talks)

A teisho is a formal dharma talk, given on a specific koan or zen text. This collection of teishos was given by Kankan Roshi and senior students during a zen retreat (sesshin) or half-day sit.

The teisho name corresponds to a specific “case” or chapter in The Mumonkan, Hekiganroku, or Book of Serenity.

The Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate) and Hekiganroku (The Blue Cliff Record) are two of the best known koan collections compiled during the Song dynasty.

For a modern edition see:
Grimston, A.V., ed. and Sekida, Katsuki, trans. Two Zen Classics. Weatherhill, Inc. 1995.

The Book of Serenity is a translation of Shoyo Roku, a collection of one hundred Zen koans with commentaries compiled in China in the twelfth century.

For a modern edition see:
Cleary, Robert., trans. Book of Serenity. Shambhala Publications, 2005

How to Listen: These audio files are in mp3 format. Double-click a teisho name to stream the audio on your computer, or right-click the name to download the file. You can play the audio file locally, or transfer it to a portable device.

Although there are no restrictions on copying these files, please note that the content is Copyright © Cold Mountain Zen, Inc.

Baso’s This Very Mind is the Buddha (PDF)

Ummon’s Particle After Particle Samadhi (PDF)

Ummon’s One Treasure (html version)

Joshu Investigates an Old Woman (html version)

Hyakujo’s Fox (html version)

Joshu and the Great Death (html version)

Tairyu’s Indestructible Dharma Body (html version)

Xingyang’s Garuda (html version)

Mayoku Comes to Shokei (html version) (PDF file)

Luoshan’s Arising and Vanishing (html version) (MP3 audio)

Hoen’s Who Is He (html version) (MP3 audio)

Think Neither Good Nor Evil (html version) (MP3 audio)

Yangshan Points to Snow (html version) (MP3 audio)

Hyakujo’s Wild Duck (html version) (PDF file ) (MP3 audio)

Mayoku Comes to Shokei (html version) (PDF file)

Ukyu’s Unfair Blows (html version) (PDF file) (MP3 audio)

Jo Joza Stands Still (html version) (MP3 audio)

A Buffalo Passes Through the Moongate (html version) (MP3 audio)

Chu Gives Three Calls (html version)

Donghsan’s Always Close (html version) (MP3 audio)

Caoshan’s Reality Body(html version)

Dizang’s Planting the Fields (html version) (MP3 audio)

The Flower Ornament Sutra’s Wisdom (html version)

Ordination of Guan Xuehtml version

Date Name/Audio Link Book Case
October 2012 Sesshin
Friday, October 26, 2012 Luoshan’s “Arising and Vanishing” Book of Serenity 43
Saturday October 27, 2012 Luzu Faces the Wall Book of Serenity 23
Sunday October 28, 2012 Bodhidharma’s Mind-Pacifying Mumonkan 41
1/2 Day Sit
2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012 Emperor Wu Asks Bodhidharma Blue Rock Collection 1
Saturday, December 1, 2012 Hoen’s “Who Is He” Mumonkan 45
Saturday, November 10, 2012 Basho’s “This Very Mind Is the Buddha” Mumonkan 30
Saturday, October 13, 2012 What the Holy Ones Have Not Preached Blue Rock Collection 28
Saturday, September 29, 2012 Joshu’s “A Newborn Baby” Blue Rock Collection 80
Saturday, September 15, 2012 Jo Joza Stands Still Blue Rock Collection 32
Saturday, August 4, 2012 Yunmen’s ‘Two Sicknesses’ Book of Serenity 11
Saturday, July 21, 2012 Zuigan Calls His Master (Kangetsu) Mumonkan 12
Saturday, July 7, 2012 Sancho’s ‘The Golden Carp Out of the Net’ Blue Rock Collection 49
Saturday, June 23, 2012 Ummon’s ‘Preaching Facing Oneness’ Blue Rock Collection 14
Saturday, June 9, 2012 Luoshan’s ‘Arising and Vanishing’ Book of Serenity 43
Saturday, May 12, 2012 Joshu’s A Big Radish Blue Rock Collection 30
Saturday, April 28, 2012 Seizei Is Utterly Destitute Mumonkan 10
Saturday, April 14, 2012 Bodhidharma’s Mind-Pacifying Mumonkan 41
Saturday, March 31, 2012 Fuketsu’s Speech and Silence Mumonkan 24
Saturday, March 10, 2012 Cuiyan’s Eyebrows Book of Serenity 71
Saturday, February 25, 2012 Kinzan and One Arrow Piercing the Three Barriers Blue Rock Collection 56
Saturday, February 11, 2012 Gutei Raises a Finger Mumonkan 3
Saturday, January 28, 2012 Fayan’s “Boat Or Land” Book of Serenity 51
2011
Saturday, December 31, 2011 Daizui’s “It Will Be Gone With the Other” (Taido) Blue Rock Collection 30
Saturday, December 17, 2011 Linji’s “True Person” Blue Rock Collection 38
SFriday, December 16, 2011 One Hand Clapping (Princeton talk) Mumonkan 20
Saturday, December 3, 2011 Joshu’s “A Big Radish” Blue Rock Collection 30
Saturday, October 8, 2011 Kyozan’s Dream Mumonkan 25
Saturday, September 24, 2011 A Man Of Great Strength Mumonkan 20
Saturday, September 10, 2011 Think Neither Good Nor Evil Mumonkan 23
Saturday, August 27, 2011 Tozan’s “Sixty Blows” Mumonkan 15
Saturday, August 6, 2011 Zhaozhou’s “Cypress Tree” Book of Serenity 47
Saturday, July 23, 2011 Nansen’s “Ordinary Mind Is The Way” Mumonkan 19
Saturday, July 9, 2011 Joshu’s “Four Gates” Blue Rock Collection 9
Saturday, June 25, 2011 Nansen’s “This Flower” Blue Rock Collection 40
Saturday, June 11, 2011 Kyogen’s “Man Up In A Tree” Mumonkan 5
Saturday, May 21, 2011 Basho’s Staff Mumonkan 44
Saturday, May 7, 2011 Seppo’s Turtle-Nosed Snake Blue Rock Collection 22
Saturday,April 16, 2011 Joshu’s “I Alone Am Holy Throughout Heaven and Earth” Blue Rock Collection 57
Saturday, March 26, 2011 Lung-Ya’s Ultimate Stage IRON FLUTE COLLECTION 28
Saturday, February 11, 2011 Joshu and the Great Death Blue Rock Collection 41
2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010 Ryutan Blows out the Candle Mumonkan 28
Saturday, August 7, 2010 Ummon’s “Every Day is a Good Day” Blue Rock Collection 6
Saturday, July 24, 2010 Xingyang’s “Garuda” Book of Serenity 44
Saturday, July 10, 2010 Seppo’s “A Grain of Rice” Blue Rock Collection 5
Saturday, June 26, 2010 Bokushu’s”Empty-headed Fool” Blue Rock Collection 10
Saturday, June 12, 2010 Zuigan Calls His Master Mumonkan 12
Saturday,May 15, 2010 Seppo’s “What Is This” Blue Rock Collection 51
Saturday,May 1, 2010 Gutei Raises a Finger Mumonkan 3
Saturday, April 17, 2010 Ungan’s “The Whole Body Is Hand and Eye” Blue Rock Collection 89
Saturday, March 13, 2010 Joshu’s “The Real Way Is Not Difficult Blue Rock Collection 2
Saturday, February 27, 2010 Tairyu’s “Indestructible Dharma Body” Blue Rock Collection 82
Saturday, February 13, 2010 Gutei Raises a Finger Mumonkan 3
Saturday, January 30, 2010 Banzan’s “Three Worlds, No Dharma” Blue Rock Collection 12
Saturday, January 9, 2010 Joshu’s “The Real Way Is Not Difficult” Blue Rock Collection 2
3, 5 or 7 Day Sesshin
October 2012 Sesshin
Friday, October 26, 2012 Luoshan’s “Arising and Vanishing” Book of Serenity 43
Saturday October 27, 2012 Luzu Faces the Wall Book of Serenity 23
Sunday October 28, 2012 Bodhidharma’s Mind-Pacifying Mumonkan 41
August 2012 Sesshin
Saturday, August 18, 2012 Yunmen’s ‘Sumeru Book of Serenity 19
Sunday August 19, 2012 The Man of Great Strength Mumonkan 20
Monday August 20, 2012 Kyogen’s ‘Man Up In a Tree’ Mumonkan 5
Tuesday August 21, 2012 Ryutan Blows Out the Candle Mumonkan 28
Wednesday August 22, 2012 Hoen’s ‘Who Is He?’ Mumonkan 45
March 2012 Sesshin
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Kempo’s One Road Mumonkan 48
Thursday March 15, 2012 Zuigan Calls His Master Mumonkan 12
Friday March 16, 2012 Fayan Points to a Blind (Kangetsu) Book of Serenity 27
Saturday March 17, 2012 Proceed On From the Top of the Pole Mumonkan 46
Sunday March 18, 2012 Ruiyan’s “Constant Principle” Book of Serenity 75
January 2012 Sesshin
Monday, January 9, 2012 Yangshan’s “Mind and Environment” Book of Serenity 32
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 The Buddha Hold Up A Flower (Kangetsu) Mumonkan 6
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Linji’s “True Person” Book of Serenity 38
Thursday, January 12, 2012 Fengxue’s “Single Atom” Book of Serenity 34
Friday, January 13, 2012 Ummon’s “Medicine and Sickness Cure Each Other” Blue Rock Collection 87
Saturday, January 14, 2012 Kyozan’s “You Haven’t Visited Rozan” Blue Rock Collection 34
Sunday, January 15, 2012 Caoshan’s Fulfillment of Filial Piety Book of Serenity 73
October 2011 Sesshin
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Zhaozhou’s “Cypress Tree” Book of Serenity 47
Thursday, October 27, 2011 Yangshan Plants His Hoe Book of Serenity 15
Friday, October 28, 2011 Tipping Over A Water Bottle Mumonkan 40
Saturday, October 29, 2011 Guishan’s “Active Consciousness” Book of Serenity 37
Sunday, October 30, 2011 Dizang’s “Nearness” Book of Serenity 20
May 2011 Sesshin
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Spiritual Uncle Mi And The Rabbit Book of Serenity 56
Friday, May 27, 2011 Goho’s Shut Up Blue Rock Collection 71
Saturday,May 28, 2011 Nansen Cuts The Cat In Two Mumonkan 14
Sunday, May 29, 2011 The Six Founder’s Your Mind Moves Book of Serenity 29
March 2011 Sesshin
Saturday, March 12, 2011 The Master Of Rengeho’s Staff Blue Rock Collection 25
Sunday, March 13, 2011 Yuima’s “The Gate To The One And The Only” Blue Rock Collection 84
Monday, March 14, 2011 Kempo’s “One Road” Mumonkan 48
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Ummon’s ‘One Treasure’ Blue Rock Collection 62
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Ho Kojis’ “Beautiful Snowflakes” Blue Rock Collection 42
January 2011 Sesshin
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Guishan’s “Active Consciousness” Book of Serenity 37
Thursday, January 13, 2011 The Girl Comes Out of Samadhi Mumonkan 42
Friday, January 14, 2011 Hyakujo’s Fox Mumonkan 2
Saturday, January 15, 2011 Proceed On From The Top Of The Pole Mumonkan 46
Sunday, January 16, 2011 Deshan’s “Completion of Study” Book of Serenity 46
October 2010 Sesshin
Wedneday, October 27, 2010 The Great Way is not Difficult Sengstan Verse 1
Thursday, October 28, 2010 Joshu’s “A Newborn Baby” Blue Rock Collection 80
May 2010 Sesshin
Monday, May 24, 2010 Yangshan’s “Mind and Environment” Book of Serenity 32
Tuesday May 25, 2010Zhaozhou’s “Cypress Tree”Book of Serenity47
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Guishan’s “Active Consciousness” Book of Serenity 37
Thursday, May 27, 2010Joshu’s “Mu”Mumonkan1
Friday, May 28, 2010 Sansho’s “The Golden Carp out of the Net” Blue Rock Collection 49
Saturday, May 29, 2010 Nansan Cuts the Cat in Two Mumonkan 14
Sunday March 21, 2010 Hyakujo’s Fox Mumonkan 2
March 2010 Sesshin
Wednesday March 17, 2010 Nanquan’s “Cows” Blue Rock Collection 12
Thursday March 18, 2010Yanyang’s “Thing”Book of Serenity69
Friday March 19, 2010 Sushan’s “Existence and Nonexistence” Book of Serenity 87
Saturday March 20, 2010 A Mistake in Speaking Mumonkan 39
Sunday March 21, 2010 Seijo’s “Soul Separated” Mumonkan 35
2010 Winter Sesshin
Wednesday January 13, 2010 Yanhshans’s ‘Mind and Environment’ Book of Serenity 32
Thursday January 14, 2010 Tokusan Holds His Bowls Mumonkan 13
Friday, January 15, 2010 Kyozan’s ‘You Have Not Visited Rozan’ Blue Rock Collection 34
Saturday, January 16, 2010 Nanyang’s ‘Water Pitcher’ Book of Serenity 42
Sunday,January 17, 2010 Hogen’s You Are Echo Blue Rock Collection 7