With Covid-19 still ravaging the country, we all know what it’s like to be confined to a small room. Long ago the great Vimalakirti faced the same issue. Sick in bed, confined to a 10′ by 10′ room, he was asked by Manjusri, “Why are you sick?” Vimalakirti replied, “I am sick because the whole world is sick.”
In this talk we’ll join Vimalakirti in his room (along with 32,000 other beings, who all miraculously fit on golden lion thrones) to explore the wisdom of sickness and lay practice in a troubled world. We’ll also take up a few Zen koans to deepen the inquiry, leaving plenty of time at the end to explore these koans in open discussion.
The Vimalakirti Sutra is a wild ride into the heart of the Mahayana. There’s magic, mystery and surprise at every turn — just like life. Everyone is welcome in Vimalakirti’s room, and I look forward to meeting you there.
Kynan Sutherland is an authorised Sensei (apprentice Zen teacher) in the Diamond Sangha tradition, founded by Anne Hopkins Aitken and Robert Aitken in 1959. He was invited to teach in 2019 by Susan Murphy Roshi, founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in NSW and one of the leading voices in Australian Zen Buddhism. He currently lives and works in Castlemaine, Victoria, where he offers dharma talks, dharma interviews and regular practice events for Castlemaine Zen.
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