Chogye International Zen Center of New York Wednesday, February 24 Practice begins at 5pmCT/6pmET (includes meditation and chanting); Dosho's talk begins at 6:40pmCT/7:40pmET. Everyone is welcome to attend. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/825835413
The Facebook Live Book Launch recording is here: click.
Boundless Way Zen Talk from Sunday, February 7, 2021, with Boundless Way Zen. In this talk, Dosho Roshi gives some introductory information on this recently published koan collection and reads Cases 38 Baoying Immediately Entering Hell, and 54 Danxia's Lucky Guy and it Sucks to be You. A lively dharma dialogue ensues, including Boundless Way teachers Melissa Blacker Roshi and David Rynick Roshi. Click here.
Buddhist Temple of Toledo Podcast
In this special episode, Rinsen Roshi interviews Dosho Port Roshi about his forthcoming book "The Record of Empty Hall". Join and listen, as these teachers and friends in the Dharma discuss the transmission and translation of the practice to the West from both academic and Dharmic perspectives. Click here.
Daniel writes, "So, in these hundred koans, he does something that’s not normally done—he makes them relatable. He references his dog, his wife, his inability to sleep and many other things."
The Browse Inside feature is now available. You can read the Table of Contents, Melissa Blacker's Forward, the Introduction, and the First Case. Click here.
Dosho spoke about The Record of Empty Hall at Mountain Cloud Zen Center on Thursday evening February 11. Here's the recording of the session:
"All those interested in the study and practice of Zen koans will be grateful for this new translation, with commentary by Dosho Port, of The Record of Empty Hall. This koan collection wascompiled by Xutang Zhiyu, a prominent thirteenth-century Chinese Zen master who taught several important Japanese disciples. Port skillfully highlights Xutang’s creative use of terse substitute or alternate phrases in order to bring new light to one hundred fascinating koan cases culled from all the main Zen schools. This collection beautifully complements other important koan commentaries, such as the Blue Cliff Record and the Gateless Gate." —Steven Heine, author of Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record
"Quietly in Nebraska, for our sake, like an old Chinese sage, Dosho Port has been immersing himself in The Record of Empty Hall, one of the last great koan collections in China. Many delightful koans are to be found here and nowhere else, and Dosho shows how they can open your life. His translation is a work of love and a gift to all of us who walk the ancient path of awakening." —John Tarrant, author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros
"Xutang Zhiyu (Jpn.: Kido Chigu)—a lineage ancestor of all Rinzai Zen teachers in the present day—famously predicted that his teachings would flourish in Japan, but perhaps little knew that his brilliant, pithy dharma words might one day nourish Zen practitioners throughout the world. Dosho Port’s The Record of Empty Hall causes this brilliance to shine widely, skillfully capturing as it does something of Xutang’s mastery of the ‘samadhi of words’ within an eminently readable translation. I am tremendously grateful for it." —Meido Moore, author of The Rinzai Zen Way and Hidden Zen
"Like some galaxy far, far away, this collection of koans has been out there all along but inaccessible to us until now. Dosho Roshi, employing vision magnified through decades of Zen experience, has brought these twinkling stars, illumined by his commentaries, right to us, for us to gaze at in delight and wonder." —Bodhin Kjolhede, Abbot, Rochester Zen Center
"This remarkable volume is further proof that the great treasury of Zen texts as yet unknown in English, if put in the hands of a deft and lively translator like Dosho Port Roshi, who happens also to be a deep, committed practitioner, can be brought to scintillating new life in English. Port’s idiom is alive to contemporary life, and renders this centuries-old text urgently relevant to these challenging times. A shining new treasure for us all." —Henry Shukman, author of One Blade of Grass