Sunday dharma talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir, April 9, 2017.
Byakuren Judith Ragir concludes her five-part talks on the Shobogenzo fascicle “One Bright Jewel.” She explores the many koans in the teachings including “First there is, Then there is not, Then there is.” Through meditation and reflection, she says we begin to understand that things are not what they seem. Those who misunderstand Buddhism say that understanding is enlightenment. The truth is that the understanding allows us to become one with suffering. We don’t escape it, we have a different view.