Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman)
Part 8: The Avatamsaka Sutra
We will give a very condensed overview of the Avatamsaka Sutra,
including how it pervades our practice. The Avatamsaka Sutra
presents concepts that lie at the heart of Zen practice and appear in many of our chants: emptiness, mutual interdependence, the Bodhisattva path, mind as the ground of all phenomena… Our Morning Bell Chant
quotes the sutra directly, and uses much of its imagery (the cosmic Buddha Vairocana, Indra’s net…).
Part 9: Mind-Only and Karma
Description: We will talk about how mind functions according to the abhidharma (Buddhist theory of mind) and how karma functions according to classical Mahayana teachings. These chapters talk about essential notions of Mahayana Buddhism which provide a framework for many Zen teachings, teachings which ultimately overthrow the framework but don’t make sense outside this context, much as Einstein’s notion of gravity needed Newton’s notion of gravity in order to be understood.
About the Teacher: Judy Roitman began practicing Zen with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1976. One of the founders of the Kansas Zen Center in 1978, she received inka (full authorization to teach) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1998 and transmission from Zen Master Dae Kwang in April 2013. She is currently the guiding teacher of the Kansas Zen Center.