A Temporary Affair: Talks on Awakening and Zen (Paperback)

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A Temporary Affair: Talks on Awakening and Zen (Paperback)


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This collection of genuine teachings resonates with an authenticity that comes from Yoshin's many years of practice. It is both profound and practical.

A Temporary Affair is a collection of talks given at Sunday morning sittings at the Ithaca Zen Center by Yoshin David Radin, abbot and founder of the Ithaca Zen Center for the past 40 years. The talks contained here were given at a time when Yoshin's health was severely compromised by end stage renal failure. In February 2019, he received a kidney transplant from a member of Ithaca Zen Center, to whom the publication is dedicated.

The collection of 31 talks contains the insight of the individual dharma talks themselves, as well as the underlying story of how the dharma teachings helped the author cope, and even thrive, with his continuing loss of kidney function. The talks go right up to the days before he was admitted to the hospital. The comfort and guidance he received from the dharma during the times when he was most ill have been a great inspiration to all who know him, as they will to readers. In his own words, "How extraordinary, how blessed, how wonderful, to have met the teachings that free us from suffering when in difficult places." Through these talks the reader can clearly see how he put that wisdom to use in his own life situation, and how they can do so as well.

Yoshin David Radin is abbot and founder of the Ithaca Zen Center where he has taught for the past forty years. Yoshin began Zen practice in 1976 with Joshu Sasaki Roshi. He was ordained a monk in 1983 and an Oshō in 1989. He leads regular sesshin at the Ithaca Zen Center as well as at Rinzai-ji Zen Center in Los Angeles. His writings have been turned into songs or spoken poems which were released in four collections, including Love Songs of a Zen Monk, he was the editor of two books by Zen Master Joshu Sasaki, including The Great Celebration, and he has been published in Tricycle magazine. He lives in Spencer, NY.
Product Details ISBN: 9781948626675
ISBN-10: 1948626675
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Pages: 144
Language: English