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Talk Series

Dharma Teacher Fred Eppsteiner

The Verses on the Faith Mind

Seven-day Retreat | June 2012

“The Great Way is nor difficult for those who do not pick and choose. When preferences are cast aside, the Way stands clear and undisguised.” With this direct challenge to the reader, the Third Chinese Zen Patriarch begins his much loved and revered, “Verses on Trust in the Mind.” In verse form, the Third Patriarch in a profound and insightful, yet decidedly simple and accessible, manner sets forth the way to living a life of freedom. 

This classic text of pre-koan Zen/Ch’an Buddhism introduces us directly into the world of the Buddha Mind and shows us step by step how to live an awakened life in all circumstances of daily life. Unencumbered by any philosophical or religious overlay, the naked truth of enlightened living is presented in utter simplicity and relevance.

Fred taught this text to participants at a seven-day retreat at Southern Dhama Retreat Center near Asheville, NC, drawing on his meditative experience in the Zen, Dzogchen (Great Perfection), and Plum Village traditions, as well as his many years as a professional psychotherapist. 


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