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Zen Heart Vajra Heart is a groundbreaking Buddhist teaching collaboration between Lama Palden Drolma, a teacher in the Mahamudra tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and Sensei Lew Richmond, a teacher in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.
For the past several years Palden and Lew together have been leading a Buddhist teacher training program. In the course of their work together, they came to realize the close connection—perhaps even a common root—between Mahamudra and Soto Zen. The core meditation practices and goals of each are, in their view, nearly identical.
Zen Heart Vajra Heart is their effort to join the streams of these two great Buddhist teaching lineages. Actually, these streams joined decades ago, when Palden’s and Lew’s root teachers--Kalu Rinpoche and Shunryu Suzuki Roshi--came to America to offer the gift of Dharma to the West. Though Kalu Rinpoche and Suzuki Roshi never met, they were about the same age, and had the same vision for an indigenous Western Dharma. Lew (who did meet both of them) says of them:
“In their energy, presence and compassion, they were almost the same person. When I met Kalu Rinpoche, a few years after the death of my own teacher Suzuki Roshi, it was like my own teacher coming back to life to greet me in the body of this wizened Tibetan sage, with his broad smile and his beads.”
Zen Heart Vajra Heart offers the following elements in its day-long and weekend teachings:
Guided Essence Meditation Training
Cultivating the Mind that Seeks the Way (“Bodhicitta”)
The Heart of Compassion (Tara and giving/receiving practices)
Bringing the practice into our busy lives
Dharma as the Art of Living (Drama, Poetry, Music)
Zen Heart Vajra Heart is deep enough for experienced Buddhist practitioners, but basic enough to benefit and appeal to seekers of all levels and faiths.