Dead or Alive: a Dharma Talk by Rev. Choro Antonaccio, Austin Zen Center

  • Guiding Teacher  Rev. Choro Antonaccio
  • Date/Time  Saturday, March 4th at 10:15am
  • Location  In person & Online Zendo
  • Fee  By donation*

Choro Antonaccio began formal Zen practice at Chapel Hill Zen Center in 1999. She received lay precepts from her teacher, Rev. Josho Patricia Phelan, in 2001 and priest ordination in 2010. She was shuso in Chapel Hill in 2016. Rev. Choro has practiced at the three temples of San Francisco Zen Center including practice periods at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm. In Chapel Hill she served for multiple years in the positions of Tenzo, Work Leader, and Ino and also served as member at large and president of the board of directors. She decided to end her career in academia in 2018 and moved to Austin to practice with the sangha at AZC in 2020. 

This talk focuses on a koan, or teaching story, from our tradition. A teacher and student (back in the 8th c. of our era) visit a home where a member of the household has recently died, to offer their condolences. The student rapped on the coffin and asked “alive or dead?” The teacher would not say. Even though the student hit the teacher in frustration for not answering, still the teacher would not say. Our dharma ancestor Sojun Weitsman said that this may be our most important koan. Let’s consider it together. All are welcome.

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