Light and dark, like the front and back foot walking: A Dharma Talk by Rev. Choro Antonaccio, Austin Zen Center

  • Guiding Teacher  Rev. Choro Antonaccio
  • Date/Time  Saturday, September 9th 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. 

In Zen teaching we hear a lot about light: turning around the light to shine within, light as the shining of all things, and of course we have the term, “enlightenment”. Some of the texts also suggest that delusion or ignorance is ‘darkness’. But Keizan Zenji, the co-founder of Soto Zen, said on his awakening that original mind is this: “Black balls run through the dark night.” Let’s explore the dark in this talk.

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