No Merit: A Dharma Talk by Shion Pat Yingst

Saturday, July 23 at 10:15 - 11:30 am

  • Lay Teacher  Shion Pat Yingst 
  • Date/Time  Saturday, July 23 at 10:15am
  • Location  In Person and Online
  • Fee  By donation 

About Pat Yingst Pat began practicing Zen meditation in 1988 and has been a member of Austin Zen Center since its inception. She has seven years experience teaching meditation in prisons and was active in the Austin intra-Buddhist prison volunteer organization, Inside Meditation. For two years, she served as office manager/bookkeeper for the center in 2005-2006. She was co-editor of AZC’s journal, Just This, for its first five years. Pat has also served on the AZC Board of Directors.

Why did Bodhidharma say ‘No Merit’ when Emperor Wu wanted credit for all his good works promoting Buddhism in China?  This talk will look at Bodhidharma’s response as discussed in the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Ancestor and a commentary on it by Shodo Harada.  

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Time: Saturdays from 9AM-Noon CST   (repeats weekly on Saturdays)


8:00 – 8:30 am      Informal Zazen 

8:30 – 8:40 am      Kinhin

8:40 – 9:05 am       Informal Zazen

9:05 – 9:15 am       Han for Zazen

9:15 – 9:50 am        Zazen

9:50 – 10:15 am      Service & Announcements

10:00 – 11:30 am    Dharma Talk & Discussion (see before & after lecture chants)

11:30 am                Tea and cookies

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