Zen Stories

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After a reading, Rohini works with three students on burning up and resolving a vibration connected with the fourchotomy of “bitter.” She then shares two instructive Zen stories.

Rubber Duckie 2021

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Rohini uses rubber duckies to explain the abiding substrate of consciousness that undergirds all the modifications of the mind. If we identify with the modifications of the mind, we are lost. If we still all modifications, our minds can serve as clear mirrors reflecting the light of the Self, which then can be revealed as our true nature. Rohini’s talk elucidates Vyasa’s commentary on Yoga Sutras 1.32.

Choose to Be Love

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After reading her poem “banquet,” Rohini explains how we must never conflate humiliation with humility, or getting and giving love with Being Love–the Love that is our true nature.

Levels of Experience

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Starting with her poem “against the grain,” Rohini explains six ways in which we might respond to experiences deeper than our ordinary. In each case, we believe we see all there is to see; in only one case are we correct, and in only two are we actually practicing sadhana.

Wed to the Intellect

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Starting with her poem “Irresolute”, Rohini shares how a wrong identification with our intellect, in which we use it as a deflector or filter to protect the shrunken self from what we take in, makes us incapable of learning from our experience or growing into Love, freedom, and our true nature.