Daizan Skinner – Esoteric Energy Practices of Zen - Guru Viking Podcast

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Daizan Skinner – Esoteric Energy Practices of Zen - Guru Viking Podcast

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In this new episode I am once again joined by Daizan Skinner, a British Zen Roshi trained in both the Soto and Rinzai schools.

Daizan reveals the iconic Zen training technique of the Koan, and explains its manifold uses within the tradition.

Dazian explains how waking up works, how he diagnoses his students’ enlightenments, and why he is very demanding on his trainee teachers’ psychological maturity.

Daizan also discusses how awakening relates to moral purification, why so many famous Zen teachers have engaged in abusive behaviour, and reveals the esoteric energy and health practices of the Rinzai Zen lineage.


Audio version of this podcast also available on iTunes and Stitcher – search ‘Guru Viking Podcast’.

Topics include:

0:00 - Intro
0:42 - The Koan system of Zen
11:03 - How waking up works
18:36 - How Daizan diagnoses his students’ stream entry and spiritual attainments
22:19 - What to watch for during the waking up process
23:15 - Does enlightenment produce moral perfection?
24:16 - Recognising enlightened people
30:27 - How Daizan relates to morally flawed students
34:48 - How Daizan trains his trainee teachers in morality
36:42 - How Zen teachers can damage their students
37:53 - The significance of Inka transmission in Zen
43:17- Why Daizan has never given Inka transmission to a student or named a successor
44:48 - Does Daizan miss monastery life?
49:15 - The story of Hakuin and the energy practices of Zen
58:52 - Rikan and Naikan, the two wings of practice
1:00:53 - Daizan’s experience of the Zen energy practices