Ryotan Sensei gives the fourth talk of our winter retreat. Put aside your fear and dive into the waters of life. Recorded December 30, 2019
In this talk, Roshi notes that the pursuit of enlightenment might have brought many to Zen, but she emphasizes that realizing our interconnectedness through social engagement is the fruit of practice. She illustrates this with passages from Yongjia Xuanjue’s “Song of Enlightenment.” Recorded December 22, 2019
In this talk senior student Ryoshin celebrates Rohatsu, the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, and the gift of the teachings that have been passed down to us. What did the Buddha realize after sitting for six long years under the Bodhi Tree? His realization, and ours, is that we are fundamentally free, and not separate from all that is. Recorded December 8th 2019.
Senior Student Musho gave this talk on Rohatsu, the Zendo’s annual all night meditation retreat. Musho gives two reasons for sitting all night long: First to celebrate the radical and inclusive enlightenment of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Second to save the world. Recorded December 8th 2019
The talk mentions a recent article called “What the CIA’s Torture Program Looked Like” and an editorial in the New York Times called “Don’t Look Away” that shows troubling sketches by an inmate who was tortured at United State’s Guantánamo Bay detention camp.
Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis
Guest teacher David Loy exposes the roots of consumerism while drawing a resonant parallel between our individual sense of lacking something, and a society structured to profit from and reinforce this sense of lacking on a global scale. Recorded November 24th, 2019