As part of a memorial service for Sangha member Shoken Michael Stone, Roshi talks about his life and Buddhist practice, and the circumstances of his death. She goes on to explore our desire to search for blame as we experience tragedy or disappointment. She urges compassion and support instead, and comments on a koan about a Tenzo who accidentally serves up snake soup.
In the last talk of this summer’s Ango, through the words of Dogen, and her own poetry, Roshi asks how we may all show up and actualize our practice — in our respective neighborhoods and communities — when it comes to the injustice we see around us; in particular, what can we do with regards closing, for good, Rikers Island Detention Center?
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Looking at the life of Dogen — from his mother’s death at the age of eight, to his studies in China, and to his founding of our Sōtō lineage in Japan — Ryotan Sensei asks if we can make Dogen’s questing our own as well; that we may become one with the great ocean of wisdom and compassion to be found in our everyday lives.
In this Dharma Talk, during Shuso Sesshin, Myoko Sensei focuses on Part Eight of Dogen’s Genjokoan, encouraging us to open up to experiences different from what we’re used to, and thereby encountering our true self.
In this talk, Tokuyu encourages us, despite these turbulent times, to drop into our innate wisdom.
Enkyo Roshi’s Dharma talk, on the final day of Dai Sesshin, “The Winds of the Dharma…”
Ryotan Sensei’s Dharma talk from Dai Sesshin on 7/28/17, “Ultimately the Buddha Way…”
Myoko Sensei’s Dharma talk for the 7th day of Dai Sesshin, “Birds and Fish”.
Shinryu Sensei speaks on the 6th day of Dai Sesshin, July 26th, about the wildfires and resulting mudslides that have happened on the West Coast, as he reframes the many meanings of the “Genjokoan”.
Senior student Fugan talks about the eternal flow of music, movement, and sound in relation to the Genjokoan.
From Dai Sesshin, July 25th, 2017