In this talk senior student Tokuyu starts with issues his music students have with recognition, and the feeling of lack and never achieving enough. Tokuyu looks at how psychology and physiology combine to create internal anger that can lead to chronic pain. This theory is expressed in the book “Healing Back Pain” by the late Dr. John Sarno, and Tokuyu sees connections here to our Zen practice of “Turning the light inward.” He sees this expressed in the verse from the koan, “National Teacher Chung’s Seamless Monument” where it says there is “Gold sufficient for a nation.” Tokyo ends with a recollection of his grandfather, and a quote from rap music star Snoop Dog.
November 11, 2018
In this talk Roshi fondly remembers her recently departed teacher Zen Master Bernie Glassman. She recounts how they met, and how Bernie used his actions and activism to teach and inspire a new kind of Zen practice. Roshi then shifts to the koan “Dongshan’s No Grass” and sees Bernie’s teaching of stillness in the midst of activity there. Bernie asked us to take up our life in the weeds, the world of suffering, and to offer what we can. Roshi sees this as the way to activate the profundity of the Zen Tradition.
In his talk during October’s zazenkai, Ryotan Sensei shares how the foot before and the foot behind in walking get nowhere, and everywhere. Recorded October 13, 2018.
In this talk, Kaku Hoshi offers an idea of what Dogen’s report to the MeToo movement might be.
Myoko Sensei reminds us that
within all the turbulence of our troubled times,
our practice offers us refuge from the storm.
Kojin Gaelyn Roshi is the abbot of Houston Zen Center, a Soto Zen temple in Suzuki Roshi’s lineage.
She received ordination from Tenshin Reb Anderson at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1991,
and Dharma Transmission in 2003. She practiced in monasteries for more than eighteen years
before moving to Houston to establish its Zen Center in 2003.
In September 2018, the Village Zendo was privileged to have her visit and offer us this inspiring Dharma talk.
Ryotan Sensei reminds us that
Zazen is the heart of our practice
What do we see as if in a dream — in our personal, political, and spiritual life?