When we’re feeling overwhelmed, how is our grasping mind contributing?
Our zazen practice allows us to drop our thoughts. We return to the present moment, to the reality of our life as part of the universe.
In this poignant talk, Bokushu draws our attention to the interdependence of all things — more specifically, how we are not separate from Donald Trump — and urges us to practice steadfastly, not just for ourselves, but for the sake of the whole world.
Our daily experience tells us that the world and our bodies are material things, made of “stuff.” Our Buddhist traditions however tell us otherwise, that the appearance of materiality is an illusion.
In past talks Dr. Neil Soten Theise has described his views that the universe is not material, but arises from the self-organization of quantum level entities that themselves arise out of pure Fundamental Awareness. Thus, contemporary science and philosophy can also view the world and ourselves as non-material.
But what of the non-material beings that fill Zen study texts and liturgy? Are they merely myths, metaphors, or Jungian archetypes? Or is it possible that gods, demons, angels, spirits are also as “real” as each of us? Can the Fundamental Awareness framework shed light on what is “real” and what is “not real” for us – living, sentient beings – in a non-material world?
Please note, the first 10 minutes of this talk didn’t get recorded due to a technical error but, nonetheless, all aspects mentioned above are touched upon in what was a fascinating and inspiring evening for all!
Roshi offers the soothing and steadying influence of Zazen as an antidote to these days of troubling news.
In this Zazenkai talk, Kaku Hoshi looks into the question of meaning. Starting out with a Zen story from “Transmission of the Light,” Kaku then looks into his own past and sees how his own search for meaning has lead him to life as priest and Zen student. He discovers the search for meaning to really be a search for relationships and identity. Zen asks us to look inside ourselves and see beyond meaning and discussion. Recorded May 13, 2017
Traven Fusho Rice encourages us to examine how we respond to our own personal challenges on a daily basis.
With the approach of our annual Work-for-Dharma Day, Shinryu Sensei discusses labor as a practice of generosity.
The Zen teaching is clear: our ‘self’ includes this Earth that is calling for our help.
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Myoko Sensei offers us a reflection on the imperative of transformation — deconstruction, construction, flow…