Here is Roshi’s short talk from the Jukai (precepts) ceremony at our summer 2018 retreat. She explains the Dharma names of four new precept students. Recorded August 5th 2018.
Ryotan Sensei gives the last talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 27th 2018. Our Summer Ango practice period continues with more talks at our Shuso Sesshin August 14th to 19th.
Shinryu Sensei gives the seventh talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 27th 2018.
Myoko Sensei gives the sixth talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 26th 2018.
Roshi Enkyo gives the first talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 21, 2018
In this talk, Roshi describes the troubling and difficult times we now face. The optimism of only five years ago seems to be a thing of the distant past, as a new reversion seems to be talking hold, a tribalism that turns away from the world as a connected whole: a chasm of us and them. Roshi sees in herself an urge to protect “our” vision of the world and to cast out the “other” as they want to cast out us. What is the Buddhist response? Roshi turns to the energies of Manjushri and Avalokiteshvara for guidance. She then talks about the need for the connection to oneness – the Dharmakaya – the body of reality. This brings her to the koan case 52 from the Book of Serenity “Caoshan’s Reality Body.” The ass looks into the well and sees itself. The well looks out at the ass and sees no distinctions. Recorded July 15th 2018.
In the last Dharma talk before Summer Ango,
Ryotan Sensei prepares us for the study of
Dogen’s Bendowa, or The Endeavor of the Way,
with an inspiring call to our fire-spirits.
After the recent passing of his mother,
Bokushu lays his hand, with a heavy heart,
on wisdom found in grief.
As Tenso (or Head Cook) at the Village Zendo,
Seizan has previously talked about
his experience making food for the Sangha.
Here, he shares with us how the practice of Oryoki
has changed his relationship to food and to life.
Ryotan Sensei follows his last Dharma talk on “moment to moment non-stop flow” with this talk on “ordinary mind is the way.” Ryotan finds that “ordinary mind” is the condition of constant change. While we can not grasp it, we can explore and encounter it in our Zazen meditation. It is the natural functioning of the mind that we can notice. The comings and goings of “stuff”: sounds, thoughts, emotions and desires are all temporary conditions that we can appreciate. Ryotan encourages us to let ordinary mind teach us. Recorded June 14, 2018