In this talk, Ryoshin asks: what is the true Dharma that the Buddha passed to Mahakasyapa, and that is passed down to each of us today? It can be found in every moment of our lives. It’s how to live in this beautiful, broken world. It can only be realized through practice. Recorded March 24, 2019
March 21, 2019
Seizan offers thoughts on conversing with trees as they have their unproduced experience.
In this talk, JoAn shares his experience working as an elementary school nurse, and how the “spilled milk” can be a place to wake up. How do we quench our thirst for awakening with out spilling all over ourselves? Recorded February 24, 2019.
In this talk, Ryoshin asks ‘What does Zen practice teach?” He examines this question by looking at Joshu’s Mu, the first koan in the collection known as the Mumonkan. Mu is a ten thousand foot wall that Zen students must pass before continuing their koan study. Working with Mu, one discovers the miracle of samadhi, a place of deep, meditative absorption, where we are intimately connected with each moment of our life and the world. This is the fundamental teaching of Zen. Recorded February 14th, 2019.
February 7, 2019
We are largely a lay sangha, but what does that actually mean for each of us? Vimalakirti, the exemplar of lay practice in the time of the Buddha himself, helps point the way. Lay practice? Ordained practice? Not one! Not two!
January 27, 2019
Yuuka studies Zen hermit Ryokan’s aloneness, and asks how those of us who feel different can learn to trust experience over a self-construction.
Jo An shares his experience of working as a school nurse with a diffabled kindergartener, and what he learned about the dharma of elementary school.
Freeing Ourselves from the Grindstone
January 10, 2019
Our country was founded by rigid, competitive strivers, and we still act like them now, especially when we make our New Year’s resolutions. Let’s stop. Let’s be grateful for what is, and strive to be awake.
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“How I Became an Asshole While Cycling New York City Streets”
In this talk Fusho explores how dealing with the fear in our lives
requires embracing fearlessness. But, through loving-kindness practice,
Fusho discovers how fearlessness cannot be embraced without embracing fear itself.
In this talk senior student Ryoshin looks into two of his favorite koans, “Tozan’s No Cold or Heat” and “Master Ma is Unwell.” In these stories Ryoshin considers how we deal with discomfort, and how Zen asks us to not separate from those feelings and encourages us to be aware of our reactions. Recorded December 9th, 2018.