In this talk from our summer retreat Shuso Sesshin, senior student Jiryu asks, “What would you do if you found out a huge meteor was about to destroy the earth in 30 minutes?” Jiryu suggests being awake. Awake to the world in all it’s completeness. Without trying to fix it, without searching for a better more comfortable situation, with no way out, and without online shopping. With Dogen’s help Jiryu sees our meditation practice as enlightenment itself.
Hoshi Kaku gives the fifth talk or our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 25th 2018
Hoshi Tokyu gives the forth talk on our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 24th 2018
Senior priest Soshin gives the third talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 23, 2018
Senior student Bokushu gives second talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 22, 2018
In this talk senior student Ryoshin explores the deep uncertainty that the Buddha teaches is at the core of our existence. Ryoshin starts out with an article about teenagers who’s constant use of smart phones can be an escape from their daily anxiety. Anxiety amplified by failing social structures, lack of community, political and climate instability. This instability and fear brings about a loss of faith in ourselves. Ryoshin asks: How can we meet each moment of our lives without fear? Recorded July 19th, 2018
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.
Visiting writer, Buddhist nun and Dharma student Gesshin Greenwood reads from a chapter of her book “Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Monastic Zen in Japan.” She reads about her dramatic and challenging experience at a Japanese women’s monastery. Loneliness, stress, self doubt and hard work were all part of a powerful Zen training. The recording includes a question and answer session with the Village Zendo sangha. Recorded June 24th, 2018
In this Father’s Day talk, priest and senior student Jisei explores her emotional search for her father who died while she was an infant. Throughout her life she would experience his presence through stories and artifacts, and always be aware of father figures around her. Jisei then describes the archetypes of mother and father, and the social constructions that were dominant in the 1960’s and 70’s and linger on today. Jisei looks into koan 34 from the Gateless Barrier, Mind is not Buddha, Wisdom is not Tao – as a way to break through stereotypes and experience love as the wisdom we need. Recorded June 17th 2018.