You can work with fear, so long as you remember who you are and your intention to practice. Panic, however, obliterates you. It leaves you naked and alone in the dark. This talk offers two methods to prevent fear from growing into panic. Recorded January 23, 2020.
Gessho explores our relationship to planetary crisis
through the koan Nanquan Kills a Cat
In this talk senior student Ryoshin celebrates Rohatsu, the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, and the gift of the teachings that have been passed down to us. What did the Buddha realize after sitting for six long years under the Bodhi Tree? His realization, and ours, is that we are fundamentally free, and not separate from all that is. Recorded December 8th 2019.
Senior Student Musho gave this talk on Rohatsu, the Zendo’s annual all night meditation retreat. Musho gives two reasons for sitting all night long: First to celebrate the radical and inclusive enlightenment of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Second to save the world. Recorded December 8th 2019
The talk mentions a recent article called “What the CIA’s Torture Program Looked Like” and an editorial in the New York Times called “Don’t Look Away” that shows troubling sketches by an inmate who was tortured at United State’s Guantánamo Bay detention camp.
November 7, 2019
Gesshō looks at the story of the Bodhisattvas who refuse to visit Vimalakirti while he is sick and reflects on our own reluctance to connect with suffering.
Jo An shares how autumn has changed the boundaries of his property, clearing away foliage and making his neighbors more visible. He relates this to his work as a nurse, where boundaries of health care provider and patient are always shifting and evolving.