DHARMA TALKS

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Leaping in a Sea of Wisdom Unhesitatingly

Jun. 19, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Keiyu Ken Ford, June 18, 2017.

Ken Ford explains that “wisdom is looking beyond our egocentric outlook.” Life goes on regardless of our efforts to control and make it different, he says. It is also wisdom to realize everything is changing all the time. This is what makes us nervous about what comes next, but we need to trust that we can handle whatever the outcome. “We must put great trust in our lives moment to moment — without the need to have all the answers ahead of time.”

Laughing at My Anger

Jun. 12, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Shojin Be Alford, June 4, 2017.

Shojin Be Alford gives a down-to-earth talk about her experience with the Ninth Precept, anger.

The Four Dharma Seals

Jun. 09, 2017

Sunday talk by Doan Roessler, May 28, 2017.

The four dharma seals are conceptual tools to discern what is an authentic tenant of Buddhism and what is not. Doan Roessler explans the four seals, which are: all phenomenon is impermanent; everything suffers; all things are without a self; and nirvana is tranquility.

Being in Conversation

May. 22, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Gentle Dragon Laura Kennedy, May 21,2017

Gentle Dragon Laura Kennedy reflects on her experience in the recent sesshin by highlighting moments of clarity and “unbinding” or drilling deep into one’s ancient twisted karma. “It’s like a rotorooter with a laser light,” she says of the process. The experience of zazen also allows us to see ourselves in others and initiates a kind of conversation, not only with other people but with the universe. She quotes Tenshin Roshi, “You are in all beings and in this great earth. And all beings and this great earth are in you.”

Sunday Dharma Talk

May. 15, 2017

Sunday Dharma Talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen, April 23, 2017.

The importance of consistent daily practice, especially meditation & mindfulness, in combatting discouragement and experiencing the mind of unshakable peace, wisdom and compassion.

Where Does the One Return To?

May. 15, 2017

Sunday Dharma Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, May 7, 2017.

Using Zen Master Dogen’s fascicle #417, Plum Blossoms Don’t Know Spring, and #268, Sparrows and Crows in the Vast Universe, Sosan explores how we bring the experience of openness or don’t know mind back into our day-to-day life. She outlines the importance of daily sitting, weekly communal practice and regular sesshin practice.

Sunday Dharma Talk

May. 01, 2017

Sunday Dharma Talk by Genjo Sam Conway, April 30, 2017

Genjo talks about engaging the precepts in our lives. With precepts working through our lives, we can let go of a lot of striving and suffering, he tells us, but we should not strive for perfection. Zen practice is about making mistake after mistake. But the precepts allow us to get upright each time facing in the right direction.

The Legend of Buddha’s Birth

Apr. 17, 2017

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

On the occasion of Buddha’s birthday, Sosa tells us the fantastic story of Buddha’s birth. His mother Maya is made pregnant by a 6-tusked white elephant and gives birth painlessly through her side. If believing this helps your practice she says, go right ahead. For others it may hinder the practice. She details that the story may have its roots in Hinduism. The stories are a way of explaining the unexplainable such as “How is it that we are alive?” and “How is it that we keep breathing from birth to death?” This is a short dharma talk in order to make time for the celebration that followed.

One Bright Jewel, Part 5

Apr. 10, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir, April 9, 2017.

Byakuren Judith Ragir concludes her five-part talks on the Shobogenzo fascicle “One Bright Jewel.” She explores the many koans in the teachings including “First there is, Then there is not, Then there is.” Through meditation and reflection, she says we begin to understand that things are not what they seem. Those who misunderstand Buddhism say that understanding is enlightenment. The truth is that the understanding allows us to become one with suffering. We don’t escape it, we have a different view.

One Bright Jewel, Part 4

Apr. 08, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017 Practice Intensive talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir.

One Bright Jewel, Part 3

Apr. 08, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017 Dharma Talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir.

Byakuren Judith Ragir continues to elucidate Dogen Zenji, a thirteenth century Zen master’s teaching by studying the Shobogenzo fascicle “One Bright Jewel.” One bright jewel is Buddha nature, a way to see our life with universal perspective. She illustrates the duality that our brains impose upon the world, which we need to look past to see the opposite: we are one with everything and not separate beings.

One Bright Jewel, Part 2

Apr. 08, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 Practice Intensive talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir

One Bright Jewel, Part 1

Mar. 28, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir, March 26, 2017.

Byakuren Judith Ragir explains the nature of One Bright Jewel, the theme of Spring Practice. What is the jewel? It is equanimity, that state of mind (or no-mind) that receives the whole of life as a miracle. With cultural references from Albert Einstein to film director Terrence Malick to the story of the golden fish, Byakuren brings the concept to life so that we may understand this awakened awareness.

The Sangha is the Whole of the Spiritual Life

Mar. 20, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Shodo Spring, guest teacher, March 19, 2017.

Shodo Spring of Mountains and Waters Zen Community in Faribault, Minnesota, explores the nature of community by reflecting on her own experiences in Zen and of her experience at Standing Rock Reservation during the fight against the pipeline.

Interesting Times

Mar. 13, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Myo-O Habermas-Scher, March 12, 2017.

Considering the importance of protecting what we allow in through our sense doors so that mindfulness and equanimity may flourish. In this way, we can live in “interesting times” with skill, love and compassion.

Beginning Anew

Mar. 13, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, March 5, 2017

Trusting Mindfulness to do the Work

Mar. 06, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen, February 26, 2017

Parinirvana and the Buddha’s Death

Mar. 06, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, February 19, 2017

Right Speech

Feb. 15, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Ken Ford, February 12, 2017

Cultivating Zazen in the Midst of Birth and Death

Feb. 07, 2017

Sunday Dharma Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, January 29, 2017

“Introduction to the Eightfold Path”

Jan. 24, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir, January 22, 2017

“Zazen Ceremony & Direct Action”

Jan. 24, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Laura Kennedy, January 15, 2017

Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara

Jan. 20, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Ben Connelly of Minnesota Zen Center, January 8, 2017

Living In Beauty

Jan. 05, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen. January 1, 2017.

Fudo Shin – The Steadfast Heartmind

Jan. 05, 2017

Sunday Dharma Talk by Flying Fish Barbara Murphy.  December 18, 2016.

The Buddha’s Enlightenment – The Cause of Well-Being

Jan. 05, 2017

Sunday Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn.  December 11, 2016.

Walking in Balance and Beauty

Jan. 05, 2017

Sunday talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen. December 4, 2016.

Circling Enlightenment

Nov. 30, 2016

In this talk Doan Roessler explores the idea of enlightenment. We all have preconceptions about it that we carry into practice and our literature is full of stories about people who became enlightened. There is a struggle to understand what is meant by the word and what place it could have in our practice.

Wholehearted Engagement without Attachment

Nov. 16, 2016

Sunday talk by Mark Nunberg, Guest Teacher from Common Ground Meditation Center

The calm of meditation practice can appear to be paradoxical when our world seems to be asking for a dynamic engagement. Is it possible for our hearts to be free from attachment and struggle and, at the same time, wholeheartedly respond to the suffering and joy in and around us? Clarifying this seeming paradox goes to the heart of the Buddha’s path of awakening.

Standing with our Deep Intentions – What we can learn from Standing Rock

Nov. 16, 2016

Sosan talks about her trip to Standing Rock and how we can help and how we can develop our Bodhisattva vows. Includes history of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and information about the Pipeline. #NoDapl #FaithinAction