DHARMA TALKS

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Sakyadhita Int’l Women in Buddhism Conference

Aug. 12, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Shodo Spring, August 6, 2017

Shodo Spring shares her experiences attending the 15th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women June 22028, 2017 at Hong Kong University.

Race and the Four Noble Truths

Aug. 12, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, July 30, 2017

Addressing issues of race, racism, and white privilege using the Buddha’s teaching of the Four Noble Truths.

The Silence of all Sound: Anger

Jul. 25, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Ken Keiyu Ford, July 16, 2017.

This precept is central to our practice. In anger and hatred, one foresakes sentient beings altogether. Anger throws up a wall and shuts us down from one another. When anger is present, harm is done.

Finding the middle way with regard to material things

Jul. 25, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, June 11, 2017.

Do material things help or hinder us on the spiritual path? In honor of Ramadan, Sosan explores this topic with stories from the lives of the Buddha, Layman Pang and his family, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and the monk Ryokan.

You are the Buddha (Whether You Know it or Not)

Jul. 15, 2017

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

Notice things and let them go. This is going beyond Buddha. Strive for a single-minded way of life, living in the present moment. Seize the day without clinging – that is the practice of enlightenment.

Do the Right Thing

Jul. 15, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Marc Anderson. July 2, 2017.

Marc Anderson’ s talk, “Do the Right Thing”,  applies poetry, prose, spoken word, and an unusual mix of percussion instruments for a spectacular effect.

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Jul. 08, 2017

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Othering

Jun. 26, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen, June 25, 2017.

Kyoku Tracey Walen says “othering” is a good term for what we all do in difficult situations with other people. We get irritated, so we look for someone to blame — an “other” — but that is the basis of suffering and a terrible prison for ourselves. She encourages us to see both sides — the “other’s” and our own — in a dispute. Find ways to approach frustration without automatically blaming someone or something else. Use duality, the ability to see both sides, in your practice.

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