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2018-01-14: Breathing

Jan. 15, 2018

Dharma Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

2018-01-07: Ken Keiyu Ford

Jan. 07, 2018

Talk by Ken Keiyu Ford on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

2017-12-31: Ancestors and Impressionism

Jan. 02, 2018

Talk by Kikan Mike Howard on December 31, 2017.

YouTube.com video of the talk with slides:

(If link doesn’t work, go to youtube.com and search for “Ancestors and Impressionism”.)

2017-12-24: Way Seeking Mind

Jan. 01, 2018

Dharma talk by Susan Schoenbohm on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

Dharma Talk for December 17, 2017

Dec. 17, 2017

Dharma Talk by Doan Roessler on Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Why Do Rohatsu?

Dec. 17, 2017

Dharma Talk by Shōjin Alford on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Rohatsu Sesshin 2017 Talk 5

Dec. 15, 2017

Rohatsu Sesshin Dharma Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on December 12, 2017.

Rohatsu Sesshin 2017 Talk 4

Dec. 15, 2017

Sesshin Dharma Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on December 6, 2017

Rohatsu Sesshin 2017 – Guided Meditation

Dec. 15, 2017

Guided meditation by Sosan Theresa Flynn on December 5, 2017 as part of Rohatsu Sesshin.

Rohatsu Sesshin 2017 Talk 3

Dec. 13, 2017

Sesshin Dharma Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on December 4, 2017

The Awesome Presence of Active Buddhas

Dec. 13, 2017

Rohatsu Sesshin 2017 Talk 2 – Sunday, December 3, 2017

In this talk, Sosan continues an exploration of Zen Master Dogen’s fascicle on the “Awesome Presence of Active Buddhas.” She also shares the powerful poem,”Please Call Me By My True Names,” by Thich Nhat Hahn, to make the point that zen practice is not just becoming “a newer and better version of ourselves” or settling for “a kinder, gentle way of suffering.” The awesome presence of active buddhas is beyond our conception.  The way is to not cling to one’s idea of one’s self and instead realize that we are all active Buddhas.

Rohatsu Sesshin 2017 Talk 1

Dec. 13, 2017

Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 1 by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Not Yet Attained – Dogen’s Discourse #72

Dec. 13, 2017

Dharma Talk by Flying Fish Barbara Murphy on Sunday, November 26, 2018.

“Not Yet Attained” is the title of the discourse. Flying Fish Murphy explores one of the Zen founder’s teachings about our attempts at finding “it” (enlightenment) but the truth is surprising.

Yes, I Will

Dec. 13, 2017

Talk by Myoshin Diane Benjamin on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Tending the flame of vow in our ordinary, every day lives.

The Nine Contemplations

Dec. 13, 2017

Dharma Talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, November, 12, 2017.

How the Nine Contemplations on death and impermanence can wake us up to our life and help us live fully.

It’s Not Just My Life I’m Living

Dec. 13, 2017

Dharma Talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Kyoku explained that we spend too much time letting our “self” monopolize our thinking – “How narrow that feels.” Reflecting on non-self, a basic tenet of Buddhism, she said we could not live our lives without the gazillions of people making that possible. Life is to be enjoyed, she said, and it’s not easy to enjoy when you are mostly thinking about yourself. Further, it’s not just our own lives we are liviving. Everything we do reverberates in other lives, not just human.

Entering the Way of Transformation

Nov. 16, 2017

Dharma Talk by Flying Fish Barbara Murphy 10/29/2017

Flying Fish Barbara Murphy used today’s dharma talk to address the 11-14 year-olds, the next generation of Zen Buddhists at Clouds in Water, who were honored at today’s Sunday service in a Coming of Age Ceremony. She said this age is the stage in life where young people start seeing the wider world, and build self-awareness. These particular young people, called Generation Z, give us great hope for the future with their fresh look at war, climate change, racial inequities, and many other issues that have frustrated preceding generations.

Practice Period and Gratitude

Nov. 08, 2017

Sunday talk by Byakuren Judith Ragir, October 15, 2017.

Cultivating a Clear Mind

Oct. 27, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, October 1, 2017.

Practicing with the precept of “not becoming intoxicated.” Considering all the things that we do that distract us from what is actually happening in each moment. Ways we can practice with this precept, including ideas from Diane Eshin Rizzetto’s book, “Waking Up To What You Do.”

Introduction to Bendowa

Oct. 27, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Doan Roessler, September 24, 2017.

 

What to do when the Hurricanes Come

Oct. 27, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn, September 10, 2017.

Long ago, a monk asked a master, “When hundreds, thousands, or myriad of objects come all at once, what should be done?” The master replied, “Don’t try to control them.” Sosan talked about this story from Dogen’s “Only a Buddha and a Buddha”, as well as the alternate version from the Iron Flute (case 27). How can we receive whatever arises with equanimity? How can we be calm enough to have a wise and compassionate response?

The Life of Buddha

Sep. 29, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Norm Randolph, September 17, 2017

 

Training the Mind in Wisdom, Part 2

Sep. 29, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Gentle Dragon Laura Kennedy, September 3, 2017

 

The Power of Loving Kindness

Sep. 29, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Kyoku Tracy Walen, August 27, 2017

It’s a rare person, says Kyoku, who comes into the world with a fully developed heart-mind. For the rest of us loving kindness takes practice, practice, practice, every day. If we cultivate positive thinking in ourselves first, we can spread true happiness in the world. Kyoku suggests that we start by getting into a friendly, calm state of mind when we meditate. Our mantra can be “May I be well and happy.” Starting with ourselves, we accept ourselves fully, including our faults. Then by doing this, we can be kind to others, and they in turn will carry that kindness to the rest of the world.

Training the Mind, Part 1

Aug. 24, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Gentle Dragon Laura Kennedy, August 20, 2017

How do we train the mind in relation to white supremacy, racism and white fragility?

Racism and Collective Liberation

Aug. 24, 2017

Sunday dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn.  August 13, 2017

What is collective liberation and how do we get there? What does it mean to be a member of Clouds in Water?

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.