New Audio Dharma Talk: Greg Snyder

You can now listen to a dharma talk by BZC’s dharma teacher and senior priest Greg Snyder: Embodying the Path of Liberation in Our Lives, Part 3, (02/19/2017).


This talk was offered during a three-day sesshin at the Brooklyn Zen Center:

Embodying the Path of Liberation in Our Lives

The Buddha taught that the end of suffering was found in what he called the Noble Eightfold Path. The elements of this path are divided into three emphases that have traditionally been referred to as the Threefold Training. These three are sīla (behavioral discipline), samadhi (gathering mind) and prajñā (wisdom). These three areas of training are necessary for living a life of liberation. Our tradition of Soto Zen, grounded in the teachings of Eihei Dogen, emphasizes the Buddha’s realization that freedom cannot be found without all three of these trainings together as one.

Part 1 is available here and part 2 is available here.

As Greg shared during this talk:

“What keeps us energized around a particular set of self-actions is getting down to ‘Well, if I don’t do this, and if I don’t behave this way, and if I don’t maintain this identity, I’m going to be kicked out. I’m going to either be exiled of the human family or rejected or whatever the story is.’ What is so interesting about this process is that is doesn’t end up in the fear of death. It ends in the fear of exile. The irony is that that which is afraid of separation and exile is the one who is creating separation and exile.  It’s the one who’s recreating this notion of self that’s terrified of being separate. And yet all the separation is coming from the one that’s terrified of being separate.”

Greg will be leading a one-day retreat this Saturday, January 20, on Cultivating Bodhisattva Effort Until Death, honoring the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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