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Dharma talk with Laura O’Loughlin (04/06/2019)

Dharma talk with Laura O’Loughlin (04/06/2019)

 
 
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One of the ways that I find it easier to navigate this world is to think that this stuff is not just mine. Our bodies and our histories are coming through us. They are not just mine, starting with the birth of me and ending the death of me. It’s not personal.

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Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin (03/23/2019)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin (03/23/2019)

 
 
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On Wednesday night we had our full moon ceremony. It’s a way for us to feel ourselves as energetic bodies, connecting to something beyond our individuality. In this full moon ceremony we renounce our karma, we confess our karma and we wish for ourselves to live in alignment with the precepts, with a way of being with each other that offers a chance for us to be healing influences in the world, as opposed to harming influences.

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Working with Collective Self and Collective Karma in Sangha (part 1), by Greg Snyder (03/16/2019)

Working with Collective Self and Collective Karma in Sangha (part 1), by Greg Snyder (03/16/2019)

 
 
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Difficult Conversations on Race, by Yoko Ohashi (02/23/2019)

Difficult Conversations on Race, by Yoko Ohashi (02/23/2019)

 
 
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We are recognizing here with this Hotsuganmon [sutra by Eihei Dogen] that we don’t exist by ourselves  We thought that the self existed right here, but actually it feels like that life is connected. That we all are affecting each other every moment, that nothing is perfect or permanent.

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Dharma talk with Greg Snyder (01/26/2019)

Dharma talk with Greg Snyder (01/26/2019)

 
 
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We are a conversation. Each one of us is a conversation – a conversation between all kinds of ways of conditioning, trying to talk its way into wise ways of being in the world. […] Healing happens in conversation. If we are trying to get people to do what we do, there’s no conversation.

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Martin Luther King day: Cultivating Bodhisattva Effort Until Death, by Greg Snyder (01/19/2019)

Martin Luther King day: Cultivating Bodhisattva Effort Until Death, by Greg Snyder (01/19/2019)

 
 
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I encourage that with each other, with the world, with our social and political systems, with everything that Dr. King pointed to, that we ask the question: “What is being just here?” Both here, in this moment, and what is being just here [in the world]. Because, ultimately, they cannot be understood without each other.

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Dharma talk with Greg Snyder (12/12/2018)

Dharma talk with Greg Snyder (12/12/2018)

 
 
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2018 Rohatsu Sesshin – Day 1

In the history of Buddhism, the location of working with karma is not only one’s self, but the Sangha. The Sangha is always a part of it. There were many people around the Buddha at the time who were practicing moksha practices, or practices of liberation. But the Buddha assembled a Sangha. The Buddha understood the necessity of vow and of holding the harm of the world. So even when he died and they were looking for a successor, his response was: “No successor, the Sangha is the successor.” So that is our way, to do this in community. Our way is to foreground community.

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Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin, (11/17/2018)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin, (11/17/2018)

 
 
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In Ancient Buddhist cosmology we say that the whole world is created, maintained and sustained by our collective karma. So, we literally are constantly living in a karmic stream of influences. Every moment is a chance for us to either act out our karma or work with our karma in a particular way, from a practice perspective, in which it causes no more harm and it becomes a force for healing in the world.

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Listening to the Cries of the World (part 4) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/17/2018)

Listening to the Cries of the World (part 4) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/17/2018)

 
 
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When we observe sentient beings with eyes of compassion and that observation becomes whole hearted, each sentient being becomes a door to the Dharma. And when that door opens and we realize what we are being shown that is wisdom.

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Listening to the Cries of the World (part 3) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/16/2018)

Listening to the Cries of the World (part 3) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/16/2018)

 
 
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In the observation of each and every living being with eyes of compassion, the door to the true Dharma opens. Observing each and every living being with eyes of compassion is the situation, is the practice, in which the true Dharma is seen, and heard, and maintained.

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Listening to the Cries of the World (part 2) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/15/2018)

Listening to the Cries of the World (part 2) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/15/2018)

 
 
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No matter what comes, we welcome it. This is the way of Buddha. Whatever comes, welcome it. No matter how it looks, welcome it. And in fact, in reality, whatever comes you do welcome it. That’s your original nature.

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Listening to the Cries of the World (part 1) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/14/2018)

Listening to the Cries of the World (part 1) by Tenshin Reb Anderson (06/14/2018)

 
 
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Each of us has the job of being the person that the universe makes us and doing that completely involves listening to the cries of the world. I can’t be fully me without listening to everybody else. Because everybody else is included in me.

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Rohatsu Sesshin Day 7, by Teah Strozer (12/10/2017)

Rohatsu Sesshin Day 7, by Teah Strozer (12/10/2017)

 
 
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Soshin Teah Strozer is Brooklyn Zen Center’s root teacher. Teah is a Zen Buddhist priest, dharma teacher, and lineage-holder in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman and served as BZC’s guiding teacher until December 2017.

Our audio dharma talks are offered free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of our website.

Rohatsu Sesshin: Day 6, by Greg Snyder (12/09/2017)

Rohatsu Sesshin: Day 6, by Greg Snyder (12/09/2017)

 
 
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Our audio dharma talks are offered free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of our website.

Rohatsu Sesshin: Day 4, by Laura O’Loughlin (12/07/2017)

Rohatsu Sesshin: Day 4, by Laura O’Loughlin (12/07/2017)

 
 
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Our audio dharma talks are offered free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of our website.

Rohatsu Sesshin Day 3, by Teah Strozer (12/06/2017)

Rohatsu Sesshin Day 3, by Teah Strozer (12/06/2017)

 
 
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Soshin Teah Strozer is Brooklyn Zen Center’s root teacher. Teah is a Zen Buddhist priest, dharma teacher, and lineage-holder in the Soto Zen tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She received dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman and served as BZC’s guiding teacher until December 2017.

Our audio dharma talks are offered free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of our website.

Sitting with Burning Difference, by Greg Snyder (11/04/2017)

Sitting with Burning Difference, by Greg Snyder (11/04/2017)

 
 
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Creating a Beautiful Past, by Kaira Jewel Lingo (10/01/2017)

Creating a Beautiful Past, by Kaira Jewel Lingo (10/01/2017)

 
 
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Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches meditation and mindfulness, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997 and she is an ordained nun in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing.

Our audio dharma talks are offered free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of our website.