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Dharma talk by Chimyo Atkinson (2020/10/24)

Dharma talk by Chimyo Atkinson (2020/10/24)

 
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Practice is taking that step time and time again and slamming again and again into the reality that the world is not built for me, around me, by me alone. That my story is just that – a story. And that there is a reality that I am a part of, that other beings are a part of, and would not happen without all of us.

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Sesshin Day 3 (2020/10/18)

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Sesshin Day 3 (2020/10/18)

 
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We are in a time where being able to take refuge in each other, being of service to each other, being a community that can rely on each other – this is something that we put forward, and that we understand that zazen is certainly important, our ritual practice is certainly important. But our sangha is the thing that will allow all of that to be. And that our deep service to each other will really be everything.

Audio dharma talk by Kosen Gregory Snyder (2020/10/03)

Audio dharma talk by Kosen Gregory Snyder (2020/10/03)

 
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Sometimes that Buddha ancestral connection is represented between a teacher and a student – which Dogen talks a lot about – but it can be represented by our relationship to the Buddhas and ancestors we don’t see right in front of us, that we know came before us. And so we speak to them about what it is we wish to renounce and what is we wish to manifest, and we ask for their support.

Dharma talk by DaRa Williams (2020/09/20)

Dharma talk by DaRa Williams (2020/09/20)

 
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This practice, this way of understanding, this way of knowing, is crafted in such a way that we have access to freedom in each and every moment of our waking hours. The freedom that I am speaking to is the freedom from the conditioning, the freedom from being reactivated in response to conditions or persons or circumstances. The freedom to be who we are, unafraid. The freedom to be able to meet whatever comes our way with a magnitude of heart and wisdom. To know in that moment what the action may be or not be. Where we want to direct our energy — not in reaction to something but because we want to be engaged in contributing in the lessening of suffering for all beings.

Dharma by Laura O’Loughlin: Sesshin Day 2 (2020/08/15)

Dharma by Laura O’Loughlin: Sesshin Day 2 (2020/08/15)

 
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The ceremony of zazen is a ceremony of non-separation. It’s our intention to sit down and be with everything. This is how we start working with those many moments of painful separation, of harm enacted upon us, or that we have enacted upon another – all the vulnerability of our humanness.

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Sesshin Day 1 (2020/08/14)

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Sesshin Day 1 (2020/08/14)

 
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We all, just like Siddhartha Gautama did, run back to the palace for a bit. We learn about the suffering of the world, we feel it, we run back to the palace. We come out again, we feel it, we run back to the palace. Until we come out enough that we decide: “Ok, I am not going back to the palace, I am staying here. I am going to understand what is going on, I am going to understand why we do this to each other.”

Audio dharma by Kosen Greg Snyder (2020/07/11)

Audio dharma by Kosen Greg Snyder (2020/07/11)

 
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I have been thinking about waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night. It’s my first vow of the day to liberate all beings and it’s my last thought at the end of the day to vow to liberate all beings? And can I try to encourage that in myself? […] Because we know the suffering of the world and we are moved to respond to it.

 

Audio dharma by Ian Case (2020/06/20)

Audio dharma by Ian Case (2020/06/20)

 
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So when we sit in zazen, our karmic patterns come up. And we have an opportunity to see them and to not act on them, to let them fall away. So in that sense we acknowledge them, we see them and in that moment of acknowledging we can take responsibility. So it is a two-part process. There is an acknowledgment of it, and a avowing, which is a take on responsibility and the possibility of space around that. We are able to own it, own our twisted karma. And in that moment, be free of it.

Audio dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin (2020/06/06)

Audio dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin (2020/06/06)

 
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How can we become a community that fosters awakening to these systems of harm, in our bodies and between us? I want to understand how we can go beyond a fragile superficial harmony in our community to be a better community, to be truly anti-racist. To tear apart what we have to tear apart, to take responsibility for what we have to take responsibility – a loving responsibility, a loving accountability that listens and it’s humble and it’s disciplined and apologizes. And tries again, even though we don’t know what we are doing. Because we don’t know what we are doing.

 

Audio dharma talk by Ian Case (2020/05/16)

Audio dharma talk by Ian Case (2020/05/16)

 
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I would like to mention a practice I learned from Dr. T. (a professor at Union Theological Seminary), that he termed the “hospitality of receiving.” […] In this practice, it is possible to meet one another with an attitude of openness and humility, as opposed to a colonialist mode of domination or appropriation. […] That act of receiving is also an act of hospitality – it is actually a gift.
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Audio dharma talk by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan (2020/05/09)

Audio dharma talk by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan (2020/05/09)

 
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There’s always been suffering in the world – nothing new. But these days, I think, we are given the gift to notice it more. We also have the gift of noting that pretty much everybody in the world is kind of suffering right now. There always are, but we don’t notice it. And now we have this gift to feel connected. We have the opportunity to actually, everyday, be with the suffering of people everywhere.

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Audio dharma talk by Teah Strozer (2020/04/25)

Audio dharma talk by Teah Strozer (2020/04/25)

 
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I have hope because I think the virus has actually caught our attention. I have hope because it has stopped us in our tracks. I have hope that maybe this time we will rethink our relationship to the Earth, to this living miracle. […] That maybe we can live in gratitude for this gift of life.