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Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder (09/07/2019)

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder (09/07/2019)

 
 
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What is it to be vulnerable enough to express those different needs [of sangha members] and what is it to be vulnerable enough to be there for their expression? To slow down enough. We can’t always meet them, at least not in the whole way they eventually need to be met, but we can show up for each other in best way that we can with that intention. But to not lose sight of that, to not lose sight of the value of a community of people who share the intention of looking at the way their mind falls into rigid habits that convince us that we’re special, separate, or worse than each other.

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Dharma talk with Yoko Ohashi (04/20/2019)

Dharma talk with Yoko Ohashi (04/20/2019)

 
 
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When we come close together and listen to each other’s karma and to our own karma, and it’s difficult – what do we do? […] How do we know how much is mine and how much is yours? How do we discern that?

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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.

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.

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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Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice (2019/02/02)

Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice (2019/02/02)

 
 
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Talk offered by teachers Laura O’Loughlin and Sebene Salassie during a two-day retreat at Brooklyn Zen Center. The retreat, Reclaiming the Feminine in Our Practice, included silent and relational practices in stillness and in movement to explore the impact of patriarchy on our bodies, minds and hearts and what it means to reclaim the feminine in our practice and in our sanghas.

To start, [we need to] make this distinction between the sacred feminine and what we might call the social feminine. The sacred feminine we’re talking about is all of us, regardless of gender. It’s archetypal, it’s energetic – these are elemental qualities. The social feminine is something that is affected by the sacred feminine but it’s really the social phenomena of gender and, particularly, the relationship of women and female-identified people with what is the feminine.

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.

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.

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 by Laura O’Loughlin: Hindrances (12/13/2018)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Hindrances (12/13/2018)

 
 
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2018 Rohatsu Sesshin – Day 2

You can all be visited by your demons in the middle of the night, in a period of zazen. They will come and find you. They are doing their part in helping you to wake up. So, can you relax with them? Can you welcome then? Can you play with them? Joyfully, playfully? “What are you doing here and what are you offering me right now? What is it that you believe in?” We engage it. We don’t tight up against it or push it away. Or indulge it either.

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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.

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.

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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Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin on karma (09/15/2018)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin on karma (09/15/2018)

 
 
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It’s important to think about how harmful the word karma can be used. It comes out of a very different time and a very different cosmology than the one we live in right now. It has been misunderstood and also used to justify oppressive social structures. It has been conflated with this idea of faith, so that there is premeditated destiny or punishment that gets doled out based on action. It has been used to justify a certain kind of suffering or passivity in the face of suffering, or as a kind of moralistic judgmental force in the world. Like anything, a word or a teaching can be used for harm or for good.

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.

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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Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Cultivating the Great Compassion of Zen (05/19/2018)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Cultivating the Great Compassion of Zen (05/19/2018)

 
 
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Dharma talk offered by Laura O’Loughin during the one-day sit at Brooklyn Zen Center on May 19, 2018.

Compassion, as we practice it in Buddhism, is the most radical act a human being can do – as well as the most natural. […] In Buddhism […] we say that our natural state of being is compassion and wisdom. And what we are doing in this practice is asking ourselves to come home to ourselves, to our heart, to our birthright. So it’s an act of regaining our dignity as human beings. And then, when we regain our dignity, offering that dignity to others. As the Dalai Lama puts it: “make our own heart our temple.” So what would it be like to walk around with your heart as your temple?

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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.