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Ecodharma: a new Buddhist path? – Dharma talk by David Loy (11/10/2019)

Ecodharma: a new Buddhist path? – Dharma talk by David Loy (11/10/2019)

 
 
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The buddha didn’t talk about evil, but he did about talk what are sometimes called the three roots of evil …. greed, ill-will, delusion. And again historically those have been understood individually. We work on them individually ourselves and we help other people work on them, but I think what’s become clear in the last generation or so is that today the three poisons are institutionalized.

Dharma talk by Ian Case (10/26/2019)

Dharma talk by Ian Case (10/26/2019)

 
 
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My experience in the undoing patriarchy group very much affirms that for me – that we come together to create a space where we can talk about how we harm, how we are harmed, share stories of brokenness. And the sharing of it reveals a wholeness there, a healing. And when that’s set in motion, compassion flowers out of that. Almost like it rushes into the space that’s created in that holding. It’s like just the act of allowing our full selves to come out enables us to meet others in a full way, completely. And then we act from there. Bodhisattvas help bodhisattvas become bodhisattva. It happens across time – like this koan from the 11th century- and then across space and within spaces like the sangha.

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 by Teshin Reb Anderson (06/19/2019)

Dharma talk by Teshin Reb Anderson (06/19/2019)

 
 
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When you sit you could remember the story that the Buddha ascended the seat. Because when you are sitting, you are also ascending a seat, or “the” seat. Could your activity, when you ascend the seat, be Buddha activity? Have your heard about Buddha activity not reaching your seat? I never heard that the Buddha’s activity doesn’t reach the seats of everybody. It’s all pervading. So there is no way to stop it from reaching your seat. Now, your seat doesn’t reach Buddha activity, but Buddha activity reaches your seat.

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.

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

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

 
 
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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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Audio dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: The Will to Change (12/16/2019)

Audio dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: The Will to Change (12/16/2019)

 
 
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2018 Rohatsu Sesshin – Day 5

Take care of yourself when you go back outside [at the end of sesshin] because you are more raw then you think you are. And here you are around a bunch of raw people so you can’t even tell. And then you walk out and whoosh – there it is.

So this is the trick – how do we revere the vulnerability that is the gateway to Buddha fields when we are in places that do not revere it at all? Not only do not revere, but don’t have tome for it, see it as weakness, see it as not efficient enough – whatever.

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Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Equanimity (12/15/2018)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin: Equanimity (12/15/2018)

 
 
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2018 Rohatsu Sesshin – Day 4

Equanimity is that feeling of what patience feels like, what understudying feels like. It’s very energetic actually. Sometimes people misunderstand equanimity, they think it’s like this evenness, like nothing is bothering them, there’s this unaffectedness. That’s not my experience of equanimity and I imagine you feel this too. It’s not like you are not affected by things. You are deeply affected by things, you are sensitized to the subtlest, little hurt or pain. You can feel it even more so.

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Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Being of Service (12/14/2018)

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Being of Service (12/14/2018)

 
 
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2018 Rohatsu Sesshin – Day 3

Someone hands us a broom and we take it. We don’t go through all the reasons why we don’t want the broom right then and then. Because, really, who cares wether I want the broom at that moment or not. It’s not to say I still don’t argue. I do. My mind argues. But who cares? If it’s coming from a sense of service, who cares? If we are confusing the two [being of service or being a servant] then it matters a whole lot.

Some religious communities confuse the two. They use the sense of service to convince you that being in a kind of servant position is a good thing. You should just accept your lot because it’s good to be of service. Well, those are not the same thing.

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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: The Sangha is the Successor (12/12/2018)

Dharma talk with Greg Snyder: The Sangha is the Successor (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.

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.