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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.

 

 

Dharma talk by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan (2020/03/28)

Dharma talk by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan (2020/03/28)

 
 
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My deep gratitude for the many people taking care of those who are suffering. Boundless gratitude. And for all the people who are courageously keeping the basic functioning of our city going. Of course, the medical workers who take care of the sick, the people who drive the ambulances, the truckers who are delivering us food from the farmers, the people who are selling and delivering our food to us, the people who pick up the trash, the people who deliver the mail and the packages. And deep gratitude for whoever it is that is keeping all this technology going at this time. It’s a mystery to me how it even works but I know there are human beings working hard to keep us in contact. Deep gratitude to all of them.

Dharma talk by Teah Strozer (2020/03/21) – updated

Dharma talk by Teah Strozer (2020/03/21) – updated

 
 
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Resisting reality is a mistake. Because reality will win. No matter what that reality is. It’s safer and better to face whatever is happening with as clear a mind as you can possibly muster. And it’s from there that we respond to the world.

This is an updated podcast version of the dharma talk offered by BZC’s root teacher Teah Strozer on March 21, 2020, which includes the Q&A portion of the talk.

Audio dharma talk by Chimyo Atkinson (2020/02/22)

Audio dharma talk by Chimyo Atkinson (2020/02/22)

 
 
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One day you may be serving food. One day you may be ringing a bell. It’s all the same. It’s all about doing that practice together with intention and with, dare we say, love. And it’s about getting in each other’s way. And it’s about knowing when to move. And knowing when to say the appropriate thing, when to correct. When to accept correction.

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin (01/18/2020)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin (01/18/2020)

 
 
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There is a teaching in Buddhism called Buddha nature, which is such a loving and encouraging teaching, which says – my words – that love is a potentiality and a realizable force. Even if we feel a thousand miles away from it, it’s there. It’s available, we can return to it and live it!

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Rohatsu Day 5 (12/15/2019)

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Rohatsu Day 5 (12/15/2019)

 
 
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[The Dharma] is always between us. It is always the conversation that is happening even when we’re silent.  It is going on between us; that is where the Dharma always lives. Even when we’re at home in our apartments and we’re not next to each other, the Dharma is being expressed between us, and throughout us.

Dharma talk by Ian Case: Rohatsu Day 4 (12/14/2019)

Dharma talk by Ian Case: Rohatsu Day 4 (12/14/2019)

 
 
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On the forth day of Rohatsu there’s an effort, an energy that is coursing through the zendo. But it is no longer our energy or our effort. We are all sharing it. So I think that is something we can enjoy and can rest in.

Oryoki has become this dual choreography of giving and receiving. You don’t need to play a part in it anymore. You just need to be there and bow to the server and the nourishment is there.

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Rohatsu Day 3 (12/13/2019)

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Rohatsu Day 3 (12/13/2019)

 
 
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That’s where we live in zazen. We are grounding ourselves fully in the mud. We are not trying to clean it up. If we try to clean it up, we will kill life. We will kill the possibility of meeting ourselves and each other in ways that will clarify our karma, and clarify our conditioning.

Dharma talk by Ian Case: Rohatsu Day 2 (12/12/2019)

Dharma talk by Ian Case: Rohatsu Day 2 (12/12/2019)

 
 
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It could be confusing when we hear that instruction: the middle way between gentleness and discipline.  As if we’re trying to find some quality that’s halfway between discipline and gentleness.  That’s kind of a watered down discipline, or an insincere gentleness.  And I don’t think that’s what’s meant by that instruction.  The middle way between gentleness and discipline is fully gentle, and fully disciplined.  It contains both of those without holding on to either.

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Rohatsu Day 1 (12/11/2019)

Dharma talk by Kosen Greg Snyder: Rohatsu Day 1 (12/11/2019)

 
 
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What would it be [like] this week to be completely devoted to the infinities that are sitting with us everywhere. To the mothers of our being that are sitting with us everywhere as dishes, as people, as prostrations, as clocks, as thoughts, as moods, as knee pain – whatever they are. However they’re showing up, to bring complete devotion to them.

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.