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Dharma talk by Shokuchi Deirde Carrigan (2020-03-28)

Dharma talk by Shokuchi Deirde 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.

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.

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 Laura O’Loughlin (10/02/2019)

Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin (10/02/2019)

 
 
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Especially in practice, we talk about “being present,” as if it’s this kind of lovely pool of water that we can swim in, and relax and enjoy. But often it’s like a confrontation with experience, with reality, that stirs us up. And I love this part where it says it’s waiting and enduring, kind of like the dragon. Waiting, waiting for us to come and meet it. It’s here, it’s calling to us actually. So the question then becomes: can we relax with this invitation?

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.

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 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?

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 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.

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 (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.