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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 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.

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Audio dharma by Tenshin Reb Anderson (2019/06/22)

Audio dharma by Tenshin Reb Anderson (2019/06/22)

 
 
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Letting go – real letting go – is letting go that doesn’t abandon the pain. It’s being there completely with it and, through that complete compassion with it, pain is released, without being abandoned, or exiled or tampered with. Compassion respects pain, right now, the way it is. It lets it be. It doesn’t touch it, it doesn’t turn away, it’s right there.

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

Dharma talk by Tenshin 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.

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.