The village is settled deep in its ancient self: probably here since late Neolithic times. Three things emerge into awareness. First, pigeons cooing, their soft fluting in mid morning. In a way it’s not exactly theirs. The sound is more like the sound of rest agreeing with itself. The daytime roost is an ease offering itself as […]
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Zen practice is the royal road to being able to respond rather than react. Watch this dharma talk focusing on the heart and mind of compassion with in the context of inequality and history by Shosan Victoria Austin, teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center and certified Iyengar teacher. Shosan also takes some questions at […]
In this third talk of our fall ‘Journey of the Heart’ retreat, Valerie takes up case 4 in the Book of Equanimity, exploring the transformation that can come when we discover a world of unbridled sufficiency and offer ourselves to it in gratitude beyond measure.
There seem to be different flavors of flow. There’s being thoroughly engrossed in a task to the point that self-consciousness of doing the task disappears. You are taken up by the activity, and only notice that you have been utterly engaged in it when you pop out, or “come up for air,” and realize it. […]
Circle of the Way – Three-day Virtual Retreat Thursday October 21 – Saturday October 23 Led by Valerie Forstman Descend into deep autumn with this three-day virtual Zen retreat. Join us for sitting, movement, a daily talk, and Q&A. There are long blocks of silent and un-guided sitting early in the morning and in the […]
Valerie turns to Unmon’s teaching in case 27 of the BCR, “Complete Exposure of the Golden Wind,” exploring the human longing for authenticity and Zen’s invitation to come home exactly as you are.
Valerie’s first talk at the Journey of the Heart retreat returns to Mu with the question… What is the ‘barrierless barrier’ Mumon and so many others have ‘broken through’ with this koan and who sets it up?
Original love — this love is fierce, uncompromising, without exception or exemption. Nothing is free of it, nothing is apart from it, nothing is lacking it, and nothing exists without it. But is it really an “it”, a thing? The wonder is that it isn’t, yet it is. Right now it’s the sound of the fridge […]
Ruben Habito talks about how to live an awakened life. We are seeking to see what the Buddha saw and wanting to embody and realize what the Buddha came to know. In most all religions we find the same deep heartfelt longing for an infinite and boundless reality that we can never capture in words […]
Announcing Original Love Fall 2021 Program Original Love is a new approach to the ancient path of awakening. Original Love – our awakened nature – suffuses all experience, and is present in every step of the path of practice. It’s just a matter of learning to realize it. In this program we open up to […]