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Been All Along

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“Life only happens now”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. With a focus on how Buddha, the Awakened One, became Buddha, the Dharma teacher, it begins with reflections on the first two phases of practice and initiates a discussion of the Buddha’s first teaching, the Middle Way. For the introduction to this basic Buddhism series, […]


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Venus Twinkling

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“I and all beings have simultaneously attained the Way” ~ Buddha Description: This is the first in a series of talks on basic Buddhism, beginning with an exploration of the word Buddhism and the story of Siddhartha Gautama and how he became “Buddha” – awakened. Is there something that is not subject to suffering and […]


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Dharmatalk: Zen and the New Story

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“The place of stillness is where we find the “sprouts of the new story” …” “Zen is loving the earth …” Description: In this powerful talk, touching on quantum mechanics and the work of Charles Eisenstein, Ruben Roshi reflects on how the stillness and belonging that we find in Zen practice can allow us to find […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 100, Book of Equanimity: Roya’s “Mountains and Rivers”

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“Meditation is bound to fail if it is being done to fix a problem.” ~ Barry Magid Description: In Case 100, a monk asks Master Kaku a question and the master’s response itself is showing the monk the world that is revealed when concepts about who we think we are drop away and the essential state […]


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Shimmering Particles

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“The ‘story of me’ fell away utterly and completely.” ~ Francis Bennett   Description: This encouraging talk begins with excerpts from the book I Am That I Am by Francis Bennett. Zen practice allows us to join a level of experience where we are never separate from anything. This experience that can arise from deep absorption […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 99, Book of Equanimity: Unmon’s “Bowl and Pail”

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“You can’t see the Way; you can discover that you are the Way“ Description: In Case 99, a monk asks Master Unmon, “What is the dust-dust samadhi?” This term, also translated as moment-by-moment samadhi, is explored at various levels in this talk. Unmon’s response to the monk is simple and beautiful, conveying a world where […]


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Dharmatalk: Spreading the Love

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“… The Way is always waiting to show itself in every single moment …” Description: Beginning with some reflections on the book American Veda, this talk unfolds into a discussion of the Zen poem “Shin Jin Mei,” written by Sosan. The first line reads “The Great Way is not difficult for those who do not […]


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Dharmatalk (Guest): Ruben Habito: Zen Eye on Good Friday

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“… And suddenly the darkness turned into a bright and luminous light …” Description: In this brief Zen talk on Easter weekend 2020, Ruben Roshi walks us through a famous Zen koan from the “Gateless Gate”, transposing the characters to the Montepulciano region of Italy, and brings us to the wordless “wine of astonishment” that awakening […]


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Dharmatalk: One Infinite Gratitude

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“… Zen practice offers stillness and silence …” “…dissolving the great Gordian knot of self …” Description: Gratitude for Buddha, Dharma and Sangha unites all the divergent streams of Buddhism. This talk touches on Transcendental Meditation and The Beatles, Emerson and Thoreau, and Swami Vivekananda. Zen practice offers stillness and silence and the potential for […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 98, Book of Equanimity: Tozan’s “Intimate with It” (Part 2 of 2)

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“Zen is a template for letting go …” Description: This talk revisits the three bodies of Buddha and maps them onto the various approaches to Zen practice, including mindfulness. The Dharma-body is the subject of every koan; each one communicates the true fact of existence. Tôzan’s answer to the monk’s question in Case 98 does […]


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