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Dharmatalk: Maura Noone: Allow It All

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“… Allow whatever’s happening … and let this practice just swallow you up …” Description: In this heart-felt and profound account of some of the ways that practice has helped her, Maura Noone, a Senior Student at Mountain Cloud, shares some of the challenging circumstances of her life, and shows in clear and illuminating ways […]


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Dharmatalk (Guest): Ruben Habito: World in a Grain of Sand

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To see a World in a Grain of Sand; And a Heaven in a Wild Flower ~William Blake Description: This talk was given by Ruben Habito Roshi, founding teacher of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX. Beginning with William Blake’s poem, “Auguries of Innocence,” we are invited to glimpse our true nature. Words and concepts […]


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Dharmatalk (Guest): John Gaynor: Zen Master Dôgen Kigen (Part 2 of 2)

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  Description: This is the second part of a talk given by John Gaynor, a Zen Teacher with The Oxford Zen Centre. The why, how and what of meditation is explored, using the wisdom gleaned from Master Dôgen’s first work, Fukanzazengi (Universally Recommended Instructions for Sitting Meditation). It closes with an engaging question and answer period. […]


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Dharmatalk (Guest): John Gaynor: Zen Master Dôgen Kigen (Part 1 of 2)

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“… If one person is harmonizing this experience of Dogen’s, then we all are …”    Description: John Gaynor is a Zen Teacher with The Oxford Zen Centre. This wonderful talk was presented at The Meditatio Centre in London. Using the wisdom gleaned from Master Dôgen’s first work, Fukanzazengi (Universally Recommended Instructions for Sitting Meditation), […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 84, Book of Equanimity:Gutei’s One Finger

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“… Whatever you experience, if you can see it clearly, it shows itself to be hollow, empty, insubstantial …”   Description: In Case 84, Master Gutei responds to whatever he is asked with the same gesture—he holds up one finger. Where is the wisdom in his teaching? Where is the compassion? This talk explores these […]


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Dharmatalk: Infinite Heart Opening (Practice Basics)

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“… The Way is never apart from you right where you are …” Description: There are a myriad of ways to parse the human experience and find clarity. This talk is a basic overview of practice, beginning with the centrality of breath and closing with beautiful words from Master Dogen. Post & Featured image: Forest by […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 83, Book of Equanimity: Dôgo’s Nursing the Ill

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“… The whole universe is offering unconditional love …” Description: The focus of this talk is Case 83, which features Master Isan and Master Dôgo. These masters are completely free; they have thoroughly seen through self and world and the delusion of separateness is gone. How do we nurse the ill and help all become free […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 82, Book of Equanimity: “Sound” and “Color”

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“… It’s about entering the moment in a more immediate, intimate and clearer way …” Description: In the koan, “Sound” and “Color,” Master Unmon is essentially talking about the main emphasis of Zen—the experience of waking up. This can be suddenly triggered by one of our sense channels. What is a sense experience? When we are […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 19, The Gateless Gate: Ordinary Mind is the Way

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“… Ordinary experience is extraordinarily miraculous. It is “as vast and boundless as the great empty sky …” Description: This talk focuses on a teaching story from very early in Master Jôshû’s training with his teacher, Master Nansen. Nansen tells Jôshû that the ordinary mind is the Way. What is ordinary mind? What is the Way? Ordinary […]


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Dharmatalk: Case 28, Book of Equanimity: Gokoku’s “Three Disgraces”

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“… At the deepest level, nothing is separate from the Dharma …” Description: This talk focuses on Henry’s trip to Germany, beginning in Nuremberg, then on to Benediktushof, a former Benedictine monastery, now a spiritual center, then to Sonnenhof Zen Center in the Black Forest, and, finally, to Domicilium, a joint hospice and Zen center. […]


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