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Dharmatalk: Practice-Realization

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“… taste the indivisible dynamism of the heart of compassion …” “… The slightest movement is a seismic gesture; the whole earth shaken to the farthest regions …” Description: In this talk given during the Spring 2020 sesshin at Mountain Cloud, Valerie Forstman delves into Case 54 of the Book of Equanimity. The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is […]


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Dharmatalk: Loving Awakening

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“… clinging to identification with the self … the sense organs …” “… Words cannot touch it. No words cannot touch it …” Description: In this talk given during the 2020 Spring sesshin at Mountain Cloud, we examine the 12 links of dependent origination, which we find held together by our constant clinging to identification with […]


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Dharmatalk: Awakening to Love and Compassion

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“… the very first line of the {Heart} sutra links Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of love, mercy, and compassion, with awakening and liberation  …” “… What does it take to just grow one level bigger?  …”   Description: In this talk, which was given on the first day of the Spring 2020 sesshin at Mountain Cloud, we again […]


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Dharmatalk: The Other Power

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“… Usually with training, we can become more and more creators of wellbeing …” Description: This short talk, given on the final day of the 2019 Winter Sesshin, offers words of encouragement for practitioners in retreat. It reminds us of the points that came up in talks on the Heart Sutra throughout the prior week. To […]


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Dharmatalk: Excess of Happiness

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“… as an affirmation of the absolute unity of all …” “… How can there be suffering if there is no one who suffers? …” Description: In this further exploration of the Heart Sutra from the 2019 Winter Sesshin, we look at the section that says: “No ignorance, and therefore no ending of ignorance; no old age […]


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Dharmatalk: A Heart Retreat

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“… sutra is conveying the great love and fundamental energy that pervades throughout the universe …” “… Hating our suffering and fighting against it will inevitably make it worse …” Description: This third talk given during the Winter Sesshin of 2019 considers how all of the senses and sense objects that are named in the Heart Sutra […]


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Dharmatalk: A Goad for Training

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“… This being here like this is a marvellous arising of a mirage …” Description: This talk, the second one given during the 2019 Rohatsu Sesshin, further discusses the group of lines from the Heart Sutra that starts, “No eye, ear, nose,” etc. The sutra breaks down our entire perception of reality by the sense organs, […]


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Dharmatalk: Firsthand Experience

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“… Practice is always, only about this moment …” Description: The first talk given during the Winter Rohatsu sesshin of 2019 continues an ongoing exploration of the Heart Sutra by looking, in particular, at the line: “No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind.” Allowing this negating assertion to infuse our practice, we may find ourselves able […]


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Dharmatalk: Negation as Strategy

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“… The Heart Sutra puts forth the radical assertion that knowing is delusion, and not knowing is most intimate …” “… This is not a morning talk on Zen …” Description: The word “no” gets repeated over many times throughout the Heart Sutra. This talk examines why negation is such a core element of Mahayana Buddhism. […]


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Dharmatalk: The Wisdom before Knowing

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“… We, our mind, the world we experience with our mind; are all the same …” Description: In this first talk given during the Fall 2019 sesshin, we continue our former discussion about the Heart Sutra by looking at how Prajna Paramita is “neither stained nor pure,” and is “neither born nor dies.” The text is […]


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