Dharma Talk: Sacred Silence

Venerable Thich Minh Nhat examines the concept of Sacred Silence.

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Dharma Talk: Good Friends and Panic Attacks

September 30, 2012: Su Co’s talk on Body/Mind connection and cultivating good friends.

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3-part Dharma Talk: It’s Not About Enlightenment

In July and August 2012, Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng gave three Dharma Talks related to Enlightenment/Nirvana and a question, “What did Dogen mean when he said, ‘You have to die in Zazen’?”

Part 1: It’s not about Enlightenment  (Unfortunately, the degraded memory card — now retired and little-mourned — affected the recording of the first of the three talks.

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Part 2: Dying in Zazen
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Part 3: Great Death
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Dharma Talk: Basic Buddhism – Impermanence

September 2, 2012: Thích Ân Giáo Roshi addresses one of the most often discussed, yet commonly misunderstood Buddhist teachings — Impermanence — in the context of his ever-changing, but ongoing health issues.  If you’ve ever wondered just what the Buddha and the old Masters had in mind when assigning bodily impurity or charnel ground meditations, this is the talk for you.

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Dharma Talk: The Oak Tree in the Front Courtyard

Who are you? Roshi sheds light on the “mysteries” of Zen encounter dialog.

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The Rose Bush in the Front Courtyard - photo by Susan Chacon

Dharma Talk: Practice (Ethics)

Are ethics an essential part of Buddhist practice? How do ethics fit with the advocacy of meditation practice? Roshi talks about Zen practice, cultivation, study, keeping “busy” and… ethics.

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Dharma Talk: Forgetting to Breathe

Ever say, “It takes my breath away”?

Forgetting (how) to breathe.
Roshi uses his recent health crises to frame this Dharma Talk on breath, meditation, and emotional roller coasters.

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Dharma Talk: Zendo Etiquette

Su Co Tam Hu’o’ng’s offers her impression of “Miss Manners of the Zendo”: What we Do and Don’t Do during retreats and meditation practice, with a bit of Why and Why Not, and some thoughts on various practices, historical and current at other centers.

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Dharma Talk: Paying Attention

Roshi reminds us that the most important practice of meditation, of life, is to pay attention.

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Dharma Talk: No Shortcuts

Roshi addresses the reality of practice: there is no way to truly know oneself without doing the work.

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