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Heart Sutra Talk 9

We’ve covered a lot of ground looking at the Heart Sutra–hopefully by now the sutra is more alive for you. The hard work we’ve been doing in sesshin is learning to lighten our load, to get a taste of the freedom to move; to just go along for the ride. Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at the fall sesshin.

Heart Sutra Talk 8

The last night of sesshin is sometimes a time when we lean forward into the next day and our preparations for going home. Try to plant firmly in this moment here and now. Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at the fall sesshin.

Heart Sutra Talk 7

What are we to make of the lines in the Heart Sutra saying “no eyes, no ears, no tongue..”? There’s a truth underneath us having things like tongues, ears and eyes. The Heart Sutra points to our human tendency for rigid categorization. Koshin Cain speaks at the fall sesshin,

Heart Sutra Talk 6

The striking of the han is a call to recommit to this practice; to notice change. Likewise, sesshin is a call to feel yourself change; to feel what it’s like to move with time. Koshin Cain speaks at the fall sesshin.

Heart Sutra talk 5

We see form more concretely than emptiness, but the Heart Sutra is telling us to delve deeper into form as well as emptiness. Form and emptiness are equivalent and completely intertwined. Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at the fall sesshin.

Heart Sutra Talk 4

It’s actually kind of good to get sideswiped by something that throws you off completely and you have to start from scratch. These are the real gifts we get from practice. Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at the fall sesshin,

Heart Sutra Talk 3

The heart of the Heart Sutra: form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Emptiness has a history of being an unsettling concept, especially in the West. Koshin Cain speaks at the fall sesshin,

Heart Sutra Talk 2

When I first went to Mount Baldy, my zazen got worse. Looking back on it, I feel like I was trying to contract my way into quiet. I want to encourage you to be strong and open in your posture; to sit large rather than small. Koshin Cain speaks at the fall sesshin.

Heart Sutra talk 1

According to Mahayana lore, the monks weren’t ready for the idea of emptiness in the Heart Sutra. So the Buddha gave the sutras to the Nagas, the sea serpents under the ocean, until people were ready to hear them. Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at our fall sesshin.

Misunderstood Mara

Mara was the demon who tried to get the Buddha to give up his seat under the Bodhi Tree, by hook, crook, or temptation. Was he demonic, or was he just trying to help the Buddha out? Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center December 4, 2016.

Larry Ward on “Harvest Time”

Dr. Peggy Rowe-Ward and Dr. Larry Ward, senior dharma teachers ordained by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, are the leading proponents of Engaged Buddhism in the United States. Deeply inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, they have committed their lives to non-violent social change, healing, and transformation at all levels, from individuals & communities to the global scale. Peggy and Larry are co-authors of the book, Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships.

Stepping into Uncertainty

Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center the Sunday after the Presidential election on how our practice can help us appoach the future with tenderness, curiosity and strength.

Koshin Christopher Cain: Moving with Change

Berneta Walraven: Death Lessons

David Steel: Meditation and the Brain

Anita M. Feng: What is the True History of the Life of the Buddha?

Serena Maurer: Mindfulness and the Categorizing Mind

Dogen’s Three Minds: Joyful, Caring and Big

The Four Immeasurables

Weston T. Borden: Koans-Case Studies in Kindness and Compassion

Genko Kathy Blackman: What does compassion look like?

Susan Traff on Interdependence

Codependent Origination

Why Buddhism Works Here

The Shapes of the Awakening Mind

Interdependence

Zen and Being a Mother

Lidunn Overdahl Cain at the Zen Center, June 26, 2016

Born Again

Koshin Cain at the Zen Center, May 22, 2016

Zero-based Wisdom

Koshin Cain at the Zen Center, June 19, 2016

The Wisdom of Meditation

Mary Lila Gary at the Zen Center, June 12, 2016

Buddha’s birthday

Breathing and Posture Bootcamp, Part Two

Breathing and Posture Bootcamp, Part One

Going Further

Commitment

Ryokan Part Three

Ryokan Part Two

Ryokan Part One

Suchness (Eko Jeff Kelley)

The Buddha Holds up a Flower

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