Friday, 21 September 2018

Image, Mythos, Dharma by Rob Burbea

The first talk in this two-part series provoked a lot of reaction within the group on Thursday, most of
it inclining to the negative.

I have therefore decided to post both the first talk and the second talk together with a view to people being able to hear the second part here without it being presented at the next meeting.

I must urge everyone to listen to BOTH parts of the talk as the second part really brings everything together and definitely connects the first talk to the  Dharma and the Buddha's teachings (a perceived lack for those who have only heard the first part of Rob's talk).


Image, Mythos, Dharma (Part One) 



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Image, Mythos, Dharma (Part Two) 



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Monday, 17 September 2018

04 Mazu's Heart Sutra by John Daido Loori

This is next in our series "The True Dharma Eye" by John Daido Loori.






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Sunday, 9 September 2018

The Final Great Adventure by Anna Douglas

Anna Douglas, PhD. is a Buddhist Dharma Teacher, one of the founders of Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.

Her focus is on helping students of the Dharma mature in their practice, taking the practice off the cushion into their daily lives.

This talk examines the fact that we all age, grow older and die, and how realising this leads to liberation.






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Saturday, 11 August 2018

True Dharma Eye by John Daido Loori, Roshi

This is the first of a series of fifty Dharma talks by John Daido Loori Roshi based on his translation of "The True Dharma Eye, Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans".

It is a collection of three hundred koans compiled by Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, this book presents readers with a uniquely contemporary perspective on his profound teachings and their relevance for modern Western practitioners of Zen.

Following the traditional format for koan collections, John Daido Loori Roshi, an American Zen master, has added his own commentary and accompanying verse for each of Dogen’s koans. Zen students and scholars will find The True Dharma Eye to be a source of deep insight into the mind of one of the world’s greatest religious thinkers, as well as the practice of koan study itself.

01 Qingyuan's Whisk



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02 Baizhang Remains Seated



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Friday, 3 August 2018

Many Kinds Of Thoughts by Shaila Catherine

In this Dharma talk, Shaila Catherine discusses a range of thoughts and mental objects that arise in meditation.

Unwholesome mental patterns can reinforce obsessive desires, identification, rigid opinions, and attachment to belief systems. What patterns are most common for you—planning, rumination, fantasy, rehearsing, daydreaming, judging, comparing, fixing, instructing?



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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Knowing Oneself, Knowing Enlightenment by Reverend Master Daishin

Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey is under the spiritual direction of the Abbot, Rev. Master Daishin Morgan, a senior disciple of the late Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett.





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Friday, 20 July 2018

What Are We Waiting For by Catherine McGee

The talk which I took along for last night's meeting of the Newport Soto Zen group was by Catherine McGee and entitled "What Are We Waiting For".

Catherine McGee has practised and studied Buddhist meditation since 1992. She has been teaching insight meditation at Gaia House and internationally since 1997. She is a member of the Gaia House teacher council. She is particularly interested in the integration and embodiment of insight into our personal lives, and the opening of our personal lives for a depth of insight.



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This talk prompted the following thoughtful response from Sylvia.............

Friday, 8 June 2018

Kamma Revisited by Bhante Bodhidhamma

In this talk, Bhante Bodhidhamma examins the true meaning and intricacies of Kamma (Kharma).

Bhante is the Spiritual Director of Satipanya Buddhist Trust which runs retreats devoted to developing contemplative living and vipassana insight meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. (He also happens to be the brother of one of our Sangha members.)

Satipanya is located in Powys, Wales, south of Shrewsbury and near the Shropshire border, it is grounded in the Theravada Tradition as practised in South-East Asia.

“Satipanya is a combination of two words: sati means awareness, mindfulness and panya intuitive intelligence. These are the faculties of the Enlightened Mind," 

Bhante Bodhidhamma



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Friday, 25 May 2018

Realm Of Practice And Realm Of Abiding By Rodney Smith

Another challenging talk from Rodney Smith in which he discusses moving from our usual practise of adjusting to the hindrances to the paradigm of Abiding..................




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Thursday, 19 April 2018

"Making the most of the human condition"; "Ask Not Whether It’s True But Whether It Works" by Winton Higgins

This is the final talk in the series on Secular Buddhism by Winton Higgins which we are alternating with the series on "Homedweller Practice" by John Daido Loori.

The series is called "Making the most of the human condition", and this talk is.........

"Ask Not Whether It’s True But Whether It Works."



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