Friday, August 15, 2014

Buddhist Perspectives on Right View

This is a series of five talks on the subject of "Right View", the first aspect of the Noble Eightfold Path, by Shaila Catherine, founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation centre in Silicon Valley.

She is the author of "Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana."

1 What is Right View


2 Cultivating Liberating Understanding


3 Opinions And Truth


Friday, August 08, 2014

The Hindrances, Restlesness by Andrea Fella

Andrea Fella has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1996, and, under Gil Fronsdal's guidance, began teaching meditation classes in 2003. She is particularly drawn to intensive retreat practice, and has done a number of long retreats, both in the United States and in Burma. During one long practice period in Burma, she ordained as a nun with Sayadaw U Janaka. Andrea is especially drawn to the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. Her teachings emphasize clarity and practicality.


Friday, July 25, 2014

The Ten Thousand Idiots by Ed Brown

Edward Espe Brown is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest. Edward was ordained in 1971 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who gave him the Dharma name Jusan Kainei, which means "Longevity Mountain, Peaceful Sea." He is famous for also being a chef, co-founder Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, has written many books on "Zen cooking" and in 2007, was the subject of a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary film entitled "How to Cook Your Life", directed by Doris Dörrie.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

I Making & Mine Making Constructing Self by Shaila Catherine

Now here's a coincidence, I had already selected this talk on the basis of its subject and length
and then when I started to listen to it Shaila states that she is touching on a theme that was begun by a guest speaker, David Loy. As you can see it was David who delivered our previous talk!

Shaila Catherine has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. Shaila has dedicated several years to studying with masters in India, Nepal and Thailand, completed a one year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhana, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Shaila Catherine has been practicing under the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw since 2006, and authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to western practitioners. She is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation centre in Silicon Valley


Friday, June 13, 2014

Why We Love War by David Loy

David R. Loy (born July 27, 1947) is a Buddhist philosopher who writes on the interaction between Buddhism and modernity. He has been practicing Zen since 1971 and is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo-Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. David has taught at the National University of Singapore and Bunkyo University in Japan. From 2006 to 2010 he was the Besl Family Chair Professor of ethics/religion and society at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

His books include:-

Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy;
Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism;
A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack;
The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory;
Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution;
Awareness Bound and Unbound: Buddhist Essays;
The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy (with Linda Goodhew, his wife);
The World Is Made of Stories. Co-editor,
A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency (2009).


Friday, May 30, 2014

Somebody Anybody Nobody by Lila Kate Wheeler

The Buddha said that "within this fathom long body, are the world, the origin of the world, the
ceasing of the world and the path leading to its cessation"

This talk by Lila Kate Wheeler explores the world of our bodies and the mind's relationship to it. The world where the problem arises and the solution is discovered is in no other sphere than the every day world of ours with all its frivolities, corruption, delusions, superstitions and ostentation.


Friday, May 02, 2014

Once, Long Ago by Rodney Smith

Another two talks by Rodney Smith in which he discusses making sense of our spiritual journey by looking at two historic events.

( part 1 Of 2)


( part 2 Of 2), Awakening


Friday, April 25, 2014

Who Do I Think I AM — Self, Not Self, And The Dharma by Tony Bernhard

Tony Bernhard is one of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders. He sits on the board of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and on the Spirit Rock Program Committee. He hosts sitting groups in Davis and teaches regularly throughout the Bay Area.

Tony has a bit of a rambling style but there's some real nuggets of Dharma in this talk.


Friday, April 04, 2014

The Flame Of Now by Rodney Smith

This talk by Rodney Smith examines the simplicity of practice.

Our thoughts place us on the periphery of "Now", but a question ensues, "do we want what Now offers?"


Friday, March 28, 2014

What You Think is Not a Help for Realization by Ed Brown

The above talk was used at a retreat day held by the Newport Soto Zen group on Friday 28th of March.