Thursday, 10 October 2019

The Five Aggregates by Bhante Bodhidhamma

Bhante Bodhidhamma, as a lay person practiced at Throssel Hole Zen Priory in north England, later with Sayadaw U Janaka in Burma and at various places with Sayadaw U Pandita.​ ​He ​ ordained in ​1986 and spent 8 years in Sri Lanka, returning to UK in 1998. He was the resident teacher at Gaia House, UK, 2001-2004. In 2007, he founded Satipanya Buddhist Retreat on the borders of Wales., devoted to vipassana in the tradition of the Mahasi Sayadaw. ​





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Friday, 19 July 2019

Dynamics Of Emotion by Shaila Catherine

Shaila Catherine has been practising 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 practising 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.




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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

John Daido Loori

I've been saving up John Daido Loori's talks from the collection "True Dharma Eye" so as to post them in batches and not alternate weeks as would otherwise be the case.

Here is the latest tranche - enjoy.....








05 Layman Pangyun's Awakening



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6 Master Langye's Original Purity



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07 Yangshan's It's Not That There Is No Enlightenment



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08 Nanyue Polishes A Brick



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09 Minister Peixiu Sees A Portrait



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10 Qingyuan's Come Closer



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Sunday, 2 June 2019

The Mystery Continues by Wes Nisker

Wes gave this talk at the Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.

It is his musings on evolution as part of the retreat "Evolving Together: Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science".



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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Opening To And Understanding Suffering Is Liberating by Mark Nunberg

Mark Nunberg began his practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Centre in Minneapolis in 1993 with Wynn Fricke and continues to serve as the centre’s Guiding Teacher. Mark has studied with both Asian and Western teachers and finds deep inspiration in the teachings of the Buddha. Mark practised as a monk for five months in Burma and completed four three-month retreats at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Centre, as well as many months of intensive retreat practice at The Forest Refuge. Mark continues to be a grateful student of Buddhist practice.


Talk One



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Talk Two



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Friday, 22 March 2019

Dukkha And The End Of Dukkha by Donald Rothberg and Heidi Bourne

Donald Rothberg, PhD, has practised Insight Meditation since 1976 and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he currently writes and teaches classes, groups and retreats on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged Buddhism. An organizer, teacher, and former board member for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Donald has helped to guide three six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality through Buddhist Peace Fellowship (the BASE Program), Saybrook (the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program), and Spirit Rock (the Path of Engagement Program). He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.

Dukkha And The End Of Dukkha 1; An Overview Of The Teachings



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Dukkha And The End Of Dukkha 2; Is Suffering Optional By Heidi Bourne



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Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. She has been guiding groups and individuals in public and private settings since 2005, and from spring to fall offers wilderness meditation retreats. Heidi holds certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA, is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, and is a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has a background in nursing and has been a small business owner in Arcata, California for 30 years.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Mumons Zen Warnings by Tenshin Roshi

Born in Manchester, England, Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi went to the United States in 1979 to study at the Zen Centre of Los Angeles with founder Taizan Maezumi Roshi. In 1994, Tenshin Roshi received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) in the White Plum lineage from Maezumi Roshi, and Inka from Genpo Merzel Roshi in 2006 (Zen Master, final seal of approval). He acted as administrator for many years at ZCLA and is now the primary teacher and abbot at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Centre. Tenshin Roshi is one of the few North American teachers officially certified as a Kokusaifukyoshi (Official Foreign Representative), a title appointed in 2009 by the Soto Zen Headquarters in Japan.



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Friday, 8 February 2019

The Three Fetters by Howard Cohn

Howard Cohn has led the Mission Dharma sitting group in San Francisco for over 25 years. He has practised meditation since 1972, has led vipassana retreats since 1985, and is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.

In this talk, he describes The Three Fetters.




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Saturday, 26 January 2019

How To Deepen Training by Rev Master Daishin Morgan

Here are another two talks by Rev Master Daishin Morgan.

Talk One



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Talk Two



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Friday, 14 December 2018

Acceptance by Rev. Master Daishin Morgan

Reverend Master Daishin Morgan is a disciple of Jiyu-Kennett and has been a Zen monk for thirty-six years and abbot of Throssel Hole since 1982. (At Throssel Hole Abbey, all ranks and both sexes are addressed as 'Reverend' and are referred to as monks and priests.) The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, of which Throssel Hole is a member, describe themselves as being in the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition (Ts'ao-Tung Ch'an in China and Sōtō Zen in Japan) and Buddha Recognizes Buddha is firmly in that tradition, drawing heavily on the teachings of Sōtō founder, Dōgen Zenji (1200 – 1253).






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