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.


Friday, March 07, 2014

What do I Really Want by Martin Aylward

Martin Aylward began practising Dharma at the age of 19, spending several years in Asian
Buddhist monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. Martin is Co-Founder and Resident Teacher of Moulin de Chaves Meditation Centre in South West France, and reflecting his interest in engaged Dharma practice, has a new website, and is beginning to offer retreats, called Work Sex Money Dharma. He has been teaching internationally since 1999.


Friday, February 28, 2014

Meditation, Mindfulness And Meditative Inquiry by Martine Batchelor

In this talk Martine examines the different aspects of practice.

She speeaks of her own experience in Korea where she was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1975. She studied Zen Buddhism under the guidance of the late Master Kusan at Songgwang Sa monastery until 1985.


Friday, January 10, 2014

Five Talks by John Peacock

JOHN PEACOCK is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly forty years. He was initially trained in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India and subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. He has lectured in Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol, and at present he is Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Master of Studies programme in MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University. He has been teaching meditation for over twenty five years and is a Gaia House guiding teacher.

A Radical Message For The World


Distortions of Perception


How Often Are You Human In A Day


The Brahma Viharas


The above talk was used at a retreat day held by the Newport Soto Zen group on Friday 31st of January. The following talk by Rev. Master Daishin was also used.



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).

And this is the final talk in the series by John Peacock.................

What is meditation?