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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Friday, 30 November 2018

Afflictive Emotions; Parts 1 and 2 by Joseph Goldstein

Having noticed that we had had only one previous talk from our last speaker, Jack Kornfield, it came as an equal surprise to find that we'd also only had one talk from our current speaker Joseph Goldstein.

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving-kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practised different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Part One


Part Two


Friday, 16 November 2018

The Way Buddha Answered Questions by Jack Kornfield

This is an old Dharma talk by Jack Kornfield from 1984.

The ways that the Buddha answered questions are "an inspiration to connect us with the ancient and timeless endeavour of practice and awakening, and the ways human beings over the centuries have worked with the development of their understanding."

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Friday, 2 November 2018

Generosity by Gil Fronsdal

Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Centre in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practised Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975. He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre where he is part of its Teachers Council. Gil was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Centre in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Centre. He is currently serving on the SF Zen Centre Elders’ Council.

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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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