Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TUESDAY TALK - What About Karma by David Loy

This is the first of our new series of monthly talks that we are having at the West Wight Sangha. As our meetings are shorter than those at the Newport Soto Zen group the talks are perforce also shorter.


This talk is What About Karma by David Loy and is just under 30 minutes long.



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Friday, September 29, 2017

Abiding With Creation by Rodney Smith

In this talk Rodney Smith explains how confusing the past with the creative present is the single
biggest issue facing practitioners of the Dharma.



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Two Talks by Akincano Marc Weber

Akincano Marc Weber was born in Berne (Switzerland) and is a Buddhist teacher and contemplative psychotherapist. He learned to sit still in the early eighties as a Zen practitioner and later became a monk in Ajahn Chah’s tradition where he studied and practiced for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe. He has studied Pali and scriptures, holds a degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and lives with his wife in Cologne, Germany from where he teaches Dhamma and meditation internationally.

This is the first of two talks by Akincano, The Hindrances, 4th Satipatthana



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The second talk is Vedana ( Feeling Tone) Symposium Paper Presentation.



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Friday, September 08, 2017

Joshus Four Gates 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, June 23, 2017

The Meaning Of Life by Ajahn Brahm




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Phra Visuddhisamvarathera, known as Ajahn Brahmavamso, or simply Ajahn Brahm (born Peter Betts on 7 August 1951), is a British Theravada Buddhist monk. Currently Brahm is the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia, the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of Victoria, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of South Australia, Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore, Patron of the Brahm Centre in Singapore, Spiritual Patron of the Bodhikusuma Centre in Sydney, and most recently, Spiritual Adviser to the Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project in the UK.

On 22 October 2009 Brahm along with Bhante Sujato facilitated an ordination ceremony for bhikkhunis where four female Buddhists, Venerable Ajahn Vayama, and Venerables Nirodha, Seri and Hasapanna, were ordained into the Western Theravada bhikkhuni sangha.

The ordination ceremony took place at Ajahn Brahm's Bodhinyana Monastery at Serpentine (near Perth, WA), Australia. There is no consensus in the wider tradition that bhikkhuni ordinations could be valid, having last been performed in Theravada communities over 1,000 years ago, though the matter has been under active discussion for some time. Brahm claims that there is no valid historical basis for denying ordination to bhikkunis.

I thought too when I was a young monk in Thailand that the problem was a legal problem, that the bhikkhuni order couldn’t be revived. But having investigated and studied, I’ve found out that many of the obstacles we thought were there aren’t there at all. Someone like Bhikkhu Bodhi [a respected Theravada scholar-monk] has researched the Pali Vinaya and his paper is one of the most eloquent I’ve seen – fair, balanced, comes out on the side of “It’s possible, why don’t we do this?”

For his actions of 22 October 2009, on 1 November 2009, at a meeting of senior members of the Thai monastic sangha, held at Wat Pah Pong, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, Brahm was removed from the Ajahn Chah Forest Sangha lineage and is no longer associated with the main monastery in Thailand, Wat Pah Pong, nor with any of the other Western Forest Sangha branch monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition.

Whilst still a junior monk, Brahm was asked to undertake the compilation of an English-language guide to the Buddhist monastic code - the vinaya - which later became the basis for monastic discipline in many Theravadan monasteries in Western countries.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Just This - The Bhiya Sutta by Doug Phillips

This talk by Doug Phillips is on one of my favourite Suttas, the Bhiya Sutta.



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Douglas Phillips is founder and guiding teacher of Empty Sky Vipasssa Sangha and a long time practioner of Vipassana and Zen. His teaching is strongly influenced by Vimala Thakar and J. Krishnamurti.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Emptiness And Solitude by Stephen Batchelor

In this talk Stephen Batchelor explores the concept of emptiness and the fact that both it and solitude are described in relation to what is lacking.



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Friday, May 05, 2017

In Between Experience 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, April 28, 2017

A Concept of Self by Joseph Goldstein

One of our Sangha members suggested that the series of talks on the Satipatṭhāna Sutta by Joseph Goldstein might be appropriate for the Thursday Zen meetings. As I suspected they are just too long at an average of an hour for each talk. However, I did manage to find the following talk at a mere 45 minutes.

But what I also discovered when checking as to whether or not we had already had this talk was that we hadn't had ANY talks by Joseph Goldstein before!

So enjoy this classic on the real nature of The Self.



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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Noble Eightfold Path by Jill Shepherd

This is a series of talks on the Noble Eightfold Path by Jill Shepherd. She began practising insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand.

She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men’s prison. She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.

Developing Wisdom, The Four Noble Truths And An Overview Of The Noble Eightfold Path.



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Right View And Right Thought



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Right Speech



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Right Action And Right Livelihood



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Right Effort



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Right Mindfulness Right Concentration



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