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The New Coffin

Summary of the unrecorded morning talk. The practice of just sitting. Remembering stillness, letting go of 'what next.' Training to ready for this moment, and for death.
Death-and-Dying,
Dec 15 2018
PM
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The Hands And Eyes Of Avalokiteshvara

Compassion is the teaching of the Buddha. Stories of the different statues and scrolls at No Abode. Yunmen and Daowu, the thousand arms of Avalokiteshvara.
Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, Transmission,
Nov 10 2018
AM
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Introduction To The Four Afflictions Of Self

Discussing afflictions of the mind where the self appears, as an opportunity to explore consciousness. The ignorance of the view that the self is operating the situation.
Consciousness, Four Afflictions of Self,
Nov 10 2018
PM
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Silent Sitting and Social Action

All compounded phenomena are unworthy of confidence. Compassion to these unstable phenomena is our practice. Zen stories are about enacting awakening within social interactions. Attend to your body, posture, breath first, and...
Compassion, Four Foundations, Practice Period,
Oct 20 2018
PM
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Silent Sitting and Social Action

Sitting in the world, we can't perceive the whole world; we sit in our dharma position, which changes all the time. Impermanence is Buddhism - this place is no abode..
Dharma Position, Impermanence, Compassion,
Oct 20 2018
AM
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Contemplating Torei Zenji's Vow

Everything is manifesting the path of the ancient buddhas, abiding together in their respective dharma positions. Abiding in this moment and being free of it, even if we think it is obstruction or that we are stuck.
Global Warming,
Sep 15 2018
PM
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Compassion is a Conversation

A conversation is what we are doing together. Buddhas are sitting upright and still, in the midst of everything, having a conversation with silence. The story of his Nanchuan and his sickle. Meeting the person and the moment in...
Compassion, Global Warming, Koan,
Sep 15 2018
AM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #5

Torei's vow; bowing in humility in the face of cruelty; meeting monsters with lovingkindness.
Confession-and-Repentance, Lovingkindness,
Aug 11 2018
PM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #5

Meeting a teacher, asking about the teaching and listening to the teaching. Bodies and minds sitting silently and conversing.
Aug 11 2018
AM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #4

Opportunities for compassion - with friends and enemies; the story of the destitute son from the Lotus Sutra
Compassion,
Jul 14 2018
PM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #4

Being supported in compassion; Uncle Mi and the rabbit;
Compassion,
Jul 14 2018
AM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #3: Our Buddha Nature Precepts

Origins of the Bodhisattva precepts; development and commentaries; the reasons for Buddhas appearing in this world.
Precepts, Buddha Nature, Transmission, Heart Sutra,
Jun 09 2018
AM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #3: Our Buddha Nature Precepts

Verifying the truth of the teachings through words and phrases
Precepts,
Jun 09 2018
PM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #2: Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra

Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra: https://www.tinyurl.com/Brahma-Net
Platform Sutra, Bodhisattva Precepts, Nirvana Sutra, Confession-and-Repentance, ...
May 12 2018
AM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #2: Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra

Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra: https://www.tinyurl.com/Brahma-Net
Buddha Nature, Platform Sutra, Precepts,
May 12 2018
PM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #1

Origin of the tathagathagharba teachings; the Huayen school in China; three marks of existence and four inverted views; skillful means of milk medicine described in the Nirvana Sutra.
Tathagatagharba, Flower Adornment Sutra, Nirvana Sutra,
Apr 14 2018
AM
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The Womb of the Tathagata #1

Case 67 of the Book of Serenity; there is not a single sentient being who does not fully possess the wisdom of the enlightened mind.
Flower Adornment Sutra, Koan, Book of Serenity,
Apr 14 2018
PM
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Bodhidharma Listening to the Cries of the World

Avalokiteshvara clearly seeing the emptiness of five skandhas; listening to the cries of the world, the suffering of beings.
Compassion, Suffering, Emptiness,
Mar 03 2018
PM
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Bodhidharma Listening to the Cries of the World

Avalokiteshvara's eyes of compassion observing all sentient beings; Bodhidharma and Emperor Wu, facing the wall for nine years; the Sixth Ancestor's training;
Buddha Ancestors, Consciousness, Compassion, Bodhisattva,
Mar 03 2018
AM
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Guidance or Control

Control is antithetical to enlightenment; NASA control center and GPS guidance systems; granddaughter's pacifier
Birth-and-Death, difficulty, Describe, Transmission, Zendo, American, Patience...
Feb 03 2018
PM
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Everything is Calling for a Compassionate Response

Buddha's sitting - who do you think you are; ; Buddha, dharma and sangha are all-pervading; Yunmen's appropriate response.
Feb 03 2018
AM
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Watch the Set-Up Carefully

Listening to each others' stories; Scheherazade and the Thousand and One Nights;
Nov 11 2017
PM
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Buddha’s Zazen is Face-to-Face Transmission

The personal practice of paying attention to the posture of samadhi; mindfulness of breathing; remembering stillness as transmitted by the ancestors;
Transmission,
Nov 11 2017
AM
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Buddhas Turn the Wheel of Dharma in the Midst of Fierce Flames

How to be with the fire that surrounds us; Buddha sitting upright, clearly observing, accepting all suffering; watching our fears about not being able to control things.
Oct 14 2017
AM
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Buddhas Turn the Wheel of Dharma in the Midst of Fierce Flames

Manjushri's 'the teaching of the Buddha is thus'; accepting suffering and pleasure; being gentle with your own body.
Oct 14 2017
PM
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The Teaching of the Buddha’s Whole Lifetime

Yunmen's appropriate response; being Buddha right where you are: Master Ma being ready to die;
Koan,
Aug 05 2017
AM
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The Teaching of the Buddha’s Whole Lifetime

Coming to Zen Center to receive training; extensive discussion and planting rice fields can both be appropriate response;
Aug 05 2017
PM
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Prajna Paramita, the Lovely, the Holy

Not abiding in anything, including wisdom; helping without the idea of helping; practicing the paramitas without holding on to them; Buddha twirling a flower, Manjushri smiling is transmission in both directions.
Perfect Wisdom, Transmission, Concentration,
Jul 08 2017
AM
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Prajna Paramita, the Lovely, the Holy

Ungraspable nature of all phenomena; perfect wisdom understands dependent co-arising; non-abiding in any state.
Perfect Wisdom, Transmission, Compassion, Dependent Origination,
Jul 08 2017
PM
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The Buddha Mind Seal Is Face-to-Face Conversation

Buddha mind is an intimate conversation; Dogen's meeting a master for the first time; conscious and unconscious mind.
Buddha Mind, Transmission,
Jun 03 2017
AM
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Building A Sanctuary For Awakening

Buddha pointing to the earth, a good place for a sanctuary; masks and personas; freedom from self-consciousness.
Karmic Consciousness, Buddha Mind, Complete Perfect Enlightenment,
May 06 2017
AM
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The One Vehicle Lives In Silence And Stillness

The desire for awakening for the welfare of all beings; social engagement and silence, both practices pervade all beings; practicing with the limitations of the body.
Mahayana, Compassion, Meditation,
May 06 2017
PM
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A Sanctuary Is Built Right Here, Right Now

Buddha's 'a good place to build a sanctuary'; buddha mind is intimately transmitted - Sandokai; undergoing surgery; baby developing a self;
Transmission, Buddha Nature, Sanctuary,
Apr 01 2017
AM
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Zazen Is World Transformation

Koans, using consciousness to go beyond consciousness; the path which can be spoken is not the true path.
Enlightenment, Consciousness, Meditation,
Apr 01 2017
PM
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Zen Meditation Is World Transformation

Talking about recent surgery; Buddha's 'a good place for a sanctuary'; the Buddha's work is face-to-face meeting; conversations within a family; opening the door to our original face.
Transmission,
Feb 04 2017
AM
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Zen Meditation Is World Transformation

Our practice includes everyone's else practice; other people's fulfillment is our fulfillment.
Feb 04 2017
PM
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Awakening Lives In Silence And Stillness

In the midst of stillness there is the awakened activity of liberating beings; lovingkindness and politics; becoming Buddha by realizing causation; not being possessive of anything, even the dharma, or compassion.
Lovingkindness, Zazen, Cause-and-Effect, Liberation,
Jan 02 2017
AM
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Bodhisattva Practice Includes Everything

Buddha's 'a good place for a sanctuary'; karma is a place to build a sanctuary; extending out practice outside the zendo; expressing from a place before you were born;
Confession-and-Repentance, Buddha Mind, Transmission,
Jan 02 2017
PM
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Listening to the Cries of the World

Compassion, Avalokiteshvara,
Nov 12 2016
AM
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Listening to the Cries of the World

Kind Speech, Compassion, Gratitude,
Nov 12 2016
PM
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Since You Cannot Waste Time, Don’t

Wisdom, Karmic Consequences, Consciousness, Rumi,
Oct 08 2016
AM
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Buddhas And Bodhisattvas Are Intimate Communication

Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Buddha, Teacher-and-Student,
Oct 08 2016
PM
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The Pivotal Activity of All the Buddhas

Compassion, Practice Period,
Sep 17 2016
AM
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The Pivotal Activity of All the Buddhas

Compassion, Bodhisattva, Liberation,
Sep 17 2016
PM
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The Unceasing Effort to Free All Beings

Compassion,
Aug 06 2016
AM
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Extending Tender Loving Care

Compassion,
Aug 06 2016
PM
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The Usefulness of Doubt in the Life of a Bodhisattva

Compassion, Liberation,
Jul 23 2016
PM
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The Pivotal Business of Buddha’s House

Lotus Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Faith, Zazen, Perfect Wisdom, Bell, Samadhi
Jun 11 2016
AM
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The Pivotal Business of Buddha’s House

Compassion, Bodhidharma, resistance
Jun 11 2016
PM
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A Lotus Sutra Narrative of the Bodhisattva Path

Lotus Sutra, Vow, Gaining Mind, Faith, Dharma Transmission, Zazen, causation,...
May 07 2016
AM
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