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Zendo Lecture

Beginners, Zendo, Chanting, Posture, Delusion, Suzuki Roshi, Sangha, Bell,...
Apr 13 2005

Zen Of Business Administration

Serial: SF-00036

Sunday Talk.
Life at Green Gulch in the 1970s; giving, fearlessness; improv; no mistakes; parenting.

Tassajara, practicing generosity, Interview, Suzuki Roshi, Mill Valley, Daily Life,...
Mar 20 2005
Green Gulch Farm

The Direct Experience of Reality

Serial: SF-03669

Sesshin 1 Day 5: practice is right where you are - practice is/of sensitivity.

Lay Practice, Suzuki Roshi, Practice Period, Lay, Monastic Practice, Delusion,...
Jan 29 2005

Hsin Hsin Ming

Serial: SF-01901

Zendo Lecture

Faith, Don't Know Mind, Equanimity, Emptiness, Perfect Wisdom, Beginners,...
Jun 18 2004

Dining Room Lecture

Serial: SF-01927

Evening talk

realization, Zendo, Beginners, Teacher-and-Student, Dragons, Practice Period, Suzuki...
May 01 2004

March 27th, 2004, Serial No. 04102

Practice Period, Zazen, Instruction, Zendo, Beginners, Impermanence, Suzuki Roshi,...
Mar 27 2004
City Center

February 14th, 2004, Serial No. 00979

Intimacy, Practice Period, Zendo, Zazen, Beginners, Birth-and-Death, Passions, Anger...
Feb 14 2004
City Center

Healing Through the Dark Emotions

Serial: SF-01052

Sunday Lecture: Children's Lecture first part of the talk. Penguins. Dalai Lama. Short meditation. Mudras of Tara and Buddha. Dark emotions. Matthew Frick. Grief. Fear....

Emotions, Anger, Bell, Light-and-Darkness, Vows, Funeral, Gratitude, Constancy, Peace...
Sep 07 2003
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-00079

Zendo Lecture

Birth-and-Death, Separation, Letting Go, Intimacy, Liberation, Tassajara, Beginners,...
Aug 10 2003

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-04083

Anti-war activities. Suzuki Roshi's response to Lew's question "What is war?" Wrinkles on goza mat.

Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Peace, Samadhi, Manjushri, Oneness, Beginners, Samsara,...
Mar 23 2003
Green Gulch

January 24th, 2003, Serial No. 03931

Separation, Daily Life, Four Noble Truths, Priest-and-Lay, Beginners, Ceremony, Peace...
Jan 24 2003
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Freedom, training, Bell, Beginners, Discrimination, Nirvana, Buddha Nature, Judgement...
Mar 04 2001
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Study Period, Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Liberation, Instruction, Renunciation...
Jan 28 2001
Green Gulch

Tenzo Kyokun Class

realization, Practice Period, Skandas, Buddha Ancestors, Zendo, Beginners, Ceremony,...
Oct 31 2000
Green Gulch

December 5th, 1999, Serial No. 03927

Hindrances, Doubt, Emotions, Enthusiasm, Emptiness, Greed, Silence, Attachment,...
Dec 05 1999
City Center

No Species Is Only Itself

Serial: SF-03103

Sunday Lecture: Tigers are awesome, unchained wildness; species are disappearing; every species exists as an important factor in the world of many other species; for humans,...

Forgiveness, Dream World, Mindfulness, Ego, Four Foundations, Commitment, Beginners,...
Mar 02 1997
Green Gulch

December 30th, 1995, Serial No. 04043

New Year, Six Realms, Karma, Religion, Renewal, Fasting, Beginners, Samsara, Chanting...
Dec 30 1995

Sunday Lecture

New Year, Offering, Liberation, Dragons, Impermanence, Non-violence, Ceremony,...
Mar 05 1989
Green Gulch

Lion's Roar

Emptiness, Letting Go, Teacher-and-Student, Liberation, confusion, Transmission,...
Dec 27 1988

September 3rd, 1988, Serial No. 01911

Transmission, Interview, realization, confusion, Enemies, Doubt, training, Peace,...
Sep 03 1988


Samsara, confusion, Karma, Buddha Nature, Nirvana, Don't Know Mind, Emotions,...
May 01 1988


Serial: SF-01832

"Chhoje Tulku"

realization, Beginners, Nirvana Sutra, Emotions, Bodhisattva Vow, Religion, Obstacles...
Apr 24 1988


training, Duality, Ego, realization, confusion, Beginners, Samsara, Evil, Instruction...
Apr 23 1988

Four Levels of Tantra

Vinaya, realization, Lineage, Buddha Nature, Mandala, Anger, Beginners, Continuous,...
Apr 06 1988


Karma, confusion, Duality, Emotions, Anger, Ego, Beginners, Buddha Nature,...
Feb 14 1988

September 1988 talk, Serial No. 01944

Serial: SF-01944

Labor Day

realization, Emotions, Interview, Commitment, Enemies, Doubt, Sanctuary, Beginners,...

Sesshin Lecture

Equanimity, Harmonizing, Fox, New Year, Concentration, Beginners, Cultivation,...
Mar 03 1987

The Human Encounter with Death

Death-and-Dying, training, Letting Go, Demons, Conversation, Emotions, Faith,...
Oct 11 1981
1 and 2 of 3
City Center


Concentration, Subject-and-Object, Posture, Mindfulness, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen,...
Jul 1980

Browning's Sordello

Beginners, Lay, Emotions, Doubt, Religion
Feb 18 1980

Monastic Life

Serial: SF-00007A

Early Christian mystics; Benedictine regulations, the rule of obedience; manifestation of God in the world.

realization, Monastic Practice, Silence, Ego, Aspects of Practice, Separation,...
Feb 07 1974

Open Your Intuition

Serial: SF-05587-B

Sesshin Meeting
Friday, July 31, 1970
San Francisco

Sesshin, Intuition, Instruction, Beginners
Jul 31 1970
City Center

Some Questions

Question-and-Answer, Breath, Buddha Nature, Posture, sitting, Tassajara, Offering,...
Aug 28 1969

Emptiness is Form

Serial: SF-05968

Sunday, June 29, 1969
San Francisco

Newly uploaded version has speed adjustments made; should be a little clearer for transcript - not just end, but correcting...

Heart Sutra, Emptiness, Current Events, Balance, Faith, Beginners, Continuous...
Jun 29 1969

At The End Of The Year We Clean Up Our House

Serial: SF-05970-B

Dec 1968 New Year Lecture

Beginner’s Mind, Dogen, Japan, New Year, Beginners, Transmission, Instruction, Priest...
Dec 29 1968


Serial: SF-05081

 ===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #22, by Shundo David Haye ===== 

In this second tape made by Dan Gourley at Tassajara in the summer of 1968,...

Beginner’s Mind, First Principle, Time, First Principle, Bodhidharma, Describe, Faith...
Jul 29 1968

Nature of Our Practice

Serial: SF-05141-B

Tuesday, December 5, 1967, Lecture B
Evening Sesshin Lecture

Sesshin, Dogen, Fukanzazengi, Dragons, Daily Life, Observe, Freedom, training,...
Dec 05 1967

Think the Unthinkable

Serial: SF-05137B

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #20, by Shundo David Haye ===== 

This talk comes from the middle of the second sesshin at Tassajara, in December...

Sesshin, Fukanzazengi, Buddha Mind, training, Sanctuary, Beginners, Echo, Duality,...
Dec 04 1967

OLD - Inner Power of Practice

Serial: SF-05828

SR-67-12-04-A (start) (finish) - This tape repeated 67-12-02, but section at end was missing section of 67-12-01 and -02!

Monastic Practice, Concentration, Precepts, Buddha Nature, Conversation, Beginners,...
Dec 02 1967

Inner Power of Practice

Serial: SF-05137A

SR017 - Track 1 - slow - Roshi Lecture - 12/2/67 - afternoon - copied

Sesshin, Blue Cliff Record, Concentration, Precepts, Monastic Practice, New Year,...
Dec 02 1967

Practice Zazen With Your Whole Mind And Body

Serial: SF-05131B

This is lecture D from these notes on the reel boxes (05132-B was added to this)
Several minutes of tape operator's notes at the end are included, the transcript was...

Instruction, Zazen, Posture, Beginners, Funeral, Religion, Instruction, Emotions,...
Sep 08 1967

Real Calmness Is In A Noisy Place

Serial: SF-05116-B

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #12, by Shundo David Haye =====

This talk is another example of a track that was somehow overlooked for many years, while...

Sesshin, Shobogenzo, Beginner’s Mind, Beginners, Ego, Silence, Hate, Doubt
Mar 26 1966

In the Prajnaparamita Sutra

Serial: SF-05113-B

5pm lecture begins this side

Heart Sutra, Sengai, Dogen, Emptiness, Family Practice, Beginners, Transmission,...
Jan 21 1966

Most Of You Are Beginners

Serial: SF-05124-D

One-Day Sesshin Afternoon Lecture
Saturday, December 11, 1965, Lecture A
Sokoji, San Francisco

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch, Dogen, Precepts, Precepts, Observe, Beginners, Enemies,...
Dec 11 1965