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Buddhas And Sentient Beings Are Not Two

Serial: SF-01026

One-day sitting lecture: positive encouragement; nirvana; five hindrances; preliminary practices; three worlds; jhanas - benefits and ptifalls; Four Noble Truths; Mahayana...

Hindrances, Nirvana, Concentration, Samadhi, Four Noble Truths, Liberation, Freedom,...
Sep 16 2006
Green Gulch

Zendo Lecture

Monastic Practice, Practice Period, Global Warming, Buddha Ancestors, Mahayana,...
Oct 02 2005

Natural Liberation

Serial: SF-00035

Sunday talk.
Buddha teaches liberation; methods of liberation; birth and death is itself nirvana.

Birth-and-Death, Liberation, Renunciation, Nirvana, Freedom, Letting Go, Samsara,...
Jun 26 2005

Natural Liberation

Serial: SF-00916

Sunday Lecture: Buddha only teaches what leads to liberation; methods of liberation: 1 - Hinayana - renunciation; 2 - Mahayana- purification; 3 - Vajrayana - transformation; 4...

Birth-and-Death, Liberation, Renunciation, Nirvana, Letting Go, Freedom, Samsara,...
Jun 26 2005
Green Gulch

Two Paths to the Dharma

training, Practice Period, Liberation, Bodhidharma, Mahayana, Study Period, Lineage,...
Mar 04 2005

Hokyo Zammai Class

Buddha Nature, Silent Illumination, Delusion, Nirvana Sutra, Duality, Heart Sutra,...
Feb 18 2005

Lotus Sutra Class

Serial: SF-03484

Dining Room Class

Dragons, Lotus Sutra, Manjushri, Mahayana, Emptiness, Hindrances, Diversity,...
Nov 27 2004

Lotus Sutra Class

Serial: SF-03556

Dining Room Class 3

Lotus Sutra, Suzuki Roshi, Mahayana, Big Mind, Practice Period, Heart Sutra, Buddha...
Oct 20 2004

Dining Room Lecture

Right Speech, Sangha, Practice Period, Dana, Suzuki Roshi, Diversity, Intimacy,...
Apr 27 2004


Conversation, Balance, Heart Sutra, Observe, Posture, training, Patience, Mahayana,...
Feb 14 2004
Green Gulch

The Power of Ten

Serial: SF-00985

The silence of 'don't know'; outer space Vimalakirti Sutra; radiant vision of alternate universes. Motivation for literary inventiveness - world is not only what we think;...

Vimalakirti, Birth-and-Death, Liberation, Mill Valley, Bell, Lotus Sutra, Heart Sutra...
Dec 14 2003
Green Gulch

Vimalakirti Sutra

Serial: SF-04084

Sunday Lecture: Manjushri questioning Vimalakirti. How should one view all sentient beings - like the reflection of the moon in water, etc. Love. Wisdom of love.

Heart Sutra, Suzuki Roshi, Attachment, Manjushri, Mahayana, Emptiness, Vimalakirti,...
Aug 10 2003
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-04034

Sunday Lecture: Being present with one's own suffering. Aversion and attraction. Thought of stealing bowl. War situation.

Suzuki Roshi, Enemies, Cultivation, Obstacles, Emotions, Impermanence, Mahayana,...
Mar 09 2003
Green Gulch

Zen and Poetry Class

Emptiness, Blue Cliff Record, Duality, Absolute-and-Relative, Impermanence, Aspects...
Feb 19 2002
Green Gulch

Women Ancestors Class

Precepts, Triple Treasure, Lay, Sangha, Mahayana, Sanctuary, Addiction, Hate,...
Aug 22 2000

Fukanzazengi Class

Serial: SF-03652

Monday Class

Instruction, Book of Serenity, realization, Mahayana, Posture, Balance, Karma, Faith...
Mar 06 2000
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-00033

Sunday dharma talk.

Dragons, Faith, New Year, Doubt, Mahayana, practicing generosity, Karma, Four Noble...
Jan 02 2000

Origins of Zen

Lotus Sutra, Ordination, Faith, Mahayana, Evil, Karma, Freedom, Separation, Offering...
May 17 1998

Origins of Zen

Silent Illumination, Transmission, Lineage, training, Ordination, Mahayana, Offering...
May 16 1998

April 26th, 1998, Serial No. 01895

Bodhidharma, Buddha Nature, Platform Sutra, Doubt, Faith, New Year, Describe,...
Apr 26 1998

Buddhism at Millennium's Edge - Seminar 2

Serial: SF-03512

Copyright 1998 by Gary Snyder - Unedited Preview Cassette

Sixth Patriarch, Lotus Sutra, Religion, Priest, Mahayana, Samsara, Sangha, Offering,...

Buddhism at Millennium's Edge - Poems 1

Serial: SF-03521

Copyright 1998 by Gary Snyder - Unedited Preview Cassette

Zendo, Continuous, Politics, Religion, Ceremony, Fox, Patience, Mahayana, Chanting,...

Buddhism at Millennium's Edge - Seminar 3

Serial: SF-03513

Copyright 1998 by Peter Matthiessen - Unedited Preview Cassette

Mahayana, Priest, Lay, Commitment, Religion, Mill Valley, Transmission, Monastic...

Precepts Class

Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Priest, Ceremony, Vows, Ordination, Lay, Mahayana,...
Oct 20 1997
Green Gulch

Majjhima Nikaya Class

Serial: SF-03224

Middle-length Discourses

Buddha Ancestors, Manjushri, Letting Go, Perfect Wisdom, Teacher-and-Student,...
Sep 09 1997
Green Gulch


Hindrances, Heart Sutra, Mahayana, Zazen, Letting Go, Vimalakirti, Suzuki Roshi,...
Mar 15 1997

Recollections of Early Zen

Priest, Rinzai, Peace, Ceremony, New Year, Mahayana, Zazen, Diversity, Funeral,...
Feb 08 1997
3 of 3
Green Gulch Farm

Wednesday Lecture

Hsin Hsin Ming, Zazen, Ordination, Practice Period, Obstacles, Mahayana, Anger,...
Aug 14 1996

Lotus Sutra Class

Serial: SF-03223

Context of the Lotus Sutra - history of Hinayana and Mahayana texts - stylistic differences of - history of Lotus Sutra - key elements/doctrine of sutra - key elements of...

Lotus Sutra, Nirvana, Manjushri, Mahayana, Demons, Offering, Avalokiteshvara,...
Apr 07 1996
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-03572

Includes Q&A

Blue Cliff Record, Evil, Absolute-and-Relative, Religion, Don't Know Mind,...
Mar 17 1996
Green Gulch

Women in Buddhism Class

Lotus Sutra, Mahayana, Buddha Nature, Six Realms, Instruction, Lay, Religion, Balance...
Nov 13 1995

Women in Buddhism Class

Emptiness, Balance, Liberation, Nirvana, Lay, Heart Sutra, Religion, Mahayana, Birth-...
Nov 06 1995

Shuso Talk

Serial: SF-01118


Heart Sutra, Manjushri, Bell, Zazen, Daily Life, Letting Go, Zendo, realization,...
May 24 1995

Saturday Lecture

Buddha Nature, zen meditation, Birth-and-Death, Lineage, Repentance, Mahayana,...
Nov 13 1993
City Center

Saturday Lecture

Four Noble Truths, Six Realms, Bodhisattva Vow, Instruction, Echo, Mahayana, Chanting...
Jul 31 1993
City Center

World Peace and Health

Serial: SF-04064

Copyright California Diamond Sangha

Right Speech, Mahayana, Attachment, Right Effort, Zazen, Daily Life, Vows, training,...
Aug 21 1991

One-Day Sitting

Serial: SF-01078


Precepts, Vows, Nirvana, Buddha Nature, Bodhisattva Vow, Suzuki Roshi, Attachment,...
Mar 09 1991

Mumonkan Case #25

Mahayana, realization, Samadhi, Blue Cliff Record, Rinzai, Teacher-and-Student,...
Oct 03 1989

April 25th, 1988, Serial No. 01893

Bodhidharma, Monastic Practice, Ordination, Doubt, Religion, Mahayana, Interview,...
Apr 25 1988

June 13th, 1987, Serial No. 01006

realization, Lotus Sutra, Discrimination, Bodhisattva Way, Delusion, Conversation,...
Jun 13 1987

The First Grave Precept

Serial: SF-00026

Not Killing

Precepts, Buddha Nature, Peace, Heart Sutra, Politics, realization, Mahayana,...
Aug 04 1983
2 of 3

The First Grave Precept: Not Killing

Precepts, Heart Sutra, Buddha Nature, Peace, Politics, realization, Mahayana,...
Aug 04 1983

The Nature of the Precepts

Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Mahayana, realization, Lay, Sangha, Bodhidharma,...
Aug 03 1983

The Nature of the Precepts

Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Mahayana, Lay, Bodhidharma, Emptiness, Daily Life,...
Aug 03 1983


Serial: SF-00130

Changes that occur during practice period; sutra story of monk retrieving his mother from hell; composing concrete music;

Practice Period, Ceremony, Mahayana, Nirvana, Karma, Manjushri, Addiction, Samsara,...
Dec 10 1975

Seminar on Prajna

Serial: SF-00019

Prajna is beyond words and inexpressible; Joshu, Daishi and the broom; achieving the knowledge of not-knowledge.

Duality, Mahayana, Lay, Cultivation, Concentration, Attachment, Describe, Vows,...
May 24 1975


Serial: SF-00015

Morning; Buddha sitting to save all beings; difference between Bodhisattva stage and Buddha stage.

Nirvana, Bodhisattva Way, Mahayana, Passions, Balance, Peace
Mar 28 1975


Nirvana, Attachment, confusion, realization, Samsara, Obstacles, Impermanence,...
May 20 1973


Oneness, Mahayana, Concentration, Mindfulness, Describe
May 17 1973

SF Seminar

Serial: SF-00023

The Three Bodies of Buddha; comparison between Eastern and Western thought; Greek tradition and Puritan tradition.

Faith, Mahayana, confusion, Religion, Passions, Doubt
Mar 09 1973