Mindfulness Talks

Mindfulness is the cognitive skill, usually developed through meditation, of sustaining meta-attention of the contents of one's own mind in the present moment. Mindfulness derives from sati, a significant element of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and is based on Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques. Though definitions and techniques of mindfulness are wide-ranging, Buddhist traditions describe what constitutes mindfulness, such as how perceptions of the past, present and future arise and cease as momentary sense-impressions and mental phenomena. Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh, Joseph Goldstein, Herbert Benson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Richard J. Davidson.

Clinical psychology and psychiatry since the 1970s have developed a number of therapeutic applications based on mindfulness for helping people experiencing a variety of psychological conditions. Mindfulness practice has been employed to reduce depression, stress, anxiety, and in the treatment of drug addiction. Programs based on mindfulness models have been adopted within schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans' centers, and other environments, and mindfulness programs have been applied for additional outcomes such as for healthy aging, weight management, athletic performance, helping children with special needs, and as an intervention during early pregnancy.

Clinical studies have documented both physical- and mental-health benefits of mindfulness in different patient categories as well as in healthy adults and children. Studies have shown a positive relationship between trait mindfulness (which can be cultivated through the practice of mindfulness-based interventions) and psychological health. The practice of mindfulness appears to provide therapeutic benefits to people with psychiatric disorders, including moderate benefits to those with psychosis. Studies also indicate that rumination and worry contribute to a variety of mental disorders, and that mindfulness-based interventions can enhance trait mindfulness and reduce both rumination and worry. Further, the practice of mindfulness may be a preventive strategy to halt the development of mental-health problems. Mindfulness practices have been said to enable individuals to respond more effectively to stressful situations by helping them strike the balance between over-identification and suppression of their emotional experiences by finding the middle point which is recognition and acceptance.

Evidence suggests that engaging in mindfulness meditation may influence physical health. For example, the psychological habit of repeatedly dwelling on stressful thoughts appears to intensify the physiological effects of the stressor (as a result of the continual activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis) with the potential to lead to physical health related clinical manifestations. Studies indicate that mindfulness meditation, which brings about reductions in rumination, may alter these biological clinical pathways. Further, research indicates that mindfulness may favorably influence the immune system as well as inflammation, which can consequently impact physical health, especially considering that inflammation has been linked to the development of several chronic health conditions. Other studies support these findings.

Critics have questioned both the commercialization and the over-marketing of mindfulness for health benefits—as well as emphasizing the need for more randomized controlled studies, for more methodological details in reported studies and for the use of larger sample-sizes. While mindfulness-based interventions may be effective for youth, research has not determined methods in which mindfulness could be introduced and delivered in schools.

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Intensive Lecture

Big Mind, Four Noble Truths, realization, Suzuki Roshi, Transmission, Zazen,...
Jul 10 2007
City Center

One-Day Sitting Lecture

Serial: SF-00942

Deshan and the old woman; the distortions of sexism, racism, others; the bodhisattva grandmother; devotion to zazen; bringing attention and support to the natural states/bodily...

Dragons, Offering, Delusion, Heart Sutra, Mindfulness, Vows, Zendo, Suzuki Roshi,...
Feb 17 2007
Green Gulch

Seijiki Ceremony - Relating to Death and Dying

Serial: SF-00029

Heading into winter; what is the most important thing at the end of your life? taking refuge; how are we also hungry ghosts; six realms.

Ceremony, Offering, Vows, Ordination, Death-and-Dying, Six Realms, Sangha, Emptiness...
Oct 29 2006

Breathing In, Breathing Out

Serial: SF-01146

Sunday Lecture: simplicity; story of Prajnatara in Malawi; the sun comes up, the sun goes down; connections; the four foundations of mindfulness; Navajo rain dance

Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Book of Serenity, Four Noble Truths, Nirvana, Buddha...
Oct 08 2006
Green Gulch

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

Stopping and Listening

Serial: SF-00945

Sunday Lecture Children's Lecture: Baby beluga; why are you here?; Dogen's Three Minds: joyful mind, kind mind, big mind; mother's love as essence of spirituality (Dalai Lama...

Big Mind, Bell, Silence, Gratitude, Birth-and-Death, Zendo, Hate, Suzuki Roshi,...
Sep 03 2006
Green Gulch

The Great Matter

Serial: SF-00085

How awareness of death, and our own mortality, spurs us to greater effort in practice.

Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi, Impermanence, Gratitude, Heart Sutra, Ceremony,...
Mar 11 2006
City Center

Sesshin Lecture

Mindfulness, Letting Go, Practice Period, Hindrances, Liberation, Balance,...
Nov 12 2005
Tassajara

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-01042

Zendo Lecture Day 1

Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Enemies, Instruction,...
Nov 10 2005
Tassajara

Dining Room Lecture

Posture, Zendo, Mindfulness, training, Big Mind, Bell, Bowing, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen,...
Aug 31 2005
Tassajara

August 4th, 2005, Serial No. 03167

Forgiveness, Monastic Practice, Evil, Separation, training, Religion, Conversation,...
Aug 04 2005
Tassajara

Zendo Lecture

Lotus Sutra, Mindfulness, Suzuki Roshi, Offering, Sanctuary, Obstacles, Impermanence...
Jul 23 2005
Tassajara

Hierarchy

Serial: SF-03579

Sesshin 3 Day 5 Teacher-student relationship

Teacher-and-Student, Precepts, Anger, Intimacy, Buddha Nature, Practice Period,...
Mar 27 2005
Tassajara

Hokyo Zammai Class

Five Ranks, Daily Life, Absolute-and-Relative, Emptiness, Balance, Practice Period,...
Mar 10 2005
Tassajara

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-00940

World's largest ball of twine, snobbery, insight, calming our minds, shamata - tranquility practce, Dhammapada, monuments to warfare, GGF farm and kids, hate crime and Tam High...

Vows, Precepts, Hate, Non-violence, Bodhisattva Precepts, Intimacy, Interview,...
Dec 19 2004
Green Gulch

Shuso Talk

Serial: SF-01900

#shuso-talk

Lotus Sutra, Birth-and-Death, Nirvana, Bodhisattva Way, Practice Period, Buddha Mind...
Dec 01 2004
Tassajara

Discipline

Serial: SF-00077

Relationship with the rules while training.

training, Practice Period, Vinaya, Emotions, Don't Know Mind, Mindfulness,...
Oct 20 2004

Breathing In and Breathing Out

Serial: SF-00934

One-day sitting lecture: Book of Serenity Case 3, Anapanasati Sutta, Six Subtle Dharma Gates

Mindfulness, Dragons, Lotus Sutra, Concentration, Book of Serenity, Bodhidharma,...
Sep 18 2004
Green Gulch

Living The Good Life

Serial: SF-00933

Sunday Lecture

Patience, Ordinary Mind, Mill Valley, Big Mind, Attachment, Commitment, Silence,...
Aug 29 2004
Green Gulch

Eight Awakenings

Serial: SF-03589

Zendo Lecture

Mindfulness, Greed, Attachment, Daily Life, Right Speech, Posture, Precepts, Zendo,...
Jul 16 2004
Tassajara

Workshop

Anger, Greed, Mindfulness, Don't Know Mind, Intimacy, Bell, Instruction,...
Feb 14 2004
Green Gulch

Workshop

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

Workshop

Mindfulness, Daily Life, Concentration, Four Foundations, training, Peace, resistance...
Feb 14 2004
Green Gulch

January Class

Mindfulness, Posture, Instruction, Duality, Four Noble Truths, Four Foundations,...
Jan 13 2004
Green Gulch

October 11th, 2003, Serial No. 00976

Mindfulness, Suzuki Roshi, Impermanence, Practice Period, Intimacy, Priest, Zazen,...
Oct 11 2003
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-01101

Daigan's dream last night. Way to listen to a dharma talk. Practice period. Why people come. Things. Material things.

Practice Period, Monastic Practice, Precepts, Buddha Ancestors, Delusion, Priest,...
Feb 23 2003
Green Gulch

December 8th, 2002, Serial No. 03985

Mindfulness, Separation, Hindrances, Judgement, Hate, Suzuki Roshi, Greed, Commitment...
Dec 08 2002
City Center

Gratitude For This Practice

Serial: SF-04042

Sunday Lecture: Fear - fear is spawning ground for negative emotions. Attention to breath. How to work with difficult mental states. Walking and attention to breath. Busyness...

Anger, Emotions, training, Cultivation, Impermanence, Gratitude, Suzuki Roshi,...
Nov 24 2002
Green Gulch

November 16th, 2002, Serial No. 00977

Ordinary Mind, Practice Period, Mindfulness, Letting Go, Suzuki Roshi, Freedom,...
Nov 16 2002
City Center

Wednesday Lecture

Serial: SF-01051

A sense of place, a valley of ancestors, apprentices finding their place, Harry Roberts' last remarks, 500-year view, mastodon tooth, mountains and rivers, walking mindfully,...

Blue Cliff Record, Dragons, Bell, Practice Period, zen meditation, Commitment,...
Jul 10 2002
Green Gulch

Arbor Day

Serial: SF-01071

Sunday Lecture

Commitment, Tassajara, Non-violence, Nirvana, Practice Period, Continuous,...
Feb 10 2002
Green Gulch

Wednesday Lecture

Concentration, Suzuki Roshi, Subject-and-Object, Mindfulness, Describe, Zendo,...
May 23 2001
Green Gulch

Arbor Day

Serial: SF-01069

Sunday Lecture

Humility, Mindfulness, Vows, Lotus Sutra, Commitment, Practice Period, Attachment,...
Feb 18 2001
Green Gulch

Tenzo Kyokun Class

Practice Period, Suzuki Roshi, Don't Know Mind, Mindfulness, realization, Mill...
Nov 07 2000
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Four Noble Truths, Right Effort, Greed, Attachment, Bodhidharma, Karma, Triple...
Sep 17 2000
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Letting Go, Ceremony, Freedom, Zazen, Bodhidharma, Interview, Mindfulness, Silence,...
Mar 05 2000
Green Gulch

Wednesday Lecture

Practice Period, Monastic Practice, Mindfulness, Buddha Mind, Nirvana Sutra, Ceremony...
Feb 23 2000
Green Gulch

December 7th, 1999, Serial No. 03951

Letting Go, Emptiness, Zazen, Mindfulness, Karma, Faith, soto, Chanting, Lineage,...
Dec 07 1999
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Right Speech, Freedom, Precepts, Happiness, Buddha Nature, Conversation, Priest,...
Jul 04 1999
Green Gulch

Wednesday Lecture

First Principle, Mindfulness, Tassajara, Dragons, Suzuki Roshi, Lay, Zendo, Peace,...
Jun 30 1999
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Mindfulness, Balance, Peace, Concentration, Equanimity, Vows, Samadhi, Study Period,...
Jun 13 1999
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Emptiness, Nirvana Sutra, Zazen Mind, Posture, Sangha, Mindfulness, Teacher-and-...
Mar 07 1999
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Constancy, Mindfulness, Cultivation, Daily Life, Doubt, Lay Practice, Buddha Nature,...
Nov 08 1998
Green Gulch

The Feeling Of Practice Period

Serial: SF-00148

Wednesday talk; the heart and determination to study - to support and appreciate the practice period.

Practice Period, Impermanence, Mindfulness, Precepts, Zazen Mind, Silence, Big Mind,...
Oct 21 1998
Green Gulch Farm

Sesshin Lecture

Posture, Mindfulness, Emotions, Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi, Bell, Describe,...
Aug 18 1998
Green Gulch

Wednesday Lecture

Precepts, Impermanence, Separation, resistance, Mindfulness, Emotions, Suzuki Roshi,...
May 20 1998
City Center

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