Renunciation Talks

Renunciation (or renouncing) is the act of rejecting something, particularly something that the renunciant has previously enjoyed or endorsed.

In religion, renunciation often indicates an abandonment of pursuit of material comforts, in the interests of achieving Enlightenment, Liberation, or Kevala Jnana, for example as practiced in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism respectively. In Hinduism, the renounced order of life is sannyāsa; in Buddhism, the Pali word for "renunciation" is nekkhamma, conveying more specifically "giving up the world and leading a holy life" or "freedom from lust, craving and desires". (See also sangha, bhikkhu, bhikkhuni, and śramaṇa.) In Christianity, some denominations have a tradition of renunciation of the Devil.

Renunciation of citizenship is the formal process by which a person voluntarily relinquishes the status of citizen of a specific country. A person can also renounce property, as when a person submits a disclaimer of interest in property that has been left to them in a will.

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Living in Accord with Birth and Death

Serial: SF-00991

Sesshin Lecture: confirming Buddha nature; sesshin: gathering of heart/mind; what's the business under the patchwork robe?; story of Patacara

Birth-and-Death, Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Lineage, training, Ceremony,...
Apr 02 2007
Green Gulch

Sesshin Lecture

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

Lotus Sutra Class

Serial: SF-03554

Dining Room Class 3

Lotus Sutra, Describe, Precepts, Daily Life, Nirvana, Bell, Renunciation, Samsara,...
Oct 20 2004

Seven Principles for Preventing Decline

Serial: SF-00935

Dhammapada, 9/11, we are not well, cause of great peace, Huey Johnson, the soldiers will have their way, dogs of war, Dalai Lama, pinpoint causes, 'Guns, Germs, and Steel',...

Nirvana Sutra, Precepts, Daily Life, Religion, Interdependence, Renunciation,...
Sep 15 2002
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-00981

Buddhist culture rooting in California, purpose of ZC, banana in his back pocket, Puccini, motherhood, livelihood, Buddhahood, statuary invoking our higher purpose, Bodhisattva...

Bodhisattva Precepts, Ceremony, Precepts, Suzuki Roshi, Perfect Wisdom, Triple...
Jul 21 2002
Green Gulch

Way-seeking Mind

Serial: SF-04024

Tanto job, informal very ZC (?)

Suzuki Roshi, Letting Go, Doubt, Daily Life, Practice Period, Tassajara, confusion,...
Jun 12 2002
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Two Truths, Four Noble Truths, Humility, Buddha Ancestors, New Year, Liberation,...
Dec 30 2001
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

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


soto, Five Ranks, Soto Zen, Emptiness, Nirvana, Renunciation, Oneness, Suzuki Roshi,...
Jan 03 2001

September 23rd, 2000, Serial No. 02734

confusion, Four Noble Truths, Interdependence, Renunciation, Buddha Ancestors,...
Sep 23 2000

Sunday Lecture

Precepts, Balance, Bodhisattva Precepts, Evil, Vows, Renunciation, Non-duality,...
Sep 26 1999
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-01872


Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Balance, Vows, Evil, Renunciation, Non-duality,...
Sep 26 1999
Green Gulch

One-day Sitting Lecture

Birth-and-Death, Ceremony, Bodhidharma, Renunciation, Two Truths, Letting Go, Vows,...
May 15 1999
Green Gulch

January 2nd, 1999, Serial No. 04060

Vows, Right Effort, Ceremony, Suzuki Roshi, Renunciation, Happiness, Emptiness, Soto...
Jan 02 1999

Sunday Lecture

Letting Go, Monastic Practice, Tassajara, Karma, Practice Period, Bell, resistance,...
Feb 01 1998
Green Gulch

Majjhima Nikaya

Evil, training, Liberation, Greed, Renunciation, confusion, Hate, Enemies, Delusion,...
Jul 08 1997
Green Gulch

The Eight Stages of Monastic Life

Serial: SF-03132

Sunday Lecture - monastic way of wholeness, a sacred way, a sacred place, a clear pace that lives at the bottom of our hearts and is reflected back to us in a religious life....

Monastic Practice, Lineage, Commitment, Letting Go, Practice Period, Renunciation,...
Sep 29 1996
Green Gulch

June 12th, 1996, Serial No. 02712

Precepts, Ceremony, Dragons, Vows, Lineage, Repentance, Confession-and-Repentance,...
Jun 12 1996

Shantideva Class

Anger, Enemies, Letting Go, Renunciation, Happiness, Concentration, Patience, Aspects...
May 02 1995


Renunciation, Zazen Mind, Zazen, Buddha Nature, Concentration, Suzuki Roshi, Ceremony...
May 18 1989

Sunday Lecture

Emotions, Anger, Renunciation, Ordination, Daily Life, Half-Smile, Ceremony,...
Oct 09 1988
Green Gulch

March 2nd, 1980, Serial No. 01842

Dragons, Religion, Renunciation, Intuition, Liberation, Freedom
Mar 02 1980