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Intensive Lecture

Serial: SF-02758 -
Big Mind, Four Noble Truths, realization, Suzuki Roshi, Transmission, Zazen, Instruction,...
Jul 10 2007
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-01062 Story of Parvati and ...(?); falling in love - never alone; the entire universe in ten directions is the true human body; Coming of Age Program; samsara/dukkha; parenting a teenager; the love of mother for a child -
Samsara, Karma, Lotus Sutra, New Year, Continuous, Hate, Interdependence, Passions, Anger,...
May 20 2007
Green Gulch

Liberating Your Hands

Serial: EB-00048 The talk explores the relationship between bodily awareness and mindfulness, focusing on the interaction with and awareness of various body parts such as hands, hips, and feet. The discussion delves into how often people neglect...
Rumi, Letting Go, Ceremony, Freedom, Conversation
Apr 15 2007

Sesshin as a Koan for the Body

Serial: SF-00990 Sesshin Lecture: Easter/Buddha's Birthday; enlightenment experiences; dharmakaya; not doing anything; nirmanakaya; this is your life -
Buddha's Birthday, Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi, Conversation, Mill Valley, Samadhi,...
Apr 08 2007
Green Gulch

Intelligence of the Natural World

Serial: SF-00941 Sesshin Lecture: frog chorus; silence and activity; pain and fear of pain; Bodhidharma -
Bodhidharma, Silence, Buddha Ancestors, Composure, Buddha Nature, Hindrances, Zendo,...
Apr 07 2007
Green Gulch

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-00986 Architecture at GGF; Layman Pang; many sesshins; "gamble everything on love"; sesshin romance and the potentiality of the present moment; recognizing your Buddha nature in your life now; ordinations/relinquishment -
Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind, Attachment, Silence, Suzuki Roshi, Bodhisattva Vow, Lay Practice,...
Apr 06 2007
Green Gulch

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-00994 Strategies, gaining ideas; "paying it forward"; close investigation of the self; Orpheus and Eurydice; Rilke; hidden anger - staying with the emotion -
Monkey Mind, Vows, Buddha Nature, Emotions, Suzuki Roshi, Manjushri, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen...
Apr 05 2007
Green Gulch

The Secrets of the Body

Serial: SF-00993 Sesshin Lecture: great effort, no result; ritual, bowing; Diamond Sutra; boundaries -
Right Effort, Bowing, Suzuki Roshi, Bodhisattva Way, Vows, Liberation, Bodhisattva Vow, Buddha...
Apr 04 2007
Green Gulch

Sesshin Practices

Serial: SF-00992 Sesshin Lecture: ordinary mind is the Tao; practice of confession; guilt/shame; Self-Receiving and -Employing Samadhi -
Ordinary Mind, Suzuki Roshi, Right Effort, Posture, Buddha Nature, Composure, Concentration,...
Apr 03 2007
Green Gulch

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, Attachment,...
Apr 02 2007
Green Gulch

Developing Confidence in Buddha Nature

Serial: SF-00074 Sunday talk.Koan with the wild ducks; story of the king who questioned the Buddha; report on global warming. The talk at Green Gulch Farm delves into the concept of embracing one's true nature amidst distractions, utilizing various teachings and anecdotes from Zen Buddhism. Themes include recognizing and overcoming the delusions...
Global Warming, Buddha Mind, Hindrances, Delusion, Practice Period, Dragons, Lineage, Describe...
Mar 18 2007
Green Gulch Farm

Alignment With The Great Way

Serial: SF-00944 Sunday Lecture - Children's Lecture: waging peace; taking up a practice -
Buddha Mind, Peace, Ordinary Mind, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Lineage, Posture, Delusion, Lay, Zendo...
Mar 04 2007
Green Gulch

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 conditions that are difficult -
Dragons, Offering, Delusion, Heart Sutra, Mindfulness, Vows, Zendo, Suzuki Roshi, Observe,...
Feb 17 2007
Green Gulch

The Gift of Nothing

Serial: SF-00929 Sunday Lecture Children's Lecture: one who is not busy, one reality; the gift of nothing; sesshin, from Suzuki Roshi; our mind is the same as Buddha's; all things are impermanent; illusion of self; desire based on ignorance;... -
Suzuki Roshi, Nirvana Sutra, Book of Serenity, Soto Zen, Heart Sutra, Freedom, Nirvana,...
Dec 03 2006
Green Gulch

Just Showing Up

Serial: EB-00047 The talk critiques the conventional approach of spiritual teachings that emphasize directive methods, such as instructing what to do or not to do, which is contrasted with allowing natural awareness and awakening without forced...
Big Mind, Instruction, Peace, Rumi, Don't Know Mind
Nov 12 2006

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. The talk explores the thematic elements of the Seijiki ceremony, relating to death, dying, and the surreality of hungry ghosts within Buddhist teachings. The focus is on how the ceremony serves as a cushion between life and the...
Ceremony, Offering, Vows, Ordination, Death-and-Dying, Six Realms, Sangha, Emptiness, Samadhi...
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 Ancestors...
Oct 08 2006
Green Gulch

Right Speech

Serial: SF-00037 The eight-fold path and its relationship to the precepts. The talk focuses on the concept of right speech as part of the Buddhist eightfold path, specifically in relation to the precept ceremonies in Zen Buddhism, using koans as a mode of instruction. It discusses daily practice and the...
Right Speech, Suzuki Roshi, Conversation, Heart Sutra, Zazen, Buddha Nature, Precepts,...
Sep 16 2006

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, Mahayana...
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); parental mind as nourishing mind; karmic retribution... -
Big Mind, Bell, Silence, Gratitude, Birth-and-Death, Zendo, Hate, Suzuki Roshi, Intuition,...
Sep 03 2006
Green Gulch

Teachers and Students

Serial: EB-00046 The talk centers on the exploration of inner conflicts and the metaphorical 'ogres' that one faces in various relationships such as those between parents and children, teachers and students, and within oneself. It describes these...
Bell, Way-Seeking Mind, Silence, Demons
Aug 27 2006

Why Become Abbot of Zen Center?

Serial: SF-00938A -
Bodhisattva Vow, Practice Period, Precepts, Gratitude, Vows, Commitment, Bell, Suzuki Roshi,...
Aug 09 2006

It's Just Food!

Serial: EB-00045 The talk centers on the cultural attitudes toward food, especially in the context of waste and consumption. The discussion elaborates on the importance of treating food with care and reverence, reflecting Zen teachings,...
Culture, Ordinary Mind, Money, Way-Seeking Mind, Lay
Jul 16 2006

July 2nd, 2006, Serial No. 04351

Serial: SF-04351 The talk examines how American foundational principles, particularly those encapsulated within the Declaration of Independence, resonate with Buddhist teachings about liberation and universal happiness. It discusses the...
Happiness, Freedom, Liberation, Enemies, Interdependence
Jul 02 2006

Have Some Tea

Serial: SF-00965 Sunday Lecture: "Have you been here before? Have some tea"; judgment and conduct; Four Noble Truths; Eightfold Path; ethics and etiquette -
Four Noble Truths, Right Effort, Triple Treasure, Right Speech, Liberation, Renewal, Peace,...
May 07 2006
Green Gulch

April 29th, 2006, Serial No. 04332

Serial: SF-04332 The talk focuses on explicating the concept of "Genjo Koan" from the text *Genjo Koan* by Eihei Dogen, emphasizing its application to everyday practice in Zen Buddhism. Instead of seeking dramatic, enlightened experiences (Kensho...
Separation, Blue Cliff Record, Building, Practice Period
Apr 29 2006

The Great Matter

Serial: SF-00085 How awareness of death, and our own mortality, spurs us to greater effort in practice. The talk at the Beginner's Mind Temple centers on awareness of mortality as a catalyst for deepening commitment to spiritual and ethical practice. It draws on various literary and philosophical sources to underscore the...
Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi, Impermanence, Gratitude, Heart Sutra, Ceremony, Mindfulness,...
Mar 11 2006
City Center


Serial: EB-00043 -
Enemies, Dragons, Rumi, Silence, Bell
Mar 05 2006


Serial: EB-00044 -
Enemies, Dragons, Rumi, Silence, Bell
Mar 05 2006

Practice Period

Serial: SF-00034 Origins of PP, meaning of 'ango'; Dogen's essay; resistance; hermit Jim; Rumi poems. -
Practice Period, Buddha Ancestors, Zazen, Tassajara, resistance, Bell, Duality, Aspects of...
Feb 19 2006


Serial: SF-00115 Taking refuge; our true place; funzo; placing robe on the head; story from vinaya about silk. -
Discrimination, Doubt, Offering, Attachment, Peace, Patience, Transmission, Letting Go,...
Feb 01 2006

Alive or Dead?

Serial: SF-01147 Sunday Lecture: Koan: "Alive or Dead" (Daowu's condolence call); mind fleas; confession; too busy; leap or die when at an impasse; story of Buddha and king - what else can I do but walk in righteousness; Dogen's death poem -
Teacher-and-Student, Anger, Don't Know Mind, Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Ego, Bell...
Jan 29 2006
Green Gulch

January 11th, 2006, Serial No. 04358

Serial: SF-04358 -
Evil, Happiness, Bodhisattva Way, Commitment, Peace
Jan 11 2006

December 4th, 2005, Serial No. 04352

Serial: SF-04352 -
Patience, Kshanti, Enthusiasm, Virya, Politics
Dec 04 2005


Serial: SF-00963 Sunday Lecture: Milton's 'Paradise Lost'; myth of Narcissus; Four Noble Truths; Zhaozhou's "No": Marin Organizing Committee/Seniors for Peace -
Four Noble Truths, Buddha Nature, Peace, Perfect Wisdom, Freedom, Mill Valley, Echo,...
Nov 20 2005
Green Gulch

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-03089A -
Mindfulness, Letting Go, Practice Period, Hindrances, Liberation, Balance, Concentration,...
Nov 12 2005

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-03152 -
Silence, Instruction, realization
Oct 12 2005


Serial: EB-00056 -
Instruction, Posture, Sangha, training, Zendo
Oct 09 2005

Zendo Lecture

Serial: SF-03161 -
Monastic Practice, Practice Period, Global Warming, Buddha Ancestors, Mahayana, Interview,...
Oct 02 2005

No Self

Serial: SF-00971 One-day sitting lecture: Bodhisattva Initiation - dharma names; Buddha's second teaching - "No-self Characteristic Sutta"; shamata - posture instructions; Bodhisattva precepts - the scrimmage line -
Bodhisattva Precepts, Ceremony, Precepts, Continuous, Separation, Posture, Delusion, Faith,...
Sep 17 2005
Green Gulch

Birth and Death

Serial: SF-00970 Sunday Lecture - Children's Lecture: children's story - Amos and Boris; response to Hurrican Katrina; Story of king, knowing death is coming; vowing to live for the benefit of all; story of Buddha, a child's death and mustard... -
Birth-and-Death, Vows, Four Noble Truths, First Principle, Lotus Sutra, Mill Valley, Faith,...
Sep 04 2005
Green Gulch

Dining Room Lecture

Serial: SF-01783 -
Practice Period, Tassajara, Birth-and-Death, Posture, Instruction, Suzuki Roshi, training,...
Sep 03 2005

Zendo Lecture

Serial: SF-01782 -
Precepts, Suzuki Roshi, Observe, Teacher-and-Student, Non-duality, Ego, training, Posture,...
Sep 01 2005

Dining Room Lecture

Serial: SF-01781 -
Posture, Zendo, Mindfulness, training, Big Mind, Bell, Bowing, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen,...
Aug 31 2005


Serial: EB-00042 -
training, Buddha Nature, Book of Serenity, Evil, Desire
Aug 18 2005


Serial: EB-00041 -
Impermanence, Sutra, Delusion, Patience
Aug 15 2005


Serial: EB-00040 -
Patience, Addiction, Way-Seeking Mind, Impermanence
Jul 31 2005


Serial: EB-00055 -
Patience, Addiction, Way-Seeking Mind, Impermanence
Jul 31 2005

Zendo Lecture

Serial: SF-03593 -
Lotus Sutra, Mindfulness, Suzuki Roshi, Offering, Sanctuary, Obstacles, Impermanence,...
Jul 23 2005

July 11th, 2005, Serial No. 06992

Serial: SF-06992 -
Tassajara, Hongzhi, Practice Period, Zendo
Jul 11 2005