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Inconceivable Life

Conversation, Birth-and-Death, Intuition, Bowing, Enemies, Lineage, Observe, Passions...
Dec 26 2020

Dogen's Vow

Vows, Buddha Mind, Passions, Mindfulness, Four Noble Truths, true dharma, Book of...
Nov 21 2020

Kika's Ordination

Serial: BZ-02787

From the November/December 2020 newsletter:

Sojun Ordains a New Priest

On October 17 in the zendo Sojun Roshi ordained Doko Kika Susan Hellein as a priest, with...

Ordination, Karma, Precepts, Equanimity, Building, Attachment, Zoom, Beginners,...
Oct 17 2020
Berkeley Zen Center

Thinking and Non-Thinking

Right Speech, training, Four Noble Truths, Interview, Instruction, American,...
Aug 22 2020

The Fire of Zen

Monastic Practice, Global Warming, Nirvana, War, Politics, Interview, Liberation,...
Jan 25 2020

Don't Wait For Maitreya

Discrimination, Monastic Practice, Buddha Nature, Passions, Describe, Tassajara, Vows...
Dec 06 2019

Buddha's Enlightenment

Concentration, Dependent Origination, Heart Sutra, Birth-and-Death, training,...
Dec 05 2019

Joshu's Quotes: Preference, Non-Preference

Passions, American, Politics, Intuition, Duality, Culture, Doubt, War, Lay
Dec 04 2019

The Meaning of Shakymuni Buddha's Enlightenment, Part 1: Hsin Hsin Ming

Passions, confusion, Hate, Sanctuary, Diversity, Composure, Dragons, Non-duality,...
Dec 02 2019

Words of My Perfect Teacher

Samsara, Nirvana, Mindfulness, Posture, Interdependence, Mahayana, Passions,...
Nov 23 2019

Choices and Preferences

Passions, Eka, Heart Sutra, uchiyama, Attachment, Bodhidharma, confusion, Describe,...
Sep 21 2019

Striding Off The Hundred-Foot Pole

Hindrances, Describe, Culture, Silence, Passions, confusion, Vows, War, Peace,...
Aug 17 2019

What's Love Got To Do With It

Passions, Priest, Precepts, Impermanence, Bowing, Constancy, Daily Life, Practice...
Aug 10 2019

Birth, Death and Breath

Serial: BZ-02649

Rohatsu Day 2


Birth-and-Death, Concentration, Duality, Passions, Peace, Ego, Impermanence, Observe...
Dec 03 2018

Introduction to Joshu

Ordinary Mind, Passions, Hindrances, Patience, confusion, Culture, Karma, Gratitude,...
Nov 24 2018

Resilience through Shared Grief

Vows, Separation, Passions
Oct 13 2018

Zazen Posture and the Problem of Touch

Posture, Big Mind, Conversation, Instruction, Silence, Manjushri, Passions, Culture...
Sep 08 2018

No Recipe

Passions, Mindfulness, Dharma Transmission, Anger, Happiness, Transmission,...
Jul 21 2018

State of the Union

Composure, Politics, American, Demons, Silence, Greed, Passions, Evil, Conversation,...
Jun 30 2018

Triple Treasure: Buddha Dharma Sangha

Practice Period, Buddha Nature, Peace, War, Intuition, Equanimity, Passions, Hate...
Jun 02 2018

Something To Die For: That's What Makes People Believe In Something

Peace, War, Ego, Observe, Practice Period, Karma, Dragons, Hindrances, Passions,...
May 19 2018

Patachara Story

Serial: BZ-02602

Women's Sesshin


Four Noble Truths, Peace, Lay, Discrimination, Politics, Obstacles, Ordination,...
Mar 04 2018

The Four Vows and the Four Resolves

Bodhisattva Vow, Vows, Peace, Buddha Nature, Liberation, Dharma Transmission,...
Jun 17 2017

Seijiki: Calling Hungry Heart

Peace, Offering, Dragons, Interview, Observe, Passions, Describe, American, Priest...
Oct 29 2016

Leaving Home

Demons, Platform Sutra, Ordination, Lay, Birth-and-Death, Vows, Buddha Nature,...
Apr 09 2016

Dizang Planting the Fields

Serial: BZ-02452

 Case 12


Separation, resistance, New Year, Doubt, Peace, Passions, Anger
Jan 02 2016

Suzuki Roshi Eko Lectures: 8 Dhyana Jhana

Serial: BZ-02451

 Rohatsu Day 4


Passions, Echo, Concentration, Anger, Karma, Emotions, Nirvana, Beginners, Aspects of...
Dec 02 2015

What Makes Zen Center Run - Q&A

Absolute-and-Relative, Practice Period, Dragons, Bell, Building, Monastic Practice,...
Aug 22 2015

A Big Headache

American, Culture, Religion, Soto Zen, Passions, Practice Period, Intuition,...
Jun 20 2015

Seeing and Non-Seeing

Buddha Nature, Impermanence, Monastic Practice, Aspects of Practice, Platform Sutra,...
Apr 12 2015

Everyone Has a Light

Blue Cliff Record, Duality, Oneness, Practice Period, Berkeley Zen Center, Passions,...
Nov 15 2014

Zen Bodies, Zen Mirrors

Lotus Sutra, Precious Mirror, Chanting, Instruction, Commitment, soto, Silence,...
Sep 14 2014

Zazen Refresher

Posture, Emotions, Passions, Practice Period, Instruction, Interview, Happiness, Evil...
Jun 06 2014

Heart Sutra Class

Birth-and-Death, Doubt, Renunciation, Funeral, Four Noble Truths, Intuition, Passions...
Jun 05 2014

Heart Sutra Class

Anger, Impermanence, Karma, Composure, Passions, Pure Existence, Birth-and-Death,...
May 29 2014

Kyogen's Man Up A Tree

Ego, Subject-and-Object, Heart Sutra, Sanctuary, Building, Funeral, Passions, Evil,...
May 24 2014

Dogen's Shoji: Birth and Death

Birth-and-Death, Nirvana, Eight Aspects, Daily Life, Monastic Practice, Funeral,...
Feb 22 2014

An Experience of Feeling Wrong

Anger, War, Peace, Evil, Conversation, Culture, Passions, Continuous, Hate, American...
Jan 31 2014

Do What You Love To Be Happy

Right Effort, Oneness, Forgiveness, Dharma Transmission, confusion, Mindfulness,...
Jan 11 2014

Zazen Instruction

Serial: BZ-02338


Zazen, Posture, Pure Existence, Discrimination, Five Ranks, Religion, Emotions,...
Dec 02 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

Joshu's 4 Gates and Joshu's Bridge

Serial: BZ-02337


Joshu, BCR-9, BCR-52, Ego, Manjushri, Lotus Sutra, Hindrances, Fundraising, Culture,...
Dec 01 2013
Berkeley Zen Center


Serial: BZ-02313

Review of Zazen, Sesshin

Effort, Zazen, Sesshin, Nirvana, Mindfulness, Practice Period, resistance, Mahayana,...
Jun 19 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

Eight Awakenings

Nirvana, Mindfulness, Practice Period, resistance, Mahayana, Passions, Concentration...
Jun 08 2013

Tangled Up in Blue

Cultivation, Happiness, Separation, Enemies, Greed, Buddha Nature, Liberation,...
Apr 27 2013

Life of Homeless Kodo

Priest, Impermanence, American, Passions, Vows, Instruction, training
Mar 16 2013

Sick Day

Bodhisattva Precepts, Right Effort, Evil, Liberation, Conversation, Precepts,...
Jan 26 2013

My Three Weeks in Europe

Serial: BZ-02265

Zen in Europe, Saturday Lecture

Kobun Chino, Vanya Palmers, Culture, Building, Religion, Priest, Tassajara, American...
Sep 15 2012
Berkeley Zen Center

Genjo Koan - Section 10B-Part-3

Serial: BZ-02250

Transformation at the Base, Sesshin Day 5]

Live life one moment at a time


Suffering, Birth-and-Death, Intuition, Emotions, Dragons, Passions, Religion...
Jun 24 2012
Berkeley Zen Center

Genjo Koan - Section 10B-Part-2

Serial: BZ-02249

Nishiari Bokusan commentary, Sesshin Day 4

Point of non-duality, Zazen-discrete moments in time, Time as Discontinuous


Bodhidharma, Non-duality, Time, Birth-and-Death, Karma, Discrimination, Non-duality,...
Jun 23 2012
Berkeley Zen Center

The Question of Love

Serial: BZ-02243

Zen Lesson in the Art of Leadership, Saturday Lecture

Partiality and Impartiality


Lovingkindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, Equanimity, Attachment, Big Mind,...
May 26 2012
Berkeley Zen Center