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05/12/2024
Temple

Jyoshin asks “What is a temple?” and goes on to explore different ways of viewing that. She talks about Nagarjuna’s The Precious Garland of Advice for a King, which contains myriad Buddhist Teachings, with a concise summary at the end.

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Jyoshin Clay
05/05/2024
Talk by Jiko

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
04/28/2024
Listening to the Insentient

It’s said that all beings, sentient and insentient, expound the Dharma. How can we listen to the Dharma of trees, rocks and compost buckets? How can we meet them?

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Shin’yu Vitells
04/21/2024
Talk by Kakumyo

Kakumyo speaks about Nyogen Senzaki, Hongshi, and meditation practice.

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
04/14/2024
Sangha Forum

Twice a year, the sangha has an opportunity to hear from our governing bodies and to ask questions and give feedback. In the spring, the forum is sponsored by the Dharma Council, giving updates on liturgy, classes, etc. The Board and Dharma Garden Council will also give updates.

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Dharma Council
04/07/2024
Regrets Dosage Recommendations

Regret is one of those phenomena that can go different directions; it can provide wholesome clarity or throw us off our seat. How we perceive and relate to responsibility, and the quality of awareness that we offer the arising of regret plays a major role here. Kakumyo explores this dynamic.

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
03/31/2024
Wishes and Questions

We all have three wishes, and one is a secret.

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
03/24/2024
Flying Fish Dharma Talk

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Flying Fish Murphy
03/17/2024
ESLT Dharma Talks

Three participants in the ESLT (Emerging Sangha Leadership Training) program each give a short Dharma Talk.

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ESLT Participants
03/10/2024
Jyoshin’s Dharma Talk

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Jyoshin Clay
03/03/2024
Visible Mind

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
02/25/2024
Ambivalence, Resistance, and Vow

What happens when we set an intention, make a vow to change something in our lives? Often, resistance arises. What is that, what causes it, and how can we work with it?

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Genko Rainwater
02/11/2024
Dharma Talk by Kakumyo

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
02/04/2024
Thoughts on Buddhism and Love

What if the whole of Zen practice, from meditation to the precepts to kensho and back again, is all about learning how to love? What if the only reason we come into being is to learn to love?

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Robert Reian Glass
01/28/2024
Integration of Formal Practice

This talk centers around questions of how to integrate formal practice into ordinary daily life. Our formal practice can feel separate from our everyday way, and at times, we might long for it to be otherwise. Questions around integrating precept work, mindfulness, sesshin, and zazen are not uncommon.

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Mark Sosetsu Stauffer
01/21/2024
Hiding the Self

Jiko explores a concept from Developmental Psychology of the true self and the false self in the light of Buddhist practice. In what ways do we hide, and in what ways do we hope to be seen?

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
01/14/2024
Bodhisattva Posture

This isn’t a talk on body mechanics, but on how, as aspiring bodhisattvas, we situate ourselves in relation to the suffering around and within us. How do we structure our life, how do we frame the events and interactions around us in a way that nurtures and expresses our bodhisattva nature?

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
01/07/2024
The Perfect Quilt

Jyoshin uses an illustration from her hospital chaplain work to talk about some of the ways we get caught trying to be perfect and in so doing lose sight of the reality and importance being present with things as they are.

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Jyoshin Clay
12/17/2023
Everyday Practice

Dogen says, “Continuous practice, day after day, is the most appropriate way of expressing gratitude. This means that you practice continuously, without wasting a single day of your life”. What does continuous practice look like in our everyday lives?

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Shin’yu Vitells
12/03/2023
We Can’t Help but Smile

As Rohatsu begins, we consider our relationship to awakening. Is it near or far? Vast or ordinary? Sometimes we can’t help but smile.

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
11/26/2023
Include Everything

Chan Master Hongzhi instructed us, “Contact phenomena with total sincerity, not a single atom of dust outside yourself.” Gyoshi explores implications of this instruction.

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Mike Gyoshi Kaplan
11/19/2023
Kakumyo’s Dharma Talk

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
11/12/2023
Orienting on a Pathless Path

During the Mountains and Waters Wilderness Retreat, we spend time as a group learning to navigate and orient as we journey and explore. Orientation skills are helpful not only when we get turned around or confused about where we are; when we need to change direction and explore uncharted territory; or when we are traveling off trail; but also to be at ease with being part of what is wild and unconditioned. This talk shares themes related to Zen practice.

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Mark Sosetsu Stauffer
11/05/2023
Religion is Not Something for a Special Group of People

For Founders Day, Jiko talks about Keido Chisan, whose enlightened approach to Zen practice proved critical to the making of our temple today. On this day we pay homage to our most recent ancestors, even as we remember that each of us must find the path that is ours alone.

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
10/22/2023
Relics

As we approach our annual Sejiki Sesshin, Genko looks at both karma and how we work with it and at those who have died in the past year and how these relics of the past remain part of our lives.

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Genko Rainwater
10/15/2023
Fall Sangha Forum

Twice a year, the sangha has an opportunity to hear from our governing bodies and to ask questions and give feedback. The Sangha Forum takes the place of a dharma talk. At the forum, the sangha has an opportunity to hear from our governing bodies and to ask questions and give feedback. The Board of Directors sponsors the fall forum, and gives updates. The Dharma Council also presents updates.

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Genko Rainwater
10/08/2023
Realizing Emptiness Through Abundance

In this talk Flying Fish looks at the paramita of generosity as a gateway to awakening. The more we are able to let go the more we are able to connect to the tender heart of wisdom.

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Flying Fish Murphy
10/01/2023
Dharma Talk by Jyoshin

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Jyoshin Clay
09/24/2023
Readiness and Receiving

Kakumyo explores some themes from the Lotus Sutra and Dogen relating to our ability to absorb Dharma. Where do we find it, what gets in the way, and what does that tell us about reality? [Note: apologies for the poor quality of the recording.]

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
09/17/2023
Don’t Worry

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
09/10/2023
The Three Tenets

The Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemaker’s Order are: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action. We’ll look at the practice of sesshin through the lens of these three tenets.

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Shin’yu Vitells
09/03/2023
Practicing Together

Sosetsu talks about two slogans – Practicing Together and Be a Good Ancestor – and a little about sports.

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Mark Sosetsu Stauffer
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