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Years: 2017
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12/17/2017
I Have Kept My Wish

In the ordination ceremony, we say, ‘I have changed my form, but kept my wish.’ What does this mean? We carry many wishes into our practice, and the innermost wish is revealed only over time. We each have a gift as well as a wish, and central to our practice is finding a way for these to meet.

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
12/03/2017
Rohatsu and Sesshin

As we prepare to begin Rohatsu sesshin, Jyoshin examines what we are celebrating this week and why we do what we do.

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Jyoshin Clay
11/26/2017
Giving Thanks

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Genko Rainwater
11/19/2017
Reprise to 1994

Bukkai plans to take another look at a poem by Dainin Katagiri that she first presented a long time ago and is still considering. The last section reads:

If I were not to agree with your teaching,
Believe it or not,
My life would be drifting in space,
Like an astronaut separate from her ship
without any connections.
Now I’m aware that I alone am in the vast openness of the sea,
And cause the sea to be the sea.

Just swim.
Just swim.
Go on with your story.

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Jill Bukkai Washburn
11/12/2017
Right Speech in Tumultuous Times

The Buddha, in the first sermon following his enlightenment, instructed us to practice Right Speech as part of the Eightfold Path. One version of the criteria he used for determining if speech is right is: Is is factual? is it true? Is it helpful? Is it endearing? Is it timely? Right Speech can be a challenging practice at any time, much less in times of social, political, and economic tumult. Lay Disciple Thomas Bruner explores the case for Buddhists speaking up about the issues of the day, and speaking up using the principles of Right Speech.

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Thomas Koshin Bruner
11/05/2017
Founders Day

Gratitude for the past. Generosity to the future. After the all-night vigil beginning Saturday evening, November 4, at 7pm, Gyokuko puts this celebration into context.

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Gyokuko Carlson
10/08/2017
Making the Most of This Precious Human Life

As we struggle to get by and overcome obstacles, we can get confused, angry, and sad. As we develop our practice and self-awareness, subtle changes in outlook have the capacity to transform our view of life and suffering in radical ways.

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Gyokuko Carlson
10/01/2017
The Process of Karma

We often put karmic themes and their resolution in a vague category that adds lots of extra noise and opinion and dilutes the teaching about how to affect change. This Sunday the talk will focus on some specifics about seeing through our afflicted habit patterns.

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
09/24/2017
Time, Seasons, and Lineage

This Sunday we celebrate the Two Ancestors Memorial, honoring Eihei Dogen and Keizan Jokin. As part of that, we chant the “Life Span Chapter” of the Lotus Sutra, which describes the Buddha enlightened since the remote past, or the eternal Buddha. As the seasons change, time passes, people are born, sicken, and die, and yet … To what extent do our ancestors continue to teach us? To what extent are we all eternal Buddhas? What does that mean? On Sunday Genko wrestles with some of these questions.

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Genko Rainwater
09/17/2017
Our Intention at Work

How do we carry our deepest intentions with us as we move through our daily life, including when at work? Last week, many in the sangha participated in the Heart of Work retreat. Each day, the retreat started and ended with meditation in the zendo, but the main venue for the retreat was our individual work places, wherever they may be. This week’s Dharma talk is about this practice of finding support for remembering our intention wherever we are.

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Jody Shintai Dungay
09/10/2017
Stretching Awareness

We want to be “more” aware, but doing so is not actually a process of becoming aware of more. It’s more a matter of lessening the obstacles to awareness. As we clarify mind, the play of arising phenomena includes some that were previously submerged. On Sunday we explore this dynamic, and see how it might inform our relation to floods and fire.

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
09/03/2017
One’s Whole Life

As a lay person, sometimes it is a challenge to integrate practice into our lives. How do we practice with what is? How do we allow the unique experiences of our lives to unfold with the awareness and attention of practice? Carrie Schulz offers a student talk exploring this.

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Carrie Schulz
08/27/2017
Sun Face Buddha, Moon Face Buddha

The Sun Face Buddha lives for 1,800 years. The Moon Face Buddha lives for one day. But the length of the life is not what makes either a Buddha.

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
08/13/2017
Respect Polka

The source of respect is the unlimited heart of Buddha Nature. Jealousy and envy arise when we entertain the anxiety that there is not enough of something for us. Starting from the Buddha’s generous predictions of Buddhahood for his disciples, Gyokuko will explore our practice of giving and receiving respect.

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Gyokuko Carlson
07/30/2017
What We Remember

Memory is unpredictable. Certain events remain vivid; others fade away. Many of us will lose memories as we age. What is it in our practice that is remembered, no matter what? How do we retain wisdom even in forgetfulness?

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
07/23/2017
Just About Time

Genko tackles the topic of Time: what is it? how do we work with it? some of the many aspects of time as something that exists, or maybe not. Are we moving forward? What about developmental stages? What about how much time we’ve had in practice? And of course, Dogen’s fascicle, “Uji,” addressing existence-time, has to be considered.

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Genko Rainwater
07/16/2017
Trees, Rocks and Compost Piles Speak the Dharma

Drawing upon Dogen’s “Teachings of the Inanimate,” Seido talked about Buddhism’s approach to our conflicted relationship with the natural world and how the nondual leaps beyond false divisions. Where does nature begin and end? Where does sentience begin and end? This subject welcomes our direct experience in the natural world, our heartfelt concern for the environment, and ways we bring this awareness in our daily practice.

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Debra Seido Martin
07/09/2017
Temperance, Zeal, and Joy

Three of the aspects of the Enlightened Mind are not achieved through will, intention and rational thought, and yet they are not achieved without good will, good intentions and clear reasoning. Gyokuko will play with the interplay during her Dharma Talk this Sunday.

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Gyokuko Carlson
07/02/2017
The Slippery Slope of Enlightenment

A question we often get asked is “what is enlightenment,” followed closely by “how do I get it?” Kakumyo explores this realm in his Sunday talk. Come see whether he actually answers these perennial questions.

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
06/25/2017
Indra and the Ants

What happens when Indra, King of the Gods, sees a line of ants marching across the floor? A little storytelling about Indra leads us to contemplation of how we all fit together in the big scheme of things.

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
06/18/2017
Fearlessness

While many sangha members headed out to the Pride Parade, Jyoshin presented a talk on manifesting fearlessness in life and in practice. In Buddhism, the gift of fearlessness is one of the highest gifts. She unpacks this idea to see where it shows up in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

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Jyoshin Clay
06/11/2017
Holding No Thought of Killing

Our list of grave Precepts begins, like those of most religions, with Do Not Kill. The commentary says “holding no thought of killing is the Precept of Not Killing.” What are these thoughts, and what does it mean to hold them? Genko explores some of the ways this Precept applies to us all.

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Genko Rainwater
05/28/2017
Devotion to Ango

Kakumyo will talk about the closing of term, the power of intention, and the fraility of intention and how they might relate to each other.

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
05/21/2017
Manseong’s No-Cultivation

At the center of this Sunday’s Dharma Talk will be a twentieth century Korean koan from The Hidden Lamp collection entitled “Manseong’s No Cultivation.” Bukkai will respond to the material and offer her thoughts on related teachings.

One day a nun asked Manseong Sunim, “How do I cultivate the Way of the Buddha?”

“No cultivation,” answered Manseong.

The nun persevered: “How, then, can I obtain release from birth and death?”

“Who chains you to birth and death?” Manseong asked in return.

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Jill Bukkai Washburn
05/14/2017
Take Away the Staff

When we begin to practice, we feel a sense of hope and promise. In time, this fades and we feel disappointment again. What does it mean to let go of our expectations and hopes, and really fall into this disappointment? How do we practice when our supports are taken away, one by one?

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
04/30/2017
They Will Come to These Places

Pilgrimage has been a part of Buddhism since the very beginning. In this student talk, Tsuho discussed his travels to Japan and India and how we can use place as a method for practice.

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Todd Tsuho Sattersten
04/23/2017
Mandala Practice

Kaishin’s student talk focuses on the mandala model that informs our organizational structure. The mandala comes to us from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which is distinct in key ways from Zen. Within the Tibetan tradition the mandala provides a conceptual model for the energetic and inter-dependent underpinning of the human psyche. Kaishin considers a few questions: How does this model – organized around the individual – function in a community context? How does community behavior from this view resemble a natural ecosystem? More particularly, how does this model provide a perspective that can inform and deepen our practice in sangha, as well as in our daily lives?

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Valerie Kaishin Kelly
04/09/2017
In the Totality

Gyokuko works with the image of an eclipse, particularly at the stage of totality. As we find what is ours to do, searching for wholeness, we need to align both spatially and temporally in order to actualize it.

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Gyokuko Carlson
04/02/2017
Receiving Buddha Nature

Sometimes it can be hard to receive a significant gift graciously. We squirm, we deflect, we point out pitfalls, we imagine inadequacies, both in the gift, and in our worthiness. The teachings of the third turning of the wheel that describe our buddha nature, are one of these significant gifts. Kakumyo explores this symptom and how to treat it.

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Kakumyo Lowe-Charde
03/26/2017
Yes and No

Our practice includes the big “yes” of acceptance and the big “no” of impermanence. Our daily lives also include yes and no, as we choose how to meet conditions. We are in a time of uncertainty, intense emotion and cultural confusion. Many people are wondering how best to respond to the political situation. How does our practice of yes and no allow us to decide what to do?

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Sallie Jiko Tisdale
03/19/2017
Jumping and Stumbling

Inspired by Dogen’s Dharma Hall Discourse #68, “Jumping and Stumbling in a Fragrant World,” Bukkai will examine the life of practice of an ordinary bodhisattva in this 21st century world.

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Jill Bukkai Washburn
03/12/2017
Learning from Winter

Before we turn completely toward spring, it seems useful to pay attention to the winter just past to see what it has taught us. Genko looks back at the challenging weather, illness, and darkness with curiosity, and is also interested in hearing from others what they have learned.

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Genko Rainwater
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