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Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at

Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at
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Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at




2019-11-24: Nonstop Flow

Talk given by Bussho Lahn. A monastic asked Zhaozhou, "Does a newborn baby possess the six senses or not?" Zhaozhou said, "It is like throwing a ball into the rapids." The monastic later asked Touzi, "What is the meaning of 'throwiing a ball into the rapids'?" Touzi said, "Moment-to-moment nonstop flow." - Blue Cliff Record case no. 80


2019-11-17: Yikui's Chn Meditation

Talk given by Ben Connelly. This toiling life disordered and confused by lust, greed, and anger, But when the mind-flower suddenly opens, the world becomes Spring. Melting snow to boil water for tea, I while away the entire day, Feeling inside as vast and expansive as the icy cold moon above. Yikui (17th century Chan nun)


2019-11-10: Four Classical Yogas

Talk given by Tim Burkett. Four Classical Yogas within the Zen Tradition: Raja (meditation) Bhakti (devotion) Jnana (deep questioning) Karma (service)


2019-11-03: Intimacy, Interdependence, and Aloneness

Talk given by Ben Connelly. Inscribed on a mirror We meet and scrutinize each other. I confront my own nature. If within there is no self, Then each and every thing is intimate. -Yikui (17th century Chan nun)


2019-10-27: Taking Refuge Is Not What You Think

Talk given by Steve Hagen. Guest Teacher: Steve Hagen, from Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center.


2019-10-20: Riding the Bull Home

Talk given by Wayne Moskowitz. Mounting the bull, Slowly I return homeward. The voice of my flute intones through the evening. Measuring with hand-beats the pulsating harmony, I direct the endless rhythm. Whoever hears this melody will join me. Comment: This struggle is over; gain and loss are assimilated. I sing the song of the village woodsman, and play the tunes of the children. Astride the bull, I observe the clouds above. Onward I go, no matter who may wish to call me back - Written by...


2019-10-13: Compassion

Talk given by Andrea Grant. Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at


2019-10-06: Across the Road

Talk given by Ted O'Toole. The arising of the *other* gives rise to the self; giving rise to self generates others. Know these seeming two as facets of the One Fundamental Reality. In this Emptiness, These two are really one, and each contains all phenomena. If not comparing, nor attached to *refined* and *vulgar* -- you will fall into judgment and opinion. -- from Trust in Heart-Mind, by Seng Tsan


2019-09-29: The Resting of the Streams and Tides

Talk given by Bussho Lahn. The Resting of the Streams and Tides Just resting is like the great ocean accepting hundreds of streams, all absorbed into one flavor. Freely going ahead is like the great surging tides riding on the wind, all coming onto this shore together. How could they not reach into the genuine source? How could they not realize the great function that appears before us? A patch-robed monk follows movement and responds to changes in total harmony. Moreover, haven't you...


2019-09-23: Undivided Activity: The Great Way of the Buddhas

Talk given by Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger. Sunday 9/22/19 9:00am talk


2019-09-22: Awakening To Joy Through Seijiki, the Poetry of Zen Master Dogen, and Our Relationship to the Moment

Talk given by Inryu Bobbi Ponce-Barger. Sunday Talks from the Zen Meditation Center on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN. Donations appreciated at


2019-09-15: Harmony of Difference and Sameness

Talk given by Ben Connelly. Progress is not a matter of far or near But if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way I respectfully urge you who study the mystery Do not pass your days and nights in vain. -Shitou


2019-09-08: The Three Dharma Seals

Talk given by Ted O'Toole. Nirvana, the Third Dharma Seal, is the ground of being, the substance of all that is. A wave doesn't have to die in order to become water. Water is the substance of the wave. the wave is already water. We are also like that. We carry in us the ground of interbeing, nirvana, the world of no-birth and no-death, no permanence and no impermanence, no self and no non-self. Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts. - From The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, by Thich...


2019-09-01: Self-Power (Jiriki)

Talk given by Tim Burkett. Wumen said to his monks: Each of you has your own light. If you try and see it, everything is darkness. What is this light? Hearing no reply, he exclaimed: The kitchen and the gate!


2019-08-25: Three Natures: For Power, Compassion, and Liberation

Talk given by Ben Connelly. In the shade of two trees and the hanging green of the cliffs One lamp for a thousand years broke open the dark barriers I too now realize that phenomena are nothing but a magic show And happily grow old among the mist, the rivers, and the stones. - Miaozhan (13th Century Chinese nun)


2019-08-18: Ferryboat in Bright Moonlight

Talk given by Bussho Lahn. A patch-robed monk's authentic task is to practice the essence, in each minute event carefully discerning the shining source, radiant without discrimination, one color unstained. You must keep turning inwards, then the source is apprehended. This is called being able to continue the family business. Do not wear the changing fashions; transcend the duality of light and shadow. Accordingly the ancestors' single trail is marvelously embodied... The reeds blossom under...


2019-08-11: Thirteen Things I Learned at Fort Sill

Talk given by Ted O'Toole. Until All of Us Are Free, None of Us Are Free - Sign at Fort Sill Protest At ceremonies like this, we recall how those who came before us make us who we are. We make present those absent. And in so doing, recognize how our lives are interlinked with the past, that we are not alone, connected in community with the vast web of existence. Our own liberation co-arising with the liberation of all beings. -Duncan Williams


2019-07-18: Making an Art of Life

Talk given by Andrea Martin. If you continue to practice, finally you see the realm of real reality, where life is going like the flow of a stream and all beings are walking together, hand in hand, in peace and harmony. You feel your own human warmth and compassion, and you can deal with everyday life kindly, softly, and gently. Yes, it is possible! So when you are ready, jump in and join that flow of life as a buddha. You will find a very simple life where you can make an art of the flow of...


2019-07-21: Hearing the Cries of the World

Talk given by Rosemary Taylor. And now as long as space endures, As long as there are beings to be found, May I continue likewise to remain To drive away the sorrows of the world. - Shantideva


2019-07-14: Befriending Death

Talk given by Kyoko Katayama. Kyoko Katayama has recently retired as a psychotherapist after over 35 years of service. She has been a student of dharma since 1999, practicing mostly at Common Ground Meditation Center. The experience of initially companioning her husband's last year of life stirred and awakened her to deeply inquire about life, death, and love. She teaches a 6 weeks long class, Befriending Death: Meeting Impermanence with Courage, Love, and Equanimity, at Common Ground. In...