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Inquiry Practice

5/5/2018
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Inquiry practice has always been part of the classical Zen tradition in the form of Koan practice. There is really only one Koan: Who am I? The rest of the Koans are designed to help us align our everyday lives with this realisation into our True Self.

Duration:00:22:34

The Direct Path

4/7/2018
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This talk compares and contrasts the teaching of the direct path (as found in Zen and other traditions) and the progressive path as found in both religious mindfulness practice and secular mindfulness. The progressive path is characterised as the realisation of truth through gradual stages culminating in the wisdom that sees the truth of impermanence, suffering and the absence of any substantial self. It is taught as a set of factors or skills that we practice to attain either realisation...

Duration:00:24:47

Bankei The Unborn

12/16/2017
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Bankei, one of my favourite Zen teachers from the 17th seventeenth. Bankei teaches the direct path to enlightenment. Bankei taught a form of Zen that was accessible to people from all walks of life. He spoke of the “unborn” – the treasure that is here all the time – we come home to the unborn – this timeless aware presence that we have always been.

Duration:00:26:28

Advaita and Zen

11/18/2017
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Discussion on the similarities and differences between Advaita and Mahayana Buddhism. Is there one truth or many truths? Emptiness and True Nature? Are they the same or different?

Duration:00:26:31

Emotional Hurt

10/28/2017
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In this talk we investigate our experience of emotional hurt, ranging from traumatic experience to feeling let down or disappointed. This includes seeing how the identification with a separate self from childhood onwards is necessary precursor to the experience of emotional hurt. During our investigation we come to realise that our self-as-awareness cannot be hurt because awareness is always prior to the identification with the separate self. Realising self-as-awareness provides us with a...

Duration:00:32:21

Growing and Waking Up

10/14/2017
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Continuing from last week’s talk we explore human development from the perspective of growing up and waking up. In the same way as the mother communicates security to the child the teacher communicates the True Self to the student. Once the student recognises their own True Self (which is the same True Self) they see the path of freedom from the limitations of the separate self. The True Self provides refuge to the “baby being” in the same way as the mother provides a secure base for the...

Duration:00:24:09

You Are Light

10/7/2017
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A commentary on the Pali Chant Attha dipa which identifies the True Self using the metaphor of Light. This is interpreted in the light of the zen tradition and the Heart Sutra: form is boundlessness. In zen we return our attention inwards – resting attention in the source of awareness itself and realising our True Self as that awareness.

Duration:00:09:36

Case 23 Hui-neng Neither Good Nor Evil

9/30/2017
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A commentary on the koan which is often shortened to read, “what is your original face before your parents were born?” It gives the background story to the sixth founding teacher and relates the koan to the three steps of zen and the foundation this creates for deep self-acceptance.

Duration:00:34:48

Three Steps Zen

9/23/2017
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The three steps to Zen awakening are (1) to study the self; (2) to forget the self; and (3) to integrate our awakening to reality into our everyday life.

Duration:00:12:07

Living by Vow

9/16/2017
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The four Bodhisattva vows are regularly chanted at most Zen centres. We discuss the language and interpretation of the vows and how to make them relevant to our practice. Each of the vows is a perspective on the call to awaken from the self-centred dream to the Reality of just this moment.

Duration:00:35:55

Dukkha

8/19/2017
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Discussion of the duhkha or suffering. This focuses in particular on psychological suffering, the suffering of the separate self and the suffering that is maintained through the actions of the separate self. This includes examining suffering on a personal, interpersonal and social level.

Duration:00:31:51

The Self-Centred Dream

6/24/2017
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The Buddha taught suffering and the ending of suffering. This talk focuses on the psychological suffering generated by the separate self. It starts with a commentary on the four practice principles and then discusses what we mean by “inquiry” practice.

Duration:00:38:31

The Hero's Journey Part Three

6/17/2017
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This cycle of talks takes both the universal myth of the Hero’s Journey from the work of Joseph Campbell and the ten traditional Ox-Herding pictures from Japanese Zen to talk of the stages of Zen Practice.

Duration:00:21:15

The Hero's Journey Part Two

6/10/2017
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This cycle of talks takes both the universal myth of the Hero’s Journey from the work of Joseph Campbell and the ten traditional Ox-Herding pictures from Japanese Zen to talk of the stages of Zen Practice.

Duration:00:36:24

The Hero's Journey Part One

6/3/2017
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This cycle of talks takes both the universal myth of the Hero’s Journey from the work of Joseph Campbell and the ten traditional Ox-Herding pictures from Japanese Zen to talk of the stages of Zen Practice.

Duration:00:35:35

Three Pillars of Practice

5/20/2017
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Three Pillars of Practice by Andrew Tootell

Duration:00:26:55

The Inner Critic

5/16/2017
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In this talk I discuss the 7th precept – “I take up the way of meeting others on equal ground”. This includes meetings ourselves with acceptance and compassion. It explores how we can embrace our own “inner critic” with compassion and gradually transform the critic into an inner mentor or teacher.

Duration:00:26:56

Dog Nature

5/6/2017
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Focuses on the importance of embodiment and spontaneity in Zen practice.

Duration:00:17:45

Integration

4/8/2017
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Integration is about the transformation from self-as-person to awareness-as-self. To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self. When we study our experience of “I”, we realise we are composed of many different “I”’s or “self-states” or “parts”. We identify with these different states. The path of integration begins with firstly distinguishing body sensations from our thoughts and emotions and secondly identifying ourselves with the observer or witness rather than the sensations...

Duration:00:24:49

Relational Zen Part One

2/4/2017
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There are many problems with the Koan Zen style of teaching that places emphasis on kensho or satori experiences. Firstly, it can mistake colourful experiences for the recognition of our essential nature; secondly, it can set students up to feel like they haven’t had that experience and that somehow, they are a failure; thirdly, these experiences can elevate the self and then the self is always chasing another experience, where our essential nature is not an experience of any kind. Another...

Duration:00:23:22