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Dharma talks on Zen Buddhism from the Village Zendo in New York City.

Dharma talks on Zen Buddhism from the Village Zendo in New York City.
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United States

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Dharma talks on Zen Buddhism from the Village Zendo in New York City.

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English


Episodes

Talk by Tokuyu Hoshi “Improvise Your Life”

9/6/2018
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How can we stay in the flow while maintaining form, and how can we keep form without losing the flow?

Duration:00:30:41

Talk by Ryoshin “Wandering at Ease”

8/18/2018
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In this talk from our summer retreat Shuso Sesshin, senior student Ryoshin considers the question “What is keeping you from wandering at ease?” In his own experience he sees a multitude of causes and conditions that prevent us from appreciating the moment just as it is. The circumstances of our childhood and situations of adult […]

Duration:00:14:11

Talk by Jiryu “Practice Being Awake”

8/16/2018
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In this talk from our summer retreat Shuso Sesshin, senior student Jiryu asks, “What would you do if you found out a huge meteor was about to destroy the earth in 30 minutes?” Jiryu suggests being awake. Awake to the world in all it’s completeness. Without trying to fix it, without searching for a better […]

Duration:00:20:52

Talk by Kaku “Summer Dai Sesshin 2018”

7/25/2018
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Hoshi Kaku gives the fifth talk or our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 25th 2018

Duration:00:28:18

Talk by Tokyu “Summer Dai Sesshin 2018”

7/24/2018
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Hoshi Tokyu gives the forth talk on our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 24th 2018

Duration:00:43:00

Talk by Soshin “Summer Dai Sesshin 2018”

7/23/2018
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Senior priest Soshin gives the third talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 23, 2018

Duration:00:38:19

Talk by Bokushu “Summer Dai Sesshin 2018”

7/22/2018
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Senior student Bokushu gives second talk of our summer 2018 Dai Sesshin. Recorded July 22, 2018

Duration:00:19:47

Talk by Ryoshin “Living with Uncertainty”

7/19/2018
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In this talk senior student Ryoshin explores the deep uncertainty that the Buddha teaches is at the core of our existence. Ryoshin starts out with an article about teenagers who’s constant use of smart phones can be an escape from their daily anxiety. Anxiety amplified by failing social structures, lack of community, political and climate […]

Duration:00:18:32

Student Talk by Bokushu — “Ridiculously Awesome”

7/8/2018
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After the recent passing of his mother, Bokushu lays his hand, with a heavy heart, on wisdom found in grief.

Duration:00:16:44

Student Talk by Seizan — “The Other Side of the Bowls”

7/5/2018
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As Tenso (or Head Cook) at the Village Zendo, Seizan has previously talked about his experience making food for the Sangha. Here, he shares with us how the practice of Oryoki has changed his relationship to food and to life.

Duration:00:31:05

Talk by Visiting Teacher Gesshin Greenwood “Bow First Ask Questions Later”

6/24/2018
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Visiting writer, Buddhist nun and Dharma student Gesshin Greenwood reads from a chapter of her book “Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Monastic Zen in Japan.” She reads about her dramatic and challenging experience at a Japanese women’s monastery. Loneliness, stress, self doubt and hard work were all part of a powerful Zen […]

Duration:00:45:43

Student Talk by Jisei “Fathers Day Every Moment”

6/17/2018
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In this Father’s Day talk, priest and senior student Jisei explores her emotional search for her father who died while she was an infant. Throughout her life she would experience his presence through stories and artifacts, and always be aware of father figures around her. Jisei then describes the archetypes of mother and father, and […]

Duration:00:33:14

Student Talk by Kokyo “Interconnectedness”

6/10/2018
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Senior Student Kokyo starts out this talk with a little Dharma from the play “Of Mice and Men.” She then relates an experience of disapproval from a stranger on a train, as she gave money to someone begging. Kokyo sees a deep connection and mutual exchange going on all around us all the time. Gravity, […]

Duration:00:19:45

Student Talk By Bokushu “The Undead”

5/31/2018
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In this talk Bokushu exhumes the myth of the vampire, and defines the undead as people who live totally self-centered lives. Our habits of reacting to circumstances with assumptions and a predigested view of reality is less than being truly alive. Bokushu asks what is it that we can not bear to look at in […]

Duration:00:24:17

Student Talk by Musho “What’s Your Thing?”

5/27/2018
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In this talk senior student Musho ask the question “What’s your thing?” and wonders if Zen is asking us to face this same question. Inspired by a recent article in the New York Times, “your thing” is defined as “that particular behavior, habit or mind-set that is self-destructive but that we’re completely blind to… it’s something […]

Duration:00:22:34

Student Talk by Yuuka “Mother’s Day Emancipation”

5/13/2018
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In this talk Yuuka celebrates Mother’s day by examining and questioning the various notions of motherhood. Must they subjugate their own desires? Conform to the oppressive standards, engage in permitted suffering, hide their passions and somehow create unattainable happiness for their families? As Yuuka watches a single leaf dance, suspended in mid air by a […]

Duration:00:23:04

Student Talk by Ryoshin “Pointing at the Truth”

5/10/2018
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In this talk senior student Ryoshin is inspired by the book “Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale” by Frederick Buechner. “A sermon arises out of silence” says Buechner, and Ryoshin sees our Zen practice in a similar way. Our meditation allows us to point ourselves directly at the truth, which […]

Duration:00:23:24

Student Talk by Seizan “The Tenzo’s Order”

5/3/2018
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In this talk senior student Seizan appreciates the opportunities he has had to be the Tenzo (chief cook) for our temple. Subtle and profound are the black-eyed peas that he has prepared for us, with a hint of smoked paprika. As Seizan enjoys the detail and care of our liturgy and and chanting, so he […]

Duration:00:24:21

Student Talk by Fusho “Nothing Outside the Circle”

4/22/2018
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On Earth Day Senior Student Fusho takes up case 33 from The Blue Cliff Record “Ministry President Ch’en Sees Tzu Fu.” Inside that koan Fusho asks what is it that we include or leave out of the circle of our lives? A whale who dies on the beach with a belly full of plastic waste, […]

Duration:00:25:03

Student Talk By Kansho “Anxiety as a Set of Robes”

4/19/2018
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Senior Student Kansho takes a deep look into his own long history of anxiety. His shyness as a child, his inclination to worry, and his bouts with serious illness compounded his troubles. Only when he took up a career in acting was he able to put aside his worries while playing someone else. From that […]

Duration:00:28:33