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

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English


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Talk by Soten “Sickness and Health According to the Ancestors”

6/13/2019
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June 13, 2019 In this talk, Soten offers teachings from our Dharma ancestors Yunmen and Robert Genjin Savage. “Yunmen’s two sicknesses” and the “AIDS Ward Scherzo” illuminate notions of sickness and health in our zen practices and our lives.

Duration:00:24:32

Talk by Musho “Over and Over and Over”

5/30/2019
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In this talk Musho explores our Zen Practice with the help of a paragraph from Taizan Maezumi Roshi’s book “Appreciate Your Life.” Maezumi Roshi invites us to practice “over and over and over” and not to separate practice from realization. Musho then compares this to his own experience as a visual artist, musician and Zen […]

Duration:00:25:11

Talk by Fusho: “Whatever You May Think – It’s Gone Already.”

5/26/2019
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Fusho offers an examination of how our zazen practice can help us let go of what we think we “know,” in order to enliven our relationships and in turn, live our lives more fully. Recorded May 26, 2019.

Duration:00:24:03

Talk by Yugetsu “It’s the Water!”

5/16/2019
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Yugetsu shares thoughts on how awareness helps us see beyond our default settings, even in the roughest waters. Recorded May 16, 2019

Duration:00:26:26

Talk by Jiryu: “Are the Six Senses True Reality, Or Not?”

5/9/2019
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When we practice mindfulness of what we’re experiencing here and now, we can be at peace and free of worry. But we can go much deeper than that. Buddha taught that we can see through our greedy, self-centered delusions and clearly comprehend the truth of our lives.

Duration:00:28:12

Talk by Ryoshin “The Marmalade Cat”

3/24/2019
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In this talk, Ryoshin asks: what is the true Dharma that the Buddha passed to Mahakasyapa, and that is passed down to each of us today? It can be found in every moment of our lives. It’s how to live in this beautiful, broken world. It can only be realized through practice. Recorded March 24, 2019

Duration:00:16:32

Talk by Seizan “Attention and Compassion”

3/21/2019
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March 21, 2019 Seizan offers thoughts on conversing with trees as they have their unproduced experience.

Duration:00:45:38

Talk by JoAn “Spilled Milk”

2/24/2019
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In this talk, JoAn shares his experience working as an elementary school nurse, and how the “spilled milk” can be a place to wake up. How do we quench our thirst for awakening with out spilling all over ourselves? Recorded February 24, 2019.

Duration:00:24:02

Talk by Ryoshin “Becoming Mu”

2/14/2019
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In this talk, Ryoshin asks ‘What does Zen practice teach?” He examines this question by looking at Joshu’s Mu, the first koan in the collection known as the Mumonkan. Mu is a ten thousand foot wall that Zen students must pass before continuing their koan study. Working with Mu, one discovers the miracle of samadhi, […]

Duration:00:19:45

Talk by Soten “What Lies Between?”

2/7/2019
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February 7, 2019 We are largely a lay sangha, but what does that actually mean for each of us? Vimalakirti, the exemplar of lay practice in the time of the Buddha himself, helps point the way. Lay practice? Ordained practice? Not one! Not two!

Duration:00:31:25

Talk by Yuuka: You Be You, The Zen Way of Alone Together

2/2/2019
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January 27, 2019 Yuuka studies Zen hermit Ryokan’s aloneness, and asks how those of us who feel different can learn to trust experience over a self-construction.

Duration:00:16:39

Talk by Jo An: The Dharma of Kindergarten

1/29/2019
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Jo An shares his experience of working as a school nurse with a diffabled kindergartener, and what he learned about the dharma of elementary school.

Duration:00:24:58

Talk by Jiryu: Freeing Ourselves from the Grindstone

1/22/2019
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Freeing Ourselves from the Grindstone January 10, 2019 Our country was founded by rigid, competitive strivers, and we still act like them now, especially when we make our New Year’s resolutions. Let’s stop. Let’s be grateful for what is, and strive to be awake.

Duration:00:23:13

Talk by Fusho “Making Friends With Fear”

12/23/2018
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~ or ~ “How I Became an Asshole While Cycling New York City Streets” In this talk Fusho explores how dealing with the fear in our lives requires embracing fearlessness. But, through loving-kindness practice, Fusho discovers how fearlessness cannot be embraced without embracing fear itself.

Duration:00:23:14

Talk by Ryoshin “Cold and Hot, Moon and Sun”

12/18/2018
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In this talk senior student Ryoshin looks into two of his favorite koans, “Tozan’s No Cold or Heat” and “Master Ma is Unwell.” In these stories Ryoshin considers how we deal with discomfort, and how Zen asks us to not separate from those feelings and encourages us to be aware of our reactions. Recorded December […]

Duration:00:20:00

Talk by Bokushu Hoshi “The Four Vows Part One: Sentient Beings”

12/16/2018
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In the first of a series of talks on the Four Vows, Bokushu looks at the value of life through the first vow “Sentient Beings are numberless: I vow to save them.”

Duration:00:29:32

Talk by Musho “Embodying Rohatsu”

12/8/2018
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Senior student Musho gave this talk at the Zendo’s annual Rohatsu all night sit. Musho reviews the story of Shakyamuni’s enlightenment, and sees how we embody and participate in an awakening that is all around us. Musho tells a story of his first Rohatsu sit, and then relays some encouragement from 18th century Japanese Zen […]

Duration:00:19:54

Talk by Tokuyu “Gold Sufficient for a Nation”

12/6/2018
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In this talk senior student Tokuyu starts with issues his music students have with recognition, and the feeling of lack and never achieving enough. Tokuyu looks at how psychology and physiology combine to create internal anger that can lead to chronic pain. This theory is expressed in the book “Healing Back Pain” by the late […]

Duration:00:29:13

Talk by Kenko “The Five Faculties”

11/25/2018
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In this talk senior student Kenko looks into the traditional Buddhist teaching of “The Five Faculties” Faith, Effort, Mindfulness, Concentration and Wisdom. Kenko carefully interprets them through the eye of our Zen practice. He then explores the koan case 7 from the Blue Cliff Record “Hui Ch’ao Asks About Buddha” and ends with a poem […]

Duration:00:46:56

Talk by Jiryu “The Day That Yunmen Broke His Foot”

11/15/2018
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The punchline to the old stories is always the same: some monk was suddenly enlightened. What really happened back then, and what happens to us today when we have an experience of insight?

Duration:00:23:24