Friday, March 10, 2017

The Noble Eightfold Path by Jill Shepherd

This is a series of talks on the Noble Eightfold Path by Jill Shepherd. She began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand.

She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men’s prison. She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.

Developing Wisdom, The Four Noble Truths And An Overview Of The Noble Eightfold Path.



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Right View And Right Thought



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Right Speech



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Friday, February 24, 2017

Karma; Reframing An Imponderable by Tony Bernhard

A new and refreshing take on the significance of the concept of Kharma by Tony Bernard.

Tony Bernard is an ordained Chaplain and teacher. He maintains an active practice with inmates in Folsom Prison and hosts sitting groups in Davis. He sits on the board of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies and teaches regularly around the Bay Area and Central Valley. His practice is non traditional, guided by his chaplaincy work in prison, his teaching and by his study of the early Pali scriptures.




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Friday, February 10, 2017

Awakening by Shaila Catherine

Awakening is the profound aim of the spiritual life. Awakening is not described as a mystical goal,
we wake up to the four noble truths. We look squarely at the world and recognize that we cannot fix it, and through this clarity we realize the end of suffering. Enlightenment does not imply a separation from life, instead, it brings us to face the reality of lived experiences without resistance. Profound realization brings a deep equanimity and peace into every encounter; it is defined as the ending of greed, hatred, and delusion. Awakening is known through the result—the end of defilements, craving, and ignorance. This talk teases out the meaning of several difficult "D" words: disenchantment, dispassion, detachment. These terms do not imply an aversive response to experience, instead they play a vital role in the process of awakening. The talk explores profound spiritual experiences. It considers the danger of arrogance and conceit arising, clinging to, and corrupting enlightenment experiences. It discusses how to express, describe, and speak about our spiritual awakenings without identification.



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Friday, February 03, 2017

Birthing The Quiet Mind by Rodney Smith

Another great talk by Rodney Smith. Here he talks of how the constant chatter and dialog of opinion in our minds drowns out the stillness and quiet of reality and what to do about it........








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Friday, January 27, 2017

Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara by Ben Connelly

This fascinating and lively talk is by Ben Connelly, a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He teaches at Minnesota Zen Meditation Centre. Ben is also a professional musician and teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.






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Friday, January 06, 2017

The Art Of Samadhi by Brian Lesage

In this talk Brian Lesage explores the art of cultivating samadhi by offering an initial understanding of it and its importance in relation to the whole of the Buddha's teaching of the Four Noble Truths.



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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Empty Net Of Dependent Arising by Fred Von Allmen

Fred von Allmen has been engaged in Buddhist studies and meditation since 1970. He has practiced under teachers of both the Tibetan and the Theravadin tradition in Asia, Europe and the USA and has spent many years in retreat. In addition he has been engaged in the study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology in the Tibetan tradition. Since 1984 he has been teaching meditation retreats and Buddhist workshops worldwide. He is the author of three books in German and a co-founder of the Meditation Center Beatenberg in the Swiss Alps. He is married and lives in Switzerland.




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Friday, September 09, 2016

First Moment by Dokai Georgesen

Dokai Georgesen began his study of Zen Buddhism at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center under the direction of Dainin Katagiri Roshi in 1974. He spent two years on pilgrimage studying Buddhism in India and Japan, and upon his return in 1982 he lived at Hokyoji until his ordination in 1984.

In 1989 he received Dharma Transmission from Katagiri Roshi, and since then he has made several trips to Japan for study under the late Ikko Narasaki Roshi, Tsugen Narasaki Roshi and the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He has also had the opportunity to study at Plum Village in France under the direction of Thich Nhat Hanh. He has been residing at Hokyoji since June, 2003.




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Friday, September 02, 2016

Freedom From Certainty by Christopher Titmuss

This talk from Christopher Titmuss addresses the many issues that surround our need for the security of certainty and the danger that following the delusion of being certain about our beliefs can lead us into fundamentalism.




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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Problem Of Impermanence by Ajahn Brahmali

Here's another excellent talk from Ajahn Brahmali. This time his theme is impermanence and it's central role in the nature of existence and the Buddha's teachings.



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