Beginner's Mind Zen Center
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2013 dharma talks

On Bodhidharma and Emperor Wu

January 26, 2013 | download here
Peter discusses Bodhidharma's encounter with Emperor Wu.

Koyo Dan Welch on Bodhidharma, Emperor Wu and the Shuso Ceremony

January 19, 2013 | download here
Koyo Dan Welch, Abbot of Crestone Mountain Zen Center, talks about Bodhidharma, Emperor Wu and the upcoming Shusho Ceremony.

Emptiness as the presence of the possibility of all things

January 18, 2013 | download here
Jane speaks on emptiness as the presence of the possibility of all things.

The Precepts in daily life

January 17, 2013 | download here
Jane concludes her series on The Precepts, with a discussion on how to live them in our daily lives.

On studying the Buddha Way is to study the self

January 12, 2013 | download here
Peter discusses Dogen's statement in the Genjo Koan that to study the Buddha Way is to study the self.

The Precepts - Part II

January 10, 2013 | download here
Jane continues her discussion of the Precepts and their place in the upcoming Jukai Ceremony and our lives.

The Precepts - Part I

January 03, 2013 | download here
Jane talks about the Precepts and their place in the upcoming Jukai Ceremony and our lives.

On One Bright Pearl

January 02, 2013 | download here
Peter speaks on Dogen's One Bright Pearl.

Here

February 23, 2012 | download here
Jane discusses here.

On the Zendo

February 9, 2013 | download here
Peter talks about how the form of the Zendo, our place of practice, is an expression of our practice.

The space between

February 2, 2013 | download here
Jane talks about the spaces between.

On birth and death in Dogen

March 23, 2013 | download here
Peter talks about the themes of birth and death in Dogen's Genjo Koan.

Our ephemeral nature

March 16, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses our ephemeral nature.

On acceptance

March 2, 2013 | download here
Peter speaks on acceptance in our practice.

On being a Buddhist and practicing Buddhism

April 27, 2013 | download here
Peter talks about the differences between identification with a practice or religion and meditation and practice itself.

Nothing special

April 20, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses how practice (in this case, a zazenkai) is nothing special.

On acceptance

April 13, 2013 | download here
Jane talks about the significance of Buddha's Birthday.

On four phrases to remember

April 6, 2013 | download here
Peter talks about Suzuki-roshi's "four phrases to remember," the self and emptiness.

On religious relationships

May 25, 2013 | download here
Peter talks about the similarities and differences among various traditions.

The big picture

May 18, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses practicing with both form and emptiness.

Leaving no trace

May 4, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses what it means to leave no trace.

On taking ourselves seriously

June 29, 2013 | download here
In this talk, Peter discusses the importance of not taking ourselves seriously.

Zero

June 8, 2013 | download here
Jane speaks about what it means to be at zero.

Go along for the ride

June 2, 2013| download here
In this talk on the second day of a 2-day sesshin, Jane talks about just sitting, without expectations.

On waves and water; Buddhas and us

June 1, 2013 | download here
In this talk on the first day of a 2-day sesshin, Peter notes that there are waves (form) because there is water (emptiness).

A course in "Self"

July 27, 2013 | download here
In this talk, Jane speaks on the opportunity to explore our selves. (continued on 3 August 2013 with Jane's talk on "The Heart Mind Library")

On why I bow

July 20, 2013 | download here
Peter talks about the bow, what it means and how it fits into our practice.

On seeing yourself

July 13, 2013 | download here
Peter discusses the point of doing meditation.

Pinball

July 6, 2013 | download here
In this talk and discussion from a zazenkai Saturday, Jane discusses how our added thoughts and emotions complicate what is..

Following form

August 31, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses some of the various forms (bowing, chanting, etc.) and how they help in our practice.

On the other side of Zen

August 24, 2013 | download here
In this zazenkai talk, Peter talks about the Noble Eightfold Path and mindfulness.

You are here

August 17, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses why mindfulness ("here," "now") is emphasized in our practice.

On why we meditate

August 10, 2013 | download here
In this zazenkai talk, Peter covers some of the many reasons zazen (meditation) is central (essential) to our practice.

The Heart Mind Library

August 3, 2013 | download here
Continuing her exploration of last week's topic (27 July 2013: "A course in 'Self'"), Jane discusses how not to exchange an intimate experience with reality with a watered-down, memory- and judgment-laden version.

On mind

September 28, 2013 | download here
Peter discusses perceptions, projections, illusions and the processes of mind.

Gyokuko Carlson: On the Four-fold Sangha

September 21, 2013 | download here
Our guest, Gyokuko Carlson (Co-Abbott of Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon) talks about the importance and aspects of Sangha.

On Suzuki-roshi on the Precepts

September 8, 2013 | download here
In this sesshin talk, Peter recounts several dharma talks by Suzuki-roshi on the Precepts and how they fit into our practice and our lives.

Right effort

September 7, 2013 | download here
In her sesshin talk, Jane discusses right effort, mindfulness and other qualities we try to bring to our practice.

Momentary

October 5, 2013 | download here
Jane talks about the "Great Matter" of life and death, and how our perspective affects how we see "momentary."

How to study the Precepts

November 30, 2013 | download here
In this sesshin talk, Jane discusses how we should approach the study of the Precepts.

On being ordinary

November 16, 2013 | download here
Peter discusses being ordinary.

Giving 200 percent

November 2, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses relationships.

Warm hand to warm hand

December 21, 2013 | download here
Jane discusses what it means to develop and maintain a "warm hand to warm hand" practice.

On being yourself

December 14, 2013 | download here
Peter talks about being yourself.

On being grouchy

December 8, 2013 | download here
In his sesshin talk, Peter looks at being grouchy.

 

   
 
 

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