Atonement: Becoming a Fair Witness

Atonement: Becoming a Fair Witness

Seido introduces the traditional Fusatsu ceremony and talks about the importance of being at peace with oneself when taking up meditation. Fusatsu includes a practice of atonement, clearly acknowledging where we have erred without falling into defensiveness or self...
Zen Essentials: What Does It Mean to Have a Practice?

Zen Essentials: What Does It Mean to Have a Practice?

In this talk, Seido offers ways to allow practice to seamlessly enter one’s life. It can be particularly challenging to keep the thread of practice alive during spring and summer vacations as well as amidst the demands of daily life. However, whenever we turn...
Zen Essentials: On Chanting

Zen Essentials: On Chanting

Seido talks about the importance of chanting in the Zen tradition. She demonstrates the practice of humming and “toning” to help those unfamiliar with chanting and those who feel awkward or shy with their voices in a group of people. Seido recommends...
Zen Essentials: Refresh Your Relationship to Ritual

Zen Essentials: Refresh Your Relationship to Ritual

In this talk, Seido unfolds the importance of Zen rituals and ceremonies and what they directly convey to our experience. Talk includes ways in which we struggle with the forms of practice based on our past religious training and misunderstanding as to what the forms...
Zen Essentials: Kinhin – Walking Awake

Zen Essentials: Kinhin – Walking Awake

Seido talks about bringing one’s full attention to the traditional practice of kinhin, or walking meditation, that is done between seated periods of zazen. She encourages those with busy lives to allow kinhin to be a spontaneous occurrence, to walk through...
Zen Essentials: Samu – Sacred Work

Zen Essentials: Samu – Sacred Work

Seido talks about the importance of samu (work practice) for lay people expressing the three paramitas (virtues) of meditation, generosity and vigor. She gives simple instructions to bring the mind back to the senses, to let go of time and release attachment to...