Brahma Vihara: Appreciative Joy

Brahma Vihara: Appreciative Joy

In this third talk of a four part series, Seido calls attention to the presence and necessity of tending simple joys in daily life and how this kindles the heart to find joy in the happiness of others. The Brahma Viharas or “Heavenly Abodes” include...
Brahma Viharas: An Introduction

Brahma Viharas: An Introduction

Seido introduces June study of the classical teaching on how to cultivate an awakened heart called the Bhrama Viharas or Four Heavenly Abodes. These “divine dwelling places” include kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. Talk explores both the...
Zazen Series: Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Plus One

Zazen Series: Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Plus One

Seido talks about the four foundations of mindfulness as essential preparation for the realization of shikantaza. Included are samplings of practices contemplating the body, feeling tone, mind, and dharmas. Seido adds a fifth dimension of mindfulness to help...
Zazen Series: Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Plus One

Zazen Series: Insights from Sesshin

Seido reflects about group insights from a recent Spring Sesshin, investigating the question, “What is zazen?” Talk comments on sesshin’s moment of crisis, how to make a fabulous error, and discover how to ask for...
Zazen Series: Zazenshin

Zazen Series: Zazenshin

Seido explores Dogen Zenji’s fascicle Zazenshin, sometimes translated as the acupuncture needle of zazen. In it, Dogen says, “When brightness comes, meet it with brightness. When darkness comes, meet it with darkness. Sit in the skin you were born...