Dharma Talks

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 importance of...

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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...

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Zazen Series: 12 Zazen Questions Answered

Zazen Series: 12 Zazen Questions Answered

Seido takes up questions posed by those who took Ango vows this spring. Questions grouped into three essential domains of zazen practice: attention, intention and inquiry. https://youtu.be/EaoRfbXX-ko

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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 help. https://youtu.be/FMTDtuPxNqU

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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 with."...

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Zazen Series: Samadhi

Zazen Series: Samadhi

Seido talks about the nature of mind and samadhi (absorption, concentration) using a contemporary example of a pinball machine. The talk explores what it means to release the activity of thinking in the midst of thought as advised by Fukanzazengi - to "think...

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Fully Embodied

Fully Embodied

Seido talks about the importance in Zen practice of investigating the experience of being embodied beyond our conceptual ideas of our body full of reactions and judgments. https://youtu.be/y92r9vF8HyI

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Dharma Eye Series: Tozan’s Five Seasons

Dharma Eye Series: Tozan’s Five Seasons

Seido gives a general description of Zen Master Tozan's Five Ranks or "Seasons," development in Zen practice that involves the dynamic between the views of relative and absolute truths. Talk ends with Seido's teacher's analogy between Tozan's teaching and learning to...

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Zazen Series: Zazenshin

Nehan and Zen’s Great Death

After the Nehan ceremony, which commemorates the Buddha's passing into "Parinirvana" or the final unbinding, Seido explores the relationship with death as a powerful teacher, and the way Zen points to the everyday death, dying to the separate ego self while still...

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Dharma Eye Series: The Six Realms of Existence

Dharma Eye Series: The Six Realms of Existence

Seido introduces the mythical classic teaching of the six realms of existence, from heavenly realms to hell realms. No matter how difficult, each realm contains a buddha who helps beings awaken. Ultimately, though not the most pleasurable, the human realm is the best...

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