Dharma Talks

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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Dharma Eye Series: Transforming the Three Poisons of Mind

Dharma Eye Series: The Middle Way

Second in a new year's series on basic Buddhist teachings. Seido talks about the Middle Way - a path not caught in dualistic extremes. For Zen practitioners, the middle way reflects the dynamic freedom that emerges when we return to the relative truth in light of the...

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Dharma Eye Series: On Suffering

Dharma Eye Series: On Suffering

Seido begins a series of talks on essential Buddhist teachings that help us develop a "dharma eye" towards the world, one that sees into the truth of the human experience and perceives the path of liberation. This talk begins with the first of the Buddha's teaching on...

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Rohatsu 2023: Five Talks

Rohatsu 2023: Five Talks

Rohatsu celebrates the Buddha's enlightenment under the bodhi tree. These five talks were given to those on sesshin at Zen West in Eugene during the week of Rohatsu calling attention to what was happening in the retreat that fully expressed the arc of the Buddha's...

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Dhyana Paramita: Calm Stable Presence

Dhyana Paramita: Calm Stable Presence

Seido explores the aspect of calm stability in dhyana paramita, or the perfection of meditation, and how to skillfully meet agitation or activation on the cushion that can block access to deep stillness so vital to moving through the modern world and opening up to the...

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Joyful Energy & the Power of Sangha

Joyful Energy & the Power of Sangha

In this talk, Seido explores the fourth paramita of virya from the point of view of the sangha jewel, a source of energy we often discover well after we begin to practice zazen in a zendo. How does practice in sangha bring vitality to our endeavors on the path? And...

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The Perfection of Joyful Effort

The Perfection of Joyful Effort

Seido introduces the 4th paramita of virya, purposeful energy employed on the path of practice. In this talk, she touches on an approach from the relative perspective of form as well as the absolute perspective where vital energy emerges when we "get out of the way."...

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The Perfection of Patience Part Two

The Perfection of Patience Part Two

Seido explores the experience of impatience/intolerance, and how to work with anger skillfully. She calls attention to the current moment of erupting conflict in the middle east and the contemporary challenge of being with so much uncertainty....

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The Perfection of Patience

The Perfection of Patience

Seido talks about the 3rd paramita kshanti - translated at patience or forebearance - and how it applies not only to cultivating an accepting presence when facing hardship or unfairness but also the capacity to receive the teachings of emptiness....

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