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Me Too, The Dharma of Friendship

Constancy, Commitment, Vows, Intimacy, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Lotus Sutra,...
Jul 17 2021

Ramaytush Skillful Effort

Four Noble Truths, Ordinary Mind, Vows, Platform Sutra, Daily Life, Practice Period,...
Apr 03 2021

Trust Support

Berkeley Zen Center, Lineage, Soto Zen, Perfect Wisdom, Dragons, Commitment, soto,...
Jan 30 2021

Letting Go

Oneness, Emotions, Commitment, Book of Serenity, Five Ranks, Instruction, Posture,...
Sep 26 2020

New Members Meeting

Offering, Berkeley Zen Center, Obstacles, Sangha, Aspects of Practice, Zoom, Practice...
Sep 14 2020


Doubt, Right Effort, Commitment, Precepts, Birth-and-Death, Ego, Subject-and-Object,...
Aug 29 2020

Public Dokusan 3

Nirvana Sutra, Birth-and-Death, Karma, Commitment, Nirvana, American, Platform Sutra...
Jul 03 2020

Public Dokusan

Zoom, Practice Period, Silence, Discrimination, Daily Life, War, Emotions, Sangha,...
May 29 2020

Right Effort Joyful Effort Effortless Effort

Right Effort, Cultivation, resistance, Enthusiasm, Bodhisattva Vow, Vows, Commitment...
Dec 07 2019

October 10th, 2019, Serial No. 02706

Karma, Mindfulness, Practice Period, Precepts, Instruction, Buddha Nature, Peace,...
Oct 10 2019

Cultivating the Mind and Practice of the Six Paramitas: Practicing Generosity From the Inside Out

Serial: BZ-02704


Mahayana, Confession-and-Repentance, training, Branching Streams, Bodhisattva Way,...
Oct 06 2019

Our Original Home

Attachment, War, Buddha Mind, Discrimination, Passions, Birth-and-Death, Silence,...
Jul 13 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Nirvana the Waterfall

Oneness, Composure, Nirvana, Big Mind, Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Commitment,...
May 25 2019

Shoji Part 2

Serial: BZ-02678

PP Class

Birth-and-Death, Death-and-Dying, War, Subject-and-Object, Posture, Peace, Commitment...
May 23 2019

Practice Period 31st Opening Sesshin

Practice Period, Birth-and-Death, Bodhidharma, Practice Position, Bodhisattva Vow,...
May 11 2019

Negative Capability Sesshin

training, Bodhisattva Vow, Doubt, Aspects of Practice, Heart Sutra, Vows, American,...
Jan 12 2019

Everything is Broken

Bodhisattva Vow, War, Happiness, Vows, Buddha Nature, Renunciation, Rinzai,...
Jun 23 2018

Priest Shexian and Fayuan from Eihei Shingi

Intuition, Diversity, Funeral, Commitment, Patience, Enemies, Concentration,...
May 26 2018

Wherever you are Enlightenment is Here

Big Mind, First Principle, Commitment, Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Ego,...
Oct 14 2017

Continuity Amid Conflict in Our Zen Practice

Buddha Ancestors, Berkeley Zen Center, Aspects of Practice, Transmission, Commitment...
Sep 30 2017

The Blessings of Failure

Impermanence, Practice Period, Judgement, Continuous, Precepts, Commitment, Big Mind...
Apr 15 2017

Dogen's Uji: Time Being Part 1

Doubt, Posture, Buddha Nature, training, Demons, Commitment, Interview, Impermanence...
Feb 11 2017

Practicing with Stickiness, Being Stuck

Serial: BZ-02483

Sesshin Day 3


Hsin Hsin Ming, Commitment, Practice Period, conversation, Enemies, Observe, Precepts...
Jun 10 2016

Melting the Root of Transgression

Confession-and-Repentance, Buddha Ancestors, Compassion, Confession-and-Repentance,...
Apr 09 2016
No Abode Hermitage

Taking Care of Our Practice

Heart Sutra, Don't Know Mind, Impermanence, Intimacy, Obstacles, Mindfulness,...
Feb 06 2016

Family Ties

Serial: BZ-02445

Aspects of Practice


Ordinary Mind, Aspects of Practice, Practice Period, Silent Illumination, Five Ranks...
Nov 14 2015

Four Horses Six Paramitas

Commitment, Subject-and-Object, Attachment, Big Mind, resistance, Hindrances, Daily...
Aug 15 2015


Gratitude, Giving-and-Taking, Offering, Commitment, Chanting, Patience, Posture,...
Aug 01 2015

Zen Bodies, Zen Mirrors

Lotus Sutra, Precious Mirror, Chanting, Instruction, Commitment, soto, Silence,...
Sep 14 2014

Listening, Training, Hearing and Liberation

Heart Sutra, Confession-and-Repentance, true dharma, Heart Sutra, Lotus Sutra, Anger...
Aug 09 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Differences in Zen and Psychotherapy

Big Mind, Commitment, conversation, Buddha Ancestors, Vows, Sangha, Discrimination,...
Jul 05 2014

Just Enough Problems

Berkeley Zen Center, Daily Life, Buddha Nature, training, Interdependence, Commitment...
Mar 01 2014

Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)

Compassion, Consciousness, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Transmission, Lay,...
Jan 04 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Practice Period Standards

Serial: BZ-02307

Shin Ji, One-Day Sitting

Karma, Practice Period, Forgiveness, Commitment, Repentance, Continuous, Don't...
May 11 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

Sandokai Lecture Three

Buddha Nature, Describe, Evil, Concentration, Offering, Ego, Commitment, Oneness,...
Feb 16 2013

A Candle in the Dark

Practice Position, Darkness and Light, Five Ranks, Lotus Sutra, Gratitude, Commitment...
Nov 24 2012

Fundraising at BZC

Serial: BZ-02266

History of BZC, Saturday Lecture

balance, Practice Positions, Volunteer and Hired Labor, Adaptations of Zen in America


Sangha, Fundraising, Practice Position, American, Building, training, Enthusiasm,...
Sep 22 2012
Berkeley Zen Center


Greed, Subject-and-Object, Posture, Dragons, difficulty, Addiction, Commitment,...
Jul 31 2012


Repentance, Commitment, Freedom, Vows, Heart Sutra, Precepts, resistance, Posture,...
Jul 29 2012

The Four Aspects of Practicing the Threefold Ethics of Bodhisattvas 

Bodhisattva Precepts, Breath, Enthusiasm, Mahayana, Commitment, confusion, Patience,...
Feb 04 2012
No Abode Hermitage

Householder Bodhisattvas, What is Your Aspiration for this New Year? 

New Year, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Perfect Wisdom, Priest, Patience, Lay,...
Jan 02 2012
No Abode Hermitage

Householder Bodhisattvas, What is Your Aspiration for this New Year? 

Rinzai, Teacher-and-Student, Bodhisattva Precepts, Practice Period, Evil, Commitment...
Jan 02 2012
No Abode Hermitage

The Bodhisattva's Perfection of Being Ordinary 

Birth-and-Death, Aspects of Practice, true dharma, Interview, Commitment, Enthusiasm...
Nov 12 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Entry into the nature of the knowable 

Birth-and-Death, Transmission, Perfect Wisdom, Mahayana, Faith, Manjushri, Gratitude...
Oct 01 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Entry into the nature of the knowable 

Obstacles, Duality, Lovingkindness, confusion, Discrimination, Commitment, Separation...
Oct 01 2011
No Abode Hermitage


Blue Cliff Record, Oneness, resistance, Commitment, Teacher-and-Student, Silence,...
Sep 17 2011

Xiang Yan hears the sound of stones striking bamboo 

Duality, Suzuki Roshi, Commitment, Separation, Mahayana, Tassajara, Transmission,...
Sep 10 2011
No Abode Hermitage