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Guidance or Control

Control is antithetical to enlightenment; NASA control center and GPS guidance systems; granddaughter's pacifier

Birth-and-Death, difficulty, Describe, Transmission, Zendo, American, Patience...
Feb 03 2018
No Abode Hermitage


Family Practice, Teacher-and-Student, Nirvana Sutra, Bodhidharma, Samsara, difficulty...
Aug 22 2015


Samadhi, Impermanence, Vows, Fasting, Intention, lecture, difficulty
Aug 22 2015


Manjushri, Subject-and-Object, Impermanence, Offering, Dragons, difficulty, Vows,...
Aug 20 2015

Speakable and Unspeakable Names of Our Zen Family Ancestors

Perfect Wisdom, good friendship, This good friendship is the whole of the holy life, Shitou, Matzu, Yaoshan, Da-Wu, Lung-tan, Deshan, Guishan, Xiangyan SFZC lineage, Mind of No Abode


Kalyana Mitra, Shitou, Mazu, Prajna Paramita, Perfect Wisdom, resistance, Lineage,...
Mar 01 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)

Kalyana Mitra, Compassion, New Year, Teacher-and-Student, true dharma, Perfect Wisdom...
Jan 04 2014
No Abode Hermitage

Observing the Breathing Body and the Mind of No Abode 

Perfect Wisdom, Breath, Observe, Mindfulness, Don't Know Mind, Buddha Mind,...
Aug 10 2013
No Abode Hermitage

I Have Long Heard of Dragon Pond 

I Have Long Heard of Dragon Pond
Tenshin Reb Anderson
No Abode
April 13, 2013 AM

Perfect Wisdom, Transmission, Dragons, Heart Sutra, Chanting, Observe, Blue Cliff...
Apr 13 2013
No Abode Hermitage

The Virtue of the Bodhisattva's Delayed Gratification 

Birth-and-Death, Sangha, New Year, Faith, Buddha Ancestors, Bowing, difficulty,...
Dec 15 2012
No Abode Hermitage


Oneness, Attachment, Subject-and-Object, Forgiveness, Intimacy, Non-discrimination,...
Aug 01 2012


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


Dharma Transmission, Breath, Bodhidharma, Passions, Manjushri, Happiness, difficulty...
Jul 29 2012

The Bodhisattva's Perfection of Being Ordinary 

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

Study of delusion is the Buddha Way 

Bodhisattva Vow, Karmic Consciousness, Practice Period, Equanimity, Mahayana,...
Aug 13 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Embracing Enlightenment I 

Book of Serenity, Karmic Consciousness, Silence, Teacher-and-Student, japanese,...
Jun 11 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Embracing Enlightenment I 

Karmic Consciousness, Heart Sutra, Nirvana, unconscious process, Mahayana, Separation...
Jun 11 2011
No Abode Hermitage

The Sitting Meditation of this School 

Separation, Enthusiasm, Patience, Enemies, confusion, difficulty
May 21 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Conscious and Unconscious Obstructions of the Buddha Way 

Obstacles, Faith, Intuition, Doubt, Karmic Consciousness, true dharma, Patience,...
Apr 16 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Whole-Hearted Commitment for the New Year 

Commitment, Bodhisattva Precepts, Buddha Mind, Triple Treasure, Emotions, difficulty...
Jan 02 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Training for the Selfless Heart 

Patience, Addiction, Bodhidharma, difficulty, Enthusiasm, Don't Know Mind,...
Apr 15 2010
The Yoga Room

Training for the Selfless Heart 

Patience, Enthusiasm, Attachment, Impermanence, practicing generosity, Samsara,...
Apr 08 2010
The Yoga Room

On Enlightenment and Delusion 

Birth-and-Death, resistance, Bodhisattva Precepts, Heart Sutra, American, Mahayana,...
Dec 10 2009
The Yoga Room

On Enlightenment and Delusion 

Silence, Funeral, Ego, Separation, Nirvana, Letting Go, resistance, Obstacles, War,...
Nov 12 2009
The Yoga Room


Culture, Hindrances, Fox, Chanting, Enemies, Religion, Lay, zen, Describe, difficulty...
Oct 04 2008


difficulty, Precepts, Passions, Samadhi, Samsara, Intention, Daily Life, Subject-and-...
Oct 03 2008


Subject-and-Object, training, Monastic Practice, Dependent Origination, Oneness,...
Oct 02 2008

Embodying the Lotus Sutra 

Lotus Sutra, Discrimination, Bell, Observe, Evil, Intimacy, Mahayana, difficulty,...
Apr 03 2008
The Yoga Room


Posture, Oneness, Dharma Transmission, Bodhidharma, Big Mind, Echo, Heart Sutra,...
Jan 24 2008


Four Noble Truths, Don't Know Mind, Samsara, Buddha Ancestors, difficulty, Fox,...
Jan 23 2008


Duality, Non-duality, Samsara, Oneness, Non-discrimination, difficulty, Teacher-and-...
Jan 22 2008


Daily Life, Buddha Nature, Oneness, Buddha Ancestors, difficulty, Impermanence,...
Jan 22 2008


Separation, Non-violence, Intimacy, Practice Period, War, Impermanence, difficulty...
Nov 01 2007
No Abode Hermitage

Zen Meditation as Bodhisattva Vow

During this course, we will study the bodhisattva vow, to see how the compassionate intentions of enlightening beings generate, work, and play with the mind of enlightenment to promote peace and...

Nirvana, Bodhisattva Vow, resistance, Faith, Buddha Nature, difficulty
Aug 14 2007
The Yoga Room

Only a Buddha and a Buddha

The Lotus Sutra says that the desire to help beings open to Buddha's wisdom is the condition for Buddha's appearing in this world.

Lotus Sutra, Religion, Desire, Soto Zen, Non-duality, soto, Bell, Separation,...
Jul 28 2007
No Abode Hermitage

The Bodhisattva and the Mahayana

"Enlightening beings" are committed to living for the benefit of all beings; they practice in the "universal vehicle" which includes everyone.

Mahayana, practicing generosity, Enemies, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Heart Sutra...
Jul 14 2007
No Abode Hermitage

The Light of Buddha's Wisdom - Precepts of Compassion

Buddha sheds the light of wisdom on the true nature of suffering, liberation, and the human mind, on the teachings of compassion, moral causation, and the whole phenomenal universe. This retreat...

Evil, Non-discrimination, Discrimination, Suzuki Roshi, Non-duality, Emotions,...
May 06 2007
Part 6
Mount Madonna Center


Hindrances, Beginners, difficulty, Vows, Interdependence, Nirvana Sutra, Buddha...
Jan 15 2007


Anger, Happiness, Gratitude, Dragons, Attachment, Chanting, Greed, Enemies, Sangha,...
Feb 03 2006


Bodhidharma, Four Noble Truths, Attachment, Precepts, Sangha, resistance, Vinaya,...
Feb 02 2006


Demons, Compassion, Dragons, Balance, Vows, Buddha Mind, difficulty, Offering,...
Feb 01 2006


Precepts, Vinaya, Ordination, Culture, Interview, difficulty, Enemies, Describe,...
Jan 31 2006


Offering, Hindrances, Gratitude, New Year, Sangha, difficulty, Chanting, Daily Life,...
Jan 30 2006


Soto Zen, Dharma Transmission, Sangha, Ordination, soto, Enemies, lecture, zen,...
Jan 29 2006


Buddha Ancestors, Family Practice, difficulty, Continuous, Buddha Mind, Dependent...
Nov 05 2005


Buddha Nature, Nirvana Sutra, Heart Sutra, Impermanence, New Year, Subject-and-Object...
Feb 27 2004


Meditation, Sixth Patriarch, Dharma Transmission, Religion, Instruction, Breath,...
Feb 20 2003


Continuous, true dharma, Gratitude, Intention, Describe, difficulty, Offering,...
Feb 18 2003


Continuous, Buddha Mind, Sangha, Attachment, difficulty, Forgiveness, Chanting,...
Feb 17 2003


Continuous, true dharma, Dharma Transmission, Buddha Ancestors, Instruction, Buddha...
Feb 15 2003


Ego, Zazen, Attachment, difficulty, Precepts, Passions
Mar 10 2002