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Inconceivable Life

Conversation, Birth-and-Death, Intuition, Bowing, Enemies, Lineage, Observe, Passions...
Dec 26 2020

Birth and Death, Part 1

Birth-and-Death, Don't Know Mind, Blue Cliff Record, Light-and-Darkness, Posture...
Dec 19 2020

Total Dynamic Working

Birth-and-Death, Impermanence, Vows, Equanimity, Heart Sutra, confusion, Instruction...
Dec 05 2020

Kika's Ordination

Serial: BZ-02787

From the November/December 2020 newsletter:

Sojun Ordains a New Priest

On October 17 in the zendo Sojun Roshi ordained Doko Kika Susan Hellein as a priest, with...

Ordination, Karma, Precepts, Equanimity, Building, Attachment, Zoom, Beginners,...
Oct 17 2020
Berkeley Zen Center

BZC Zoom Training

Zoom, training, Chanting, Observe, Conversation
Jul 08 2020

Skillful Communications

Precepts, Culture, War, training, Happiness, Observe, Karma, Fox, Funeral, Silence...
Feb 29 2020

Does Big Mind Care

Big Mind, Offering, Anger, Sangha, Observe, Vows, Lay
Jan 18 2020

Buddha's Enlightenment

Concentration, Dependent Origination, Heart Sutra, Birth-and-Death, training,...
Dec 05 2019

Together Action

Intimacy, Four Noble Truths, Aspects of Practice, Culture, Hindrances, Observe, Bell...
Oct 05 2019

Practice Like A Fool, Like An Idiot, Like A Fool On The Hill

Half-Smile, Culture, Silent Illumination, Echo, Samadhi, resistance, Mahayana,...
Apr 13 2019

Cypress Tree in the Garden

Bodhidharma, Priest, Greed, Conversation, Buddha Nature, Interview, Oneness, Observe...
Mar 02 2019

Arousing the Thought of Enlightenment

Serial: BZ-02650

Rohatsu Day 3


Instruction, Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva Vow, Vows, Don't Know Mind, Subject-and-...
Dec 04 2018

Birth, Death and Breath

Serial: BZ-02649

Rohatsu Day 2


Birth-and-Death, Concentration, Duality, Passions, Peace, Ego, Impermanence, Observe...
Dec 03 2018

Calling Out Hungry Ghosts

Six Realms, Demons, Observe, Culture, Peace, Liberation, Mahayana
Oct 27 2018

Ending Racism

Mindfulness, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Current Events, American, Happiness, Observe,...
Aug 25 2018

Universal Cosmic Stillness

Serial: BZ-02628



Ordinary Mind, Samsara, Observe, Discrimination, Religion, Peace, Emotions
Aug 04 2018

Preferences, Expectations, Letting Go

Serial: BZ-02619

Sesshin Day 3


Book of Serenity, Blue Cliff Record, Oneness, Ego, Daily Life, Hindrances, Observe,...
Jun 15 2018

Something To Die For: That's What Makes People Believe In Something

Peace, War, Ego, Observe, Practice Period, Karma, Dragons, Hindrances, Passions,...
May 19 2018

Way-Seeking Mind Talk

Soto Zen, Death-and-Dying, Describe, soto, Vows, Priest, Interview, Lineage, Mahayana...
Feb 11 2018

Giving Back Whats Not Yours

Serial: BZ-02588

Day 7


Happiness, Buddha Nature, Birth-and-Death, Anger, Right Effort, Composure, Ego, Big...
Dec 09 2017

The Self in Times of Turmoil

Conversation, Hate, Observe, Evil, Culture, Sanctuary, Instruction, Emotions,...
Aug 26 2017

Precepts Class 3

Serial: BZ-02546

PP Class


Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Observe, Chanting, Nirvana, Mahayana, Lotus Sutra,...
May 18 2017


Conversation, American, Peace, Fox, Politics, Funeral, Impermanence, Observe,...
Mar 11 2017

Skillful Means and Anger

Anger, Greed, Four Noble Truths, Observe, Religion, Peace, Attachment, Diversity,...
Mar 05 2017

The Self

Buddha Mind, Buddha Nature, Instruction, Posture, Observe, confusion, Precepts, Doubt...
Feb 04 2017

Beyond Consciousness

Serial: BZ-02517

Rohatsu Day 4


Karma, Intuition, Anger, Composure, Precepts, Religion, Big Mind, Building, Echo,...
Dec 07 2016

Seijiki: Calling Hungry Heart

Peace, Offering, Dragons, Interview, Observe, Passions, Describe, American, Priest...
Oct 29 2016

August 2016 talk, Serial No. 00180, Side A

Ego, Consciousness, Observe
Aug 2016
Mt. Saviour Monastery

The Four Postures

Mindfulness, Posture, Four Foundations, Gaining Mind, Instruction, Dharma...
Jul 30 2016

Practicing with Stickiness, Being Stuck

Serial: BZ-02483

Sesshin Day 3


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

Turning the Light Inward

Soto Zen, Conversation, Instruction, soto, Observe, Concentration, Culture, Building...
Mar 05 2016

Shakyamuni Buddha's Parinirvana

Nirvana, Four Foundations, Happiness, Right Effort, Precepts, Lay, Mahayana, Observe...
Feb 13 2016

Zazengi: Shikantaza is the Ultimate Koan

Serial: BZ-02449

Rohatsu Day 2


Pure Existence, Forgiveness, resistance, Monkey Mind, Vows, Building, Silence,...
Nov 30 2015

Rohatsu Day 7

Observe, Ego, Demons, Teacher-and-Student, Birth-and-Death, Diversity, Dragons,...
Dec 06 2014

Rohatsu Day 5

resistance, Ego, Four Foundations, Posture, Observe, Anger, Harmonizing, Describe,...
Dec 04 2014

Precepts Following Our Way of Life

Precepts, Observe, Ego, Duality, Oneness, Non-duality, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Sangha,...
Jun 14 2014

The Middle Way

Four Noble Truths, Right Speech, Right Effort, Posture, Culture, Liberation, Observe...
Feb 08 2014


Serial: BZ-02314

zazen, Sesshin

Sesshin, Breath, Separation, Mundane Life, Oneness, Daily Life, Conversation, Posture...
Jun 20 2013
Berkeley Zen Center

Seijiki Calling All Hungry Ghosts

Observe, Peace, Ego
Oct 27 2012

Please Call Me By My True Names

Birth-and-Death, Observe, Humility, Impermanence, Silence, Heart Sutra, Separation,...
Jul 28 2012

Family Practice

Serial: BZ-02245

Saturday Lecture

Zazen, Family Practice, Practice Period, Intuition, Observe, Bell, Tassajara,...
Jun 16 2012
Berkeley Zen Center

The Story of Buddha's Enlightenment

Four Noble Truths, Evil, Dream World, Lay, Bowing, Oneness, Liberation, Chanting,...
Dec 10 2011

The Teaching Just For You

Dragons, Observe, Culture, Buddha Nature, American, Interdependence, Bodhidharma,...
Dec 09 2011

We Are All Buddhas

Lotus Sutra, Anger, Aspects of Practice, Daily Life, Culture, Observe, Conversation,...
Nov 12 2011

Encountering Form in Daily Life

Heart Sutra, Aspects of Practice, Offering, Intimacy, Observe, Bell, Mindfulness,...
Oct 08 2011

Giving and Receiving

Impermanence, Soto Zen, Big Mind, Evil, Practice Period, Ego, soto, Observe, Bell,...
Oct 01 2011

The Heart of Our Forms

Precepts, Monastic Practice, Practice Period, Aspects of Practice, Family Practice,...
Sep 25 2011


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

Zenki and Shoji

Birth-and-Death, Nirvana, Liberation, Heart Sutra, Lay, Bowing, Silence, Observe,...
Sep 03 2011

How Life Is Like Playing In A Bluegrass Band

Practice Period, Ego, Silence, Observe, Conversation, Culture, Religion
Apr 30 2011