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Wandering Away from Our Original Home in Search of Our Original Home

Obstacles, Don't Know Mind, Daily Life, Silence, Zendo, Priest
Aug 10 2019
No Abode Hermitage

Stimulating Bodhisattva's courage and entering reality 

confusion, Duality, practicing generosity, Patience, Obstacles, Don't Know Mind...
Oct 15 2011
No Abode Hermitage

Entry into the nature of the knowable 

Obstacles, Duality, Lovingkindness, confusion, Discrimination, Commitment, Separation...
Oct 01 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

Continuous Compassion for Karmic Consciousness 

true dharma, Karmic Consciousness, Perfect Wisdom, Attachment, Silence, Transmission...
Feb 06 2010
No Abode Hermitage

On Enlightenment and Delusion 

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


Serial: EB-00228AC

Being free to make our own choices, following recipes or not; trying to make a difference in a world full of violence.

Evil, Passions, Liberation, Obstacles, Composure, Bowing, Offering, Doubt, Observe,...
Oct 23 2009

Class 3 And There Was Light

Obstacles, Echo, Anger, Happiness, Instruction, Gratitude, resistance, Passions,...
May 28 2009

Bicycle Wheel Dharma, Serial No. 01089

Birth-and-Death, Ordinary Mind, Ego, Obstacles, Composure, Soto Zen, Daily Life,...
Jan 31 2009
Berkeley Zen Center

Bicycle Wheel Dharma

Serial: BZ-02014

Saturday Lecture

Birth-and-Death, Ordinary Mind, Ego, Obstacles, Composure, Daily Life, Duality,...
Jan 31 2009
Berkeley Zen Center

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...

zen meditation, Obstacles, Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Confession-and-...
Aug 07 2007
The Yoga Room

What Is It That Comes?

Serial: BZ-01443

Nangaku Ejo asks Daikan Eno, Sesshin Day 4

Nangaku Ejo, Daikan Eno, Koan, Gaining Mind, Monastic Practice, Practice Period,...
Jun 23 2007
Berkeley Zen Center

April 28th, 2007, Serial No. 01433

Buddha Mind, Doubt, Buddha Nature, Attachment, Ordinary Mind, Buddha Ancestors,...
Apr 28 2007

Baizhang's Fox

Being clear about cause and effect, intention, karma.

causation, Fox, Skandas, Funeral, Obstacles, Samsara, Hindrances, Emotions, Observe,...
May 27 2006
No Abode Hermitage

Six "Wrong" Ways of Practice

Serial: BZ-01231

Saturday Lecture

Practice, Obstacles, Aspects of Practice, Family Practice, Instruction, Interview,...
Apr 29 2006
Berkeley Zen Center

March 25th, 2006, Serial No. 01225

Demons, Ordinary Mind, Peace, Offering, Instruction, Intimacy, Obstacles, Liberation...
Mar 25 2006

March 19th, 2006, Serial No. 01223

Happiness, Passions, Commitment, Emotions, Obstacles, Anger, Addiction, Ego, Samadhi...
Mar 19 2006

Fall to the Ground, Get Up By the Ground

Serial: BZ-00577


Continuous, Discrimination, Big Mind, Birth-and-Death, Four Noble Truths, Passions,...
Jul 18 2005

July 16th, 2005, Serial No. 00575

Serial: BZ-00575


Precepts, Obstacles, Tassajara, Practice Period, Buddha Nature, Duality, Monastic...
Jul 16 2005

July 11th, 2005, Serial No. 00774

Five Ranks, Posture, Absolute-and-Relative, confusion, Daily Life, Platform Sutra,...
Jul 11 2005

Sesshin: Tips on Serving, Eating, Kinhin, Zazen

Serial: BZ-01329

Sesshin Day 1

#sesshin, Oryoki, Kinhin, Zazen, Instruction, Bell, Posture, Passions, Concentration...
Jun 22 2005
Berkeley Zen Center

January 8th, 2005, Serial No. 01300, Side C

Four Noble Truths, New Year, Obstacles, Instruction, Lineage, Precepts, Posture...
Jan 08 2005

August 21st, 2004, Serial No. 01241

Mahayana, Monkey Mind, Nirvana, Obstacles, Subject-and-Object, Impermanence, Heart...
Aug 21 2004


true dharma, Vows, Hindrances, Commitment, Desire, Obstacles, Faith, Doubt, Tassajara...
Jul 26 2004


Vows, true dharma, Hindrances, Commitment, Desire, Obstacles, Faith, Doubt
Jul 26 2004

Gakudo Yojunshu, Point #7

Serial: BZ-01267

Turning Dharma and Being Turned by Dharma, Sesshin Day 1

Gakudo Yojin-Shu, Dogen, Lotus Sutra, Dragons, Buddha Mind, Obstacles, Silent...
Jun 16 2004
Berkeley Zen Center

Suzuki-rôshi 100th Birth Memorial

Serial: BZ-01265

Gutei's One Finger, Monkey Mind, Saturday Lecture

Suzuki Roshi, Monkey Mind, Shikantaza, Monkey Mind, Gaining Mind, Obstacles, Practice...
May 29 2004
Berkeley Zen Center

March 27th, 2004, Serial No. 01257

Impermanence, Berkeley Zen Center, Silence, Diversity, Birth-and-Death, Practice...
Mar 27 2004

Eihei Shingi: The Kanin

Serial: BZ-01374

The Kanin, Rohatsu Day 5

Eihei Shingi, Buddha Ancestors, Evil, Monastic Practice, confusion, Dragons, Birth-...
Dec 05 2003
Berkeley Zen Center

February 27th, 2003, Serial No. 00465

Four Noble Truths, Greed, Hate, Sangha, Six Realms, Religion, Doubt, Absolute-and-...
Feb 27 2003

July 6th, 2002, Serial No. 00153, Side A

Demons, Bodhisattva Vow, Bowing, Obstacles, Vows, Humility, Commitment, Teacher-and-...
Jul 06 2002

May 23rd, 2002, Serial No. 00450

Discrimination, Practice Period, Sixth Patriarch, Posture, Instruction, Oneness,...
May 23 2002

May 23rd, 2002, Serial No. 01011, Side A

Discrimination, Practice Period, Sixth Patriarch, Posture, Instruction, Bodhidharma,...
May 23 2002

April 18th, 2002, Serial No. 00446

Precepts, Right Speech, Obstacles, Liberation, Heart Sutra, Observe, Passions, Bell,...
Apr 18 2002

Buddha's Parinirvana

Serial: BZ-00139A

One-Day Sitting

Parinirvana, Nirvana, Birth-and-Death, Obstacles, Precepts, Liberation, Buddha Nature...
Feb 16 2002
Berkeley Zen Center

Preparing/Not Preparing for Sesshin

Serial: BZ-00124B

Saturday Lecture

#sesshin, Ego, Demons, Emotions, Posture, Equanimity, Buddha Nature, Obstacles,...
Dec 02 2000
Berkeley Zen Center

Rules for Being Human--Opening of Practice Period

Serial: BZ-00122A

One-Day Sitting

Obstacles, Karma, Enthusiasm, Vows, Don't Know Mind, confusion, Hate, Offering,...
Oct 29 2000
Berkeley Zen Center

October 7th, 2000, Serial No. 00916

Anger, Karma, Attachment, Nirvana, Liberation, Obstacles, Four Noble Truths, Vows,...
Oct 07 2000

July 20th, 2000, Serial No. 00852

Silent Illumination, Lineage, Interview, soto, Attachment, Chanting, Obstacles,...
Jul 20 2000

Women Ancestors

Lineage, Ordination, soto, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Funeral, Obstacles, Gratitude,...
May 13 2000