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Buddha Activity

Intimacy, Doubt, Faith, true dharma, zen meditation, Complete Perfect Enlightenment,...
Mar 09 2019
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Generating Energy

resistance, Patience, practicing generosity, Enthusiasm, Tassajara, Emotions, Breath...
Mar 09 2019
PM
No Abode Hermitage

What Is Most Important For You In This Life

We are all creating the space together for people to have profound experience in zazen. Kind and unkind thoughts are opportunities to express the Buddha mind. Compassion towards wholesome and...

Compassion, Buddha Mind, Mill Valley, Gratitude, Repentance, Enemies, Nirvana,...
Feb 02 2019
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No Abode Hermitage

What Is Most Important For You In This Life

Being clear about our ultimate concern. Remember, aspire, commit to, and train to realise this. The story of Tong-an and Liangshan: what is the business under the patched robe? Intimacy. Another...

Vow, Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon, Buddha Mind, Intimacy, Book of Serenity, Buddha Mind,...
Feb 02 2019
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The New Coffin

Summary of the unrecorded morning talk. The practice of just sitting. Remembering stillness, letting go of 'what next.' Training to ready for this moment, and for death.

Death-and-Dying,
Dec 15 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Hands And Eyes Of Avalokiteshvara

Compassion is the teaching of the Buddha. Stories of the different statues and scrolls at No Abode. Yunmen and Daowu, the thousand arms of Avalokiteshvara.

Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, Transmission,
Nov 10 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Introduction To The Four Afflictions Of Self

Discussing afflictions of the mind where the self appears, as an opportunity to explore consciousness. The ignorance of the view that the self is operating the situation.

Consciousness, Four Afflictions of Self,
Nov 10 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Silent Sitting and Social Action

All compounded phenomena are unworthy of confidence. Compassion to these unstable phenomena is our practice. Zen stories are about enacting awakening within social interactions. Attend to your body,...

Compassion, Four Foundations, Practice Period,
Oct 20 2018
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No Abode Hermitage

Silent Sitting and Social Action

Sitting in the world, we can't perceive the whole world; we sit in our dharma position, which changes all the time. Impermanence is Buddhism - this place is no abode..

Dharma Position, Impermanence, Compassion,
Oct 20 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Contemplating Torei Zenji's Vow

Everything is manifesting the path of the ancient buddhas, abiding together in their respective dharma positions. Abiding in this moment and being free of it, even if we think it is obstruction or...

Global Warming,
Sep 15 2018
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No Abode Hermitage

Compassion is a Conversation

A conversation is what we are doing together. Buddhas are sitting upright and still, in the midst of everything, having a conversation with silence. The story of his Nanchuan and his sickle. Meeting...

Compassion, Global Warming, Koan,
Sep 15 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #5

Torei's vow; bowing in humility in the face of cruelty; meeting monsters with lovingkindness.

Confession-and-Repentance, Lovingkindness,
Aug 11 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #5

Meeting a teacher, asking about the teaching and listening to the teaching. Bodies and minds sitting silently and conversing.

Aug 11 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #4

Opportunities for compassion - with friends and enemies; the story of the destitute son from the Lotus Sutra

Compassion,
Jul 14 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #4

Being supported in compassion; Uncle Mi and the rabbit;

Compassion,
Jul 14 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #3: Our Buddha Nature Precepts

Origins of the Bodhisattva precepts; development and commentaries; the reasons for Buddhas appearing in this world.

Precepts, Buddha Nature, Transmission, Heart Sutra,
Jun 09 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #3: Our Buddha Nature Precepts

Verifying the truth of the teachings through words and phrases

Precepts,
Jun 09 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #2: Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra

Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra: https://www.tinyurl.com/Brahma-Net

Platform Sutra, Bodhisattva Precepts, Nirvana Sutra, Confession-and-Repentance, ...
May 12 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #2: Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra

Introducing the Brahma's Net Sutra: https://www.tinyurl.com/Brahma-Net

Buddha Nature, Platform Sutra, Precepts,
May 12 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #1

Origin of the tathagathagharba teachings; the Huayen school in China; three marks of existence and four inverted views; skillful means of milk medicine described in the Nirvana Sutra.

Tathagatagharba, Flower Adornment Sutra, Nirvana Sutra,
Apr 14 2018
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No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #1

Case 67 of the Book of Serenity; there is not a single sentient being who does not fully possess the wisdom of the enlightened mind.

Flower Adornment Sutra, Koan, Book of Serenity,
Apr 14 2018
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No Abode Hermitage

Bodhidharma Listening to the Cries of the World

Avalokiteshvara clearly seeing the emptiness of five skandhas; listening to the cries of the world, the suffering of beings.

Compassion, Suffering, Emptiness,
Mar 03 2018
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No Abode Hermitage

Bodhidharma Listening to the Cries of the World

Avalokiteshvara's eyes of compassion observing all sentient beings; Bodhidharma and Emperor Wu, facing the wall for nine years; the Sixth Ancestor's training;

Buddha Ancestors, Consciousness, Compassion, Bodhisattva,
Mar 03 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Everything is Calling for a Compassionate Response

Buddha's sitting - who do you think you are; ; Buddha, dharma and sangha are all-pervading; Yunmen's appropriate response.

Feb 03 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

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
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No Abode Hermitage

Watch the Set-Up Carefully

Listening to each others' stories; Scheherazade and the Thousand and One Nights;

Nov 11 2017
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Buddha’s Zazen is Face-to-Face Transmission

The personal practice of paying attention to the posture of samadhi; mindfulness of breathing; remembering stillness as transmitted by the ancestors;

Transmission,
Nov 11 2017
AM
No Abode Hermitage

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