Vow to Live the Life You’re Already Living
San Francisco Zen Center Dharma Talks
by San Francisco Zen Center, Kim Kōgen Daihō Hart
3d ago
02/14/2024, Kim Kōgen Daihō Hart, dharma talk at City Center. In this talk, given at Beginner's Mind Temple, Kim does a deep dive into the five remembrances to support us to live the life that we are already living with all its pain and preciousness ..read more
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Becoming Yourself
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Jiryu Rutschman-Byler
3d ago
02/11/2024, Jiryu Rutschman-Byler, dharma talk at Green Gulch Farm. In this talk, Abbot Jiryu reflects on Suzuki Roshi's core teaching that Zen practice is fundamentally about "becoming yourself," and explores the strong resonance there with the Silent Illumination teaching that awakening is right there when we sit still, exactly as we are ..read more
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Ceasefire
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Shogen Jody Greene
3d ago
02/10/2024, Shogen Jody Greene, dharma talk at City Center. This talk was given at Beginner's Mind Temple by Shogen Jody Greene. While Dōgen Zenji once described 'shikantaza' (just sitting) as “the dharma gate of repose and bliss,” our teachers have also reminded us of the ways in which working with our minds on the cushion can surface irritability, judgment, even hatred. Many of us struggle with our thoughts and struggle with our selves. This talk returns to the story of Seiko and the dragon to explore the repeated arising of ideas about right and wrong, good zazen and bad zazen, false practi ..read more
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The Power of Precepts
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Onryu Mary Stares
3d ago
02/03/2024, Onryu Mary Stares, dharma talk at City Center. In this talk, given at Beginner's Mind Temple, Onryu Mary Stares explores the current City Center Practice Period theme of the Bodhisattva precepts, describing her personal experiences of taking refuge and encouraging this vibrant practice ..read more
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Embracing Zen with Change
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Eli Brown-Stevenson
2w ago
In this talk, given at Beginner's Mind Temple, Rev. Eli explores how Zen practice, particularly the precepts, can be supportive when going through major life change—especially when dealing with loss of identity, decision making, and working with an inner critic. Through personal anecdotes and philosophical reflections, the talk emphasizes the role of Zen in fostering a deeper understanding of self and existence amidst change ..read more
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Practice Compassion Without Delay
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Eijun Linda Cutts
2w ago
02/04/2024, Eijun Linda Cutts, dharma talk at Green Gulch Farm. Avalokiteshvara in the Avatamsaka Sutra lets us know of the powerful practice of Great Compassion to meet the great challenges of our life ..read more
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Exploring Conditions and Consequences of Ethical Beliefs
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Dōshin Mako Voelkel
2w ago
In this talk, given during the first one-day sitting of the winter 2024 practice period, Abiding Abbot Dōshin Mako Voelkel discusses the sources and outcomes of the many different places and ways we construct our individual ethical frameworks. This talk was recorded during the January one-day sitting, held at Unity Church, a neighbor of San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center congregation ..read more
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All Living Beings Fully Possess The Wisdom And Virtues Of The Buddhas, And Yet...
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Tenshin Reb Anderson
2w ago
01/21/2024, Tenshin Reb Anderson, dharma talk at Green Gulch Farm. In the great flower adornment scripture, chapter 67, the Buddha says, “All sentient beings without exception, fully possess the wisdom and virtues of the Buddha, and yet because of misconceptions and attachments, they do not realize it.If they would only abandon these misconceptions and attachments, they would fully realize Buddhahood.” During this talk, there was some discussion of how to compassionately relate to misconceptions and attachments in such a way that they drop away ..read more
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What Is Community?
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
1M ago
01/20/2024, Kyoshin Wendy Lewis, dharma talk at City Center. Now our community is meeting only in the single room of the Zendo. What are some teachings on Sangha transformation in a Zendo? How can we see forms of the infinite, miraculous Dharma embedded through tradition and visualization in this shared space? This lecture explores such teachings in a verbal and visual presentation ..read more
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Beginner’s Mind Zendo: An Embodied Mandala of Sangha
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by San Francisco Zen Center, Shosan Victoria Austin
1M ago
01/17/2024, Shosan Victoria Austin, dharma talk at City Center. In this talk, given at Beginner's Mind Temple, Shosan explores how we are practicing with the current physical changes to the temple space. This year, our urban temple is “residents out, contractors in.” Dogen Zenji once taught that Sangha Treasure appears equally in the vast openness of being or within a particle of dust; that to help people it can transform to an Ocean Storehouse or to sutras written on shells and leaves ..read more
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