To provide a way for realizing a life of awareness, wisdom and compassion. We do this by offering training in the teachings of Zen Buddhism and by cultivating and maintaining a practice environment that is supported by teachers and a community of practitioners in the heart of New York City.
In this dharma “talk,” Bokushu Hoshi explores the nature of words and dharma. Is there something to master? If we don’t create a single thing — if we simply encounter reality — perhaps we can allow dharma to master us.
In this talk, Roshi follows the themes of our 2019 Urban Sesshin organized by our practice leader Gessho: creative attention, awareness and focus – narrow and wide. Roshi quotes Dogen, Ryokan, Muso Soseki, and Sid Corman. We can’t grasp attention, focus and awareness. So how do we learn to pay attention? Listen. Our meditation practice is to be in this-moment mind, and witness the profound intimacy of our own lives. Recorded March 16, 2019.
Our thoughts create desire, and our desires create separation and suffering. How can we relate more fully to our minds as a means to skillfully realize the second of the four vows? Recorded March 10th, 2019. Bokushu offers the following link to a short video as an adjunct to his Dharma talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAYhOCLNkMc