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December 6, 7, 8 2019 – Three Dharma Talks by Rev. So On Jim Hare given during Rohatsu Sesshin

Following are three dharma talks given by Rev. So On Jim Hare during Valley Streams Zen Sangha’s annual Rohatsu sesshin which took place on December 6-8, 2019.

“Time for Sesshin” – Dharma Talk given on December 6, 2019 – (9.2MB, 35 minutes):

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“Caoshan’s Truth Body, Part 1” – Dharma Talk given on December 7, 2019 – (5.6MB, 43 minutes):

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“Caoshan’s Truth Body, Part 2” – Dharma Talk given on December 8, 2019 – (5.6MB, 43 minutes):

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November 25, 2019 – Way Seeking Mind Talk by Susan Farrar

Way-Seeking Mind Talk given on Monday, November 25, 2019 (6.8MB, 49 minutes).

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November 18, 2019 – Dharma Talk by Alan Block, Onzan Shinsho – The Precepts

Dharma talk given on Monday, November 18, 2019 –  (5.1MB, 38 minutes).

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November 11, 2019 – “The Record of Transmitting the Light – Zen Master Keizan’s Denkoroku” – Concluding Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare

Dharma talk given on Monday, November 11, 2019 (6.2MB, 47 minutes).

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November 2, 2019 – “The Ancestor’s Samadhi” – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare – one-half day sitting

“The Ancestor’s Samadhi” – Dharma Talk on The Record of Transmitting the Light – Zen Master Keizan’s Denkoroku, given by Rev. So On Jim Hare on Saturday, November 2, 2019 during a one-half day sitting – (7.2MB, 47 min).

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October 21, 2019 – “The Boat of Compassion is not Rowed Over Clear Water” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Dharma Talk given on Monday, October 21, 2019 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (5.7MB, 46 min).

 

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October 14, 2019 – “Introduction to The Record of Transmitting the Light – Zen Master Keizan’s Denkoroku” – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare

Dharma talk given on Monday, October 14, 2019 (6.7MB, 51 minutes).

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October 5,6, 2019 – “Buddha Activity” – Four Dharma Talks by Rev. Tenshin Reb Anderson given during Two-Day Retreat

An old time buddha said, ‘earth, grass, trees, and all living beings are engaged in buddha activity.’ Buddha activity is the unceasing process of freeing all beings so they may live in peace and harmony. The buddha ancestors called this buddha activity zazen.

Following are four dharma talks given by Tenshin Reb Anderson during a two-day retreat which took place on October 5-6, 2019.  They discuss the study, practice and realization of this great activity.

October 5, 2019 – morning talk (13MB, 1 hour 32 minutes):

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October 5, 2019 – afternoon talk (7MB, 57 minutes):

*** NOTE – the beginning of the afternoon talk was not recorded, but included Tenshin Roshi stating that one understanding is that practice/zazen is itself realization and this was the subject of the morning talk; the afternoon talk would focus on another understanding, practice as a path, which may be necessary because the integration discussed in the morning talk is dis-integrated by the mind.  Tenshin Roshi discussed the six paramitas are one such path. Another path which Tenshin Roshi discussed is characterized by acts of playfulness, creativity and relaxation. The tape commences at some point thereafter.

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October 6, 2019 – morning talk (11MB, 1 hour 20 minutes):

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October 6, 2019 – afternoon talk (5MB, 38 minutes):

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September 23, 2019 – “There is no Life you Can Lose” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Dharma Talk given on Monday, September 23, 2019 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (6.0MB, 49 min).

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September 9, 2019 – “Genjokoan, Birth, Death” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Amie Diller

Dharma talk given on Monday, September 9, 2019 –  (6.75MB, 50 minutes).

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August 19, 2019 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Monday, August 19, 2019 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (6.2MB, 46 min).

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August 5, 2019 – Practice Talk by Doralee Grindler Katonah

“Reflections on Zazen as a Relinquishment Practice – Finding our home in Emptiness again and again and again” – Practice Talk given by Doralee Grindler Katonah on Monday, August 5, 2019 – (11.1MB, 47 min).

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.
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August 3, 2019 – Dharma Talk by Rev. So On Jim Hare – One-day sitting

“Aligning with Buddha’s Wisdom” – Dharma Talk given by Rev. So On Jim Hare on Saturday, August 3, 2019 during a One-day sitting – (7.4MB, 31 min).

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July 29, 2019 – Practice Talk by Barbara and Bruce Baccei

“Sickness, Old Age and Death” – Practice Talk given on Monday, July 29, 2019 (5.7MB, 44 minutes).

For those who have further interest in the subject matter of this practice talk, Barbara recommends the following two books:

The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. By Frank Ostaseki; and

How to be Sick: A Buddhist-inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers. By Toni Bernhard.

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July 22, 2019 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Monday, July 22, 2019 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (10.8MB, 42 min).

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May 20, 2019 – Way Seeking Mind Talk by Doralee Grindler Katonah

A Way-Seeking Mind talk is an opportunity for anyone in the sangha to tell their story of how their life led them to the Buddhist path, what practice has taught them, and how they experience the Dharma, in an open-ended format which is often relatable, funny, moving, and inspiring.

Way-Seeking Mind Talk given on Monday, May 20, 2019 (6.2MB, 45 minutes).

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.

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May 4, 2019 – “Accomplishing the Work of Great Peace”, Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey – One-day sitting

“Accomplishing the Work of Great Peace” – Dharma Talk given by Rev. Myo Lahey on Saturday, May 4, 2019 during a One-day sitting – (10.2MB, 39 min).

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April 29, 2019 – Way Seeking Mind Talk by Larry Smith

A Way-Seeking Mind talk is an opportunity for anyone in the sangha to tell their story of how their life led them to the Buddhist path, what practice has taught them, and how they experience the Dharma, in an open-ended format which is often relatable, funny, moving, and inspiring.

Way-Seeking Mind Talk given on Monday, April 29, 2019 (10.9MB, 42 minutes).

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April 22, 2019 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Edward Espe Brown

April 22, 2019 – by Rev. Edward Espe Brown  (10.8 MB, 43mins.)

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April 15, 2019 – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Monday, April 15, 2019 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (7.4MB, 50 min).

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March 4, 2019 – Way Seeking Mind Talk by John Wark

A Way-Seeking Mind talk is an opportunity for anyone in the sangha to tell their story of how their life led them to the Buddhist path, what practice has taught them, and how they experience the Dharma, in and open-ended format which is often relatable, funny, moving, and inspiring.

Way Seeking Mind Talk given on Monday, March 4, 2019 (11.1MB, 45 minutes).

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Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018 – Rohatsu Sesshin – Dharma Talks by So On Jim Hare

Given during Rohatsu Sesshin, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018 (approx. 30 min. each)

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September 22, 2018 – “The Radiant Light of Buddha Nature” (Part 2 of 2 parts)” – Dharma Talk by Rev. Kokyo Henkel – One-day sitting

“The Radiant Light of Buddha Nature” (Part 2 of 2 parts) – Dharma Talk given by Rev. Kokyo Henkel on the afternoon of Saturday, September 22, 2018 during a One-day sitting (10MB, 1 hour 15 minutes).

Kokyo Henkel

Kokyo Henkel

Visiting Teacher

Kokyo Henkel has been practicing Zen since 1990, in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, most recently as Tanto (Head of Practice), Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, No Abode Hermitage in Mill Valley, Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan, and Santa Cruz Zen Center. He was ordained as a Zen priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010. Kokyo is interested in exploring how the original teachings of Buddhadharma from ancient India, China, and Japan are still very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and harmony to this troubled world.

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September 22, 2018 – “The Radiant Light of Buddha Nature (Part 1 of 2 parts) ” Dharma Talk by Rev. Kokyo Henkel – One-day sitting

“The Radiant Light of Buddha Nature” (Part 1 of 2 parts) – Dharma Talk given by Rev. Kokyo Henkel on the morning of Saturday, September 22, 2018 during a One-day sitting (9MB, 1 hour 2 minutes).

Kokyo Henkel

Kokyo Henkel

Visiting Teacher

Kokyo Henkel has been practicing Zen since 1990, in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, most recently as Tanto (Head of Practice), Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, No Abode Hermitage in Mill Valley, Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan, and Santa Cruz Zen Center. He was ordained as a Zen priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010. Kokyo is interested in exploring how the original teachings of Buddhadharma from ancient India, China, and Japan are still very much alive and useful in present-day America to bring peace and harmony to this troubled world.

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August 13, 2018 – “My Journey Discovering White Privilege: Learning to Practice in the Gap” – Dharma Talk by Doralee Grindler Katonah

“My Journey Discovering White Privilege: Learning to Practice in the Gap” – Dharma Talk given on Monday, August 13, 2018 (10.7MB, 41 minutes).

Note – the talk was edited at approx 36 minutes 10 seconds of the lecture to remove silence during which time the sangha performed an exercise requested by the lecturer. The recording resumes at the commencement of the question period after the exercise.

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.

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July 23, 2018  – Dharma Talk by Rev. Myo Lahey

Monday, July 23, 2018 –  Rev. Myo Lahey (5.4 MB, 42 min).

Note – during portions of the Dharma talk Rev. Lahey refers to an astronomical black hole and draws an analogy to the body-mind, inquiring, at times, “what if it not only does THIS but it does THIS?” During such inquiry, on the first THIS Rev. Lahey moves his hands from a starting point away from his body closer to his body at a point just below the navel. On the second THIS, Rev. Lahey moves his hands from the navel away from his body.

 

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July 10, 2017 – “Buddha’s Teachings on Social & Communal Harmony” – Presentation by So On Jim Hare

July 10, 2017  – Presentation by So On Jim Hare  (12 MB, 53 min.)

For further reading: The Buddha’s Teachings on Social & Communal Harmony: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pāli Canon. Edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi; Prologue and Epilogue by Hozan Alan Senauke, Wisdom Publications, 2016

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February 6, 2017 – Practice Talks by Doralee Grindler Katonah & Oscar Balaguer

Practice talks by Doralee & Oscar after the January “Intensive” at Green Gulch Farm with Reb Anderson. February 6, 2017 (6.7 MB; 52 min.)

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.

Oscar Balaguer

Oscar Balaguer

Senior Student

A longtime Zen practitioner and member of Valley Streams, Oscar was lay ordained by Tenshin Reb Anderson.

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January 2, 2017 – “On the theme of ‘Othering’ and our Diversity Statement.” -Practice Talk by Doralee Grindler Katonah

January 2, 2017 (6.7 MB; 53 min.)
On the theme of “Othering” and our Diversity Statement.

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Paravrrti Doralee Grindler Katonah

Board of Directors, Practice Committee, Teachers

Serves as Ino,  or head of the meditation hall. She studies in the Soto Zen lineage with Sojun Diane Martin, founder and guiding teacher of Udumbara Zen Center in Illinois and Rev. Val Szymanski, Head Priest of Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha in California. She was lay ordained in 2008 and priest ordained in 2019. She served as head student for the Spring practice period at Bamboo in the Wind Zen Sangha this May 2022. She offers Practice Interviews upon request.