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Rochester Zen Center Teisho (Zen Talks)

Dharma talks by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede and others. Roshi Kjolhede is abbot of the Rochester Zen Center and dharma heir of Roshi Philip Kapleau.

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Human Contradictions Exposed by the Pandemic

Covid-19 is highlighting human contradictions: the dilemma of social distancing vs. social solidarity, as well as the tension between our ignoble reactions (e.g., panic hoarding) and our noble responses (generous helpfulness). Our True Self is neither of these alone. The post Human Contradictions Exposed by the Pandemic appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

49mins

15 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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March 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck

Dharma Talk by Trueman Taylor The post March 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

53mins

2 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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Nuturing Self-control Through the Social Emotions

A presentation of studies suggesting that gratitude, compassion, and decent pride are features of morality that foster self-control and perseverance more than do will-power and grit. The post Nuturing Self-control Through the Social Emotions appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

47mins

29 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau, June 1975 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #36 “Goso’s ‘No Words or Silence'”

Recording of a teisho given by Roshi Philip Kapleau on the last day of the June 1975 sesshin and played on Founder’s Day, August 19, 2018. The post Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau, June 1975 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #36 “Goso’s ‘No Words or Silence'” appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

43mins

19 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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Philip Kapleau: Planting Seeds While Trailing Vines

A report on the Duke University conference celebrating the installation of Roshi Kapleau’s archives. Roshi Bodhin focuses on the unique challenges Kapleau faced–and we continue to face–in adapting Zen to the West. The post Philip Kapleau: Planting Seeds While Trailing Vines appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

45mins

20 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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The Blindness of Other-ist Views

Conceptualizing people of conflicting political views or of different race, ethnicity, or gender as “other” leads us to more easily react with hostility to what they say, especially in the anonymous and reckless world of social media. Based on the age-old Buddhist warning about the harm arising from attachment to views and opinions, Zen practice,... The post The Blindness of Other-ist Views appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

50mins

23 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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October 2018 Sesshin, Day 5, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others)

Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson The post October 2018 Sesshin, Day 5, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others) appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

46mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Preparing Ourselves for the Coronovirus for the Sake of Others

A Mahayana take: it’s not just about “me” and “my.” Also, some words about worry, stress, and anxiety. The post Preparing Ourselves for the Coronovirus for the Sake of Others appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

36mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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October 2018 Sesshin, Day 1, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others)

Teisho by Sensei Amala Wrightson The post October 2018 Sesshin, Day 1, Amala-sensei: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism (by Master Sheng Yen & Others) appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

48mins

30 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, “Dharma and Depression”

Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, "Dharma and Depression" The post Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, “Dharma and Depression” appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

1hr 12mins

22 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Mumonkan #32, “A Non-Buddhist Questions the Buddha”

A non-Buddhist comes to awakening before the Buddha, sitting in silence, while his longtime disciple Ananda, standing in attendance, remains dumbfounded. How notions of identity can bind us. Who awakens? No one! The post Mumonkan #32, “A Non-Buddhist Questions the Buddha” appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

54mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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Zendo Air Conditioning and Won Buddhism

First Half: Our recent efforts to cool the zendo in sweltering weather. Second Half: Won Buddhism, a Korean strain of the Dharma. The post Zendo Air Conditioning and Won Buddhism appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

47mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Caring, Engaging, Voting

The minimal response we can offer our descendants, who are under more threats than ever, is to vote. This is a contemporary way to “enter the marketplace with helping hands,” the ultimate stage of Dharma practice. The post Caring, Engaging, Voting appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

35mins

14 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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Out With the Old, In With–What?

Stepping back to look at the massive national and global changes we’re living through. All bets are off, yet we have Zen practice to help us ride the process and transform crisis into opportunity. The post Out With the Old, In With–What? appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

43mins

15 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Twenty-eight Benefits of Meditation

Teisho by Bodhin Kjolhede. From a 1st-century Buddhist text. Unedited transcript The post Twenty-eight Benefits of Meditation appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

43mins

19 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Jukai, Buddhist (Non-)Identity, and the Power of Vows

The ceremony of Jukai (Taking the Precepts) is basically an initiation into the Dharma. To be a Buddhist is to commit to aligning oneself with what is real–direct experience, not thoughts. It is to see things as they are in order to be with things as they are. The post Jukai, Buddhist (Non-)Identity, and the Power of Vows appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

45mins

24 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Why Buddhism Is True”

Commentary on the book, Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright – a look at Buddhism from the standpoint of evolutionary psychology. The post Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Why Buddhism Is True” appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

1hr

10 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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September 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Encouraging Words: Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students, by Robert Aitken

Dharma talk by Eryl Kubicka The post September 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Encouraging Words: Zen Buddhist Teachings for Western Students, by Robert Aitken appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

35mins

7 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Zazen As Pure Science Experiment

The dichotomy of science and religion, empiricism and direct experience, falls apart in the practice of Zen. Curiosity, wonder, investigation–these are the essentials of both science and the mystical spiritual traditions such as Zen. The post Zazen As Pure Science Experiment appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

43mins

22 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Jukai and the Internet

An overview of today’s ceremony of Receiving the Precepts, with a look at how the Internet adds further challenges in upholding the Ten Cardinal Precepts. The post Jukai and the Internet appeared first on Rochester Zen Center.

51mins

30 Nov 2019

Rank #20