Category Archives: Podcasts

Fundamentals of Just Sitting (Rev. Jordan Thorn)

Rev. Jordan Thorn describes what happens when one sits zazen and how to deal with the challenges that arise from doing so. There is an unexpected opportunity for interfaith dialogue partway through as a Christian minister attempts to interrupt the talk to speak out against “false doctrines.”

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Darkness and Light (Rev. David Zimmerman)

Rev. David Zimmerman reads from the book And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran, a blind French resistance fighter during World War II, and relates his description of interacting with the world without sight to Buddhist teachings of interdependence, mindful awareness, and compassion.

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Peace Bell: Turning Conflict Into Connection (Rev. Tova Green)

City Center Director Rev. Tova Green talks about her history engaging in causes for peace and social justice and explains the relationship of inner peace to world peace. She then discusses the current undertaking of the San Francisco Zen Center to foster greater diversity in the sangha and increase awareness of the effects of white privilege.

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Grasping the Heart of Zazen (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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What is Zen Practice? (Rev. Mark Lancaster)

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The Bodhisattva Vow (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Locating Yourself in Practice (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Stop Poking Your Eyes (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Fishing With A Straight Hook (Rev. Myo Lahey)

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Jokes, Humor, and Trust (Rev. Myo Lahey)

Rev. Myo tells of a brief exchange between a monk and Master Linji, in which Linji says that telling jokes leads to a loss of trust. Rev. Myo ponders what Linji might have been getting at, and relates it to the principle of naturalness in practice.

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