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Sanshin Zen Community is an international Buddhist sangha founded in 1996 by Shohaku Okumura, a Soto Zen priest and respected translator of the thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master, Eihei Dogen Zenji. Based at Sanshin-ji, in Bloomington, Indiana, Sanshin exists to provide intensive practice of zazen in the style of Kosho Uchiyama-roshi, informed by thorough study of Dogen's teachings and communal work. Sanshin offers opportunities for daily practice, weekly Dharma talks, monthly retreats, ...
 
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“Waking life is more similar to a dream than you might think. When you find yourself in a dream you realize that you’re in a world mostly of your own creation. This world is like that but in a bigger more cosmic way. Rather than being an individual personal creation, it’s the creation of itself.” - Brad Warner Brad reads to us from the man, the leg…
 
Part of our bodhisattva path is embracing our uniqueness and finding our own particular, special bodhisattva capacity, talents, and calling. Each of us has our own unique gifts to offer the world which will determine what kind of service we should devote ourselves to, it just takes some imagination to discover them. A teaching from Avatamsaka Sutra…
 
Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecturereferences. Lecturelocation: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201123.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great wayto deepen your practice.- This transcription is work in progress. It is transcribed asrecorded and no…
 
"Understanding the true specialness of everything is a rare and wonderful thing. Apparently it takes a lot of practice to realize "just this" for what it really is.And for all of us who aren't there yet, we have words and teachers there to join us in our delusions long enough to help us figure it out, even while they know there's nothing they can d…
 
Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecturereferences. Lecturelocation: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201116.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great wayto deepen your practice.- This transcription is work in progress. It is transcribed asrecorded and no…
 
Many, many thanks to Yun Pusa for transcribing this lectureand Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecturelocation: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201109.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great wayto deepen your practice.- ThisBy gilbert@riversidechan.org
 
Kshanti is the Buddhist perfection (paramita) of endurance. Practice can relieve suffering, but it takes work; it isn’t a magic pill that brings instant peace and bliss. An essential part of our practice is learning how to endure - but not in a passive way, but in a determined refusal to be beaten down, defeated, deflated, or stopped in our efforts…
 
“On one layer Dogen is saying, the full teaching of the Buddha is don’t do wrong.But then if you read it another way, even the notion that you could do harm is a mistake…” - Brad Warner Brad Warner talks us through the Bodhidharma precepts, a self described subtle and mysterious take on the precepts where there are no rules, no one to break them, n…
 
The Lotus Sutra parable of the Lost Son perfectly conveys the difference between hinayana and Mahayana practice. Despite what we may think of ourselves, we already have everything we need - including the capacity for great liberation and service. At the same time, we need to practice in order to grow into our inheritance.…
 
"In our ordinary world, we learn to play by the rules, to follow the recipe, to get it right, while in sacred space, cooking (and life) can be more than just following recipes. Beyond rote and chore - doing what you've been told - is the freedom to realize the way to cook, letting the ingredients come forward to awaken and nourish, letting yourself…
 
Many, many thanks to Sentha Pusafor sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201102.mp3 Notes:- Consider volunteering to transcribe alecture. It is a great way to deepen your practice.- This transcription is work in progress.It is transcribed as recorded and no…
 
“Language will always fail us… We believe we’re speaking the same language but we’re using different English to English dictionaries. The only way to tell the truth is to acknowledge that our truth is not completely true.” - Emily Eslami Emily brings us a full exploration of the fourth precept, No Lying. Sounds simple, but it turns out before we ca…
 
Many, manythanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture pics and references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201026.mp3 Notes:- Considervolunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen yourpractice.- Thistranscription is work in progress. It is transcribed as recorded…
 
It’s like a guardian angel of doubt. Where by the grace of god, I would have this spark, this wonderful beautiful doubt of, maybe im wrong. Maybe im not right about this after all…" - Erik Andersen In a delightfully madcap affair, Erik challenges all those who say that Zen is difficult or enigmatic with a talk on the big question, “How hard is zen?…
 
Many, manythanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture pics and references. I apologize for Word not being able to paste Gilbert's drawings and pictures where they should be but I'm attaching them on the bottom as files for you to see. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201019.mp3 Notes:- Consider…
 
“Zazen isn't something I do. The zazen exists prior to me and I allow it to be me for a certain amount of time. Considering it that way can make the zazen easier. If it’s something im trying to do, I often fail at it…” - Brad Warner An off the cuff talk blossoms into one of the sweetest little bursts of pure zazen poetry we've been lucky enough to …
 
Many, manythanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201012.mp3Notes:- Considervolunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen yourpractice.- Thistranscription is work in progress. It is transcribed…
 
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