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StoneWater Zen Talks is a series of dharma talks by David Keizan Scott Roshi of the StoneWater Zen Sangha in Liverpool, UK. Rev Dr David Keizan Shoji Scott is the founder and leader of the StoneWater Zen Sangha. He is an ordained Buddhist priest and lineage holder in the Soto Zen school, having received Shiho (Dharma transmission) from Tenshin Fletcher Roshi in October 2009 and Inka (final seal of approval) in 2019. Keizan Roshi is also a widely published writer on Japan, Zen Buddhism, compa ...
 
Dharma Ocean presents compelling talks by Reggie Ray, a unique and dynamic teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Reggie has a special gift for applying the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism to the unique problems, inspirations, and spiritual imperatives of modern people. As spiritual director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, Reggie mentors a worldwide community of practitioners committed to meditation as a path of discovering wakefulness in everyday life. His teaching is marked ...
 
As the birthplace of the mindfulness movement in the United States, Naropa University has a unique perspective when it comes to higher education in the West. Founded in 1974 by renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa was intended to be a place where students could study Eastern and Western religions, writing, psychology, science, and the arts, while also receiving contemplative and meditation training. Forty-three years later, Naropa is a leader ...
 
David Nichtern, founder of Dharma Moon, is a senior Buddhist teacher who has been practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970. He is also a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context – including Goldman Sachs, Journey ...
 
Spiritual teachings of the Masters from a range of spiritual traditions. These podcasts are designed to provide listeners with teachings from great spiritual Masters and to create a meditative mood so that the meaning can go deep and enter your heart. If you enjoy and benefit from these recordings and would like to support the set up of a small Buddhist nun's hermitage, donations for this purpose can be made via PayPal using the email address: vivekahermitage@gmail.com or the link: https://p ...
 
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This wonderfully clear and profound teaching entitled, "Dzogchen Practice in Everyday Life" has often been attributed to H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. However, this teaching is a teaching Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave his disciple Rigdzin Shikpo while still staying in Scotland. You can find the full version of this pithy teaching plus some informat…
 
Key pointers from Nisargadatta on the power of awareness and transcending the 'I am' to the Absolute. Taken from the text "I Am That" by Maharaj (translated by Maurice Frydman). These have been compiled and intended for deep listening and meditation. 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for the benefit of all sentient bei…
 
Catherine of Siena (25 March 1347 – 29 April 1380), a lay member of the Dominican Order, was a mystic, activist, and author who had a great influence on Italian literature and the Catholic Church. Canonized in 1461, she is also a Doctor of the Church. She was born and raised in Siena, and at an early age wanted to devote herself to God, against the…
 
Conscious Marketer, Kylie Slavik, joins David to discuss channeled creativity and purpose driven storytelling at the mindful intersection of spirituality and marketing. As a former spoken word artist, Kylie Slavik discovered that grabbing attention and winning hearts works the same way in marketing as it does in art. Since then she's worked with Ho…
 
This teaching, given by the Lotus Master, was entitled, "Instructions for Women on Attaining Enlightenment without abandoning daily activities" and was taken from the text: “Treasures From Juniper Ridge, The Profound Treasure Instructions of Padmasambhava To The Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal” translated and edited by Erik Pema Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmid…
 
I move my hand as an expression of my mind. Although the frequencies are different, it is the same kind of movement. Mind and body are the same thing. We pull on the separation to try to control our mind, but we can’t do it. The conceptual mind is like shrink wrap, trying to hold on to things. The area of the mind that’s respectful of the space in …
 
One of Bhagavan Ramana's favourite traditional spiritual works was the Ribhu Gita. The Ribhu Gita forms the sixth section of the Sanskrit work known as Siva Rahasya. It is the teaching of Lord Siva in Mount Kailas to His devotee Ribhu, from whom the Gita derives its name. Bhagavan Ramana's often referred to the Ribhu Gita in his talks with devotees…
 
An extract of Longchenpa's teaching focusing on the emptiness of all phenomena from the Trilogy of Rest. Longchenpa, also known as Longchen Rabjam ‘Infinite, Vast Expanse of Space’, or Drimé Özer (1308-1364), was one of the most brilliant teachers of the Nyingma lineage. He systematized the Nyingma teachings in his ‘Seven Treasures’ and wrote exten…
 
Formatted for guided meditation purposes and based on the text: "The Nisargadatta Song of I Am" - original text compiled by Maurice Frydman. This compilation of excerpts by Jerry Katz provides an excellent introduction to the book "I Am That." Recording intended for use for deep, guided meditation. 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings…
 
Johannes Eckhart was one of the greatest of Christian mystics. He was born at Hochheim in Thüringen, Germany, in 1260 and died c.1327. He entered the Dominican order when he was 15. Later he became a distinguished professor and taught at different universities.His direct and accessible teachings of a person's closeness to God inspired many people a…
 
What is immediate light? Immediate light means light that’s very quick, that’s already here. Light is a metaphor for realization or understanding. Everything is already brilliant; there are no shadows. Immediacy is a commentary on our fascination with time. Sokuzan responds to this and other questions about confusion, dependent origination, form an…
 
Selected excerpts of teachings from Sri Siddharameshwar. Taken from the Inner Quest website - https://www.inner-quest.org/Siddharameshwar_Self.htm Siddharameshwar Maharaj is one of the greatest unknown saints of the age who attained the highest abode of Eternal peace. He was born in August 1888 in the small village of Pathri, in the district Sholap…
 
Our Real Home - A Talk to an Aging Lay Disciple Approaching Death by Ajahn Chah translated from the Thai by The Sangha at Wat Pah Nanachat. Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist monk. He was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/off…
 
Part 1 of the Treasury includes: Sections 1-2 Among the works in Longchen Rabjam's famous collection, the Seven Treasuries, is this book commonly known as the Chöying Dzod. Longchenpa, also known as Longchen Rabjam , ‘Infinite, Vast Expanse of Space’, or Drimé Özer (1308-1364), was one of the most brilliant teachers of the Nyingma lineage. He syste…
 
Julian of Norwich (1342-c 1416) was the most important English mystic of the 14th century. She wrote the best known surviving book in the English language written by a mystic, Revelations of Divine Love. The book is the first written in English by a woman. Her spirituality is strongly Trinitarian and basically Neoplatonic. Through the Passion, Juli…
 
“Hum, Hum, Hum. Whatever occurs in the realm of the mind such as thoughts of the five poisons, one should neither lead nor follow. Just let it remain in its true state and reach the liberation of Dharmakaya.” This quote from the Sadhana of Mahamudra is a direct way of pointing at “just precisely this,“ the practice of Shikantaza. The relative exper…
 
This is a reading of selected key teachings/pointers from Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi taken from this website: https://www.inner-quest.org/Ramana_Words.htm Portrait of Bhagavan by Germana Di Paolo Music: Wings Of An Angel (Master Unearthly Demagogue) - The Zen Of Drone- Simply Beautiful Drone Poems -Spirit Myths With deep thanks to Wings for permissio…
 
A selection of key pointers and quotes by Ajahn Chah on Dhamma and Meditation practice. For all the range of teachings given by Ajahn Chah, which are made available for free, please see this great website: https://www.ajahnchah.org/​ Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist monk and meditation Master. He was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a f…
 
These powerful and direct instructions for the dying process and navigating the bardo realms were read from the teaching: "The Refined Essence of Oral Instructions" by Padmasambhava. Translated by Eric Pema Kunsang. Taken from the text "Dakini Teachings". Music: "Horns - Sound Meditation" by Hilmar Hajek "Distant Calling" - The Heart is Awake - htt…
 
Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781-1851) was a Tibetan Buddhist yogi and poet from Amdo. Shabkar's yogic and poetic skill is considered second only to Milarepa. Shabkar begin his spiritual practice early, completing a one-year retreat at the age of 16, later becoming a Gelug monk at 20. Shabkar studied with masters of all major Tibetan Buddhist school…
 
Everything means something and yet everything means exactly what the words are. When the Buddha was challenged by Mara, he touched the earth in the sparsa mudra, saying the, “The earth is my witness.” The foot is the earth in motion. Return to your original, fundamental situation – your body/mind complex. Keep it very basic, minimal, radical. Sit d…
 
“Who am I?” is the title given to a set of questions and answers bearing on Self-enquiry. The questions were put to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi by Sri M. Sivaprakasam Pillai around the year 1902. Translated by Dr. T. M. P. MAHADEVAN I have omitted most of the questions for ease of flow - the answers are direct in answering the questions. Please no…
 
A selection of Nisargadatta teachings and pointers on the theme of "detachment." 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for the benefit of all sentient beings. Disclaimer: As a Buddhist nun, my intention with these podcasts is to offer these creative adaptations of spiritual teachings for the purpose of deepening spiritual …
 
Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 – 3 October 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, mystic, and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity. Pope Gregory IX canonize…
 
Selected excerpts of teachings taken from Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna and Gospel of Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (18 February 1836 – 16 August 1886) was an Indian Hindu mystic, saint, and religious leader in 19th century Bengal. Sri Ramakrishna experienced spiritual ecstasies from a young age, and was influenced by several religious trad…
 
The three existential aspects are the nature of being in the dynamic we call the human realm of desire. It is another way of talking about the three marks of existence. The basic suffering is discontent, wanting things to be different. Impermanence is the existential aspect that all compounded things will go away. It won’t last. See how each of the…
 
Following numerous requests, here is a Guided Meditation on Self-Enquiry - spoken spontaneously by Samaneri Jayasara, ending with an {optional} poem for meditation written by Ayya Jitindriya. Image: La Scapigliata, 2021, Found Stones, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Original by Leonardo De Vinci). Justin Bateman - Pebble Art https://landminds.weebly.com/ Mus…
 
Hsin-hsin Ming, commonly known as "Verses on the Faith-Mind" by Seng-ts'an, Third Zen Patriarch. This is a class short Zen scripture. It really expresses a profound viewpoint on reality. It is short - but many people contemplate it for many years, finding deep inspiration for their daily practices and way of life. Music: "Returning to Now" by Karun…
 
See the impulse before it gets its hooks into you and takes you on a journey to do this or that. Any kind of directionality, including stopping, moving away or moving towards is ignorance. It’s sometimes called prejudice because we don’t see what we’re ignoring. There’s an impulse, then another impulse – they get layered up very quickly out of hope…
 
This teaching is taken from the text "The Treasury of Natural Perfection" - translated by Keith Dowman. Dzogchen, or the "Great Perfection," is considered by many to be the apex of Tibetan Buddhism, and Longchen Rabjam is the most celebrated of all the saints of this remarkable tradition. Natural Perfection presents the radical precepts of Dzogchen…
 
Selected teachings and quotes from Tsokknyi Rinpoche from the text "Open Heart, Open Mind." Tsoknyi Rinpoche or Ngawang Tsoknyi Gyatso (born 13 March 1966) is a Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author, and the founder of the Pundarika Foundation. He is considered to be the third in a line of reincarnate lamas, the first of whom was a lama in E…
 
Patricia Gift of Hay House joins David Nichtern for a conversation about her work in publishing, the remarkable beings she’s met on her journey, and the concept of mixing mind with space. Patricia Gift is Vice President, Editorial, at Hay House, one of the world’s leading publishers of self-help and transformational books. Bestselling authors and t…
 
Welcome to StoneWaterZen Talks This talk was recorded in March 2021 in the Stonewater Online Zendo on zoom. For more information about Stomewaterzen, our weekly schedule on zoom and online retreats please visit our website https://www.stonewaterzen.org/ If you find these talks valuable please consider supporting Stonewaterzen by donating. To donate…
 
Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893 – March 7, 1952) was an Indian monk, yogi and guru who introduced millions to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his organization Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) / Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, and who lived his last 32 years in America. A chief disciple of the Bengali yoga guru Swa…
 
Selected excerpts from the teaching given by Namkai Norbu entitled: The Mirror: Advice on Presence and Awareness. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (1938-2018) was a Tibetan Dzogchen master. When he was two years old, Namkhai Norbu was recognized as the 'mindstream emanation', a tulku, of the Dzogchen teacher Adzom Drugpa (1842–1924). At five, he was also reco…
 
Marguerite Porete (13th century – 1 June 1310) was a French-speaking mystic and the author of The Mirror of Simple Souls, a work of Christian mysticism dealing with the workings of agape (divine love). She was burnt at the stake for heresy in Paris in 1310 after a lengthy trial, refusing to remove her book from circulation or recant her views. It w…
 
Shams Tabrizi was born in Tabriz in 1186 and died in 1248 AD. He is known for initiating Rumi in the West, into Islamic mysticism, and is immortalized by Rumi's poetry collection "The Works of Shams of Tabriz". While Rumi is known all over the world, not many have heard of Shams, the person who inspired Rumi to write his most beautiful lines. He wa…
 
This is a compilation of some key Ramana Maharshi teachings/pointers that have been formatted for guided meditation purposes. They have been extracted from this source and many of the quotes derive from various texts including "Be As You Are." 🙏 May whatever goodness arises from these readings/offerings be for the benefit of all sentient beings. Di…
 
Sometimes our real questions are hiding in the gnarled up tree branches, covering up what we really want to know. A strong question elicits a strong response. How can we know what we don’t know, what we are unsure of? Not being sure on the mundane path is a difficulty. On the spiritual path, feeling like you don’t know is the open space that has th…
 
A selection of poems from Hanshan - formatted for meditation. Translated by A. S. Kline. The poet Hanshan 寒山, a name meaning “Cold Mountain,” ranks as one of the most eccentric and mysterious figures of Chinese literature. He is said to have lived during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), dwelling in a cave or hut in Tiantai Mountain near modern-day Taizh…
 
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