Talk at A2Z Meditation Group to start out 2018
Dharma talk on Thanksgiving weekend. ---Commentary on "Branching Streams Flow on in the Dark" -- How we've been conditioned on what is "valuable" suffering to pay attention to vs. all beings' sufferings. For instance, around the mythology of "Thanksgiving" and on women's roles. #MeToo
Their visit at Access to Zen meditation group in SF
Access to Zen (A2Z) Practice Group. Part of our Eightfold Path series.
To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political in its most profound way. --- June Jordan
Tonight, as a sangha, we'll create a space to engage with this heart-wrenching and layered subject and lived experiences. Here are links to the 2 main texts for tonight:
Lupita Nyong'o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein from NY Times
Read to yourself or listen to our reading on these below. Powerful to hear our voices:
And this is the discussion after:
Please take good care of yourselves... And, may we all bring care to/with each other.
Some resources as a start:
Talk with interactions and exercise for participants at A2Z Monday night practice/sitting group. Part of our year-long studies of the 4 Noble Truths.
Dharma talk at A2Z Practice Group on Sept. 11, at our new location at Port in downtown Oakland!
"Loving Interaction with the World: Practicing in Challenging Times"
After Charlottesville, a Dharma talk and discussion on the "how" we can respond to hatred and bigotry. The "how" can help us to know the "when."
"The Waze of Practice"-- Skillful/Appropriate Thinking/Intention
Dharma talk at A2Z Practice Group August 14, 2017
The 8fold Path Begins! --- Right/Wise/Skillful View: A Map for Practice
Dharma talk at A2Z practice group July 24, 2017
"The Fourth Noble Truth Overview" by guest speaker, Rev. Nyozan Eric Shutt
June 12 A2Z/Awake Practice Group
Dharma talk at Green Gulch Farm. Family Program day on June 4th.
"The Zen of The Missing Piece" (by Shel Silverstein)
The Third Noble Truth and the Precepts of Not-Misusing Sexuality & Not Lying
A2Z Practice Group, May 8, 2017
"Are You Ready?" --- Dharma talk at Clear Water Zendo of Vallejo Zen Center. May 6, 2017. Thank you to their teacher, Mary Mocine, for the invitation.
Some think this talk gives one "permission" to binge watch! What do you think? :)
NOTE: Includes fictional (yet graphic) descriptions of a difficult situation in a prison from a Netflix show.
"The Boat of 'Me'" --- Dharma talk at SFZC's City Center on April 22, 2017, Earth Day
April 10, 2017 Dharma talk at A2Z/Awake Sitting Group in our year-long study of The 4 Noble Truths.
Dharma talk at A2Z Sitting Group on the 1st Noble Truth and opening to it. (A pretty appropriate still for what the topic is about! LOL!)
Dharma talk at A2Z to begin our exploration of The 4 Noble Truths. 2/13/17.
Dharma Talk at Access To Zen (A2Z) Sitting Group
On the Inauguration in the U.S. and the protests locally and nationally; including the Women's March
"I Now Fully Avow." (Or, "It's the Snow that Makes the Mountain")
A2Z Dharma talk on December 19, 2016
Dharma talk at City Center on August 16: http://new.livestream.com/SFZC/events/3234984
Note: It’s Katagiri Roshi who said, “The function of the mind is to secrete thoughts.” I quote this line from him all the time so not sure how I got it wrong yesterday! Didn’t even know it ’til later.
Here is the Terry Ehret poem at the end of the talk:
sometimes in the open you look up
to see a whorl of clouds, dragging and furling
your whole inventoried history. You look up
from where you’re standing, say,
among the stolid mountains,
and in that moment your life
becomes the margin
of what matters, and solid earth
you love dizzies away from you
like the wet shoreline sucked back
by that other eternity,
the sea. At times the spinning
earth shrugs you off balance,
gravity loosens its fist, hoists you into the sky,
and you might spend your life trying to recover
this nearness to flight.
Thank you, J. Delfina Piretti, for use of your calligraphy!