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Hartford Street Zen Center: Dharma Talks

Rev. Myo Lahey

Lectures in this collection were recorded between 2004 and the present, at the Hartford Street Zen Center, a small Soto Zen Buddhist temple founded in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.



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Dai Hi Shin Dharani ------------------- NAMU KARA TAN NO TORA YA YA NAMU ORI YA BORYO KI CHI SHIFU RA YA FUJI SATO BO YA MOKO SATO BO YA MO KO KYA RUNI KYA YA EN SA HARA HA EI SHU TAN NO TON SHA NAMU SHIKI RI TOI MO ORI YA BORYO KI CHI SHIFU RA RIN TO BO NA MU NO RA KIN JI KI RI MO KO HO DO SHA MI SA BO O TO JO SHU BEN O SHU IN SA BO SA TO NO MO BO GYA MO HA TE CHO TO JI TO EN O BO RYO KI RU GYA CHI KYA RYA CHI I KIRI MO KO FUJI SA TO SA BO SA BO MO RA MO RA MO KI MO KI RI TO IN KU RYO KU RYO...
Topics: dai hi shin dharani, dharani, shin, dai, hi, chant, rohatsu, sesshin
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Rev. Anna Thorn speaks of Dogen's recommendations for Zazen, and ends with a quote from Kafka: "There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked, it can't do otherwise. In raptures it will writhe before you."
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Anna Thorn, Dharma talk, Soto Zen, Dogen, zazen, Kafka
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #4
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen
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Rev. Linda Galleon, recent head monk at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, speaks on Dogen's "hitting the target" (or not).
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Linda Galleon, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tassajara
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Only the one who is tasting the water knows its temperature. Don't think good... Don't think bad... how is it right now?
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dongshan
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Myo Lahey Fundamentalism
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dharma Talk, Soto Zen, Fundamentalism
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #2.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen
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Rev. Greg Fain makes some recommendations for zazen posture, and discusses Buddhism's two truths in light of Zhaozhou's "cypress tree" koan (Case 47 from the Book of Serenity). "We're not living in harmony with all of creation because we think we're separate from all of creation."
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Greg Fain, Zhaozhou, cypress tree, zazen
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In a 2008 TED lecture, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor described her experience of a stroke (http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229). Rev. Myo Lahey discusses her talk in the context of Soto Zen practice.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Jane Bolte Taylor, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Stroke
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #3
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #6. Final class.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen
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Myo Lahey teaches Eihei Dogen's Bendowa from "The Wholehearted Way". Class #5
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dogen, Bendowa, Soto Zen
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The future of Hartford Street Zen Center
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Myo Lahey, Dharma Talk, Soto Zen
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Rev. Daigaku Rumme speaks about Dogen's "Instructions for the Monastery Chief Cook" (Tenzo Kyokun), and how saying the word 'fire' doesn't burn your mouth.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Daigaku Rumme, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Dogen, Tenzo
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Rev. Myo Lahey talks about why Buddhas appear in the world, and describes the Shuso (head monk) ceremony.
Topics: Hartford Street Zen Center, Soto Zen, Dharma Talk, Myo Lahey, Buddha's Birthday
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May all beings be happy. May they be joyous and live in safety.
Topics: teaching children, metta sutta
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Issan-ji Saturday morning Dharma talk
Topics: Soto Zen, Dogen
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by Reverend Daigaku Rumme
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"Zen is said to be very difficult. And for many of us though, it doesn't matter if it's difficult or not. Whether it's easy or not. It's in our bones, our marrow. We'll do it no matter what."
Topics: jukai, Rev. Darlene Cohen
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When you put a whole bunch of tarot roots in a bucket of water and they rub against each other. All the hair rubs off. That's the nature of monastic practice. Take all these people and put them in this rigid situation. After a while they get rather mild and sweet, and get along together. In a way, you can do that in your own life, with your Buddhist practice. In our sitting meditation, if we don't just sit there and go to sleep, or try to force ourselves into some artificial state of mind,...
Topics: Rev. Dave Hazelwood, ego, psychology
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Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street zen center
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Question and answer session continues after closing chant.
Topic: ed brown, hartford street zen center, san francisco, issan ji
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Topics: Avatamsaka Sutra, Rev Jana Drakka
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Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, Jana Drakka
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Topics: dana paramita, Rev. Jeffrey Schneider
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Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, dana, paramita
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by Reverend John Grimes
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Topics: HSZC history, Issan Dorsey, Rev. John Grimes
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by Reverend John King
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Topics: John King, shishin dainei
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"What would it be like if, every thought we had, we actually didn't believe that it was real or that its content was really true? As I speak, maybe you can try to open to this possibility of: moment to moment, not believing in what you're thinking. Which is quite different than just not thinking."
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Fox, priest, enlightened, deluded. Be here. That's all it takes.
Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto
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"...actualize the bodymind, how do you do that? . . . Well, basically, you don't. You. Don't. Just like you do your laundry and sweep floors, not like that. Doing laundry and sweeping floors, the bodymind is actualized. This is Dogen's whole point."
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Topics: rohatsu, sesshin
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Bodhidharma was about telling us that, "No matter whether you have some fabulous insight, you will not go beyond this body-mind right now. No matter how greatly enlightened you get."
Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, soto, Bodhidharma
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"The One Expounding Mind, Expounding Nature is Who?"
Topics: rohatsu, sesshin
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"There is no enlightenment apart from now . . . Apart from this, there is no other place or time apart from the unfolding Buddha way. That's really all there is to it . . . The life of practice, the lifetime, or lifetimes, we spend in practice is simply teaching this bodymind, which is a manifestation of karma, how to align with that. Or letting it learn how to align with that truth. And at some point, it speaks for itself."
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"Sometimes when people see the so called Dharma teacher's slip is showing, they get discouraged. And they go looking for someone with no slip showing. Well that's okay, but, again it's usually pretty dangerous to think that so-and-so, not only has no slip showing, but doesn't even have one. That's how cool they are. This is usually dangerous, because then you are, so to speak (although you can't) giving up your own awakened mind and putting it on someone else. That may be a necessary...
Topics: leak, Manjushri Bodhisattva
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Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street, faith, bodhicitta, bodhichitta
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"Is there anybody? Is there anybody? Is there any body? This is not an idle question for Buddhists, if that's what we are."
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Hartford Street Zen Center. Dharma Talk.
Topics: dharma talk, hartford street zen center, myo lahey, rev myo, hszc, san francisco
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"Even if I could unroll for you, all of Buddha's teachings, in a single instance, that wouldn't save you. That wouldn't save me, either. This practice of Dharma study is dependent on others, and also completely individual. Do you understand? We can't do without others, and we also must manage our own effort, our own vow."
Topics: leaving home, sesshin
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Buddha Shakyamuni said "There is no being in any universe or in any time that is unworthy of Lovingkindness."
Topics: rohatsu, sesshin, metta, meditation
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Topics: faith, Buddhist Christian conference
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Thanks and blessings to the web master of http://www.gaysangha.org/ for recording, editing, and allowing HSZC to repost this file.
Topics: gmbs, dharma talk, hszc, enlightenment, buddha, rohatsu, sesshin
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"If zazen is of the sort that we think starts and stops with the sound of a bell, or the passage of the hands of a clock, then that's not zazen in its true sense. Zazen in its true sense is simply the embodiment, in this posture, of the suchness of things as they are. This is a very very basic, very important teaching."
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The late abbot Zenshin Philip Whalen had a favorite mantra, which some of you will know, which was: "When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." This is somewhat ironic. This is not Shakyamuni's advice. But it is a temptation.
Topics: buddhism, lecture, zen, Hartford Street Zen Center, Reverend Myo Lahey, soto
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The practice of zazan can teach us that the entire universe is bits and pieces. And whole. I would suggest that there isn't anything more precious than that.
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Topics: vipassana, Arinna Weisman
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Note: audio recording started late. This is a transcription of the opening lines of the Dharma talk, which were not recorded:"Everyone must realize Buddha's truth for themselves. I can't stress how important this is." Then the Dharma talk followed as presented in this recording.
Topics: dogen, rinzai, soto, practice-enlightenment
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Is Joy. Or . . .
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"If I say 'do you feel it?' I'm afraid you might be mislead, and think I'm referring to some particular thing."
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"Actually, if you remember these stories, and let them ride around with you, something happens, actually."
Topics: dharma talk, zen, buddhism, lecture, hartford street
On Rev. Zenshin Ryufu (zen-heart dragon-wind) Philip Whalen, former Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center.
Topics: Rev. Philip Whalen, ash interment ceremony
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"Suzuki Roshi said, 'Something that is beautiful is always losing its balance.' You can see that for yourselves, if you notice something that you think is beautiful. If you look at it you'll see it's beautiful against a background of impermanence."
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"The future seems to approach, and the past to recede. But as Dogen pointed out, those are all just, what he called, "Being Time. Or Time Being." . . . To consider one without the other is an empty exercise. And if we don't have this established practice of actualizing whole body and mind, right now, then the way Dogen talks is going to remain somewhat puzzling at best."
Topics: Eihei Dogen, Being Time
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Happy Bodhi Day!
Topics: rohatsu, sesshin
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Sometimes in zen, we ask these strange questions like, "What is Buddha?" This is a strange question. There's a multitude of answers, of course. But, mainly, that question is about the main thing. What's the main thing? The main thing, of course, is not one particular thing. It's also not everything . . . all things. It's what's at the tip of your nose right now, whatever that happens has to be. What's right under your feet, or right in your heart. Or rising up in the midst of your...
Topic: Dongshan
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Expressing mind expressing nature. Sesshin Sessho.
Topics: dogen zenji, sesshin sessho, shobogenzo
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Topics: metta, meditation, vipassana