Dharma Talks

  • During BMZC Sesshin on 5-23-2020 Sitting sesshin in the midst of everyday life conditions will bring a new perspective on your life if you can stick it out. Someone said, “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” That’s surely a difficult way to test your Read More
  • How can you possibly make a mirror by rubbing a tile? What does it mean in Zen? Listen to our teacher Peter’s explanation. Feel free to comment at the bottom if you have questions! Read More
  • March 21, 2020 What this time of the COVID-19 pandemic brings home to us, beyond the danger, is that we are meant to live and won’t let anything keep us from doing that. Life pledges itself to live, and if need be, to fight to live. On a venial level, Read More
  • In honor of Shakyamuni, we call who we really are our “Buddha nature.” All of us have this, though just hearing about it won’t get us far. A few may have begun to practice because of it, but many more are likely to because something in their lives isn’t the Read More
  • The Heart Sutra concludes with the mantra “Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha.” An ending like this can seem puzzling, especially since no other mantra appears in the six-hundred volumes of the Prajna Paramita canon. If this Sanskrit word is taken, as it often is, to mean ‘spell,’ the Heart Read More
  • Patience is one of the Six Perfections that guide us out of the weeds and the mire. It’s thestrength we need to endure negative emotions, difficult circumstances and continue a lifelong practice of meditation. Patience is the ability to ‘wait’ with faith in an outcome that we hope to achieve. Read More

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