Dharma Talks

  • 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
  • *This talk was originally published on December 18, 2017. Suzuki Roshi often gave talks on way-seeking mind in his early years in the States. Most people who come to a Zen center for the first time seem to appreciate it while there but are unlikely to come again. Something else Read More
  • April 11, 2015 One day, the queen of a land close to the Himalayas had a dream. A white male elephant came up to her with a white lotus in its mouth and walked around her three times. Then with his trunk it struck her on her right side and Read More

One Reply to “On Buddha Nature”

  1. Is this to say while sitting in Zazen the aim is to have no goal? Is no goal having a goal? The Act then is the answer or to look for an answer is to to miss the point?

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