The Four Thoughts Which Turn the Mind

Video of the The Four Thoughts Dharma Talk This is the fourth talk of the Awakened Heart Series and this talk looks at the Four Thoughts Which Turn the Mind Toward Freedom https://zenawakened.com/awakened-heart/ The Four Thoughts Which Turn the Mind Toward Freedom We...

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Better For Being Broken

Video of the Better for Being Broken Dharma Talk This is the third talk of the Awakened Heart Series. https://zenawakened.com/awakened-heart/ Kintsukuroi The poet, teacher and lawyer John Sean Doyle had this to say about Kintsukuroi, "In Japan there is an art form...

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Be Soft Like Water

Video of the Be Soft Like Water Dharma Talk This is the second talk of the Awakened Heart Series and this talk looks at softening. https://zenawakened.com/awakened-heart/ Be Soft Like Water Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the...

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The Ah Mantra

The Ah Mantra A The perfected Buddhas rise from A (AH). This A is the most sublime of all the letters. The A can conquer all samsaric and nirvanic states. The A is like the mother giving birth to everything. The A is like the father all-creating; magical. The A is...

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Intro to the Four Immeasurables Dharma Talk

Video of the Four Immeasurables Dharma Talk We now start the new Awakened Heart Series of talks. These talks will gently guide us to open up and heal that tender heart of ours. We will be working toward the discovery of the Buddha's Four Immeasurables or the Four...

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Right Samadhi Dharma Talk

Video of the Right Samadhi Dharma Talk RIGHT SAMADHI (samyak-samadhi) At long last we finally come to the eighth stage or limb of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. Here once again we come across the gnarly issues that translators face in their work. For the most part...

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Right Mindfulness Dharma Talk

Video of the Right Mindfulness Dharma Talk RIGHT MINDFULNESS (samyak-smrti) In Sanskrit the seventh stage or limb of the Eightfold Path is called Samyak-Smrti (Pali samma-sati). Smrti, or sati, is normally translated as ‘mindfulness’, or sometimes as ‘awareness’. In...

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It’s So Easy – Zen Poetry

The soft smell of the pine trees floating on the breeze The birds shyly singing their songs The snow melting away And the earth is peaking through Everything is at ease Revealing the essence naturally What is there to be done? The sun shines And the snow melts It's so...

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Right Effort Dharma Talk

Video of the Right Effort Dharma Talk This is an introductory talk on Right Effort from the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. For a full explanation of the path be sure to checkout: https://zenawakened.com/eightfold-path/ RIGHT EFFORT (samyak-vyayama) This weeks Dharma...

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Thich Nhat Hanh on Death

“When you look a cloud… and then later the cloud is not there. If you look deeply, you can see the cloud in the rain, and that is why it’s impossible for a cloud to die. A cloud can become rain, or snow, or ice, but a cloud cannot become nothing. And that is why the...

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Zen Teachings on Death

Whenever someone we love departs from this life, our hearts are always touched by the untimeliness, shock and heartache we experience. We can't help but ask, “Why did this happen?” We know that life is only with us for a short time, but we seek a reason for such a...

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A Zen Master on Death

This Body is Not Me by Thich Nhat Hanh This body is not me. I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died. Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind. Since...

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