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Dharma Talks by Nyogen Roshi

The following teisho were given by Nyogen Roshi at the Hazy Moon Zen Center unless otherwise noted
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Visualization, Koans and Tai Chi11:16

How are Tibetan visualization practices, koans and Tai Chi related? All of these practices help the practitioner let go of the sense of separation that keeps him or her in a state of delusion about the true nature of reality. “Buddha-dharma is about your evolution–the evolution of your consciousness,” Nyogen Roshi says. “There is no ‘out there.’ There is just this amazing world of oneness.”

The Path to Practice14:00

A reluctant guest at a Saturday talk prompts Nyogen Roshi to deliver a tour-de-force round-up of the key themes of his teaching over the past few years. Connecting the yearning that brings a student to Zen to the cultivation of samadhi through practice, Roshi says, “There is something right here, right now that wants to wake up, or you wouldn’t be here in this room.this room.”

Become an Empty Vessel24:01

“You cannot free yourself from the dualistic mind by thinking about it,” Nyogen Roshi reminds us in a talk he gave during a recent sesshin. Instead, using our practice, we have to allow our minds to become still and empty in order to see clearly. “The Miracle is right here!” Roshi says. “This is the miracle!”

The Oyster Swallows the Moon27:26

Working with “Chimon’s Prajna Wisdom”–a case from the Blue Cliff Record–Nyogen Roshi offers practice instructions that apply not just to working with koans but to any of the practices in the Zen tradition. “You have to take the koan beyond the intellectual mind, the egocentric mind, and that is not easy,” Roshi says. “The difficult part is to continuously sustain it.”

Lineage is Real32:30

“Lineage isn’t something that you develop, something that you create. It’s something that you receive.” Responding to those who want to establish novel Buddhist institutions in the United States, Nyogen Roshi reminds us how profoundly simple and profoundly difficult true Buddhist practice inevitably is–and how important it is, for those reasons, to practice with a teacher who has “sat in the room with a teacher who has sat in the room with a teacher.”

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“You Are Everything (and Everything is You)”

In this talk connecting the wisdom of Dogen Zenji with some of the insights of quantum physics, Nyogen Roshi encourages us to realize the teachings of the Buddha right where we sit. “There’s something so amazing here,” he says. His words point us toward the place of liberation–which is always where we find ourselves right now.

“You Can Never Leave the Now (What is Buddhism?)”

William Nyogen Yeo Roshi takes the mystery out of the practice of Buddhism and explains how brain science and quantum theory confirm some of the basic teachings of the Buddha.

VOICES OF ZEN

The following teisho were given by Nyogen Roshi at the Hazy Moon Zen Center unless otherwise noted
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Inspiring Transformation41:20

Kelly Doman Stevens

In this Dharma talk, which he gave shortly after he returned from a hiking adventure to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Kelly Doman Stevens, sensei, recounts the rewards and challenges of his transforming experience. “It was vast, desolate and awe-inspiring,” he says of the landscape around Mount Everest. “But I wouldn’t call it pretty exactly.” Ultimately he sees his practice as the key factor that enabled him to make a journey that would have been almost impossible for his younger self.

What is belief?6:47

Russell Ryozen Martin

“If we truly believe, it’s almost like everything else just falls into place. We don’t have to worry about any of that.”

Affinity14:50

Michael Isshin Spiller

In a recent talk about his affinities with Zen practice, Michael Isshin Spiller’s inventory began with a pair of items that will be familiar to any regular student at the Hazy Moon. “The first thing that occurred to me,” Isshin said, “was that I have an affinity with sitting. If you don’t cultivate some sort of affinity for sitting, you won’t be at home at the Hazy Moon because that’s what we do here. The other thing that I have an affinity with is listening to the teacher. Always had that, from the first day I heard him

Affirmations14:00

Michael Isshin Spiller

“When he began talking about affirmation practice, I told Nyogen, this is so long overdue for me personally. This habit of negative thinking of mine is poison, and I have been poisoning myself with it for years.”

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“The Cloud”

In this talk given at the Hazy Moon Zen Center of Los Angeles, Hosso Sensei of the Black Scorpion Zen Center of Mexico, relates her fear of public speaking and her experience preparing to give this talk. She shares how her practice allows her to see things as they are.

“Taming the Mind, Dying Well”

Hazy Moon priest Russell Ryozen Martin talks about what being a Zen priest means–or doesn’t mean–for him. His words ultimately lead to the conclusion that his role or purpose is simply to do zazen, the only way he knows to tame his mind and prepare to die well.

“Dying Without Fear”

In this student talk, Donin, a Buddhist Chaplain in training, relates her experience sitting vigil with a dying woman.

“One Moment to be Kind”

In this video, Luis Chudo Escobar recounts his efforts to overcome his aversion to dogs after his wife adopted a dog named Nori.

“Impossible to Deny”

Jotai, student at the Hazy Moon, considers the meaning of zen practice. “For me it’s life with practice, as opposed to life without practice.”

“Being Present”

In this dharma talk, Rev. J.J. Kyoji Anderson speaks about caring for her elderly mother and how being present opens up a world of joy and possibility.

“Living on the Edge”

Kelly Doman Stevens, sensei, recounts his experience of having a stroke and shares how the practice transforms his experience.

“Every Place is Wonderful”

Ento, a senior student at the Hazy Moon Zen Center, shares how her practice helps her navigate the ups and downs of life.