Dharma Talks given by Nyogen Roshi at the Hazy Moon can be inspired by a koan, a sutra, the writings of our Zen ancestors, modern scientific explorations, a student’s question, or today’s headlines. In every talk, you hear the vitality of the living word, the spontaneous expression of prajna flowing from the awakened mind that cuts through our confusion to encourage and invigorate our practice.
The last line of the "Gatha on Opening the Sutra," a verse that we all chant before Roshi or anyone else gives a talk, says, "May we completely realize the Tatagatha's [the Buddha's] true meaning." We have included the chanting of the gatha … [Read more...] about No Self Deception
Inspired by Yamada Roshi's account of his kensho in the book, "Zen: The Authentic Gate." Nyogen Roshi encourages us to remember that just as suffering and death are real, enlightenment is also real. "Without enlightenment, there is no Zen … [Read more...] about The Authentic Gate
Drawing on some of Rinzai's practice instructions—and on his experiences with own teacher—Nyogen Roshi clarifies some common misunderstandings about our Rinzai lineage. He also identifies the reason we struggle in the practice: "What ails … [Read more...] about Have Faith!
What does it mean to say that realizing Buddha-mind is also arriving at the place of not knowing? Nyogen Roshi marshals Dogen's words on not knowing and Maezumi Roshi's teaching on undivided activity to clarify the point for us. "Bring … [Read more...] about Nothing But Mind
Violence against African-Americans, reprisals against police officers and seemingly endless war provoke Nyogen Roshi to deliver a powerful talk about Samsara--the realm of suffering driven by greed, anger and ignorance of the fundamental … [Read more...] about This Bright Light
Weaving some of Maezumi Roshi's commentary into a talk on Zenki—"undivided activity"—Nyogen Roshi reminds us that all the Buddhist teachings are pointing directly at the individuals who receive them. "What is Buddha?" Roshi asks. "Buddha is … [Read more...] about Undivided Activity
In a Teisho on the third chapter of the Nirvana Sutra, Nyogen Roshi reminds us that the Buddha’s words are directed to each of us, exactly as and where we are. “Anybody who begins to practice,” Roshi says, “can walk out into the bright … [Read more...] about Nirvana
Connecting the teaching of Gunabhadra and Bodhidharma, Nyogen Roshi points toward the profound implications of both teachers’ emphasis on pacifying the mind. “You can’t conceptualize this,” Roshi says. “If you keep judging it–yes or no, … [Read more...] about The Middle Path
In a recent Teisho on the teaching of Gunabhadra, the 5th-century Indian monk who translated the Lankavatara Sutra from Sanskirt into Chinese, Nyogen Roshi highlights Gunabhadra’s emphasis on pacifying the mind as the essential feature of … [Read more...] about Pacify the Mind
This should be so encouraging to those of you who are sick of being frightened, who are sick of fear, sick of anger. You don’t need some sort of new program. You need to sit down and get quiet and turn the light of the mind … [Read more...] about True Reality: Zazen
“So long as you think that there’s something ‘out there,’ then this ‘out here’ is threatening. If you can catch that, then you’re beginning to understand what meditation is. Keep that awareness.” Excerpt from a Dharma Talk given by Nyogen … [Read more...] about What Is The Buddha
Nyogen Roshi talks us through the basics of allowing body, mind and breath to settle–the heart of our Zen practice. Excerpt from a Dharma Talk given at the Hazy Moon Zen Center. … [Read more...] about Fundamentals of Zazen