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.
Ummon addressed the assembly and said, “I am not asking you about the days before the 15th of the month, but what about after the 15th? Come, and give me a word about those days.” And he himself gave the answer for them. “Every day is a … [Read more...] about Every Day is a Good Day
I was listening to a scientist describe his near-death experience. It reminded me of an experience I had when I was little. He talked about going into a blackness that was unimaginable. Black nothingness, he said, totally black … [Read more...] about Bring Me Your Mind
by Nyogen Roshi 10/16/97 Ours is a living practice, an experiential practice. This isn’t a religion where you sit in a room being lectured to. Sometimes it has the appearance of that, but we know what we’re really doing here. It has … [Read more...] about Freedom of Egolessness
No matter how long you might have been sitting, and some of you have been sitting for a good number of years, it is easy to slip into bad habits. By that I mean we do things that we think are helping with our zazen, but they really aren’t. … [Read more...] about The Art of Zazen