“The thing I most want you to experience is that the teaching of Buddha Dharma is real. Some of you still play with this as a conceptual game. But real transformation is absolutely possible.” Excerpt from a Dharma Talk given by Nyogen Roshi … [Read more...] about There is Enlightenment
As Nyogen Roshi reminds us, the notion of belief always carries with it the shadow of doubt. It also implies a host of intellectual assumptions that only serves to obscure the pure state of being that we’re working to realize in our … [Read more...] about The Eyelash of Doubt
Nyogen Roshi touches on the key points in our practice in a talk prompted by a question about the actions of Buddhist monks in Myanmar. “What does it mean to be a practicing Buddhist?” Roshi asks. “Does it mean that I follow some doctrine, … [Read more...] about A Practicing Buddhist
Reflecting on the Hanamatsuri ceremony–when Sangha members offer flowers and bathe the body of a statue representing the newborn Buddha–Nyogen Roshi reminds us that this ritual of purification is simply another reminder that cultivating … [Read more...] about Bathing the Body of the Buddha
Ikkyu, a 15th century Rinzai poet-monk, was born the son of the Japanese emperor and was exiled from the royal court along with his mother when he was still a young boy. Both mother and son became ardent students of Zen. In the letter she … [Read more...] about Ikkyu’s Letter
Prompted by a student talk that touched on caring for the dying, Nyogen Roshi discusses the urgency of cultivating samadhi by “doing non-doing.” If we ignore or trivialize this imperative, we contribute to the pain and suffering around us. … [Read more...] about Doing Non-Doing
In this Teisho inspired by Dogen Zenji’s fascicle on self-realization samadhi, Nyogen Roshi reminds us that Dogen’s writing–in fact, the teaching of all the past masters and Buddhas–is pointing directly at the mind of the individual … [Read more...] about Buddha Dharma is Real
In a riveting talk weaving together Navy SEALs survival strategy, admonitions from the Avatamsaka Sutra and insights from physicist Tom Campbell, Nyogen Roshi reminds us that if the demands of true practice are difficult, the rewards are … [Read more...] about Embrace the Suck
“There is much confusion” about the definition of prajna, Nyogen Roshi tells us in this Dharma talk. “And yet it is the simplest, most direct experience of actualized Buddha Dharma.” The reason for the confusion? Prajna simply can’t be … [Read more...] about What is Prajna?
At the beginning of our sesshin commemorating Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment experience, Nyogen Roshi reminds us of the common thread connecting all the forms of practice in our lineage. “You have to push through the wall of duality–the … [Read more...] about The Point to Practice
“Do you see how your belief system is shaping you?” Nyogen Roshi asks in a Dharma talk inspired by an “old master” who has figured into many of Roshi’s recent talks. “It is a belief system that makes you think this sense of separation is … [Read more...] about Belief Systems
In this Teisho, Nyogen Roshi relates the story of his getting lost in what he calls a “hell realm” and connects his experience with the lessons he is taking from The End of Suffering, a book that he has recommended to the sangha. “It’s your … [Read more...] about See Where You Are?