In a talk weaving insights from the physicist Russell Targ into the teachings of Dogen Zenji and Nagarjuna, Nyogen Roshi demystifies “miraculous activities” like levitation and remote viewing. “The true miracles are the daily activities of Buddhas,” Roshi says.
“Lineage isn’t something that you develop, something that you create. It’s something that you receive.” Responding to those who want to establish new Buddhist institutions in the U.S., Nyogen Roshi reminds us how profoundly simple and difficult true Buddhist practice is–and how important it is, for those reasons, to practice with a teacher who has […]
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 […]
“You cannot free yourself from the dualistic mind by thinking about it,” Nyogen Roshi reminds us. 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!”
A guest at a Saturday talk prompts Nyogen Roshi to deliver a tour-de-force round-up of the key themes of his teaching. 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 […]
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 […]
In this talk, Nyogen Roshi reminds us of the most essential aspect of Buddha Dharma: the practice is real! “All the egocentric rumination that you think is so important–it’s silly!—when you are this close to the most amazing kind of experience. Closer, as the great Joshu said, than the skin on your nose.”
In this excerpt, Hogen points to the power we have to reduce our own suffering. When we entertain fantasies of something “other” than what exists right now—no matter how painful or difficult the situation—our desire to escape from who and where we are actually creates more suffering for ourselves.
Matt Kogyo Silverstein recounts his halting journey toward Zen, humorously admitting that he has been counting his breath for more years than it took him to get his Ph.D. “And I still don’t have it!”
In this excerpt from a radio interview, Maezen Sensei talks about how practice applies in our everyday activities, such as overcoming the aversion we might feel to household chores.
How does practice enhance your life? In this excerpt from a talk, Doman Sensei speaks candidly about noticing little things going more easily in his life because he is less self-conscious or afraid and therefore more relaxed and engaged in the present moment.