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Don't Budge—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
Zazen is often misunderstood as being meditation, or some form of contemplation or introspection. Actually zazen is a time of non-doing, a ...
Drop All Comparisons—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
We’re so used to our competitiveness that we don’t think twice about approaching spiritual practice in the same way. However, as long as we ...
Family Dharma—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
This talk was given during a family retreat at Zen Mountain Monastery. Shugen Sensei reflects on how teachers have to integrate the challen ...
Fear and Fearlessness—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
When our minds are clouded by delusion, we see the world according to our fear and prejudice. Then we act out of this limited view, and in ...
From Obstacles to Freedom—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
Embarking on the spiritual path can often come out of a wish to escape from problems and difficulties. We want to find peace on the cushi ...
Giving Thanks—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
It’s not enough to just feel gratitude—it must be actively expressed. We are constantly receiving from the world and from others, eve ...
Gold Dust and Sand—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
In practice we are all walking on a path. It's possible to measure progress as we go, yet it's dangerous to attach to this progress. Instea ...
Honor the Body—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
In our relationships, families, and culture, sex and sexuality can be a source of confusion and pain. Until we see and take responsibility ...
How Do I Live With You?—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
The fundamental question of spiritual practice is: "How do I live this life?" From a Buddhist perspective, the question is: "How do I live ...
How Do You Trust?—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
“The Great Way is not difficult, just avoid picking and choosing,” begins the Faith Mind Poem. But then why is it that we experience so muc ...
Into the Unknown—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
How can we learn to trust a reality that is utterly uncertain? How do we act ethically when the wide-ranging consequences of our actions ar ...
It's All Noodles—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
Daido Roshi often said, "I am not you and you are not me, and yet we are the same thing." But what does this really mean? In this talk Shug ...
Joining the Rest of the Universe—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
How do we deal with the knowledge that the body is impermanent? Many people deny the reality of death until it can no longer be ignored. ...
Joyful Effort—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
Each of us have different karma to work with, based on what we’ve experienced in our lives and how we’ve responded to those experiences. Re ...
Just This!—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
Sometimes our past feels like a heavy burden. Memories, regrets, and even lost pleasures can take us away from the gifts of the present mom ...
Learn to Fail—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
When we think in terms of failure and success we suffer. But life involves learning how to fall, how to get up from that fall and how to k ...
Living Wisdom—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
Even in the midst of forms like zazen, liturgy, work practice, it is still possible to be asleep—unless we completely dedicate ourselves to ...
Love Between Parent and Child—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
What is the love between teacher and student? It may not always conform to our expectations. Shugen Sensei explores the student-teacher re ...
Medicine and Sickness Heal Each Other—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
The enlightened lay practitioner Vimalakirti taught that medicine and sickness heal each other, and that the whole world is medicine. Shug ...
Miraculous Activity—Dharma Discourse (Audio)
Master Dogen states that miraculous powers are the daily activities of Buddhas. In this dharma discourse, Shugen Sensei speaks of the possi ...