Roshi Gaelyn Godwin

Edges and Boundlessness

On September 11, 2021, after meditation we watched a Dharma talk by Roshi Konjin Gaelyn Godwin about Edges and Boundlessness. The talk was originally delivered to the Tallahassee Chan Center by invitation by Teacher Guo Gu. The Roshi talked about employing “edges” in our practice of the boundless mind, and the dynamic between liberation and […]

Ven. Ajahn Brahm

Dealing with Sickness

On August 14, 2021, after meditation we listened to a talk from Venerable Ajahn Brahm about a talk about Dealing with Sickness. Everyone gets sick at some point in their lives, and it often causes suffering or dissatisfaction. How should we think about this? Ajahn Brahm emphasized that we should accept being sick as a […]

Ven. Ajahn Brahm

Embracing Uncertainty

On July 10, 2021, after meditation we met online for a Teachers’ Corner session on the topic of “Embracing Uncertainty” At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we watched excerpts from a lecture by Venerable Ajahn Brahm on “Embracing Uncertainty,” followed by a brief group discussion. Ajahn Brahm taught that the nature of this life is that […]

Dalai Lama & Thupten Jinpa

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

On Saturday, June 12, 2021, our Teachers’ Corner was focused on the famous line in the Heart Sutra: “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form…“, with teachings from H.H. The Dalai Lama and his long-time interpreter & scholar Dr. Thupten Jinpa. Both teachers emphasized that “emptiness (Śūnyatā)” does not refer to some “Great Emptiness” out there […]

David Listen

“The Core Principles of Buddhadharma” by Guest Teacher David Listen

On May 29, 2021, Chan/Zen teacher, David Listen, joined us to guide meditation and give a Dharma Talk via Zoom. He expounded on the Three Dharma Seals (impermanence, selflessness, nirvana). These describe how things truly are; and when we cannot let go of our desire for permanence or a sense of an independent self, we suffer. He explained how nirvana or “true nature” is not a “thing” we can see or attain, but simply describes our capacity to fully realize the truths of impermanence and selflessness, thereby unleashing our full potential for compassion and wisdom.

Andrea Fella

Wise Livelihood

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, the topic for Teachers’ Corner was “Wise Livelihood.” After meditation, we listened to a dharma talk by the teacher Andrea Fella about “Wise Livelihood“ (often translated in English as “Right Livelihood” from Pali: samyag-vyāyāma or Sanskrit: sammā-vāyāma), one of the elements of the Buddha’s Eightfold Noble Path. As laypeople, we […]

Joan Halifax & Domyo Burk

Grief

On Saturday April 10, 2021, the topic for Teachers’ Corner was “Grief.” For seated meditation, we started with a 10-minute guided meditation on “Encountering Grief” by Roshi Joan Halifax followed by 20 minutes of silent sitting. After meditation, Belinda shared her recent experience with grief when she lost her cat, and then she read excerpts […]

Photo of Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni smiling

Forgiveness

On March 13, 2021, after meditation we met online for a Teachers’ Corner session about “Forgiveness.” At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to excerpts from Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni’s talk on forgiveness. In her talk, the Venerable one acknowledged early on that the Buddha did not use the term “forgiveness” in his teaching. She also […]

Taiun Michael Elliston Roshi

Dōgen’s Fukan Zazengi (Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen)

On February 13, 2021, after meditation we learned more about “zazen”, or Zen meditation, through a text called the “Fukan Zazengi“, or the “Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen” in English. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we watched a dharma talk by the Zen teacher Taiun Michael Elliston about the “Fukan Zazengi” written by the 13th century Zen […]

Ajahn Brahm

How to Prioritize?

On January 9, 2021, after meditation we met online for a Teachers’ Corner session on the topic of “How to Prioritize?” At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to a talk by Ven. Ajahn Brahm on “How to Prioritize?” He taught us that the most important thing to prioritize is simply whatever you are doing […]

Sensei Joshin Byrnes & Matthew Kozan Palevsky

Living by Vow

On December 12, 2020, after meditation we heard a dharma talk about the concept of vow, which figures prominently in Mahayana Buddhism. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we heard a dharma talk “Living by Vow“, from the teachers Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Matthew Kozan Palevsky about the nature of vow. The talk started by drawing […]

Ajahn Brahmali

Practice with Attachment / Clinging / Grasping

On November 14, 2020, after meditation, we discussed one of the fundamental causes of our suffering — Attachment / Clinging / Grasping, and how to work with it in our practice. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we took a quick look at the definition of the Pali and Sanskrit word “Upādāna“, which is often inadequately […]

Teacher Misconduct

On October 10, 2020, after meditation, we shared several teachers’ responses on the issue of Teacher Misconduct in student abuse. We hope their advice will guide us in learning the right lessons from those transgressions, in exercising the right mindfulness in seeking a teacher, and in taking the right actions to protect the practice environment […]

Ven. Thubten Chodron

Unskillful Speech : Idle Chatter

On September 12, 2020, after meditation we learned more about Right Speech (Samma vaca), one of the elements of the Buddha’s Eightfold Noble Path, through a closer examination of one particular form of unskillful speech — Idle Chatter. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to a teaching from the Venerable Thubten Chodron on idle […]

Mary Stancavage

Letting Go of the Second Arrow

On August 8, 2020, after meditation, we learned about a core Buddhism teaching about human suffering — the Second Arrow. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we read the sutta (Samyutta Nikaya 36.6) that taught the concept of the Second Arrow, and then listened to a Dharma talk on “Letting Go of the Second Arrow” by […]

Guo Gu / Dr. Jimmy Yu

Being Present

On July 11, 2020, after meditation, we learned about what “Being Present” means for practitioners of the Buddhadharma. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to a recent Dharma talk by Chan teacher Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) on the subject of “Being Present”. In his talk, Guo Gu discussed how to be present to […]

Tenzin Palmo & Kittisaro

Transforming Suffering

On June 13, 2020, after meditation, we learned from two different teachers on the topic of Transforming Suffering. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we listened to two Dharma talks, one by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, another by Kittisaro. Tenzin Palmo discussed one aspect of Buddhist theory about the origin of suffering — the “three poisons” or […]

Ajahn Brahm & Sharon Salzberg

How to Deal with the Feeling of Guilt?

On May 9, 2020, after meditation, we learned from two teachers about the feeling of Guilt and the Buddhist perspective on how to deal with it. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we started by reading Sharon Salzberg’s article, where she explains the difference between guilt and remorse and how the two emotions relate to our […]

Rebecca Li, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Thubten Jampa, Ngo Khong

Buddhist Practice in this Pandemic: Allow Joy into Our Heart & other advice from Dharma teachers

On Apr. 11th, 2020 was our “Teachers’ Corner” week, and we took this opportunity to share a recent Dharma talk given by a Chan teacher Dr. Rebecca Li, in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. After listening to Dr. Li’s talk “Allow Joy into Our Heart“. We followed her advice and share our thoughts on […]

Thích Nhất Hạnh & Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Dealing with Anger

On Mar. 14, 2020 after meditation, we learned from three different teachers about Anger. At Teachers’ Corner last Saturday, we watched two short video teachings and read a short article, by a Zen Master, a Tibetan Rinpoche and a Theravada Teacher, respectively, on the topic of “Dealing with Anger.” The teachers shared insights on the […]

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche & Pema Chodron

Impermanence

On Feb. 08, 2020 after meditation, we heard from two different teachers about Impermanence. During our “Teachers’ Corner” session, we read a couple pages from Thích Nhất Hạnh’s book and watched two Dharma talks by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Stephen facilitated a discussion on the topic. We agreed that accepting the reality of impermanence is a good […]

Ajahn Brahm

Listening

On Jan. 11, 2020 after meditation, we learned about the importance and the challenges of Listening from Dharma teachers Ajahn Brahm and Toni Packer. During our “Teachers’ Corner” session, we shared a series of clips from a Dharma talk “Total Listening”, and excerpts from an article “Finding a New Way to Listen”. The full video […]

Gratitude

On Nov. 30, 2019, Alan gave a special presentation on an very important Buddhist practice: Gratitude. Following is the outline of ideas he presented with links to the source articles on Gratitude. Happy learning!   What is Gratitude? Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value independent […]

Karma

Last Saturday, on Nov. 9, 2019, Kayla presented on the topic of Karma. Kayla’s presentation was followed by a lively group discussion on the topic at length – not just how karma is formed, but how karma affects us at different times in different ways. Following is a copy of Kayla’s Karma presentation, the outline […]

Interdependence

Last Saturday, on Nov. 2, 2019, Stephen generously shared his research on a well-known Buddhist concept: Interdependence. He led us through an inspiring discussion session after meditation. Following is the outline of ideas he presented, and a list of readings on Interdependence he recommends. Happy learning!   Interdependence One can look at interdependence as a […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Knowledge

Last Saturday, on Oct 12, 2019, we studied the tenth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Jñāna (Knowledge). To learn more about the very last Paramita, we shared a list of eleven knowledges that a bodhisattva must fulfill as recorded in the Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra. We then read the article “Perfection of Knowledge” […]

Ven. Thubten Chodron

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Power / Strength

Last Saturday, on Oct 05, 2019, we studied the ninth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Bala (Spiritual Power / Strength). We first read an excerpts from the Sandhinirmochana Sutra, which provide the focus of our discussion on “power” as “an aid to the transcendent way of meditation” (Dhyāna, the fifth Paramita). For […]

Venerable Domyo Burk

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Vow / Aspiration

Last Saturday, on Sept. 14, 2019, we studied the eighth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Praṇidhāna (Vow / Aspiration). After a brief intro. on the vows of Mahayana Buddhists, we listened to Rev. Domyo Burk’s talk on “Buddhist Practice as a Lifelong Path of Growth and Transformation“. In her talk, the teacher […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Skillful Means

Last Saturday, on September 7, 2019, we studied the seventh of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Upāya (Skillful Means / Expedient Means). We first defined Upāya. Then we read the opening paragraphs from the article: “Skillful Means: The Buddhist Teaching on How to Share Your Wisdom” by Rev. Domyo Burk. Pausing to remind […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Wisdom (Part 2)

Last Saturday, on August 10, 2019, we dived deeper into our study for The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Prajñā (Wisdom / Insight). We first read a few excerpts that describe the concept of “emptiness” with different emphases, and we discussed which of those resonated the most for each person. We then watched a […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Wisdom (Part 1)

Last Saturday, on August 3, 2019, we studied The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Prajñā (Wisdom / Insight). Following meditation, we started Dharma learning session with a quick overview on the definition of the Sanskrit word: Prajñā (wisdom) and Śūnyatā (emptiness), and their meanings in Mahayana Buddhism.  We then shared an passage from the […]

Dhyana Paramita by Lama Shenpen Hookham

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Meditative Absorption

Last Saturday, on July 13, 2019, we studied The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Dhyāna (Meditative Absorption / Stability of the Mind). Following meditation, we started Dharma learning session with a quick discussion on last week’s “homework” — generating energy in thinking of others’ good qualities.  Then, we shared two Dharma talks on the […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Energy/Diligence (Part 2)

Last Saturday, on July 6, 2019, we continued our study in The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Vīrya (Energy / Enthusiasm). Following meditation, we first shared observations from last month’s “homework” on paying attention to moments when our energy and desire to practice are low.  Then, we watched portions of a Dharma lecture by Lama […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Energy/Diligence (Part 1)

Last Saturday, on June 08, 2019, we studied the fourth of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Vīrya (Energy / Diligence / Effort / Exertion). We started our Dharma learning session with Belinda sharing what she learned from the homework assignment last week. We then read the article Virya Paramita by Barbara O’Brien, and […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Patience/Forbearance (part 2)

Last Saturday, on June 1, 2019, we returned to the third of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Kshanti (Patience / Forbearance). Following the wonderful talk on Patience by visiting teacher, Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton a couple of weeks ago, we realize what a profound topic it is. Thus, we devoted another session to […]

Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Patience (with Rev. Nancy Easton)

On May 11, 2019, we welcomed our very first guest teacher, Rev. Eishin Nancy Easton! Rev. Easton joined us in group meditation and gave a Dharma talk on the third of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Kshanti / Kṣānti (Patience).
Rev. Easton came early and practiced moving and sitting meditation with us. Afterward, she gave a wonderful Dharma talk on “The Patience Paramita”. She then led us into a dynamic group discussion to explore the practice of Patience in daily life and answered many of our questions on the topic.

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Ethics/Morality

Last Saturday, on May 4, 2019, we studied the second of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Śīla (Ethics/Morality). We first read the article “The Buddhist Precepts” to get an idea of the content of Buddhist Precepts. Then we listened to a Dharma talk recording titled “Sila Paramita: Being a Good Non-Person“. During group […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Generosity (Part 2)

Last Saturday, on April 13, 2019, we continued our study in the first of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Dāna (Generosity). We read the article “Joyful Receiving” and listened to a short recording titled “No Labels in Reality“. After group discussion, we wrapped up our session with an excrept from the Diamond Sutra. […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Generosity (Part 1)

Last Saturday, on April 6, 2019, we began learning more about the first of The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism — Dāna (Generosity). We briefly discussed the “Three Kinds of Gifts” as outlined in the Maha-Prajnaparamita Sastra. We watched a Dharma talk on Dāna, followed by a group discussion facilitated by the questions Belinda posted for […]

The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : What is a Bodhisattva?

Last Saturday, on March 9, 2019, we continued our introduction to The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism with a focus on the question “What is Bodhisattva?”. We explored the meaning of the word “Bodhisattva” in its original Sanskrit form. We listen to a Dharma lecture: “The Bodhisattva Ideal” by Ven. Lawrence Dōan Grecco (Do’an Grecco). Then […]

The Ten (6 + 4) Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism : Introduction

Last Saturday, on March 2, 2019, we kicked off our 2019 Dharma Learning topic — The Ten Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism. We shared a print out of Barbara O’Brien’s article: Paramitas: The Ten Perfections of Mahayana Buddhism. We introduced everyone to bits of extract we found from the Sandhinirmochana Sutra (“Scripture Unlocking the Mysteries”), which […]