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“To live in the realm of Buddha nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment. When we lose our balance we die, but at the same time we also develop ourselves, we grow. Whatever we see is changing, losing its balance. The reason everything looks beautiful is because it is out of balance, but its background is always in perfect harmony.”…
 
“This is the answer key to zazen, the answer key to Buddhism. It’s actually the answer key to enlightenment too. It might not seem like it, it might seem pretty boring. But, when they don't tell you the answers in Zen, this is what they’re not saying.“ - Dave Cuomo Dave walks us through Yogacara’s “Five Omnipresent Factors” - the theoretical underp…
 
"I love the idea of worlds creating and worlds destroying. Each moment being new makes the good times sweeter. And being aware of how much you love something when it's happening makes harder times bearable. It's that awareness that everything is being made up and torn down constantly." - Sara Campbell Live from Mt Baldy, Sara brings us a personal e…
 
"When I stopped being scared of other people, a funny thing happened. I realized I like people. You were like these static things that knew right from wrong and could judge me, and then one day you stopped being that. I realized that you don't know who you are or what you’re supposed to be doing either, and that meant I don't have to know what I am…
 
“The freedom we talk about is that wherever we are, we are in some kind of structure. Some are more restrictive, some are more free... What I picked up through this monastic life was the freedom from your own preconceptions and notions - the end of enslavement by our own mind, to be free wherever you are.” - Gyokei Yokoyama Join us as special guest…
 
"If I say my boss over there is underpaying me because they're a jerk and that's not my fault, then I'm not really being with that situation. If I see myself as much a part of this situation as they are, then that's where actual joy happens. That's what I would call love. I love my crappy bosses for the fact that we shared the same circumstances th…
 
"No matter what you do or think, or how deluded you are, the truth of the universe is still exactly as it is. So whether you notice it or not doesn't change anything. If you're having a crappy day and you, and you don't notice it, that's still the truth of the universe." - Brad Warner Brad returns from his wayward travels with an original fresh and…
 
“It's not about the chanting. It's not about what we're saying. It's about the community. It's about listening to each other.” - Leslie Mundy In a very sweet and insightful story hour, our own Leslie Mundy takes the hot seat to regale us with the tale of what she’s doing and why she’s here. From mind altering days in the ‘60s, to the wild world of …
 
“We didn’t evolve to see reality, we evolved to survive. If we had evolved to see reality we would probably just appear as timeless bits of quantum foam. But that wouldn’t be very helpful for trying to feed yourself or make babies…" - Dave Cuomo In the latest installment of his Yogacara series, Dave takes on the double headed monster, the double ed…
 
“It’s been hard to accept that my life didn't go exactly how I thought it should. That is a humbling thing to experience. And to know that your time is finite… I still grieve some of the things that I don't have, but I'm way more able to see beyond them as a result of this practice. And I can be grateful for it. And I can see that my weirdo life ha…
 
“People of scant knowledge do not think that buddhas have dignified behavior in the toilet... This is not learning of the Buddha’s truth. Remember, purity and impurity is exemplified by blood dripping from a human being. At one time it is warm, at another time it is disgusting. The buddhas have toilets, and this we should remember.” - Dogen In an e…
 
“Not knowing what the crap we’re doing is the delight of being human.” - Dave Cuomo Dave brings us a Zen pep talk for hard times with a reading of Dogen’s Ryugen or, The Moaning of Dragons Through Withered Trees, one of Zen’s most poetic and enthusiastic exhortations for giving up and giving in to a universe that just wants to sing it’s song throug…
 
"I spent my whole life growing up thinking I was so unique and individual. And then I do this Buddhist practice for awhile, and come to the very astonishing realization that I'm not unique at all. None of us are. We're so much alike it’s comical." - Brad Warner Brad dives deep on the distinction between our little self and the great big Self as Dog…
 
"If anyone says that I was ever enlightened, they're lying. If anyone says that I teach anyone, they're lying." - Gautama Buddha Dave does his best to shed a little clarity on the classically confusing situation of working with teachers in Zen. What is there to teach when Buddha himself swore there is no dharma and no beings to teach? And given tha…
 
“I read ‘Hardcore Zen’ and it said, ‘Don't listen to me, you have to try this out for yourself.’ And I was in the Navy, so I was really sick of people telling me what to do. And I was really not interested in God telling me what to do. So that really hit the sweet spot.” - Corey Warner Sangha favorite Corey Warner tells us the story of what he’s do…
 
"Ideally a talk about the six senses would just be practicing being together and experiencing our sensory experiences and asking, ‘what are those?’ So if at any point you space out and get lost in whatever it is you're hearing, seeing, or thinking, that is a perfect way to listen to this talk.” - Dave Cuomo Dave continues our dive into Yogacara Bud…
 
"There is this eternal wisdom which is unified, but it also has different facets. But you can recognize sometimes that it's working together, that everybody's ‘vibing together man,’ as we say when we’re hippies." - Brad Warner By special request Brad takes a deep and penetrating look at that most elusively all pervasive of paramitas, prajna aka the…
 
"When I got here, I wanted Brad to tell me how to live my life, and he said to just sit, and offered some reading suggestions; Suzuki, Uchiyama, Kobun Chino, and Dogen. And then I wanted Suzuki Roshi, Kobun Chino Roshi, and Uchiyama Roshi to tell me how to live my life through their books. And they said to just sit and talked about Dogen. And then …
 
“The relation between the precepts and the words of avowal is like a person who is always thankful, and is always able to say, “I’m sorry.” It is the bright side of things and the shadowy side of things.” - Kobun Chino In the thrilling conclusion to her year long ever timely precept series, Emily brings us the one rule (ok, three rules, but also ki…
 
“The storehouse consciousness is the root of everything. If the whole universe is just your experience, then this is what it's born from. It’s the fountain of everything. Also it's empty and doesn't exist, so don't think it's a thing.” - Dave Cuomo In part 2 of our ongoing Yogacara series, Dave brings us a mildly nerdy and deeply personal look at t…
 
“Looking at life as I was experiencing it in this moment, moment by moment, I realized that the future is always an abstraction. And I don't know anything about it. Death might be something great for all I know. It might be the most wonderful thing in the world. So to live my life in terror of it makes no sense. Every thought I have about death is …
 
"The world wants me to be happy. I think it needs me to be happy. Because it seems I can make people miserable when I'm not. Which is probably true for all of us..." - Dave Cuomo Dave takes a look at what Buddhist renunciation means for us 21st century Westerners living lives far removed from the simple forest beggar life Buddha originally recommen…
 
"Find to whom this cruel world appears and you will know why it appears so cruel... You are the maker of the world in which you live – you alone can change it, or unmake it." - Nisargadatta Maharaj What can you do when the whole world feels like it's stacked against you? Brad brings us all the kind comforts and hard truths Zen has to offer on this …
 
“We don't know what the universe is made of at the root. All we know for certain is that the only thing we have to work with is our own experience. Ultimately I can't blame anybody else for what I go through because I take it all in through my own filter. I only see what I am willing to see, and only do what I want to do on some level. So when they…
 
“Everything reflects triple treasure. You reflect triple treasure, and questioning triple treasure reflects triple treasure. Not understanding what the heck I'm talking about is triple treasure. We're talking about coming home to ourselves, trusting ourselves, relying on ourselves. And there's that tricky word. Self. What is self? Is it my memories…
 
“If there's a distinction in our minds between self care and doing good for other people, then we're missing the point of everything that we're doing on this planet. ” - Dave Cuomo Dave brings us a Zen look at love and self care through encounters with the Bodhisattva of Compassion his(or)herself, Avalokiteshvara. Can this magical being really save…
 
“Putting a nice label like ‘Buddha Nature’ on it makes you feel a different way towards it. You don't feel like it's something you need to fight against. I don't know how you felt all your life, but all my life I'd felt like circumstances are something I need to fight against, circumstances were always my enemy. And then I meet Nishijima Roshi who …
 
”To not kill the Buddha when you meet them on the road is abusing the triple treasures. How not to abuse the triple treasures is to accept everything as Buddha, Dharma, & Sangha, and accept yourself as Buddha Dharma and Sangha.” - Emily Eslami Emily takes on the 10th major precept, no disparaging the Buddha, Dharma, & Sangha. Sounds simple right? B…
 
“Whether or not you establish the Bodhi Mind and Nirvana for yourself is unimportant. If anything, they say you shouldn't do that, you should endeavor to save everyone instead.” - Brad Warner Are there really definable levels of practice that we can achieve, and how would we know if we’ve attained them? Brad gives us a detailed look at early Buddhi…
 
“To remember that ignorance is enlightenment is to not separate myself from what's right in front of me, to not think that I can be better than the people in front of me, to not think that I'm going to be a better person by trying to be a better person. It’s to love and accept what's in front of me. To embrace ignorance is a loving act. And that's …
 
"In classical Buddhism, the fundamental mistake is that getting what you think you want will make you happy. In Zen they seem to say the fundamental delusion is that you exist at all. This is why Zen is so weird. We're trying to look at what comes before awareness, and that's hard. It’s really hard to be aware of something that precedes awareness. …
 
"There are thousands of eyes in the moment before the body. There are thousands of eyes in the moment before the mind. There are thousands of eyes of death in death. There are thousands of eyes of life in life. ...we should know that the entire universe is eyeballs." - Eihei Dogen What is sentience and is the universe alive? Brad takes on the big l…
 
"When you get mad at yourself, that means you’re mad at another self. Maybe you turn your face and see yourself. Or you see yourself as other. This is very hard...If you become angry, you don’t stop being Buddha. Anger appears, that’s all." - Kobun Chino In the latest installment of her ever timely precept series, Emily takes on that molten hot lav…
 
"Your life is predetermined. And to be free, you must first be aware that your life is predetermined, that it is conditioned, that all your responses are more or less the same as those of everybody else throughout the world… But in going into it very deeply, you will also find that you can be free from all this conditioning…. You can be free from i…
 
"If you want to make peace with yourself and not hate zazen, it's going to help to like yourself, or at least just accept yourself the way you are. I promise, you're great and you're worth it. And it'll help. And fringe benefit, you might find yourself a little happier and nicer, your whole life might improve in every way you ever wanted it to. But…
 
"There's a theory that 'knowledge will set you free.' But I don't know. I read all these damn books about it and I still don't know what the hell is going on. But to experience it directly in the here and now, this birth and death going on constantly in this moment, every instant..." - Brad Warner In honor of his birthday Brad reads us choice selec…
 
"When you go to the mountain, and see a flower blooming, pick it, break it, and make it yours - this is attachment. If you let it be there for everything and everyone - this is 'no attachment.' Even your self does not belong to you. You are everything." - Kobun Chino In the latest installment of Emily’s ever timely precept series, she takes on the …
 
"To love the mountains is not to know about mountains, but to climb mountains and to live and die continuously with them. The best way to realize the true beauty of Mount Fuji is to actually go climb it. If you do that, the beauty of Mount Fuji as you have known it will disappear. But this does not mean that the true beauty of Mount Fuji has disapp…
 
"The thinking mind can do incredible stuff. So it gets very full of itself and decides it can figure out a thought that will that will sum up the whole damn business of reality. And maybe one of these days there will be a theory of everything. But you'll still be left with, "I just read a thing. And that doesn't help me with my sadness..." - Brad W…
 
“The world is incredibly weird and magnificent and wondrous. And I find that meditation practice, particularly a practice rooted in inquiry – you know, ‘what is this?’, opens me up not just intellectually, but emotionally, to the sheer wonder and grandeur of this universe.” - Stephen Batchelor Two men enter, two men...have a lively debate over the …
 
"Sometimes I walk by a pile of poo and think "What jerk did that? I hate that guy. This is why we can't have nice things." And then I go around telling everyone about this jerk, and we all get upset and probably sound like a bunch of jerks. And sometimes I walk by and think, "Huh, look at that poo." Maybe I have to scrape some poo off my shoe, and …
 
"There's a saying, do you want to be right or do you want to be married? I would extend that to, do you want to be right or do you want to be human? Do you want to be right or do you want to be in a relationship with anyone at all?" - Emily Eslami In her ever timely precept series, Emily takes on number seven, no praise or blame! Aka, our consisten…
 
“This idea runs through the whole Buddhist tradition that it’s rare to meet the Buddha Dharma. And it's rarer to stick with it and to understand it. So we're kind of the few, the proud, the Zen; doing something that is not what most people around us do. And what we're doing here is not only rare among people in general, even among the Zen people, t…
 
"If everything you know isn't working, what do you have left? What you don't know. When you stop and allow space for what you don't know to happen, something else can happen." - Dave Cuomo Dave delves into Dogen's famous "It" (Inmo) to see if it can offer us a way to pick ourselves up when the world knocks us down. But what is "it??" Some say the u…
 
“…other people’s mistakes, the mistakes you can’t stop talking about, your mistakes, the mistakes you think are worse than everyone else’s, look around you, we’re all in the mud making those same mistakes. But at least we’re not alone. At least we’re all stuck in the mud together.” - Emily Eslami Emily takes us on a journey through everyone's least…
 
"The past and the future exist within you, as much now as ever. This is it. We are a manifestation of eternity. It’s all part of one process that is literally endless because it never began. And that is time" - Brad Warner Brad reads us some of Dogen’s most timeless New Year’s salutations and discusses the meaning of time.…
 
“With this and that I tried to keep the bucket togetherThen the bottom fell out.Where water does not collect,The moon does not dwell”- Mugai Nyodai In an ever timely topic, Dave brings us a Zen look at patience. What is patience and is that what we're actually learning here? Where are do we find ourselves when whatever we're so urgently waiting for…
 
“It’s the emptiness we’re afraid of. Our life is not made up of magic, it’s made up of these empty moments, full moments, thats all we have; the pain we’re experiencing, the boredom, the fleeting happiness, that’s the moment. But we owe it to this great brightness not to run away, to see these moments as they really are. Because if nothing is speci…
 
“There are worse ways and better ways to understand what reality is. I find that the Buddhist way of explaining it tallies better with my own experience than any other explanation I’ve come across. But I will also say that when I first came across the Buddhist explanation for reality, I didn’t know what the hell to make of it.” - Brad Warner In a v…
 
“Waking life is more similar to a dream than you might think. When you find yourself in a dream you realize that you’re in a world mostly of your own creation. This world is like that but in a bigger more cosmic way. Rather than being an individual personal creation, it’s the creation of itself.” - Brad Warner Brad reads to us from the man, the leg…
 
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