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Neti Mushin Parekh is an Australian based Soto Zen Priest who has recently returned home from 20 years in the USA to establish the Twining Vines Zen Centre - Katto-an Temple in Canberra. Neti has received transmission in both the Diamond Sangha Koan lineage and the Shunryu Suzuki Soto Zen lineage. Neti will be giving what is called in the Soto Zen …
 
This guided meditation continues the meditation in part one of Ordinary Mind is Buddha:Ordinary mind is always here,Closer than close, nearer than near.In fact, its inseparable from who you truly are.Ordinary mind is Buddha.In Part One we focused on calm-abiding. In this meditation we focus Vipasyana (Inquiry leading to Insight). We start with expe…
 
This talk continues my discussion of revisioning religious practice for the 21st century. It is based on how I understand Buddhism to be evolving in the west and how I see OzZen as being part of what I am calling the fourth way: “The OzZen Way is an attempt to do a preliminary sketch of how we fit into the larger pantheon of global Buddhism, and th…
 
This talk is an invitation to begin to re-vision what it means to live a religious life in the 21st Century – in our time and place. In particular it explores the three major forms of Modern Buddhism has taken in the West: Religious Buddhism, Secular Buddhism and secular mindfulness. The talk concludes that Religious Buddhism, founded on “no-gain” …
 
“That which we most deeply yearn for is the thing that is already most fully present, already the very closest to us. Thus, our ancestral teachers, according to their own circumstances at hand, have always shown that Buddha is now, here. So, we place our focus now, here.”Harada Tangen.This guided meditation is in two parts. The first part is an int…
 
Poetry (and other art forms) have been part of Chan/Zen practice since its origins in Ancient China. This tradition has been passed down through excellent translations of classical Chinese poetry and Japanese Haiku. These works influenced western poets from the 1950’s onwards, to explore the wilds of the mind and the restorative power of wilderness…
 
This dharma talk will picks up from our Living without Walls dharma talk last fortnight (18.07.21) with a focus on making the Heart Sutra less abstract and more accessible and relevant to our lived experience. Hence rather than just giving a lecture, I introduce some mini-meditations to facilitate exploring how the world shows up when we start to f…
 
Trees, rooted into the Earth, inseparable from the Earth, entirely dependent, entirely interdependent, hosting a variety of flora and fauna, welcoming all. This meditation invites us to reflect on how we can be like the tree, allowing life to be as it is, allowing us to be as we are, including the parts of ourselves and the parts of life that we do…
 
The focus of today’s talk is part three of the heart sutra: The Bodhisattva Path. Sattva means being and bodhi means awakened. So, a bodhisattva is an awakened being or a being which aspires to awaken. In the first part of the heart sutra, Shariputra is asking Avalokiteshvara to teach him prajnaparamita. Prajna is wisdom and paramita means perfect …
 
Avalokiteshvara, clearly saw all five skandhas are empty, freeing us from all identification as a separate self and thereby releasing us from all anguish and distress. From the perspective of emptiness this body and mind is like a waterfall. A waterfall is not a thing but rather a name for a process of happening. Our name and date of birth are just…
 
The meditation has three parts. In the first part we will inquire into the question: who or what is thinking the thoughts? In the second part, we will inquire into how thoughts turn into stories and how we can become captive of those stories. In part three, we explore the crucial distinction between thoughts and experiencing the reality of what is.…
 
Both Zen and psychotherapy involve bringing awareness to endings, though they do this in different ways. Psychotherapy normally focuses on the big endings in our lives – finishing a job, a relationship breakup, losing a loved one – and can highlight our personal patterns of ending, patterns often developed to help us to avoid the pain of loss. Zen …
 
The Direct Path is the path of nonduality. It is found in all religious traditions. In Hinduism it is found as Advaita-Vedanta or Kashmir Shaivism; In Islam it is found as the way of the Sufi; in Christianity it is found in mystics like Meister Eckhart; in Buddhism it is found in Chan/Zen and Mahamudra and Dzogchen. We can say, it is simply being.…
 
This meditation considers the wisdom of relatively unstructured meditation practices, as are taught in the Ordinary Mind tradition. How do we show up when there is no obvious goal, when there are no detailed guidelines, and when there is no clear right or wrong way of doing things? How do we configure ourselves in an unstructured space? This medita…
 
This interview continues the exploration of the common ground between the teachings of Gurdjieff and Joko Beck. It begins with a brief biography of Elisabeth’s journey with the Gurdjieff teachings. The interview then stays on practice issues such as waking up through self-observation and self-remembering and non-identification. It also clarifies th…
 
Joko Beck often quoted an expression from the Hebrew Bible: “Be still, know I am”. It describes our practice of just sitting or silent illumination. Silence is the stillness – it is the anchor, the stabiliser that naturally allows clear seeing to arise. The light that illuminates all phenomena is awareness. The Buddha said be a light unto yourself.…
 
The Heart Sutra is a condensed version of much longer Heart Sutras. It really contains all we need. It teaches the direct path: seeing directly into our true nature. We can let go of all identities by coming this moment. The meditation then focuses on Consciousness. The mantra coming at the end of the Sutra can be seen as a summary of the whole sut…
 
This guided meditation presented by Dr Jed Blore invites an exploration of three interrelated questions: 'what are we doing?’, ‘why are we doing it? (or: 'why does it matter?)’, and, 'what are we hoping to gain?’. The exploration continues with an invitation to connect with a spacious, open awareness that is accepting of our ‘gaining ideas’ alongsi…
 
This talk begins with bearing witness to Anzac Day in the light of the Ten Precepts, starting with the first precept of bearing witness to the reality of violence and abuse, in myself and in the world. I then give an historical overview of how Anzac Day has evolved over the years since the 1920’s. I then explore what and who does Anzac Day currentl…
 
We all resist parts of our experience. This meditation draws on the psychotherapeutic idea of supporting resistance, exploring how at times the path through resistance involves fully embracing it. When resistance is supported, sometimes it can be released.על ידי Andrew Tootell
 
This meditation is a continuation of a series of meditations inspired by the Heart Sutra. The topic today is resting in sensations. Simply resting in our senses. As Joko Beck says in her book Nothing Special Living Zen: “Without awareness of our sensations, we are not fully alive” (p. 159). In this meditation we will be meditating on the first and …
 
This topic that I have asked Barry to speak on continues our exploration of Buddhist modernism and is also deeply personal, as we reflect on the question of whether or not we wish to identify ourselves as Buddhists. I just want to preface Barry’s talk and our discussion by referring to our OzZen constitution. The relevant parts read:OzZen is establ…
 
This meditation focuses on one of the core teachings of the Ordinary Mind Zen School: that there is nothing that is, or can be, broken with you as a person. Thus, there is nothing to be fixed. Often, and understandably, we get caught in concepts and judgements of good/bad. As an example, when experiencing emotional states that are painful or unplea…
 
In this guided meditation I explore the heart of the Heart Sutra: Boundlessness. The Heart Sutra is the most important teaching in the Zen Buddhist world. I want to emphasise that this sutra is all about enlightenment as a verb – enlightening. The realisation of emptiness or boundlessness is freeing – it lightens us up and fills us with great joy!…
 
In this talk I am going to discuss the Heart Sutra, the most important teaching in the Zen Buddhist world. I want to emphasise that this sutra is all about enlightenment as a verb – enlightening. The realisation of emptiness or boundlessness is freeing – it lightens us up and fills us with great joy! First, I will once again situate ourselves withi…
 
This guided mediation explores awareness as a central aspect of both Zen and gestalt therapy. Drawing on Fritz Perls’ concept of the “three zones of awareness,” it leads meditators through different aspects of their awareness, encouraging focus on both the content of awareness (e.g., sensations, sounds), as well as the process of awareness itself.…
 
This talk continues the discussion from last fortnight, about moving from traditional Buddhism, what I called the salvation model, to modern Buddhism, or what I called the human flourishing model. In this talk, I will review, how modern Buddhism is reinterpreting some traditional core Buddhist beliefs. Traditional Buddhism was embedded in Indian ph…
 
Zazen can be considered as the practice of ‘being’. Sitting, doing nothing, we reveal ourselves to ourselves. We reveal the no-separation between us and life itself. We reveal the paradox of constant change. We reveal the impossibility of not being this moment, of not being ourselves. Robert Rosenbaum, in ‘Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy’ puts i…
 
The topic for this guided meditation is Embracing your Life: Cultivating Joy. It fits withing the Modern Buddhist Ethical framework of cultivating Happiness in This Life. Its okay to enjoy practice! The introduction discusses The Three Gates of Zen Practice – from a dharma talk by Barry Magid on 04/09/2010. The three gates of Zen practice are suffe…
 
In this talk Andrew locates our on-going discussion about Buddhist ethics in the context of Buddhist modernism in the West. He makes a distinction between the traditional salvation model of Buddhism and contrasts that with the eudaimonic or Human Flourishing model, which he argues is more congruent with our culture in this time and place. Andrew al…
 
This guided mediation focuses on embracing dukkha as part of zen practice. Drawing on the “paradoxical theory of change” from gestalt therapy, it explores how growth, healing, and change are possible not when we try to modify ourselves, but rather when we fully become ourselves and our suffering.על ידי Andrew Tootell
 
This is the first of a series of Guided Meditations on Buddhist Ethics or the Cultivation of Character. It begins with an introduction to the Four Divine Abodes (Immeasurables): Karuna (care), Mudita (sympathetic joy), Metta (Love) and Upekka (Equanimity) followed by a reading of the Metta Sutta. The guided meditation commences with affectionate br…
 
By Dr Jed Blore. This is a meditation reflecting on “being just this moment”. What is “being just this moment”? It is reading these words, hearing the sounds around you, feeling the way your body is oriented in space and supported by the ground, thinking thoughts, feeling feelings. There is nothing outside of this moment. This moment contains every…
 
This guided meditation OzZen teacher Andrew Tootell continues the project of developing a Zen-informed Guided Meditation practice. It begins by outlining the four principles that all Buddhist groups adhere to: Life is Dukkha (Suffering); Impermanence; Interdependence (no separate self); and Nirvana. Although all Buddhism agree on these “four seals”…
 
Gurdjieff (1866-1949) was a very influential spiritual teacher, and his teaching of the “Fourth Way” was ahead of its time and pre-dated the findings of later neuroscience, especially the “three centres”: the sensorimotor centre, the emotional centre and the cognitive centre and his teaching of multiple self-states. In this talk Elizabeth Barrett, …
 
Welcome home. Literally. This is our home, right here and now.You will not find this home on any map or travel guide. Wherever you travel, you will always arrive where you started - Here and Now.This is why, we have many stories in all the great spiritual traditions of people wandering in search of their home, finally realizing, THIS is their home.…
 
If the image of the Buddha represents the experience of the timeless now, then the image of Janus, the two-headed Roman God of transitions, gateways, beginnings and endings, with one head turned towards what has been, and the other head turned towards what is yet to be, represents our experience of what I call mortal personhood. The smile of the Bu…
 
My teacher's teacher, Joko Beck, was once asked, if she could summarize all her years of practice in one word, what would it be? And she said, kindness. This guided meditation takes us on a journey into the experience of kindness and cultivating kindness. As the heart opens, we become free from our reactions and are able to respond to the world, to…
 
In a way all these guided meditations are kind of like an exploration of our core practice - the practice of just sitting or the koan of just sitting. It's the core practice in Soto Zen. Dogen said zazen is not a meditation technique. It is simply the Dharma gate of joyful ease.It is practicing the realization of the boundless dharma way.Here the o…
 
I am currently reading a book called This Life: Why Mortality Makes us Free by the contemporary Swedish philosopher, Martin Hagglund, who argues against religious faith in favour of what he calls secular faith. He includes Buddhism, along with Christianity, as practicing a form of religious faith where some form of belief in eternity takes preceden…
 
This guided meditation take us on a journey exploring the two dimensions of time. The first quote refers to our normal experience of time as linear. The time that passes by in a flash. Ten, twenty, thirty seconds gone by in a flash. This is time seen from the relative or delusional perspective of the separate self that feels itself to stand-out, ap…
 
In this talk, my teacher, Barry Magid introduces us to the precepts of bearing witness. Barry suggests that the metaphor of bearing witness is more suited to contemporary lay practice in the west, than the metaphor of making a vow.When we bear witness to for example, violence in ourselves, we lay the groundwork for transformation through seeing our…
 
Another expression for Zazen might be, being presence, but when we first sit down we may experience a strong pull away from being presence, almost like being caught in a rip current. Sometimes, it is best not to resist resistance and allow ourselves to be carried away by the rip in the faith that it will naturally come to an end and we will wake up…
 
In our discussion last fortnight, we talked about making friends with death, and finding our home (nirvana) in this world rather than seeking some kind of transcendence of our ordinary self in an afterlife or in a “true” self that is behind, above or higher than our ordinary self, as if there is always something missing in our experience of ordinar…
 
This guided meditation is inspired by a reading that can be found on the OzZen website by my teacher Barry Magid. I read the pargraphs from the reading and then the meditation flows with the encouragement to allow and accept all aspects of our experience and needs.על ידי Andrew Tootell
 
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