Dharma Talks at Jikoji, 2014

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DharmaTalks listed in chronological order, most recent first (except within a series of talks)

Shoho Kerstin Kuebast, This Present, July 13, 2014.
Shoho, ex-Jikoji Resident now at the Santa Cruz Zen Center, talks about backgrounds, attention, intentions, and relationships within this present.

July 3 - 6: Genzo-e Sesshin with Santa Cruz Zen Center, led by Kokyo Henkel, resident teacher of Santa Cruz Zen Center.

Genzo-e sesshin was a "study sesshin" based on the teaching of Dogen Zenji, Shobogenzo chapter 33, called Kannon or Avalokitesvara, an essay by Dogen on the nature and practice of compassion.

Shoho Michael Newhall, Continuous Practice, June 29, 2014.
Shoho Michael Newhall, Jikoji's Resident Guiding Teacher and Chief Priest, reads from Dogen's Shobogenzo, contrasts Shamatha and Vipassana meditations, and leads discussion of continuous practice.

Gengetsu Junsei Jana Drakka, The Joy of Things, June 22, 2014.
Jana, founder of Zenkei Sangha and teacher of Q-Sangha, describes her practices in recovery and support centers, hostels, and the Tenderloin in San Francisco.

Lance Hilt, Discovering Value, June 15, 2014.
Lance, an accountant, ex-professional gambler, and long-term student of Kobun's teachings, cites many sources within Buddhism and Western philosophy to arrive at perfection within this present moment.

Bryan Gaynor, Enlightenment?, June 8, 2014.
Bryan, Jikoji's Projects Manager and Treasurer, leads discussions of enlightenment and of its consequences, what one should do about the dharma.

Jonathan Zrake, How We Got Here, June 1, 2014.
Jonathan, a young Astrophysicist and a Jikoji Resident, describes how he came to zen practice and Jikoji, and leads a discussion of honesty and courage in our practice.

Cliff Isberg, Stories, Singularities, and Zen, May 25, 2014.
Cliff, Jikoji's recent Shuso, honors the singularity of death on Memorial Day, and relates it to our practice.

Shoho Michael Newhall, Something Subtle Shifts, May 18, 2014.
Shoho Michael Newhall, Jikoji's Resident Guiding Teacher and Chief Priest, reflects on our practice in view of his recent illness.

Brie Mathers, Way Seeking Mind, May 11, 2014.
Brie Mathers, Founder of "Love the Skin You're In", on Mothers Day describes how and why she developed her practice, now within her business and Jikoji.

Joe Hall, Wonder, and Curiosity, May 4, 2014.
Joe Hall, Jikoji Resident and Priest, introduces a workshop, starting from viewpoints from science, religion, and participants.

Peter Szydlowski, Knowing Who We Are, April 27, 2014.
Peter Szydlowski, teacher/leader for Jikoji's Rohatsu sesshins, opens discussions, including some precedents from Kobun for adapting practice for Americans.

John Flood, True Dharma, April 20, 2014.
John Flood, Staff Resident at Jikoji, talks about what brings us to Jikoji, our stories, and our practice.

April 7 - 13: Tanjo-e Sesshin - Monday to Sunday, led by Ian Forsberg Ango 2014 Discussion Series: Science and Buddhism

Doug Jacobson, Prison Dharma, April 6, 2014.
Doug, prison chaplain and tunnel engineer, shares his experience with the inspiring practice of prisoners.

Shoho Michael Newhall, Meditation -- The Work, March 30, 2014.
Michael, Guiding Teacher at Jikoji, uses the koan "Ordinary Mind is the Way" to clarify practice of Zazen and Shikantaza.

Greg Campbell, Hotoi, and other Masters, March 23, 2014.
Greg, a resident at and business manager for Jikoji, shows and tells about Hotoi, a gregarious Buddha, and other masters.

Jill Kaplan, Gratitude, March 16, 2014.
Jill, a psychotherapist and zen teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, recalls the late Myogen Steve Stucky as an inspiration to her exploration and practice of gratitude.

Shinshu Roberts, Everyday Practice, March 9 2014.
Shinshu, co-founder/teacher of Ocean Gate Zen Center in Capitola CA., discusses everyday problems, and each moment's practice.

Peter Szydlowski, Fitting Zen Practices, March 2 2014.
Peter, teacher/leader for Rohatsu Sesshins at Jikoji, leads a discussion of traditional Zen practices and our American needs.

Dan Zigmond, Belief and Effort, February 23 2014.
Dan, a software engineer, writer, and contributing editor, clarifies essential understanding and faith in practice, as evidenced by founders.

February 10-16 2014, Nehan-e Sesshin, led by Angie Boissevain Roshi, with donnalynn chase as Ino and Paula Jones as Shuso

Gerow Reece, Calligraphy, and Hakkuin's Poem, February 9 2014.
Gerow, an ex-resident who teaches calligraphy and ceremonial tea, beautifully translates and comments on several poems, expressed within Japanese calligraphy.

Keith Wiley, Intimacy and the Dharma, February 2 2014.
Keith, a priest with Crystal Springs Zen Sangha, draws from his experience, and Buddhist myths, to exemplify true intimacy within the Dharma.

Shoho Michael Newhall, Discussion, January 26 2014.
Michael, Jikoji's resident teacher, leads an open discussion that touches on selfing, posture, alertness, calm and equanimity.

Dr. James Hutt, Stress, January 19 2014.
A Discussion about Stress, in Daily Life and in Practice" with Dr. James Hutt, psychologist, and Shoho Michael Newhall .

Doug Jacobson, Privilege, January 2014.
Doug, a Jikoji Resident and civil/tunnel engineer, discusses Buddhist practices in the light of our many privileges and our responsibilities.

Joe Hall, On Practice at Jikoji, January 5 2014.
Joe, a priest, biker, recent Ino, design specialist, and Resident, talks about why he came to Jikoji, and how to practice.

Shoho Michael Newhall, Brief Meditation Instruction, January 5 2014 (16 minutes).
Mike, Jikoji's Guiding Teacher for over a decade, describes basic practices for participating in Jikoji's zendo, including posture and meditation.

Thomas-JoShin, Learning and Attitudes in Practice, Dec. 31, 2013 (New Year's Eve.)
Joshin, a Swiss priest visiting Jikoji, describes his experience letting go of problems, the O-Kesa, proper focus and attention, and practicing together.

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