Oakville Zen Meditation
#426 Practicing mindfulness on-the-go Jan 22 23

MINI  Using non-dominant hand                     This talk is part of a series called practicing “Mindfulness on the go” Use your non-dominant hand in a mindful way for some ordinary tasks each day.  These could include brushing your teeth, combing your hair, or eating at least part of your meal. If you are up for a big […]

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#425 Letting go by Ewa Jan. 15th 23

The art of letting go Letting go, (or some may refer to it as non-attachment) means to allow a release, to relinquish ones grip on, or, to refrain from clinging and grasping. Often we attach or cling to what we like, but on the other side of the coin, letting go also refers to letting go […]

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#424 Boredom is exciting Jan 8 23

Our mind is always in a permanent state of starving for something from “not having enough,” always greedy for more food such as thoughts, and feelings to think about, and even having the body doing something. Therefore, if you are controlled by your mind most of the time, you can get bored and restless very […]

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#423 Anger: using mindfulness meditation to deal with 18 Dec -22

                          Anger management using mindfulness meditation You’ve been hijacked by anger. Whether anger rises abruptly in a fiery explosion or burns slowly over time, it can effectively take over. Employing mindfulness can help you in managing angry feelings and protect you (and others) from their most damaging effects.                                                                          Acute or chronic anger is a complex […]

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#422 Dialogue between the Budha and a student The Cosmic joke by David Dec 03 22

                                                  Bahiya and The Cosmic Joke This story comes from the Buddhist Suttas. Bahiya of the Bark-cloth was a wondering renunciate and arguably the Buddha's best student. One day Bahiya comes to wonder about himself, “Am I awakened? Am I an enlightened being?” So Bahiya asks a passing God—a Deva, “Am I awakened?” The Deva […]

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#421 How to practice Metta or lovingkindness Nov 27th 22

    How to practice  ”Metta” or Lovingkindness Metta regroups loving-kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. In our Western culture, it is impossible to practice Metta to ourselves. We feel that we are unworthy, that it’s egotistical, narcissistic, and alien.    The following is the actual teaching by the Buddha himself regarding Metta.                                            "One of the beautiful principles of […]

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#420 The practice of "hope" in Zen pespectice Nov 20th 22

                                         Hope: how to practice hope the Zen way When your mind is wandering in the future ~ 70% of the time, hope becomes its default mode. We are expecting positive outcomes for ourselves, people, and events all the time, and it is okay. Dostoyevsky said, “There is no life without hope” Maybe. However, hope […]

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#418 Purpose of the Dharma talk and role of the student by Nancy Nov. 07 22

Purpose of the Dharma talk and the student’s role “A Dharma talk is a lecture on a Buddhist topic to provide inspiration for integrating the Buddha’s teachings in daily life.”  ( i.e. inspirational vs intellectual). The Buddha said I teach one thing and one thing only: suffering and the release from suffering; and yet he […]

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#417 Ignorance What is it? A Zen perspective Oct 24th, 2022

                 Dharma:  What is Ignorance?   A Zen perspective           There is a difference between ignorance in the common sense of the word and the Zen Buddhist meaning of the word. In the common sense of the word, ignorance is being unaware, lacking in general knowledge or understanding. This common kind of ignorance, when applied […]

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#416 MEDITATION Part3. UPDATE on BENEFITS Oct 16th 22

     Meditation. Its benefits: what we know in 2022 During the past two decades, we’ve discovered the beneficial impacts of mindfulness meditation. But the science behind mindfulness meditation has often suffered from poor study designs, lack of funding, and small effect sizes. As a result, there is still a lot we don’t understand about mindfulness […]

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