Oakville Zen Meditation
#413 Back 2 the Basics Meditation: body, mind, impacts, variations Sept 25th 22

               Series B2B: What is Meditation & what are its benefits? Part 1 In series B2B ( Back to the basics ) we will start by talking about meditation. Zen means meditation in Japanese, and meditation is, by far, the most important component of Zen Buddhism practice because :      It contains all the keys […]

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#412: Surrendering; Arrow in the heart but branch of serenity Sept 14th 22

    Surrendering: an arrow to our ego, a hidden branch in the tree of serenity From education, culture, and experience, we must be achievers, fighters, and winners. Therefore, we are addicted to control .....or trying to ...on almost everything around us: We want to control our day, our routines, schedules, system, finances, work, health, relationships, […]

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#411 Attachment and Detachment by Kris Aug. 28 22

                                               ATTACHMENT AND DETACHMENT One of Buddha's first teachings was that everything in life is transient. Unfortunately, we are attached to these transient things or beings, and thus suffering ensues. All of us are attached to something: our parents, spouse, child, or profession. Attachment is a feeling. It is a mere thought. We attach ourselves […]

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#410We are what we feel: a formula for unhappiness Aug 21 22

                           We Are What we feel: A Formula for Unhappiness All of us experience painful emotions and unwanted situations:: as separation from loved ones, diseases, loss of job, death, and many more. Westerners have a strong relationship with their emotions either positive or negative. People focus on their good and bad emotions much more than […]

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#409 KOAN:The sound of one hand clapping Aug. 14th 22

                                    The Sound of One hand clapping                             The paradoxical mystery of koans and their teaching purpose Translated from Chinese, koan literally means “ public statement”.  Koans were created in the XI century by a Zen Master called Dahui to assess student progress toward Awakening. A Koan is a short question, statement, story, riddle, image, […]

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#408 Illusion, Delusion: main sources of suffering Aug. 7th 22

                  DHARMA:  Illusion and Delusion: main sources of suffering The optimal goal of Zen-Buddhism practice is to control, if not eliminate suffering. The word “suffering” is better translated as “negativities in its broader sense” that is any situations and feelings affecting us negatively i.e. Struggling, anger, sadness, resentment, anxiety, unhappiness, jealousy, etc. Sources of negativity […]

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#407 The Art and power of resting July 24th 22

The art and power of resting In this talk, resting is a relaxation exercise, different from meditation despite some similitudes. We are always running around and struggling with time. Fighting time has become a kind of addiction. We cannot resist being active, running around like a hamster on its wheel, giving us the feeling of […]

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#406 Happiness, serenity, and equanimity July 17th 22

                                                   Happiness, serenity, and equanimity                                         Equanimity: the key to happiness: A Zen perspective Let us start with a definition: Happiness:      The intermittent positive emotional feeling of joy and pleasure is triggered by an external source. Serenity:     State of mind combining calmness, contentment, composure..... only when everything is OK. Equanimity:     Permanent even-tempered […]

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#405 How to practice doubt July 10 22

                                              If you doubt fully, you will awaken fully            Japanese Zen teacher Hakuin loved to repeat: "At the bottom of great doubt lies great awakening. If you doubt fully, you will awaken fully, if you never doubt you will stay asleep with a frozen mind"    This is one of these paradoxical, and obscure Zen statements […]

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#404 Dharma. Nothing is permanent except impermanence July 03 22

 Dharma: Nothing is permanent, except impermanence    When asked what was the most important message of his 50 years of oral teaching, the Buddha replied these words. “Everything is transient, live and work diligently to appreciate and experience your impermanence.” There were his last words a few minutes before dying from mushroom poisoning. The key teaching […]

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