Oakville Zen Meditation

Dharma Talks

#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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#403 When the past is polluting the present ,and what to do June 26 / 22

When, and how the past is polluting our present; what to do Our past is a master in polluting, once in a while, our present moment if not too often. The past is the largest tenant of our 3 space-times, followed by the future, and finally by the present moment.  Remember, the mind loves to […]

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#402 Some info. on mind control by great Masters by Kris JUne 20th 22

     SOME INFORMATION ON MIND CONTROL FROM GREAT MASTERS There are two levels of activities in our actions: In our subconscious Mind or the unaware level and in the Aware level. Our actions in the world can be a) Thinking b) Talking c) and doing something Our Mind is like an iceberg where the bulk […]

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#401 The mind watcher June 12 22

                     The mind watcher (redrafted) I want to empty my mind says the student coming for a meditation class. Ok, replied the teacher, but you have to be dead before succeeding. The main source of our suffering is the ongoing, restless output of our ego-driven mind, especially made of our negative thoughts and feelings, unreachable […]

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#400: Health benefits of Mindfulness Meditation June 5 22

                                               Benefits of mindfulness-based meditation In this talk, I will not describe again what mindfulness meditation is all about but look at its beneficial effects. Also, no one should look at mindfulness meditation as the Holy Grail, which will fix all our problems. Over the last 30 years or so, science has been able to […]

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#399 MEDITATION: more on the basics 29 May 22

                                                  MEDITATION: More on the basics. Learning meditation is like learning to play a musical instrument: It is learning how to “tune” the mind, to get better relationships with our thoughts, and eventually control them Dedicated, regular, patient, and non-judgmental practice is how to achieve this. Progress will not occur if one is casual about […]

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