Oakville Zen Meditation

Dharma Talks

#397 Resistance: the hidden source of suffering May 8 22

May 8 22 The greatest part of human pain is not only self-created but also unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind controls and runs your life. The pain we are created is very often some form of resistance or complaint against something or someone. Rather than resistance, Zen prefers the word […]

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#396 Self-talking is Self-hypnosis May 1 22

Talking to ourselves and listening to our continuous inner voice is, by far, the most common activity of our mind. It is estimated that around 90,000 to 140,000 thoughts are produced every day. A very small proportion of this huge amount is decisional, but most of them are self-talking and listening to ourselves with w/any […]

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#395 At ease "without knowing" April 24th 22

I” Not knowing “ is understood as a mind empty of appropriate knowledge, at max,  being stupid. Knowing about x, y, and z is, a vital tool when decisions must be made all the time. Also, knowledge is assimilated with self-identification (I think therefore I am said Descartes), intelligence, respect, control, and power. However, when […]

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#394 Stop trying to define yourself Apr 10 22

                      Stop trying to define yourself The most common tools used for self-identification have to do with race, gender, personal and family history, physical appearance, education, knowledge, work we do, special abilities, social status, recognition, belief systems, and other collective identifications such as religious and political. So, we are spending a lot of time trying […]

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#393 Zen lexicon of the most common terms April 09 22

                                                                       Short Zen Lexicon ACCEPTANCE:       An attitude towards serenity. The opposite is  Resistance causing suffering. ATTACHMENT:       #1 cause of suffering. Attachment to things, thoughts, ideas, etc..... AWAKENING:      Achieved when we realize and experience the factual realities of Life as opposed to the mind-made     fictional ones. AWARENESS:        Experiencing factual reality […]

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#392 Be still March 27th 22

Be still Activity and movement are our default modes, not just with our bodies but also with our minds always in motion. We rush around all day, always connected, doing things, talking, emailing, sending and reading messages, There is no time for stillness. In our society action and results are all-important, it is part of […]

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#391 Awareness vs thinking March 20th 22

               Awareness vs Thinking I am thinking hard to control my thoughts and emotions but I cannot succeed. So, what should I do said the student: “Don’t do,...... just be....... and you will achieve control of your mind..” replied the teacher. To control or even to be free of our thoughts and feelings is not […]

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#390 Original vs Acquired self: the doctrine of "No self" March 13 22

                                Original Self vs Acquired self    or   The doctrine of “ No-Self” XIII century Zen Master Dogen taught the following:                “ The daily practice of Zen and Zen meditation is to discover your true original self                   To discover your true self is to study your acquired self.                   To study your acquired […]

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#389 Meaning and practice of Metta 07-03-22

The practice of Metta or “loving-kindness” Metta is a Pali word, and like most ancient words, it encompasses multi meanings. Therefore, it cannot be translated into a single word. It can be summarized as an attitude of loving-kindness expressed towards all living beings including self and in all situations w/o seeking anything back for our […]

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#388 Being kind with our unkind demons Feb. 20 22

                                                  Being kind with our unkind demons Negative thoughts are our unkind demons popping up all the time out of our subconscious or from nowhere. Hundred of thoughts belong in this category:  anxiety, guilt, poor self-image, hatred, regrets, etc....  They disturbed us to the point that we repeatedly tried to get rid of them through […]

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