Oakville Zen Meditation

Dharma Talks

#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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#419 The Oil lamp: a metaphor about us Nov 13th 22

     Let me try to explain this metaphor:      From the bottom up:             The cup of the lamp is our material body.             The oil is our restless mind.             The wick is our ego.             The flame is the end result of the ego.      How does it work?             Our non-stop thinking […]

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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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#415: Gratitude in the Zen way by Miranda Oct 10 22

Gratitude Gratitude, as a quality of the heart, often escapes me. Like most people, I usually get carried away by the demands of everyday life, the endless to-do lists, the ongoing planning, and my over-active, problem-solving mind. Seldom do I stop and experience gratitude, and yet, I don’t think I’m alone in feeling as though […]

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#414 MEDITATION Part 2 How to set up a routine Oct. 2 22

                   How to create a meditation routine even if you don’t want to    Prerequisite: Understanding the rationale, purpose, and process of mindfulness meditation.    Here is the “Do it” list to help you in creating a  meditation practice routine      Prioritize. You need to insert into your brain that meditation is just as […]

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#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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Cartoon 3 Meditation: back to the basics
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