Oakville Zen Meditation

Dharma Talks

#364 Nurturing our good seeds Sept 19 21

Nurturing our good seeds As the soil of our planet, our subconscious is full of good and bad seeds that I will call weeds. When we water our seeds, they mature and manifest in our consciousness. Example: 1-By watering good seeds they will grow stronger creating positive thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. The growth of our […]

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#363 We are already awakened Sep. 11 21

We are already Enlightened Being Awakened or Enlightened has nothing to do with paradise and being in a constant state of euphoria, bliss with spiritual power. The central teaching of Zen is that we are all intrinsically awake that is, we can experience genuine reality at it is and not as the mind-made fictional one. […]

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#362 Making friends with ourselves Sept:5 21

Making friends with ourselves Cultural brainwashing Making friends with ourselves can be a challenging undertaking because we have been taught very quickly in life that we are lacking on this and that, and we should ain to be the best on whatever. There are things I’ve said to myself that I would never, ever say […]

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#361 Complaining: our favorite ego's food. 28/08/21

Complaining: our ego’s favorite food Complaining is one of our ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself. We are complaining almost all the time about anything. It can be verbal, from thoughts but it is mostly subconscious as demonstrated using hypnosis. Facts: We are complaining about everything, even if there is nothing we can do about […]

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#360 Genuine compassion Aug. 22th 21

Only genuine compassion is enough. Adapted from the writings of the Dalai Lama “It’s not sufficient, says the Dalai Lama, to simply think that compassion is important. We must transform our thoughts and behavior on a daily basis to cultivate compassion without attachment” What he just said is not an oxymoron and I will try […]

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#359 Actual vs Virtual realities...

Actual reality, virtual reality, and spacetimes. A Zen perspective. It is 8 pm. Imagine yourself sitting in a movie theater and watching an exciting movie. In this setting there are 2 space-times: - Your space-time is your immediate surrounding (Space) at 8pm (Time) also called the present moment. - What is going on on the […]

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#358 Breathing: a miracle moment 8/8/21

Breathing: A Miracle Moment First, we sit comfortably on a cushion or a chair. Then we keep your back erect without straining or overarching and keep your chin horizontal. Close your eyes. If not, gaze gently a few feet in front of you w/o staring. Aim for a state of alert relaxation. Take three or […]

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#357 How to apply mindfulness in dealing with our suffering.

How to apply mindfulness in dealing with our suffering Edited from a Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh Dealing with our suffering using the usual “fight”: We try our best to get rid of it our suffering. Psychologists like the expression, “getting it out of your system.” which is venting the cause of suffering. Some […]

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#356 The practice of Awareness July 25th

The practice of awareness One of the first Zen practices I learned from my teachers was the practice of awareness. I am not talking about cognitive-based awareness such as “Yes I am aware of this or that meaning I know “. In this example, awareness is just an automatic recall process from our data-based knowledge. […]

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#355 The 4 foundations of mindfulness as taught by the Buddha. Jul. 18-21

The four foundations of Mindfulness as taught by the Buddha To be mindful is to pay attention / contemplate something w/o further judgmental, analytic, and decisional processes. It can be on a material object, thought, emotion, behavior. The 4 foundations of mindfulness are the fundamental teachings of the Buddha on meditation as the way to […]

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