2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

We are happy to continue sharing the Dharma talks from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves, our recent mindfulness retreat for People of Color.

Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel begins her talk by reflecting on her early encounter with Zen as a person of color. Rev. Zenju refers to people of color meditation groups as "cultural sanctuaries" and responds to the perceptions of these spaces as "exclusionary" and counter to "oneness."  Rev. Zenju also presents the teachings on store consciousness and the direct experience of transformation when seeds arise.

Rev. Zenju also reads selections from her latest work, The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender.


A few excerpts Rev. Zenju's talk:

We as people of color have specific spiritual work to contend with, and the term "people of color" suggests that work rather than the idea of separation based on skin color for the sake of harming those who are white---that is not the intention.

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The civil rights movement...it wasn't about us being able to sit at the counter in Newberry's to eat hamburgers...it wasn't just  that. It was about love, creating love and seeing people as people and creating love and to rid ourselves of a consciousness of hatred.  That's what that movement was about. Of course, we took some of the gifts that came out of that movement, the civil rights movement, but at the same time, it was still misunderstood that it was for one particular group of people when it was for the entire humanity.

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My embodiment was exactly where the awakening was going to happen. Where else was it going to happen? It wasn't going to drop from the sky. I've been given a gift about who I am, all that I have experienced so that I can awaken to something much larger than that, much further than that---and still have that...When I began to see this is my gateway...I felt I needed to share with people that we already have what we need to head toward enlightenment or to engage it, to engage oneness.  I can engage oneness because I am here, the oneness that is right here...When I began to see this embodiment was the gateway to boundlessness, I began to walk it differently--not where it was something that burdened me, but something that could be used...

--Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Let us now stop, listen deeply and contemplate these teachings and sharings to cultivate our individual and collective healing and awakening.

To stay connected with Rev. Zenju, visit http://zenju.org/.

Direct download: 2016-08-06-Rev-Zenju.mp3
Category:poc -- posted at: 5:44pm CDT
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Presentation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams (2016-08-05)

2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

We are happy to continue sharing the Dharma talks from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves, our recent mindfulness retreat for People of Color.

Today, Rev. angel Kyodo williams offers a presentation and reading based on the newly published book, Radical Dharma.  In this sharing, Rev. angel invites us into a long overdue conversation about race alongside love and liberation.  As part of this conversation, Rev. angel speaks about the social construct of whiteness, while calling us back into our humanity and to be in touch with the "thing underneath the thing."

A few excerpts:
"...we have the greatest potential to actually pull it up at its roots.  Interestingly enough, we have that opportunity through this gift of the Dharma that actually invites us to be able to look with clear seeing eyes at things that are not real...that are figments of our imagination and figments of other people's imaginations...Race is a grand social figment."  

"As Dharma teachers, the way we survived the aggression and violence of a white dominant form of Dharma that was coming to us---is that we got underneath the thing. We got to the thing underneath the thing. We had to get down to who we really were. And simultaneously appreciate our teachers, our lineages, the texts as they were given but also have a fundamental trust in who we were in our basic humanity."

"What does Dharma become when it's expressed through the experience of someone who lives in a Black body."

--Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Let us now stop, listen deeply and contemplate these teachings and sharings to cultivate our individual and collective liberation and great aspiration to strengthen the Beloved Community.

To stay connected with Rev. angel, visit http://angelkyodowilliams.com.

Direct download: 2016-08-05-Rev-Angel-Kyodo-Williams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am CDT
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2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

We are happy to continue sharing the Dharma talks from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves, our recent mindfulness retreat for People of Color.

Today’s Dharma talk, entitled “Engaging the Five Mindfulness Trainings" was offered by Br. Larry Ward on the second morning of our retreat.  You can read more about The Five Mindfulness Trainings: The Path of Happiness here.


Let us now stop, listen deeply and contemplate these teachings and sharings to cultivate our individual and collective healing and great aspiration to strengthen the Beloved Community.

To stay connected with Brother Larry Ward, visit The Lotus Institute http://www.thelotusinstitute.org/.

"The calling of the Lotus Institute is to offer mindfulness teachings, principles and practices that encourage individual healing and transformation, professional growth, and development in ways that enhance planetary, social evolution."

Direct download: 2016-08-05-Larry-Ward.mp3
Category:poc -- posted at: 12:17am CDT
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2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color

Dear Friends,

We are happy to begin sharing the Dharma talks from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves, from our recent mindfulness retreat for People of Color. 

Today’s Dharma talk, entitled “The Alchemy of Grief: Turning Suffering into Light" was offered by Br. Larry Ward on the first morning of our retreat. 

Br. Larry provided a general outline of his talk:

  • Poem
  • Why I Practice
  • It’s About Love (verb)
  • Yoniso and Ayoniso
  • Nutriments and De-Nutriments
  • Poem

Let us now stop, listen deeply and contemplate these teachings and sharings to cultivate our individual and collective healing and great aspiration to strengthen the Beloved Community.

To stay connected with Brother Larry Ward, visit The Lotus Institute http://www.thelotusinstitute.org/.


"The calling of the Lotus Institute is to offer mindfulness teachings, principles and practices that encourage individual healing and transformation, professional growth, and development in ways that enhance planetary, social evolution."

Direct download: 2016-08-04-Larry-Ward.mp3
Category:poc -- posted at: 9:21pm CDT
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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast - Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace. Today, we bring you Thich Nhat Hanh's new translation of the Heart Sutra as chanted by monastics at Deer Park Monastery. To read about the Heart Sutra and Thich Nhat Hanh's reasons for the new translation, head to the article at plumvillage.org.  May this new translation bring us closer to clear understanding and may everything be illuminated.

Now,  enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: HeartSutraNewTranslationChanting.mp3
Category:chants & songs -- posted at: 5:38pm CDT
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Dear friends,

Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.

Before the talks of the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour, the monastics offered chanting in both English and Vietnamese. Today, we offer those to you. May they fill your heart with joy and peace.

Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

Direct download: MonasticsChanting.mp3
Category:chants & songs -- posted at: 12:30am CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
Today we offer a deep sharing from Brother Phap Ho as he sits with a flowing creek under swaying bamboo at Deer Park Monastery. 
 
The Earth Holder Sangha has been forming in North America in 2015 and is sprouting in other parts of the world. This is an outgrowth of the Earth Holding Here and Now Blog and the Theme Weekend on Earth Holding at Deer Park in 2013. We are thrilled to announce that Deer Park will host the first Earth Holder Retreat: For a Future to Be Possible, April 28 - May 1, 2016
 
Our brother invites us to awaken the Earth Holderbodhisattvas in our hearts -- seeing our connection with nature and the path of our planet with love and peace. Breathing joyfully with our surroundings, we can see truth more clearly.
 
Now, enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapHoEarthHolderBoddhisattva.mp3
Category:Earth Holding Series -- posted at: 11:49am CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
In the last podcast of the series on Full Awareness of Breathing, Brother Phap Dang shares the final three exercises.  Our brother gently walks us into the deep teachings of non-self, non-duality, and letting go. We hope you have benefited greatly from the monastics that shared during the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour.
 
Now enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapDangLastThreeExercises.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:50am CDT
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Dear Friends,
 
Welcome to the Deer Park Dharmacast -- Dharma flowing from the Ocean of Peace.
 
This week we share the continuation of Brother Phap Dang's sharing on the thirteenth exercise of Full Awareness of Breathing.  From his personal experiences with impermanence, our brother shows us clearly the value of letting go of our ideas and perceptions.  May this sharing move us to recognize our clinging and suffering. 
 
Now enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.
Direct download: BrPhapDangImpermanenceDeath.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:58am CDT
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Dear Friends,

This week we continue our series on Full Awareness of Breathing with Brother Phap Dang's final talk of the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour.  Before delving into the last four exercises, he shares on both the deception of our perceptions and the bright light of insight. May this sharing lead you to the path of clarity.
 
Now enjoy this moment to stop and look deeply.

 

Direct download: BrPhapDangPerceptionInsight.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 11:05pm CDT
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