Brother Phap Don offers a peaceful and joyful setting for this talk. He shares his experience in arriving and enjoying each step as well as how to connect with nature for nourishment and healing.

This talk is based in continuous practice, present moment, peaceful and happy dwelling. May this sharing be of benefit.

Direct download: 2016-12-18-Br-Phap-Don.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 10:01pm CDT
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Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the second class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice and questions at the end. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.

Direct download: 2016-12-18_Body_2.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT
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This talk was offered in Vietnamese by Sr Truc Nghiem (Sr Bamboo) during our weekend with Order of Interbeing members of Southern California. It was translated by Sr Bach Nghiem (Sr Clarity).

Our sister shares about how we can practice mindful breathing and stopping with the sound on the bell in order to nurture our calm and capacity to dwell in the present. She also shares how this ongoing practice can help us come in contact with and transform suffering deep in our consciousness. 

Direct download: 2016-12-11-Sr-Truc-Nghiem-Eng.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 12:18pm CDT
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This Dharma Talk is the second for our Winter Retreat. The theme for the Sunday Dharma Talks this winter is: Nurturing our Roots, Strengthening our Branches - essentials of Plum Village Practice.

Thay Phap Dang recently moved to Deer Park Monastery from Plum Village in France.

Direct download: 2016-12-04-Br-Phap-Dang-Eng.mp3
Category:dharma talks -- posted at: 9:00am CDT
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Brother Phap Ho is offering 6 classes during this winter retreat 2016-2017, on the first three foundations of mindfulness: body, feelings, mind. Below is a summary of the first class. The recording includes sharing and instructions, as well as practice and a question a the end. We hope you enjoy listening and practicing with us.Summary of class 1 on Body

Direct download: 2016-12-04_BODY_1.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 11:55pm CDT

Enjoy 30 minutes silent sitting meditation with the Sangha of Solidity Hamlet. Br Phap Ho offers some introduction to sitting: following our breathing, as well as the Evening Chant.

Direct download: 30_min_sitting_with_evening_chant.mp3
Category:Meditation Class 2016-2017 -- posted at: 11:30pm CDT

Talk from Winter 2016-2017 Retreat Opening Day.

Translated by Sister Kinh Nghiem.

Direct download: 2016-11-27-Ven-Phuoc-Tinh-Eng.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm CDT

Br. Phap Vu reflects on the 2016 US election, shares how to practice with its results and ends with a short question and answer session.

A short biography of Br. Phap Vu: http://www.tnhtour.org/2015/09/03/meet-the-monastics-chan-phap-vu/

Direct download: 2016-11-20-Br-Phap-Vu-Eng.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm CDT

2016 Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color
 
Dear Friends,
 
This is the  Question & Answer Session (and final recording) from The Path of True Love: Healing Ourselves mindfulness retreat for People of Color.
We are deeply grateful to our teachers Br. Larry Ward, Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Rev. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Br. Man Tue, Sister Hang Nghiem for all the shining wisdom, compassion, joy and skillfulness they offered nourishing our healing and inspiring wise action.


Some of the questions posed:
1.     What do we do about our public schools?

2.     How do we handle our anger? i.e. police violence

3.     How do we help others when we are being triggered?

4.     How do we continue our meditation when anxiety comes up?

5.     How do we partner in activism for collective liberation?

6.     How have you strived to perfect love in this practice?

...and others

 


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.
You can also listen to these talks on the Deer Park Dharmacast Soundcloud page
https://soundcloud.com/deerparkdharmacast/

Direct download: 2016-08-07-Q_A.mp3
Category:poc -- posted at: 11:26pm CDT

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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