By Stoepzen Podcasts
Stoep ZenNov 14, 2023
Veld & Sky Practice
We all find ourselves in a particular landscape and it is here we live, as part of it and with respect and gratitude.
The World is Burning - Now What?
The old texts say life is suffering, that the world is burning, that the world is in trauma. Our practice is not to discuss the merits of this statement but to take the next step, to make it real. Insofar as there is suffering, how will I respond? In the same way, other texts say life is beautiful; how will I respond? Then Zen goes beyond slogans and comes to life.
In the Beginning was the Life; the Word came after
We practice Zen to make our life real, not to fit in with any words or scriptures. This radical non-attachment gives us wings and allows us the freedom to live, play and die without obstruction.
Attention is what happens when you stop trying to pay attention
In this talk Antony Osho talks about attention as a natural human faculty that works efficiently, flexibly and full-bodiedly when we let it.
Always Already Connected
Our fundamental reality is one of selfless connection to this vast flow of life, death and transformation - early Bushmen poems from the Karoo illustrate this beautifully. But we live as if we are disconnected and the suffering that arises from this brings us to spiritual practice.
Zen Beyond Strategy
In this Dharma talk Antony Osho looks at a natural Zen practice that is an expression of our deep connectedness to the world, rather than a practice that expresses only our need, ambition or anxiety.
I take refuge in the veld
In this talk, Antony Osho looks at taking refuge as a gesture of connectedness with this life.
Within There is the Jewel
This practice is not just about finding the jewel in the world of form but of living the world of form as the jewel itself.
When the world goes to the dogs, we do dog practice
Antony Osho looks at our willingness to go to hell for others, through the koan 'Langzhong's Hell'.
Zen as Life Beyond Self
There are many styles and forms of Zen practice but the essential characteristic of them all is that they grant us the fullness of a life beyond the self.
Zen as An Act of Friendship
At Poplar Grove Zendo we take refuge daily in Buddha Dharma and Sangha. Sangha is our community, which is every person, thing, event or process in our life - including our precious environment. We commit ourselves to taking the world as friend, to looking after it as it looks after us.
Authentic self as the healing self
Trauma and suffering accompany attachment to the activity of me-self. This also perpetuates the suffering and conceals our true nature. The Dharma teaches that only our authentic self can be the source of true healing and the Zen way is to find and make real that boundless life.
If you want to learn about a tree, go to the tree
First we find the mind that is clear like a mirror, then we take a step into that clear world on our own two feet.
Beyond Words and Scriptures
Teachings that are helpful for the suffering self become beautiful when seen from the complete world - and then they disappear.
I'll save the world tomorrow
Thinking about Dharma teachings can make our practice complicated and unreal. Complicatedness is a neon sign telling us to look at things differently. This is one part of koan work - taking the language of self and translating it into the language of embodiment.
"We sometimes find that what we call our spiritual path has become yet another strategy for the ego, a tactic to avoid one part of our life and grasp another, to escape suffering and find enlightenment. We remain divided.
Seeing this is wonderful. For, in truth, we are not dealing with freedom from suffering but freedom in suffering. When we truly accept this - even for a moment - we find ourselves living in the space beyond both suffering and the end of it. We have attained the teaching of the Buddha."
—Antony Osler, “Zen Dust”
Riding the Wave of this Moment
The image of a surfer riding a wave is a common one in Zen. But true wave practice is not just the riding of the wave; it is also about falling off, about paddling out, about failing and being cold and wet. The purity of this never-give-up mind is the heart of a Zen life.
Zen as the Great Way
Zen is not an elite hobby for those who 'get it.' The Great Way embraces both clarity and confusion, moments of awakeness as well as times of selfless perseverance and commitment.
Zen is not just about great figures who 'got it'; it's really about everyone else.
This guided meditation follows on from the dharma talk on the true power of Zazen.
The true power of Zazen
In this talk, Antony Osho looks at the real nature of zazen as well as the kind of teachings and instructions that support it.
How we make the Great Way narrow and why it doesn't really matter
Here Antony Osho talks about how we limit the path according to our own image; how the Way remains wide despite our tendency to narrow it down; and how we need to set a deep direction in our practice that includes both our self-projects and the infinite breadth of the Way.
How to be completely useless
We spend so much energy on being useful, we forget the beauty of uselessness and the wonder of going beyond both.
The churches are closed but the bells still ring
Zen as a response to suffering in a world of emptiness and a poem in memory of Archbishop Tutu.
The Taoist root of Zen
In this talk, Antony Osho looks at the Taoist inspiration behind Ch’an and Zen and asks whether it may point towards a practice that is particularly at home in southern Africa.
So sad, so sad
In this talk, Antony Osho looks at the aliveness that arises naturally when we open ourselves to grief, and what this means for our Zen practice.
Riding the wild horse: a Zen guide to falling off and climbing back up
When we embrace every part of our experience, we have a chance to find a wider perspective and, in so doing, to step into a life of intimacy from which wisdom and compassion can arise naturally.
Vimalakirti, Compassion and Lay Zen life
This talk looks at layperson Vimalakirti’s ‘I am sick because the world is sick’ and what this gesture offers those living a non-monastic life.
Within there is a jewel
An exploration of the movement in our lives from impasse into the light.
South Africa has woken up!
After a week of riots and violence in South Africa, the nation realised that its heart had been broken. This is a Dharma talk about those events.
Zazen and Koans: How to give yourself to this life
This talk looks at koan 43 of the Blue Cliff Record (Dongshan’s Hot and Cold) and the practice of Zazen as traditional Zen practices that enable us to meet our world as it is.
An act of friendship: Zen Practice at Poplar Grove Zendo
This talk is an introduction to the Stoep Zen lineage and practice style at Poplar Grove Zendo as seen through the lens of the traditional Three Refuges of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.