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“To study Buddhism is to study the Self”

Eihei Dogen (1200-1253)

Find out more about Zen Practice

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Audio files are of talks (teisho) or guidance given during Zazen (kusen). Typically, kusen are short, so here we’ve often combined several into one file. To listen, we recommend you sit in Zazen at home while playing the audio.

From time to time, particular texts are selected for focus within our Sutra Study group.

Soto Zen Foundations Course

During the Autumn of 2022, we provided a six-week foundation course covering the basics of our practice. Recordings of the associated talks can be found on the title link above.

Teisho Series (2024) – The Bodhisattva Way 

This series of talks will explore what it means to take what Master Deshimaru referred to as the Bodhisattva ordination – taking the precepts and the vows of the Bodhisattva. The talks are primarily to support those preparing for ordination, and are broadly based on the texts used within the ordination ceremony. Further resources, including translations of texts used in the ceremony, are available from the Zen in London website

The Question and Response sessions which took place after each talk will be added and linked here. These are password protected, and available only for members of Bristol Zen Dojo to respect potential confidentiality concerns of those asking the questions

Shikantaza & Zen Practice

  • Shikantaza 22 mins, Just sit, Seiho Chris Preist
  • Mushotoku 16 mins, Non-gaining mind, Seiho Chris Preist

The Role of Ritual in Zen

Chanting and the Core Chants

  • Chanting the Sutras  16 mins, including the Maka Hannya Haramita Shingyo,  Adrian Mokugyo Tuttiett

Zen and Life

What is Ordination?

The Three Poisons

The Bodhisattva and the Vows

Dharma Transmission

Zen and Ethics

The Kesa/Rakusu

  • The Kesa 30 mins,  Maddie E Shin Parisio 

Wisdom & Compassion 

Mahayana Mind

History of Zen Buddhism

Hannya Shingyo

  • Chanting the Sutras  16 mins, including the Maka Hannya Haramita Shingyo,  Adrian Mokugyo Tuttiett

Sekito Kisen’s San Do Kai

Dogen’s Genjokoan

  • Genjokoan, Part 1 23 mins, Early paragraphs of the Genjokoan,  Chris Sei Ho Preist  
  • Genjokoan, Part 2  13 mins, Later paragraphs of the Genjokoan,  Chris Sei Ho Preist   

The Six Paramitas

Memories of Jean Baby

The Four Noble Truths

The Dhammapada

Selected Sutras and Commentaries

Meditation – General

NB – This last item is different in kind, covering the range of different forms meditation can take. It was given at a yoga retreat so its subject matter is not limited to Zen meditation.