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Kathie Fischer on The Platform Sutra

In the spring of 2020, Kathie Fischer gave a series of 4 talks at Dharma Seminar on the Platform Sutra and the teachings of the sixth ancestor Hui-neng. As we embark on our own study of this text for Practice Period, these talks are freshly relevant, expanding our engagement with this seminal text.

Norman on Dōgen

Last December, Norman gave a series of talks on Dōgen’s “Dharma Blossoms Turn Dharma Blossoms.” The fascicle is about the Lotus Sutra, the focus of last fall’s Practice Period. But as Norman explains, it is based on a saying in the Platform Sutra, our topic for the 2021 Practice Period. These talks thus form a bridge between the two Practice Periods.

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October 14, 2021

Platform Sutra 2021 - Talk 6 - Shuso Eva Bovenzi - The Truly Good Friend of the Platform Sutra

Shuso Eva Bovenzi gives the sixth talk of the Platform Sutra 2021 series to the Dharma Seminar. In the Platform Sutra Hui-neng (sixth patriarch) confers the formless precepts of the Southern...
October 13, 2021

Platform Sutra 2021 - Talk 5 - October All Day Sitting

Norman gives his fifth talk of the Platform Sutra 2021 series to the Dharma Seminar at the October All Day Sitting.  In the Platform Sutra Hui-neng (sixth patriarch) confers the...
October 8, 2021

Platform Sutra 2021 - Talk 4

Norman gives his fourth talk of the Platform Sutra 2021 series to the Dharma Seminar. In the Platform Sutra Hui-neng (sixth patriarch) confers the formless precepts of the Southern School...
September 30, 2021

Platform Sutra 2021 - Talk 3

Norman gives his third talk of the Platform Sutra 2021 series to the Dharma Seminar. In the Platform Sutra Hui-neng (sixth patriarch) confers the formless precepts of the Southern School...
September 24, 2021

Platform Sutra 2021 - Talk 2

Norman gives his second talk of the Platform Sutra 2021 series to the Dharma Seminar. In the Platform Sutra Hui-neng (sixth patriarch) confers the formless precepts of the Southern School...
September 19, 2021

Platform Sutra 2021 - Talk 1 - September All Day Sitting

Norman opens the 2021 Everyday Zen Practice Period and gives his first talk of the Platform Sutra 2021. In the Platform Sutra Hui-neng (sixth patriarch) confers the formless precepts of...
September 14, 2021

The Bodhisattva is a Tree: A Dharma Talk on the Jataka Tales by Rafe Martin

Rafe Martin (founding teacher of Endless Path Zendo) is the author of numerous books on the Jataka Tales, including ‘Before Buddha Was Buddha’ and ‘Endless Path.’ This talk was given at Dharma Heart...
September 10, 2021

Dogen's Bendowa 2021 - Talk 1

Norman gives his first talk to the Dharma Seminar of the Dogen’s Bendowa 2021 series. In this series Norman references the book “The Wholehearted Way” by Shohaku Okamura and Taigen...
September 2, 2021

Awakened Heart - Traditional Meditation - Breath

Norman gives his talk on Traditional Meditation – Breath on August 24, 2021  
September 2, 2021

Awakened Heart - Dogen on Jewish Meditation - On August 24, 2021

Norman gives his talk on Awakened Heart – Jewish Meditation Dogen on August 24, 2021
September 2, 2021

Awakened Heart - Jewish Meditation - Psalms 27

Norman gives his talk on Awakened Heart – Jewish Meditation – Psalms 27 – on August 26, 2021  
August 29, 2021

Jataka Tales and the Bodhisattva Path - Chris Fortin - All Day Sitting August 2021

Chris Fortin talks on the “Jataka Tales and the the Bodhisattva Path” to the Everyday Zen August, 2021 All Day Sitting.  In this talk she references two books by Rafe...
August 17, 2021

Makor Or - Elul Talk - August 8. 2021

Norman Fischer gives his talk on Elul to Makor Or on August 8, 2021
August 3, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 10 - Uppalavana and Precepts -July All Day Sitting

Norman gives the tenth and final talk of “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women” on Uppalavana and Precepts to the EDZ July All Day Sitting.
July 31, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 10 - Uppalavana and Precepts -July All Day Sitting

Norman gives the tenth and final talk of “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women” on Uppalavana and Precepts to the EDZ July All Day Sitting.
July 30, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 9 - Zenju Earthlyn Manuel - The Possibilities in What We See

Zen Earthlyn Manuel gives the ninth and last talk on “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. on “The Possibilities in What We See.”
July 22, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 8 - Sue Moon - Learning From the Teachings of Dipa Ma and Darlene Cohen

Sue Moon gives the eighth talk from “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.”on “Learning from the Teachings of Dipa Ma and Darlene Cohen.”
July 18, 2021

Makor Or - Tisha B'av - July 18. 2021

Norman Fischer gives his talk on Tisha B’av, to Makor Or on July 18, 2021  
July 15, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 7 - Sue Moon and Naomi Newman - Wise Old Woman by the Side of the Road

Sue Moon and Naomi Newman talk on “The Wise Old Woman by the side of the Road” from “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.”
July 7, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 6 - James Flaherty - Maylie Scott Meets Loneliness

James Flaherty gives the sixth talk on the Hidden Lamp 2021 series to the Dharma Seminar on “Maylie Scott meets Loneliness” from “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of...
June 30, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 5 - Alan Block - The Old Woman Recognizes Mazu

Alan Block gives the fifth talk of the Hidden Lamp 2021 series to the Dharma Seminar on “The Old Woman Recognizes Mazu” from “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries...
June 26, 2021

Zen Mirror of Tokeikji (from Hidden Mirror) - All Day Sitting - June 2021

Norman gives his talk at the Bay Area One Day Sitting on the Zen Mirror of Tokeikji as referenced in “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.”...
June 23, 2021

Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 4 - Women In Charnel Ground

Norman gives the fourth talk on “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.” on the The Women in the Charnel Ground.
June 20, 2021

Seven Sisters in the Charnal Ground (from Hidden Mirror) - Samish Island Sesshin 2021 - Talk 3

Norman gives his third talk to the Samish Island 2021, Seven Sisters in the Charnal Ground (from Hidden Mirror)
June 20, 2021

Sutra on Breathing - Samish Island Sesshin 2021 - Talk 2

Norman gives his second talk to the Samish Island 2021 Sesshin, Sutra on Breathing
June 20, 2021

Mel on Breathing - Samish Island Sessin 2021 - Talk 1

Norman gives his first talk to the Samish Island 2021 Sesshin, Mel on Breathing
June 18, 2021

Zen Mirror of Tokeikji (from Hidden Mirror) - Samish Island Sesshin 2021 - Talk 4

Norman gives his fourth talk to the Samish Island sesshin, Zen Mirror of Tokeikji (from Hidden Mirror).    
June 17, 2021

The Hidden Lamp 2021 - Talk 3 - Florence Caplow

Florence Caplow gives the third talk on “The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.”