Dharma Talks

A selection of dharma talks

Birth, Death and Living (A Dharma Talk by Fugan Sensei 3/5/23)


The Human Realm (a dharma talk by Fugan Sensei 2/4/23)



Talk by Shinryu Roshi: Winter Retreat Day 4 (12/30/22)

Shinryu Roshi addresses two of the prime teachings of Layman P’ang — on the limits of language and concepts and on how to lead a free and engaged life amidst the 10,000 things.

Talk by Ryotan Roshi: Winter Retreat Day 3 (12/29/22)

In the third Dharma Talk in our 2022 winter retreat Ryotan Roshi considers Dogen’s teaching that our practice actualizes the practice of all beings. He illustrates this in many ways including looking into the story of “Three Views of Hard and Easy” from our study text “The Sayings of Layman P’ang.”

Talk by Joshin Roshi: Winter Retreat Day 2 (12/28/22)

On the second day or our winter retreat Joshin Roshi reflects on our increased sense of vulnerability in the world, and how it can lead to our awakening. She tells the story of Layman P’ang’s encounter with a monk where the question of how hard it is to accept what’s handed to us is raised. How might we bow to a challenging moment?

Talk by Enkyo Roshi: Winter Retreat 2022, Day 1 (12/27/22)

In this opening talk of our 2022 winter retreat Enkyo Roshi sees our gathering as a place of true rest, where we can experience the quiet reality of our lives. She then introduces us to Layman P’ang, the wise and funny Zen master of our study text “The Sayings of Layman P’ang.” She talks about P’ang’s ability to naturally harmonize with what is, and to be careful with words about practice.

The Mystic and the Mundane – Dharma Talk by Ryotan Roshi (11/05/22)

Swimming in the Non-Dual – Dharma Talk by Ryotan Roshi (9/29/22)

The Village Zendo’s virtual zendo is privileged to offer, “Swimming in the Non-Dual,” a dharma talk in which Ryotan Roshi explores what it might mean to “intuit the dharma directly.”

True Colors – A Dharma talk by Jo An Sensei (10/6/22)

Jo An Sensei shares his experience working with young adults in college health, relating the struggles this population can have transforming into adult life. He compares this to the