Oxford Soto Zen
What is a Dharma Talk?

     It is a talk, usually including Q & A, given by a Buddhist teacher, who illuminates some immediate aspect of our lives through the application of Buddha's Teachings (The Dharma).
In the Soto Zen lineage, Dharma talks are only given by ordained priests and fully transmitted Roshis.


News and EvenTS

> A fourth weekly sitting has been added to out schedule:
MONDAYS, 11:30AM - 12:30PM.
This sitting follows the same format as TU & TH mornings:
    11:30 Zazen
    11:50 Kinhin
    12:00 Zazen
    12:50 Service
>NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION:  "108 Gates of Enlightenment."  This is a special participatory service inviting deep contemplation.  Participants take turns reading short "Koan-like" Dharma sayings, then ringing the large bell and pausing for one minute of reflection.  Everyone is welcome to sit zazen, walk kinhin, or offer chip incense at any time from 10:00 PM to midnight. 
The party starts at midnight, featuring "Zen Chanpaigne" (sparkling Sake).

> "Core Support for Zazen & Life" classes resume for Winter & Spring.  This Series of 5 posture lessons can be taken in any order.  Their purpose is to enhance awareness and ease in the meditation posture, which carries over into life.








Why do Zen Buddhists meditate for such lengthy periods? 




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