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Dharma talks by Ekai Korematsu Osho

The Four Bodhisattva Wisdoms

Each Friday in July from 7.30pm, at Evam Institute

The four activities of a Bodhisattva are also known as the four wisdoms – Giving, Kind Speech, Kind Actions and Empathy for all sentient beings – the four ways Buddhas conduct themselves.

Our aspiration to practise the Buddha way, has benefits for both ourselves and others. In looking after yourself, you are also taking care of all sentient beings. Regardless of ones own condition – you are also caring for all beings by engaging in these practices. Therefore we must give without looking for reward or acknowledgment. Not having desire for reward or expectations is in itself giving to others.

Over four Friday’s in July, Ekai Korematsu Roshi will discuss how one can practise these four wisdoms in everyday life with reference to chapter 46 of Zen Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo, entitled ‘Bodaisatta Shishobo’ (On the Four Exemplary Acts of a Bodhisattva). Copies of the text will be provided.

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Practising with Beginner’s Mind

Ekai Osho answers student questions in this lively Chosan during last year’s Easter Bendoho Retreat. See the current edition of Myoju.


A Vision for the Twenty-first Century Sangha

Talk given by Ekai Osho Korematsu at the Tibetan Buddhist Society, Spring Festival, 10 November 2013

Buddha’s vision for life is based on his awakening. His awakening is not his personal awakening separate from the rest of the world. Real awakening is intimate, connected with the rest of the world. When you are awakened, the whole world appears. There’s no such thing as you awakened and the rest of the world asleep. So one person’s awakening is enough, actually. Buddha has awakened; at the same time the rest of the world appears in that vision. In that vision, what’s the rest of the world? Everything existing as it is; good and bad, right and wrong, without value judgment. Everything existing means that the very world we live in exists as it is without being affected by value judgments. As long as we are affected by value judgments and as long as we are tossed around by them, we have work to do. Buddha did exactly that.

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Formal and informal Zen meditation

Talk given by Ekai Osho Korematsu at Sunday Sanzenkai, June 23, 2013

Community practice is called Bendoho. My feeling  about it is that it is silo-buster practice for everyone.  Usually we come to practice with ideas ‘my practice’, ‘my comfort zone’, ‘my mind is calm and clear’—let’s bust it together and see what happens. That’s what you don’t have in the individualistic ‘me, me, me’ culture. That’s what you need, society needs, and your life needs. You need to understand that Zen meditation comes that way. If you approach meditation properly oriented, then it’s joy. Other people’s joy is your joy and your joy is shared with others without talking or speaking too much about it. It’s like after good chanting, with one voice, you feel good, uplifted. You feel good together with everyone. That kind of experience is experiencing with the spirit of Bendoho. That kind of culture is not here. You need it. That’s what I think. I may be wrong though!

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Monastic Practice in Lay Life

An excerpt from talk given by Ekai Osho Korematsu at Sunday Sanzenkai on 20 January 2013.

Just remember that the basic form of practice is not about adding something on top of something. It is to the difficulty. We get confused. Meditation practice helps in that way fundamentally. And the spirit of meditation can be everywhere. We can integrate meditation into our lives as a form and ultimately it becomes formless.

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