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Weekly Talks 2015

Teachings from Chinese Zen Master Hsu Yun
Published on Aug 3, 2015

Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares teachings about the "host" and "guest" from Chinese Zen Master Hsu Yun ("Empty Cloud"). Along the same theme, Fred also shares the Japanese poem "Be Not Defeated by the Rain" by Kenji Miyazawa.

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Teaching of Zen Master Linji (2)
Published on Jul 24, 2015

In this continuation of talks on the teachings of Zen Master Linji, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner explains that the Buddha mind is no other than our own mind. As well, we have a choice to cease our endless "fretting" by cultivating a spiritual path of understanding, wisdom, patience, acceptance, openness, generosity and compassion.

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True Independence 
Published on Jul 8, 2015

This Independence Day weekend, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shared and commented on some of the great Chan Master Lin Chi's verses on true independence. While political freedom is certainly laudable, its capacity to create value in a society is limited by how the people in that society interact with one another. Fred pointed out that as long as we are bound by our past conditioning, our actions are likely to create suffering for ourselves and those around us. It is only by freeing ourselves from the bondage of this conditioning that we can truly be free to act in ways that benefit others. Fred showed us how Lin Chi's instructions, if followed, can give us the ability to act as truly free and independent agents.

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Teachings of Zen Master Linji
Published on Jun 28, 2015

Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares teachings from Zen Master Linji Yixuan at a Day of Mindfulness for the Florida Community of Mindfulness on June 27, 2015.

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Q&A With Fred
Published on May 17, 2015

Fred and students enjoyed a lively Dharma question and answer interchange at Tampa sangha. Topics ranged from how to maintain mindfulness by not mentally "dragging our experiences" along in our heads (as Fred wisely and comically pointed out, who is listening to us?!) to using mindfulness to be more attentive to the impact of our words before speaking.

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Verses on Happiness (from the Dhammapada)
Published on May 3, 2015

Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner teaches from the Dhammapada's "Verses on Happiness." To live without hate in a world of hatred, to live without craving in a world of craving, and to live without impediments, we must 1) understand, with compassion, the causes and conditions that are the basic operating principles of this world, and 2) be clear about our own aspirations and what we wish to be cultivating to find true lasting happiness, which comes from within, not without.

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True Meaning of Living in the Present Moment
Published on Apr 7, 2015

Fred relays the experience of a dear Dharma brother who, through the realities of life's impermanence, is deeply realizing the true meaning of living in the present moment. Fred then comments on a deeply meaningful and relevant teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh on this truth.

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The Metta Song
Published on Mar 1, 2015

Composer and guitarist Tim Hamm leads the Florida Community of Mindfulness Sunday Sangha in his beautiful composition, The Metta Song.

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Selfless Service

Published on Mar 1, 2015

In this talk to students of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner teaches that true happiness is grounded in the practice of "selfless service," through the realization and actualization in our lives of serving others rather than our tendency to serve ourselves. Selfless service is more than volunteering, or "giving back," in that we realize that we inter-are with everything in this world. From that perspective we feel the pain of all others and want to remediate it because we realize that we are not separate from others or their suffering. Living from this view makes selfless service a joy rather than a chore.

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Why and How We Use Mindfulness to Transform Suffering; The Practice of Gratitude

Published on Jan 25, 2015

Students ask Fred questions about suffering, including: How does one use mindfulness during times of great suffering? What does one do when overwhelmed by emotion? Should one simply disengage from a toxic world? Fred also talks about gratitude (for both what we want and what we don't want) as a practice.

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