Dharma Talks Online







Click below to listen to dharma talks by Sosan, posted on the Clouds in Water Zen Center website:

Mother's Day Teaching in Response to Gun Violence
Teaching include: Seeing all beings as our mothers; Cherishing each and every beings as if they were our only child; Seeing ourselves as not separate from all beings, as a mother is not separate from her child at the time of birth. Exploring how these teachings can help us respond to the culture of violence in which we live, and especially gun violence. And how these teachings can help us to be nurtured in the midst of difficult circumstances.
May 8, 2016

Practicing in Times of Intolerance
Explosing Case 87 from the Blue Cliff record: “Medicine and Disease Subdue Each Other.” How we can practice within the forms of Zen. How our practice can help us act from a place of openness and clarity when faced with intolerance.
March 6, 2016

The Practice of Loving-kindness
February 21, 2016


Receiving Everything with an Open Heart
Sosan discusses three things on the topic of receiving: 1) receiving the beauty and healing power of nature, 2) receiving the words and hearts of each other through council practice, and 3) the Ethics and Reconciliation committee, who receive feedback, concerns and grievances on behalf of the community.
January 10, 2016

The Beauty of a Zen Tea Ceremony
November, 2016

How to feed a Hungry Ghost
November, 2016

Hungry Ghosts and the Craving Mind
November, 2016

Practice Period Invitation
September, 2016

Lessons from Plum Village
Sosan spent 5 weeks at Plum Village, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's community in France. In this talk, she and her family share some of the wisdom they learned there.
August 30, 2015

The Importance of Sangha
How sangha (community) is vital to our spiritual path.
June 14, 2015

A Fortunate Birth
On the occasion of Buddha's birthday ceremony, we reflect on how what is birth and death, and how we can realize our highest potential as a human being.
April 12, 2015

Where Am I Going?
You can have a plan for your life, but you also need to release your hold on it. Using the wisdom of Zen Master Dogen and A.A. Milne's poem, "Spring Wind," this talk explores how we might live this way.
March 15, 2015

Receiving Everything with an Open Heart
How the beauty of nature sustains us. How we can receive the sights and sounds of nature and also receive our family, friends and community members with open hearts.
January 10, 2016

Talk Preceding Tea Ceremony
A few days after the bombings in Paris, we did a tea ceremony with the children in our community. Prior to that ceremony, I talk about how we can practice peace through our everyday activities, such as receiving tea and cookies. 
November 15, 2015

How to Feed a Hungry Ghost
In Buddhism, we describe that state of mind that is never satisfied as the "hungry ghost." In this talk, I talk about what we can do when we are in this state of mind. You may want to listen to the talk from November 1 first, but this one will stand alone also.
November 8, 2015

Hungry Ghosts and the Craving Mind
In Buddhism, we describe that state of mind that is never satisfied as the "hungry ghost." In this talk, I discuss how the craving mind prevents us from being truly happy.
November 1, 2015

Practice Period Invitation
From time to time, we do a more focused spiritual practice for a couple of months. In this talk, I outline the fall, 2015 practice period at Clouds in Water Zen Center. 
September 20, 2015

Lessons from Plum Village
A short overview of a month spent in Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh's monastic community in southern France.
August 30, 2015

The Importance of Sangha
Sangha is community. When we listen to each other and support each other, we can really manifest the jewel that is sangha.
June 15, 2015

A Fortunate Birth
Short talk on the occasion of Buddha's Birthday
April 12, 2015

Where Am I Going?
Finding our true direction on the spiritual path.
March 15, 2015

The Buddha's Death
Dharma talk on the occasion of the memorial day of Buddha's death: The remembrance that we are going to die can help us be motivated to live our life mindfulness and with great joy.
February 15, 2015

Mountain Seat Ceremony Talk
Being married means giving each other space to climb his or her own mountain
January 31, 2015

The Hero's Journey
Each of us in our a spiritual journey, a hero's journey. How can we best go forward?
January 11, 2015

Series of talks on "Only a Buddha and a Buddha" essay by Zen Master Dogen. These talks may be listened to as a series, but they also each work as a stand-alone talk.

The Active Dharma Wheel: Buddhas turning sommersaults
March 2, 2014

The Bodhisattva's Four Embracing Actions: Giving, Kind Speech, Beneficial Action and Openness
January 12, 2014

Ringing the Bell
December 15, 2013

What Do You Stand For?
Talk given at Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center
September 20, 2013

To Live as All Beings
September 8, 2013

Take This Job - and Be Mindful! Mindfulness at work and in life.
June 23, 2013

March 17, 2013

Avalokitesvara and Winter Practice Period
February 10, 2013

Celebrating Enlightenment
December 9, 2013

A Condolence Call
November 18, 2012

Jizo Bodhisattva
September 16, 2012

Daowu Tends the Sick
February 26, 2012

Manifesting Stillness in Activity
December 18, 2011

The Amazing Ordinariness of Everyday Life
September 11, 2011

Wisdom in Action
February 13, 2011