The first set of teachings are informal in-the-moment reflections on a variety of practice related topics offered by Peter after Wednesday evening zazen on Salt Spring Island. They were recorded starting in 2008, and appear here by title, but not in chronological order. The link to the talk appears beneath the title.

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Active Participation in Loss


Awareness Practice of O Sa Ki Ni


Affecting Our Environment


Ball Rolling Across an Empty Ground


Being Where We Actually Are


Chilean Miners and Women Ancestors


Desires, No Preference and Wholeness


Discussion with Sangha: Seeing Ourselves Without Judging


Feelings are Gateways to the Real


Finding Perfect Existence Within Imperfect Existence


Going All the Way


Hard Working Hippies




Kido: An Experiment in Speed Walking, Chanting and Surrender


Murders in Norway


No Gap




Tozan’s Poem and Reflective Samadhi


Way-seeking Mind


What’s the Most Important Thing?


Informal Talks on Dogen’s Teachings in Shobo Genzo

Manifestation of Great Prajna Talk 1


Manifestation of Great Prajna Talk 2


Manifestation of Great Prajna Talk 3


Manifestation of Great Prajna Talk 4


Utmost Sincerity and a Trusting Heart


Utmost Sincerity and a Trusting Heart Talk 2: Letting Go


Wisdom, Compassion and Arousing Way-seeking Mind



Talk at San Francisco Zen Center Celebrating the Publication of Dogen’s Shobo Genzo


2019 Autumn Study Retreat

A Kind Heart: October 27, 2019


2019 Spring Sesshin

Talk 1. Inmost Request: April 5, 2019


Talk 2. The Freeing Tether April 6, 2019


2018 Autumn Study Retreat

Talk 1. Introduction to Genjo Koan / Actualizing the Fundamental Point


Talk 2. Sincere Being and Actualization


Talk 3. Ignorance Means the Mind Moves3


2018 Spring Sesshin

Talk 1: Can We Stop Violence Non-Violently?


Talk 2: Action No-action


2017 Autumn Study Retreat

Talk 1: Silent Concentration of Mind


Talk 2: Continuous Practice


Talk 3: Zen Householders


2017 Spring Sesshin

Talk 1: Three Poisons – Greed


Talk 2: Three Poisons – Hatred or Il Will


Talk 3: Three Poisons – Ignorance



Compassion and Atisha’s Mind Training Slogans – Part 1


Compassion and Atisha’s Mind Training Slogans – Part 2


Inside The Cocoon

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