Teachings

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.

Further down the page you may select some of the more formal talks given at sesshin over the years.

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Informal reflections after evening zazen

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

 

Imperturbability

 

Kido: An Experiment in Speed Walking, Chanting and Surrender

 

Murders in Norway

 

No Gap

 

Sincerity

 

Tozan’s Poem and Reflective Samadhi

 

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

 

Formal Talks

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

 

Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt Q&A on Dogen San Francisco Zen Center

 

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

 

Talks from Earlier Sesshins

Compassion and Atisha’s Mind Training Slogans – Part 1

 

Compassion and Atisha’s Mind Training Slogans – Part 2

 

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