Talks by Reb Anderson

This page is a collection of talks by Reb Anderson, recorded at various times in recent years. All talks are in MP3 format.

Reb has approved the publication of these talks. For questions about the talks on this site, please contact Reb's assistant <rebassistant@sfzc.org>.

Other talks by Reb Anderson, as well as those by many other teachers from the San Franciso Zen Center, can be found at the SFZC Dharma Talks site.

No Abode Hermitage
April 12, 2014
I always think of Hunan in Spring
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
March 22 - 23, 2014
Exploring Consciousness and Realizing Wisdom
 
Part 1   (play)  (download)
Part 2   (play)  (download)
Part 3   (play)  (download)
Part 4   (play)  (download)
Part 5   (play)  (download)
Part 6   (play)  (download)
Part 7   (play)  (download)
Part 8   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
March 1, 2014
Speakable and Unspeakable Names of Our Zen Family Ancestors
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
February 1, 2014
The Good Friendship of Shitou, Matsu and Yaoshan
 
Part 1   (play)  (download)
Part 2   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch
January 22, 2014
Essence of Mind: Daowu Teaches the Essential Gate to Truth
 
Sesshin dharma talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
January 4, 2014
Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
December 14, 2013
Liberation from Passion
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
November 23, 2013
Remembering Fred Maroth
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch
November 17, 2013
Master Judi's One Finger Zen
 
Sunday dharma talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 21, 2013
The Work of Going Beyond Buddha
No Abode: Going Beyond Buddha

 
First talk: The Work of Going Beyond Buddha   (play)  (download)
Second talk: No Abode: Going Beyond Buddha   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
August 10, 2013
Observing the Breathing Body and the Mind of No Abode
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
August, 2013
On Breathing
 
August 1, 2013   (play)  (download)
August 8, 2013   (play)  (download)
August 15, 2013   (play)  (download)
August 22, 2013   (play)  (download)
August 29, 2013   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
June 22, 2013
Sitting in the Big, Invisible World
The Bodhisattva's Three-fold Ethics and Three-fold Samadhi

 
First talk: Sitting in the Big, Invisible World   (play)  (download)
Second talk: The Bodhisattva's Three-fold Ethics and Three-fold Samadhi   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
May 17, 2013
I've long heard there is no Zen in India
Fayan's Hair's Breadth

 
First talk: I've long heard there is no Zen in India   (play)  (download)
Second talk: Fayan's Hair's Breadth   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
April 13, 2013
I Have Long Heard of Dragon Pond
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Rooom
March, 2013
The Perfection of Wisdom
 
March 7, 2013   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
March 2, 2013
The Buddha Mind Seal and the Teachings of Perfect Wisdom
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
February 2, 2013
A Special Transmission Outside the Scriptures
Ornament of the Sage's Mind

 
First talk: A Special Transmission Outside the Scriptures   (play)  (download)
Later talk: Ornament of the Sage's Mind   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
December 15, 2012
The Virtue of the Bodhisattva's Delayed Gratification
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
November 11, 2012
Three Kinds of Compassion
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
November, 2012
On the Body
 
November 1, 2012   (play)  (download)
November 8, 2012   (play)  (download)
November 15, 2012   (play)  (download)
November 29, 2012   (play)  (download)
December 13, 2012   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
October 6, 2012
Bodhisattva Precepts Guided by the Teaching of Mind Only
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 1, 2012
The Bodhisattva's Mind of No Abode
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
August 11, 2012
Wisdom Verifies Wisdom
A Lotus Flower Blossoms on Each Thought

 
First talk: Wisdom Verifies Wisdom   (play)  (download)
Later talk: A Lotus Flower Blossoms on Each Thought   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 13, 2012
When Dharma fills Body and Mind
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
July-August, 2012
Facing Change and Realizing Peace
 
July 5, 2012   (play)  (download)
July 12, 2012   (play)  (download)
July 19, 2012   (play)  (download)
July 26, 2012   (play)  (download)
August 2, 2012   (play)  (download)
August 9, 2012   (play)  (download)
August 16, 2012   (play)  (download)
August 23, 2012   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 1, 2012
Chick and Hen -- Inquiring and Responding
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
April 14, 2012
The Room, the Seat, and the Robe
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
March-April, 2012
The Seeds and Fruits of True Awakening
 
March 8, 2012   (play)  (download)
March 22, 201   (play)  (download)
March 29, 2012   (play)  (download)
April 5, 2012   (play)  (download)
April 12, 2012   (play)  (download)
April 19, 2012   (play)  (download)
April 26, 2012   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
March 10, 2012
A Family Style for Realizing the Oneness of All Families
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
February 4, 2012
The Four Aspects of Practicing the Threefold Ethics of Bodhisattvas
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
January 2, 2012
Householder Bodhisattvas, What is Your Aspiration for this New Year?
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
December 17, 2011
The Boatman Does Not Use a Wooden Goose
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
November 12, 2011
The Bodhisattva's Perfection of Being Ordinary
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
November-December, 2011
The Bodhisattva's Creativity and Freedom
 
November 3, 2011   (play)  (download)
November 10, 2011   (play)  (download)
November 17, 2011   (play)  (download)
December 1, 2011   (play)  (download)
December 8, 2011   (play)  (download)
December 15, 2011   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
October 15, 2011
Stimulating Bodhisattva's courage and entering reality
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
October 1, 2011
Entry into the nature of the knowable
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 11, 2011
Xiang Yan hears the sound of stones striking bamboo
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
August 13, 2011
Study of delusion is the Buddha Way
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 16, 2011
Embracing the Mahayana: Do You Want to be an Artist?
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
July, 2011
Transforming the Mind of Delusion
 
July 14, 2011   (play)  (download)
July 21, 2011   (play)  (download)
July 28, 2011   (play)  (download)
August 4, 2011   (play)  (download)
August 11, 2011   (play)  (download)
August 18, 2011   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
June 11, 2011
Embracing Enlightenment I
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
May 21, 2011
The Sitting Meditation of this School
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
April 16, 2011
Conscious and Unconscious Obstructions of the Buddha Way
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
March, 2011
Zen Stories
 
March 3, 2011   (play)  (download)
March 10, 2011   (play)  (download)
March 17, 2011   (play)  (download)
March 31, 2011   (play)  (download)
April 7, 2011   (play)  (download)
April 14, 2011   (play)  (download)
April 28, 2011   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
February 12, 2011
The Basic Practice of Stillness and Silence
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
January 2, 2011
Whole-Hearted Commitment for the New Year
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
December 4, 2010
Intimacy with Birth and Death: The 39th Yearly Memorial for Suzuki Roshi
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
November 6, 2010
Paying Respect to the Great Teacher
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
October 16, 2010
The Definitive Instructions on the Deeds of the Enlightened, Part I
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 18, 2010
Facing the Wall for Nine Years
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
August 14, 2010
The Unique Breeze of Reality and the Wondrous Function of Non-Dual Wisdom
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
July, 2010
The Mind of Enlightenment
 
July 15, 2010   (play)  (download)
July 22, 2010   (play)  (download)
July 29, 2010   (play)  (download)
August 5, 2010   (play)  (download)
August 12, 2010   (play)  (download)
August 19, 2010   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 17, 2010
Avalokiteshvara's Questions for the Buddha
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
April 17, 2010
On the Eve of Going for Refuge in the Triple Treasure
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
March, 2010
Training for the Selfless Heart
 
March 11, 2010   (play)  (download)
March 18, 2010   (play)  (download)
March 25, 2010   (play)  (download)
April 1, 2010   (play)  (download)
April 8, 2010   (play)  (download)
April 15, 2010   (play)  (download)
April 22, 2010   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
March 6, 2010
Is the Bodhisattva Path Exclusive?
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
February 6, 2010
Continuous Compassion for Karmic Consciousness
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
January 3, 2010
New Year's Dharma Greeting
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
December 12, 2009
Deep Faith in Cause and Effect has now become Deep Faith in Being a Sentient Being
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
November-December, 2009
On Enlightenment and Delusion
 
November 5, 2009   (play)  (download)
November 12, 2009   (play)  (download)
November 19, 2009   (play)  (download)
December 2, 2009   (play)  (download)
December 10, 2009   (play)  (download)
December 17, 2009   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
November 14, 2009
For a Sentient Being to be a Sentient Being is just not to Move
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
October 17, 2009
Causation within the Wondrous Dharma Flower
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 26, 2009
Leaving Home and Receiving the Precepts
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
August 8, 2009
Meditation on Pride
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 18, 2009
The Ultimate Transcends Difference and UnitySamdhinirmochana Mahayana Sutra Chapter 3, part 2
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
July 21, 2009
Causation and Non-Self
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
June 23, 2009
The Ultimate transcends Difference and UnitySamdhinirmochana Mahayana Sutra Chapter 3, part 1
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
May 23, 2009
The Ultimate Transcends All ArgumentationSamdhinirmochana Mahayana Sutra Chapter 2
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
March-April, 2009
Causation and Non-Self
 
March 12, 2009   (play)  (download)
March 19, 2009   (play)  (download)
March 26, 2009   (play)  (download)
April 4, 2009   (play)  (download)
April 9, 2009   (play)  (download)
April 16, 2009   (play)  (download)
April 23, 2009   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
March 21, 2009
Revealing the Intention of the BuddhaSamdhinirmochana Mahayana Sutra Chapter 1
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
March 15, 2009
Loving All Being and Resistance
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
December 13, 2008
Faith that Allows Doubt and the Idea that All Ideas are Contingent and Empty
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
November 22, 2008
The Practice That Fills and Is Filled by the Entire Universe and the Bodhisattva Precept of Not Killing
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
October 18, 2008
Buddha Sitting as Us; Us Sitting as Buddha
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 20, 2008
Current Heightened Awareness of Fear
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 6, 2008
Practicing the Four Frames of Mindfulness as Gates to Totality
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
August 16, 2008
The Buddha Way is Ongoing Crisis
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 26, 2008 (morning)
Prajna Paramita as Not Abiding
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 26, 2008 (afternoon)
Yunyan Sweeps the Ground
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
July-August, 2008
Entering and Embodying Truth
 
July 15, 2008   (play)  (download)
July 22, 2008   (play)  (download)
July 29, 2008   (play)  (download)
August 5, 2008   (play)  (download)
August 12, 2008   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
June 15, 2008
Going for Refuge, Practicing with Fear
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
June 14, 2008
Bodhisattva Action is to Remain Unmoved
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
May 25, 2008
Thinking and Not Thinking
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
May 10, 2008 (morning)
How Can I Help Beings Enter?
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
May 10, 2008 (afternoon)
Pure Land is Here and Now
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
April 4, 2008
About the Lotus Sutra
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
March-April, 2008
Embodying the Lotus Sutra
 
March 6, 2008   (play)  (download)
March 13, 2008   (play)  (download)
March 20, 2008   (play)  (download)
March 27, 2008   (play)  (download)
April 3, 2008   (play)  (download)
April 10, 2008   (play)  (download)
April 17, 2008   (play)  (download)
April 24, 2008   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
November 11, 2007
Bodhisattva Initiation
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
November 1, 2007
Fearlessness
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
October 21, 2007
Wholeheartedness
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
October 20, 2007
Wholeheartedness
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
September 9, 2007
Wholeheartedness
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
September 8, 2007
Bodhisattva Vows
 
Morning talk   (play)  (download)
Afternoon talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 28, 2007 (afternoon)
Only a Buddha and a Buddha
The Lotus Sutra says that the desire to help beings open to Buddha's wisdom is the condition for Buddha's appearing in this world.
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 28, 2007 (morning)
Worship of the Buddha
When a person pays homage and bows to the Buddhas, there is just one Buddha with no other person.
Full talk   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
July 15, 2007
The Highest Happiness
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 14, 2007 (afternoon)
Prajna Paramita
The "Perfection of Wisdom" is the bodhisattva's understanding of emptiness, which is available to those who are settled in the conventional world.
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
July 14, 2007 (morning)
The Bodhisattva and the Mahayana
"Enlightening beings" are committed to living for the benefit of all beings; they practice in the "universal vehicle" which includes everyone.
Full talk   (play)  (download)
The Yoga Room
July 10-August 21, 2007
Zen Meditation as Bodhisattva Vow
During this course, we will study the bodhisattva vow, to see how the compassionate intentions of enlightening beings generate, work, and play with the mind of enlightenment to promote peace and harmony among all beings. We will explore ways to reinterpret and reinvigorate these timeless vows to meet the problems of our contemporary society in a beneficial way.
July 10, 2007   (play)  (download)
July 17, 2007   (play)  (download)
July 24, 2007   (play)  (download)
July 31, 2007   (play)  (download)
August 7, 2007   (play)  (download)
August 14, 2007   (play)  (download)
August 21, 2007   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
May 27, 2007
Gracious Attention to Stories
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
Mount Madonna Center
May 4-6, 2007
The Light of Buddha's Wisdom - Precepts of Compassion
Buddha sheds the light of wisdom on the true nature of suffering, liberation, and the human mind, on the teachings of compassion, moral causation, and the whole phenomenal universe. This retreat offered an opportunity to receive, study, and contemplate Buddha's teachings on mind, precepts of compassion, and moral cause and effect. The discussions and contemplations were framed in the light of wisdom which is far beyond all discussion. Wonderful teachings were offered together with ways of not clinging to those teachings. There were periods of quiet sitting, walking meditation, oral teachings, and group discussions, with opportunities for individual interviews as time allowed.
Part 1   (play)  (download)
Part 2   (play)  (download)
Part 3   (play)  (download)
Part 4   (play)  (download)
Part 5   (play)  (download)
Part 6   (play)  (download)
Part 7   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
April 1, 2007
Enlightenment is the Silent Bond
 
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
February 3, 2007
Gnosticism
American Buddhism as a gnostic practice; meaning of the word "tathagata"
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
February 3, 2007
Happiness
The pursuit of happiness vs. wanting others to be happy; happiness from absorption in activity
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
August 12, 2006
Intention Transforms the World
Our thinking and intention makes the world what it is; awareness of intention makes our contribution a positive one
Full talk   (play)  (download)
No Abode Hermitage
May 27, 2006
Baizhang's Fox
Being clear about cause and effect, intention, karma.
Part 1   (play)  (download)
Part 2   (play)  (download)
Green Gulch Farm
January 8, 2006
Crisis: A Spiritual Turning Point
Spiritual life exists in crisis, which can be used as a turning point. To the extent that we recognize that where we sit right now is a turning point, we are able to understand the possibility of freedom in this moment. The Chinese character for "crisis" consists of two radicals: danger and opportunity. A common danger is the crisis of faith that emerges when the conversation or stories about "truths" are stopped. Zen stories are about crises and turning points, where people in face-to-face meetings turn from bondage to freedom, and from ignorance to enlightenment. They are stories that demonstrate that opening to the dangers that surround us is also opening to the opportunities, and closing to those dangers closes us to those opportunities.
Part 1   (play)  (download)
Part 2   (play)  (download)