True Meaning of Mindfulness

December 7th, 2018, Pune, India Day 3 (the last day) of 2018 Zen and Mindfulness Retreat in Vajuradhatu In this final Dharma talk, Ven Yamashita once again lays out what mindfulness truly means. Mindfulness, an impossible attempt for our ordinary mind, and yet the Lord Buddha tasked us to do, is the bridge for usContinue reading “True Meaning of Mindfulness”

Middle Way in a New Light

December 6th, 2018, Pune, India This is the 2nd Dharma Talk given at the 2018 Mindfulness and Zen retreat at Vajradhatu, Pune, India. “The Buddha’s path is your path. Buddhism is about you, and every single one of us. So it is quite important that we understand the Prince Siddhartha’s story as our own”. ByContinue reading “Middle Way in a New Light”

Why subtle body meditation?

December 5th, 2018, Pune, India This is the introductory Dharma Talk given on the 1st day of 2018 Mindfulness and Zen retreat at Vajradhatu, Pune, India. In this talk, Ven. Yamashita explains the reason why we need subtle body meditation, which is the first part of the One Dharma Method. Subtle body meditation is anContinue reading “Why subtle body meditation?”

One Most Important Thing About You

November 29th, 2018, Bir, India Day 2 of 2018 Zen and Mindfulness Retreat at Deer Park Institute When you lose touch with this one crucial thing about you, suffering is inevitable. You mistake who you are, and get caught up in life’s misery—birth, old age, sickness, and death. Also, key teachings of Buddhism, expressed inContinue reading “One Most Important Thing About You”

A realistic strategy for mindfulness

November 28th, 2018, Bir, India Day 1 of 2018 Zen and Mindfulness Retreat at Deer Park Institute Have you ever been fascinated by mindfulness? Have you ever tried it but found it difficult to remain in that state and wondered why? If your answer is yes, this is the talk for you. Because you knowContinue reading “A realistic strategy for mindfulness”

Young Global Leaders Meditation Workshop

9/14/14  Hounen-in, Kyoto, Japan With Ven. Issho Fujita An introductory talk on meditation given to the Young Global Leaders Forum, a project of the World Economic Forum. YGL is “a community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future.” Ven. Issho Fujita speaks for the first 25 minutes (the veryContinue reading “Young Global Leaders Meditation Workshop”

Why Compassion?

12/28/13  PM,   New Delhi,  India From this talk:  “Once you start your own meditation, you find your mind does not work as you think.” Topics covered include: Mindfulness and problems in meditation, subject and object, the untrainable monkey mind, the fundamental misunderstanding, and the role of compassion in meditation

Anxiety and the Blue Sky

12/28/13  New Delhi,  India From this talk:  “If your mind created this anxiety, your mind can also stop this anxiety.” Topics covered include: Yamashita-sensei’s background and connection with Deer Park (Himachal Pradesh, India), an explanation of Blue Sky (Clear Sky) Meditation, the meaning of Dharma, and the cause of anxiety and how to handle it.