Sangha Sunday Talks

Hear talks by Shiro, sangha members and other special guests.

Trapping the Soccer Ball of Life
When faced with chaos, loneliness, uncertainty, resignation or a sense of isolation, what is the way forward? Build a wall? Tear it down? Climb over it? Dan Shiro Burrier of Prajna Heart Zen Center shares Zen insights and approaches for our time.
Shiro Burrier - 10.11.20

What we know
Tortoises, Kettle Drums, Zen and Case 34 of the Mumonkan, "Knowing is not the way." Dan Shiro Burrier leads a talk and discussion about knowing, not knowing and putting words and reason to that which has no words nor reason.
Shiro Burrier - 10.4.20

The Other
Dan Shiro Burrier leads a discussion of "The Other," the persistent distinctions we paint between us and them, you and me, this and that, right and wrong and some ways out, including picking a precept, for just one day, and manifesting the Buddha. Many thanks to the Day of Reflection Ceremony via Tenshin Roshi and Tetsugen Roshi.
Shiro Burrier - 9.27.20

Zen of the Dog
"Everything I know about Zen I learned from my dog." In this talk with the Prajna Heart Zen Center sangha, Founder Melissa Kazumi Mueller, talks about Zen, her new Frenchie, the Four Noble Truths and the state of the world. Dog POV.
Kazumi Mueller - 9.13.20

Appreciate Your Life
Akasha Shiro Burrier shares teachings from the perennial classic "Appreciate your life," by Zen Master, Maezumi Roshi, and leads a discussion with the Prajna Heart Zen Center sangha about its meanings to us today.
Akasha Burrier - 9.6.20

Mile 67
Shiro Burrier on those critical moments in our training when breakdowns lead to breakthroughs, the call to push through the eye of the needle, and going blind on the trail in pursuit of a 100-mile finish. Talk followed by Sangha Q&A and discussion.
Shiro Burrier - 8.30.20

Expect Exactly This
Shiro talks about our expectations of Zen. What can we expect? What are we promised? What do we promise? Talk followed by Prajna Heart Zen Center Sangha discussion.
Shiro Burrier - 8.23.20

How to say it
Shiro and the Sangha discuss living the Zen life in this life. How to move in the secular slipstream with maximum impact, joy and fulfillment. Do you speak Zen? Will anyone understand?
Shiro Burrier - 8.16.20

Tension Addresses the Assembly
Tenshin Roshi joins Prajna Heart Zen Center to deliver the Sunday talk. Reflecting on his time at ZCLA, his friendship with Yoshin Roshi, his time with Maezumi Roshi and others, Tenshin ties it all together with an exploration of case 67 of The Book of Equanimity, "The Avatamsaka Sutra's Wisdom." Please enjoy this rare moment with one of the greats. Approx 5 minutes of Intro. Tenshin begins at 5 min 30 seconds.
Tension Roshi - 8.9.20

Shiro: Clean it up
Shiro talks about Life Samu, bringing Zen work practice into our homes, directly into our lives, with a practical 16-point checklist designed to help us clean things up. What better time than a pandemic to practice close at home.
Shiro Burrier - 8.2.20

Shiro: The Knots in the Net
Shiro and the Sangha discuss the role of community, the safety nets we weave, Indra's net, tying of knots and polishing of pearls. What role does community play in our lives and do we play in it?
Shiro Burrier - 7.26.20

Kazumi: It Takes a Sangha
In this highly relatable talk, Melissa Kazumi Mueller explores the power, benefit and joy of Sangha--our community of spiritual practice. How it supports our own practice of meditation and right living, and that of others. What is Sangha? This immediate circle? The next one radiating outward? Or all of humanity? And what that might mean for how we approach our life.
Melissa Mueller - 7.19.20

Take a Torch to It
Shiro Burrier works with the Prajna Heart Sangha on Case 28 of the Gateless Gate, "Ryutan's Name Echoed Long," and the distinctions between the Zen realization of our true nature and the reading and writing about that realization. Also a bit about the role of powerful women as teachers throughout time.
Shiro Burrier - 7.12.20

Buddha Holds Up a Flower
Case 6 of the Mumonkan, "Buddha Holds Up a Flower." Shiro Burrier of Prajna Heart Zen Center leads a discussion on enlightenment, transmission and our natural-born right to experience the beauty of life, right there as it is before us, as it has always been and will always be.
Shiro Burrier - 7.5.20

Why Prajna Heart Zen Center
A discussion with the Sangha about the origins of Prajna Heart Zen Center: the whats and whys of it, original intent, how things have evolved and more.
Shiro & the Sangha - 6.28.20

Pasini Kitchen, Finding the Right Livelihood
Prajna Heart member Shleigh Pasini shares her story of the founding of Pasini Kitchen, a fresh, organic and vegetarian food prep and meal delivery service in Los Angeles. In this talk Shleigh ties her work to right livelihood and lessons from "Instructions to the Cook," by Bernie Glassman.
Shleigh Pasini - 6.7.20

What is the way?
Shiro Burrier and the Prajna Heart Zen Center Sangha explore Case 19 of the Gateless Gate, "Ordinary Mind is the Way." What is the way? Where is it? What do we do when we've lost it? When we're on it? What about our relationship to those not on it, whoever they may be.
Shiro Burrier - 5.24.20

Taro and the Water Jug
Jennifer Isshin Hunter, PhD, Priest and Author, talks on Case 40 of the Gateless Gate, "Kicking Over the Water Jug," sharing insights on the backstory and history underlying this koan as well as tying some of the lessons here to the journey of "Taro the Zen Cat," both the hero and title of her new book.
Isshin Hunter - 5.10.20

Who is the one?
Meet the members of Prajna Heart Zen Center Sangha in this video, as we explore the question "Who is that one?" and share some of what folks are up to: writing books, starting book clubs, raising funds for First Responders, bringing Zen training 2600 years forward and more. Service in action.
Shiro Burrier - 5.3.20

The Pantry and the Pandemic
Shiro Burrier talks with the Sangha about Dogen's 13th Century classic "Instructions to the Zen Cook," how to view the ingredients in our pantry and in our life, what we intend to cook and how we serve ourselves, the Three Treasures and all those around us during the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond.
Shiro Burrier - 4.26.20

Holding on or Letting Go
Minutes prior to this talk, the Sangha of Prajna Heart Zen Center engaged in a guided meditation in which we were coached to "hold on tight," "to focus intently," and "to squeeze even harder," with regards to a feeling, thought, belief or emotion that had arisen in the previous 40 minutes of Zazen.
Shiro Burrier - 4.19.20

Mind is Buddha
Prajna Heart Zen Center features "Dharma Talks from Lockdown" by Teacher Shiro Burrier. This week, we explore "Mind is Buddha," Case 30 in the Mumonkon, and what it means to hold the smallest of everyday actions as the purest expression of Zen. The talk is approximately 20 minutes.
Shiro Burrier - 4.12.20