Open our Heart to our Whole Self

In this talk given to the Weekly Online Dharma Practice Gathering on April 3, 2020, Rebecca talked about habitual tendencies that practitioners may fall into when experiencing tremendous stress.  These habits block us from fully experiencing the present moment.  She explained how the practice of Silent Illumination allows us to face the challenges presented by the pandemic with equanimity.

Allow Joy into our Heart

This talk was given in the Online Dharma Practice Gathering with Rebecca Li held on Zoom on March 27, 2020, a weekly practice group established to support practitioners during the pandemic.  In this talk, Rebecca shared the practice of cultivating clear, total awareness of the present moment in the body and our surrounding to allow joy into our heart as we experience anxiety and stress during the pandemic.  She recommends listening to her talk on gratitude and total awareness here.

Preparing for our death and that of our loved ones

This is a reflection on Sallie Tisdale’s book Advice for Future Corpses on how to prepare for our own death and that of our loved ones by engaging in Chan practice.  This talk was given as part of the meditation workshop on February 16, 2020 at the New Jersey chapter of Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association in Edison, New Jersey.

Community-building with Clarity and Compassion

The Dharma talk was given at the Daylong retreat organized by Newark Center for Meditative Culture on February 23, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey.  Applying sociological analysis of how the sense of belonging is often generated by maintaining a common enemy, Rebecca discussed how suffering is created in the process and alternative means of building community more in accordance with wisdom and compassion.

Understanding and practicing with the teaching of “no-self”

Rebecca was invited by the Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County to speak on the teaching of “no-self.”  She first explained the Dharma concept of “no-self.”  After the break, she discussed how to cultivate wisdom by establishing an accurate conceptual understanding of “no-self” and integrating the teaching in one’s daily life.  (Please note that a few minutes of the talk after the break is missing on this recording.)   This talk was given on November 18, 2019 at the weekly practice meeting of BSBC in Yardley, PA.

Chan Practice during the holiday season

Rebecca spoke on how to engage in Chan practice to identify ways in which one generates suffering during the holiday season.  By cultivating clear awareness of one’s unhelpful habits, one can generate less suffering for ourselves and others, hence living more in accordance with wisdom and compassion.  This talk was given on November 24, 2019 at the New Jersey chapter of DDMBA. 

Chan Practitioners as Agents of Social Change

Rebecca was invited to present her work at the conference “Buddhism and Social Change” hosted by the University of British Columbia and Dharma Drum Vancouver Center on September 21, 2019.  The title of her paper was “Chan Practitioners as Agents of Social Change” where she explained the importance of cultivating sociological insights in invisible dynamics in social life for Chan practitioners to effect social change that is in accordance with wisdom and compassion. 

DSC0593201(Source: Dharma Drum Vancouver Center.  From left to right: Ven. Chang Wu; David McMahan; Rebecca Li; Wendi Adamek; David Loy; Jonathan Gold)