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Upaya Zen Center
By Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
About this podcast
This weekly Podcast includes the Wednesday evening "Dharma Talks (audio)" from Upaya Zen Center and supports our mission: to provide a context for community practice, education in Buddhism and social service in the areas of death and dying, prison work, the environment, womens rights and peace-work. Our vision focuses on the integration of practice and social action, bringing together wisdom and compassion.
Episodes (Total: 156)
today · 01:23:41
Episode Description: Sensei Kaz Tanahashi provides a detailed grammatical explanation of his translation of parts of the Genjokoan. He examines the structure of the Japanese language, its different parts of speech, and the mechanics of translation. Using certain choices he made in translating the text as examples, he enables us to understand his process. To help […]
yesterday · 00:52:47
Episode Description: Sensei Genzan Quennell begins the session by speaking about meeting Roshi Joan in Japan. For some of us, he says, “Dogen is a living, breathing person.” Our Zen forms live in our body, and so too, does Dogen. Sensei Genzan gives an account of Dogen’s life, the lineage he founded, and his writings. Dogen […]
Sept. 18, 2017 · 00:42:04
Episode Description: Natalie Goldberg begins this talk by addressing the meaning of dharma: the truth of how things are. She contrasts the image of her working in her rose garden with the violence in the world, and comments on how quickly our attention has shifted from white supremacism to the destruction in Texas and Florida. “We seek pleasure […]
Sept. 17, 2017 · 01:10:56
Series Description: The title of Dogen’s text, Genjokoan, is commonly translated as “Actualizing the Fundamental Point”, “Actualization of Reality,” or “The Issue at Hand.” On the spiritual path it is inevitable that we encounter questions like: What is the Fundamental Point of our practice? What is the issue at hand in our lives? How does practice help […]
Sept. 16, 2017 · 01:00:41
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor takes questions from participants about the program’s content. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.
Sept. 11, 2017 · 00:41:57
Episode Description: In her first Dharma talk, Petra Zenryu Hubbeling talks about her experiences bearing witness in European refugee camps. Turning the traditional description of Zen practice as a “backward step” on its head, she describes her practice as a “forward step” into the world. She talks about the path her practice has taken, from her […]
Sept. 10, 2017 · 00:50:08
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor gives his final talk of the program on care and the paradox of solitude. He begins by quoting W.H. Auden on the self-imposed structure of meter in poetry, then uses this as a metaphor for the constraints of monastic structure, which at their best “liberate, rather than inhibit.” He says, “The paradox […]
Sept. 9, 2017 · 01:13:14
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor takes questions from participants about the day’s content. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.
Sept. 4, 2017 · 00:44:21
Episode Description: In this Dharma talk, which is part two from last week’s talk, Sensei Genzan Quennell follows up his discussion of “wholesome speech” and reflects once again on the five general guidelines, including “do we know it to be true?” along with “is it kind and is it beneficial?” He brings to focus these challenges, […]
Sept. 3, 2017 · 01:00:12
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor leads a guided meditation on equanimity. The participants then break into groups and discuss two questions: What have I learned? How will what I have learned make a difference when I get home? A representative from each of the ten groups then summarizes their group’s responses for all of the participants. To […]
Sept. 2, 2017 · 00:34:34
Episode Description: After the break and a period of meditation, Stephen Batchelor takes questions from the audience on the morning’s talk. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.
Aug. 28, 2017 · 00:45:16
Episode Description: In this dharma talk, Sensei Genzan Quennell explores the topic of noble silence and right speech. While many use the term “right speech,” he adds that Kazuaki Tanahashi, a translator of Dogen’s writings, offers the definition of “wholesome speech” instead of “right speech.” He outlines five facets of wholesome speech by asking questions such as, […]
Aug. 27, 2017 · 01:11:40
Episode Description: In this morning’s talk, Stephen Batchelor addresses “the task of care.” He says, “Mindfulness of the breath is not a detached peering-down from the head to the lungs; it has to do with engaging with your body such as it allows you to make use of your bodily skills in a transformative way.” We […]
Aug. 26, 2017 · 01:10:38
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor begins the evening session by reflecting on the responses offered during the last part of the afternoon session. He talks about the nature of identity and the self, and says, “The Buddha was not interested not in what selves are or are not, but in what they can do.” He then takes […]
Aug. 21, 2017 · 00:48:50
Episode Description: In the wake of Charlottesville, along with many other challenging scenarios domestically and around the world, Acharya Fleet Maull highlights the issues and concerns of having enemies. He questions how to see the Buddha nature in everyone during these troubling events. In his discussion of the Tibetan term drala, defined as ‘going beyond enemy,’ […]
Aug. 20, 2017 · 00:50:56
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor leads a guided meditation on death. The participants then break into groups and discuss three questions: What kind of person do you seek to be? Recall a moment in your life when you let yourself down. Who is somebody who exemplifies the kind of person that you would like to be? A […]
Aug. 19, 2017 · 00:36:45
Episode Description: After the break and a period of meditation, Stephen Batchelor takes questions from the audience on the morning’s talk. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.
Aug. 14, 2017 · 00:42:20
Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Alan Senauke bases his talk on the sermon, “Loving Your Enemies,” delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1957. He introduces the sermon by recalling seeing Dr. King speak. He describes how Dr. King’s radical message has in modern times been co-opted by our society, the “Prophetic Ideal” in […]
Aug. 13, 2017 · 01:09:22
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor begins the morning talk with a discussion of the nature of ethics. For the Ancient Greeks, ethics did not refer merely to systems for making moral judgments, but rather encompassed “the practice of philosophy.” Stephen says, “The practice of philosophy was the care of the soul. It was an art of living.” […]
Aug. 12, 2017 · 01:07:56
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor begins the evening session by reflecting on the responses offered during the last part of the afternoon session. He addresses the notion that many participants said that they feel cared for by the earth and by nature. He then takes questions from participants about the day’s content. To help keep these podcasts […]
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