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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: 139)
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 […]
Aug. 7, 2017 · 00:50:13
Episode Description: This talk is based on chapter 28 of Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Sensei Genzan Quennell begins the talk by posing the question, “What is a bodhisattva?” He explores the meaning of the word and tells us about several bodhisattvas who are represented by statues in the temple. Sensei Alan Senauke gives us some historical context for Dogen’s writing, […]
Aug. 6, 2017 · 00:58:28
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor leads a guided meditation on gratitude. The participants then break into groups and discuss three questions: Who do I care for? Who cares for me? What is it like to be uncared for? A representative from each of the ten groups then summarizes their group’s responses for all of the participants. To […]
Aug. 5, 2017 · 00:39:06
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.
July 31, 2017 · 00:47:28
Episode Description: “The very fact that you are here requires imagination,” Sensei Joshin Byrnes tells us at the beginning of his talk.  Building on the teachings of Norman Fischer  Walter Brueggemann, John Paul Lederach, and Martin Sheen, Joshin  suggests that  as practitioners we “might imagine that contemplative practice will allow something already within you to burst out.” […]
July 30, 2017 · 00:56:14
Episode Description: Stephen Batchelor begins the morning talk by quoting Shantideva’s description of Bodhicitta as “a blind person finding a jewel in a heap of garbage.” The unlikely jewel in this analogy is love for all the suffering creatures of the world. Shantideva says, “I long to be free of suffering, yet I run into it’s […]
July 29, 2017 · 00:54:10
Series Description: Through seminars, discussions and periods of silent meditation, this retreat explores what it means to care. Regarded by the Buddha as the virtue that includes all other virtues, care (appamada) extends from care of the soul to care of the sick to care of the environment. Care thus serves as the guiding ethical framework for […]
July 24, 2017 · 00:48:21
Episode Description: Sensei Kaz Tanahashi begins his talk by speaking about the Four Noble Truths. Sensei Kaz then introduces his own “Four Commonplace Truths.” He says, “no situation is impossible to change,” which is a more “positive” understanding of impermanence, as something we can take advantage of, rather than something that merely happens to us. The […]
July 17, 2017 · 00:41:53
Episode Description: Sensei Kaz Tanahashi begins this talk by introducing Dogen’s “Body and Mind” essay, which is the theme for the sesshin that started the day before. Sensei Kaz talks about completing the first translation of the essay into English, 40 years ago, and all of the work he has done translating Dogen since then. “We […]
July 16, 2017 · 00:50:14
Episode Description: In this closing session, the entire Zen Brain faculty participates in a discussion of the themes covered during the course of the program. Questions and responses are solicited from the audience, and the faculty wraps-up and says goodbye to one another and the program participants. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope […]
July 15, 2017 · 00:52:40
Episode Description: In his talk, Dr. John Dunne examines the western notion of retributive justice. Using as an example some inheritance he recently received, Dr. Dunne asks us, “Do I deserve that money?” Our commonly held notion of justice, he suggests, consists of inflicting suffering on people to create “balance.” Dr. Dunne then contrasts this kind […]
July 10, 2017 · 00:32:57
Episode Description: In this talk, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara analyses the first four lines of Dogen’s Genjōkōan. She tells us that she feels that the text is best appreciated as poetry, and begins by offering several possible translations of the title, before settling on her own translation: “showing up for your life.” As Roshi Enkyo describes the […]
July 9, 2017 · 01:15:36
Episode Description: In this session, the entire Zen Brain faculty participates in a discussion of the themes covered during the course of the day. Questions are taken from the audience. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.
July 8, 2017 · 01:49:43
Episode Description: Dr. John Paul Lederach begins his talk, “The Inter-relational Systemic Ethics of Re-humanization” with three stories in which peace overcame widespread violent conflict. Dr. Lederach presents a four-part cycle: suffering, projection of blame, polarization, and dehumanization. He then suggests a view, the “inner-relational-systemic” which he believes can counteract the dehumanization which is the product […]
July 3, 2017 · 00:43:26
Episode Description: Sensei Genzan Quennell begins his talk with a discussion of Santōka Taneda, who was a wandering monk and haiku poet in Japan at the turn of the twentieth century. Taneda writes: “Just as it is/It rains, I get wet, I walk.” Sensei Genzan asks us, “Towards what are we walking?” He talks about how our […]
July 2, 2017 · 01:02:39
Episode Description: In his talk, “Developing an Integrative Framework,” Dr. Al Kaszniak examines the notion of moral reasoning. By presenting two simple thought experiments, he explores the extent pre-conscious emotional influences on our moral decision-making. Using fMRI studies, he explores the relationship between our conscience, sense of self, and selflessness. He proposes that lack of attention […]
July 2, 2017 · 01:12:43
Episode Description: In this session, Dr. Cynda Rushton explores a contemplative approach to moral and ethical issues in health care. After describing some of the difficult moral questions she faces in her work, she poses the question, “What are the values we want to bring into these situations, and into our everyday lives?” Dr. Rushton then […]
June 26, 2017 · 00:42:01
Episode Description: Steven Batchelor begins his talk by describing how realizing the nature of emptiness leads us to a fuller appreciation of beauty. He contrasts a cognitive experience of the Dharma, which comes from philosophical understanding, with an affective experience which, he says, “allows us to feel differently. It opens up a capacity for us to […]
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