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: 109 / Page: 1)
May 22, 2017 · 00:29:48
Episode Description: Sensei Al Kaszniak begins his talk by relating the political instability of fifth century India, when the Buddha lived, to our present political situation. He then poses the question, “Why has conflict and polarization been so persistent throughout human history?” Bringing new scientific evidence to an ancient philosophical question, he suggests that our emotions […]
May 15, 2017 · 00:36:08
Episode Description: Dr. Anthony Back begins the talk by telling two stories. The first is the case of a terminally ill man who was not receiving treatment for pain in his hospital because he was incarcerated. The second story is that of the group of white men who are currently in charge of drafting proposed healthcare […]
May 8, 2017 · 00:48:08
Episode Description: Sensei Genzan Quennell gives an impromptu dharma talk, filling in for Sensei Joshin, who is feeling ill. Both Sensei Joshin and Sensei Genzan have just returned from a pilgrimage in Japan with Roshi Joan Halifax. Sensei Genzan begins his discussion of pilgrimage by presenting a scroll which features a depiction of Bodhidharma, who made […]
May 8, 2017 · 00:53:45
Episode Description: Sensei Kathie Fischer begins by retelling Case 10 from the Book of Serenity. “Right straight on,” the woman in the koan urges, and Sensei Kathie urges us on, too, as we head into the final day of sesshin and back out into the world. She also discusses the Shuso ceremony that will take place […]
May 7, 2017 · 00:41:21
Episode Description: Amie Diller begins this talk by sharing a koan about a hermit who describes his experience of the embrace of a young girl as “cold and without feeling.” We should not practice like this, she says; our practice is about embracing every part of our experience. She then tells the story of Mara tempting […]
May 7, 2017 · 00:32:35
Episode Description: Sensei Kathie Fischer begins this talk by recounting the koan in which Nanchuan resolves a dispute between monks over a cat by cutting the cat in two. The story is an injunction, she tells us, to wake up to the reality of our lives, and to stop being petty. She compares the practice of […]
May 6, 2017 · 00:50:26
Episode Description: Roshi Norman Fischer begins this talk by commemorating Easter Sunday. “Jesus lost his life and got it back,” he tells us, and this day observes the “triumph of love and compassion over death and oppression.” Roshi Norman then turns to Vasubandhu’s concept of “transformation of consciousness,” which he says comprise our entire phenomenal experience. We […]
May 5, 2017 · 00:32:40
Series Description: The theme of the sesshin was Vasubandhu’s famous Thirty Verses on the nature of mind. These Dharma talks explore this text’s deep implications for how we understand and live our lives, and include references to Dogen and related Zen stories and practices.  Roshi Norman Fischer and Sensei Kathie Fischer give profoundly moving talks that inspire […]
May 1, 2017 · 00:21:24
Episode Description: Keido Troy Fernandez invites his listeners to explore the readily available stability and wisdom of the “heart-mind.” Taking refuge in the “truth” every heart brings if we just attune to it. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.
April 28, 2017 · 00:51:29
Episode Description: In this episode, Amie Diller gives the traditional first talk of the practice period by the Shuso, or head monk, on “way seeking mind.” A literal translation from the Japanese would be “being aware of the path,” and Amie uses her talk to describe the winding path that she has taken over the course […]
April 27, 2017 · 00:40:07
Episode Description: In this talk, Roshi Norman and Sensei Kathie Fischer set the stage for a Zazenkai, or day of coming together for Zazen. Sensei Kathie reads us Case 21 from the Book of Serenity. “Our emotions do not belong to us,” she says, “and this makes our world the dangerous place that it is.” Our […]
April 25, 2017 · 00:41:02
Episode Description: Roshi Norman Fischer begins this talk with Case 84 from the Book of Serenity. Roshi Norman tells us that the “One Finger Zen” of the story represents a “simple pivot that causes your life to fall into place.” This is not “a cognitive insight, but dynamic living action,” he tells us. He then turns […]
April 24, 2017 · 00:57:07
Episode Description: Roshi Norman Fischer begins his talk by examining the distinction between a careful practice of paying attention and a spontaneous “cutting through.” He then turns to the nature of our self consciousness, which is obsessed with itself, alienating us from ourselves and the outside world, leading to suffering. Of meditation as a means to […]
April 23, 2017 · 01:20:02
Episode Description: In the program’s final session, Roshi Norman Fischer and Sensei Kathie Fischer examine the final case of the program. “How do we put things down?” Sensei Kathie asks, wondering how we can allow ourselves to have the capacity to tend to and love each moment that arises. “It’s not that there is lots of […]
April 22, 2017 · 00:52:27
Episode Description: Roshi Norman Fischer and Sensei Kathie Fischer spend the evening taking questions from program participants. They end by briefly introducing Case 54. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund. For Series description, please visit Part 1.
April 22, 2017 · 01:13:58
Episode Description: In this session, Roshi Norman Fischer and Sensei Kathie Fischer introduce Case 60. Sensei Kathy provides some historical context, and Roshi Norman compares the cases of the Book of Serenity to legal cases: laws are applied to individuals create precedents, which in turn are used in the understanding of the law. Buddhism is meaningless […]
April 22, 2017 · 00:58:04
Episode Description: Roshi Norman Fischer begins with the instruction to “study your own experience.” In his examination of the introduction to Case 10, he explores the injunction to “gather and release.” Sometimes we need to be strict with ourselves, and sometimes we need to let go of discipline. “Freedom without discipline is an illusion; discipline without […]
April 22, 2017 · 00:55:57
Episode Description: Roshi Norman Fischer begins with the instruction to “study your own experience.” In his examination of the introduction to Case 10, he explores the injunction to “gather and release.” Sometimes we need to be strict with ourselves, and sometimes we need to let go of discipline. “Freedom without discipline is an illusion; discipline without […]
April 21, 2017 · 00:41:45
Series Description: In this weekend workshop, we practice sitting and walking meditation and contemplate stories from the Zen classic, Book of Serenity, a collection of 100 Zen koans. Our methodology will include talks that bring the stories home to our life situations; guided meditation; journaling; and time for discussion in large and small group formats. Zen stories […]
April 17, 2017 · 00:42:51
Episode Description: Sensei Kathie Fischer begins by describing her visit to one of Santa Fe’s homeless shelters with the Upaya residents to cook a meal, and comments on the importance of service. She then turns to Vasubandhu’s 30 Verses, particularly numbers 5 and 6. She examines the notion of hierarchy, first from a scientific perspective informed […]