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Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast

English, Social, 1 seasons, 146 episodes, 4 days 18 hours 37 minutes
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The Upaya Dharma Podcast features Wednesday evening Dharma Talks and recordings from Upaya's diverse array of programs. Our podcasts exemplify Upaya’s focus on socially engaged Buddhism, including prison work, end-of-life care, serving the homeless, training in socially engaged practices, peace & nonviolence, compassionate care training, and delivering healthcare in the Himalayas.
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Christiana Figueres & Joan Halifax: A Special Invitation: Beloved Community And Good Trouble For The Climate And Our World (Part 2 of 2)

In the 2nd half of this program (discourse between Christiana and Roshi on climate change) Roshi Joan facilitates some beautiful dialogue from participants who share vulnerable truths about their hope […]
27/02/20241 hour 29 minutes 19 seconds
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Christiana Figueres & Joan Halifax: A Special Invitation: Beloved Community And Good Trouble For The Climate And Our World (Part 1 of 2)

In this very deep discourse between Christiana Figueres, Roshi Joan and the participants of this program we explore the complexity of human systems, social action, and the human experience. Christiana opens with her […]
27/02/202453 minutes 5 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Being Alive

Frank and Roshi discuss the profound experience of being seen and truly felt. Through personal anecdotes and poetic expressions, they explore the transformative power of presence and being real. Explore […]
26/02/20241 hour 32 minutes 20 seconds
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Norman Fischer: How the World is Made 2023 (Part 4 of 4)

In the concluding part of the afternoon session & the series, How The World Is Made, Roshi Norman continues on the importance of thought and language in the creation of […]
26/02/202437 minutes 46 seconds
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Norman Fischer: How the World is Made 2023 (Part 3 of 4)

In this second half of the series (1st part of the afternoon session) How The World Is Made, Roshi Norman continues on the importance of thought and language in the […]
26/02/20241 hour 7 minutes 27 seconds
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Norman Fischer: How the World is Made 2023 (Part 2 of 4)

This talk is a continuation of the morning session : an opportunity to expand your perspective, challenge your assumptions, and contemplate the intimate connection between your mind and the world. […]
25/02/202450 minutes
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Norman Fischer: How the World is Made 2023 (Part 1 of 4)

This talk is an opportunity to expand your perspective, challenge your assumptions, and contemplate the intimate connection between your mind and the world. Join Norman Fischer Roshi as he navigates […]
25/02/20241 hour 13 minutes 4 seconds
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Rohatsu 2023: Sesshin Day 6 Dharma Talk With Kaz Tanahashi & Enkyo O’Hara & Joan Halifax

In this final talk of Upaya Zen Center’s 2023 Rohatsu sesshin, Sensei Kaz opens with a reflection from a time he worked with clinicians to support their happiness and well […]
23/02/20241 hour 11 minutes 4 seconds
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Rohatsu 2023: Sesshin Day 3 Dharma Talk With Kaz Tanahashi & Matthew Kozan Palevsky

In this dharma talk on day 3 of Rohatsu 2023 Sesshin Sensei Kaz covers mindfulness, transformation, and interconnectedness and Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment, Mahayana Buddhism’s rise, and Shunyata. He emphasizes continuous […]
21/02/202446 minutes 25 seconds
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Rohatsu 2023: Sesshin Day 2 Dharma Talk With Kaz Tanahashi & Enkyo O’Hara

In this Dharma talk Sensei Kaz speaks to the reality of suffering in the world, in himself, his friends, family, society and environment. Kaz reminds us the reason we sit […]
20/02/202438 minutes 35 seconds
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Rohatsu 2023: Sesshin Day 4 Dharma Talk With Kaz Tanahashi & Enkyo O’Hara

In this Talk Sensei Kaz reads a piece of his work which addresses the misery of war, the power of praying for one’s enemies, and the vision of a world […]
20/02/202437 minutes 20 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Rohatsu 2023: Sesshin Day 1 Dharma Talk With Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax

In this day one Rohatsu dharma talk, Sensei Kaz and Roshi Joan reflect on the breakthrough enlightenment of Buddha, emphasizing the relevance of Buddha’s message in addressing contemporary sufferings. They […]
20/02/202432 minutes 15 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: Expression!

How does authentic expression look? And what is the significance of authentic expression in our lives? These are the questions Sensei Monshin navigates in this heartfelt dharma talk. The silence […]
19/02/202440 minutes 13 seconds
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Fall Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 6 Dharma Talk With Kathie Fischer & Matthew Kozan Palevsky

This dharma talk by Sensei Kathie and Sensei Kozan concludes the fall practice period sesshin. The teachers express gratitude for the collective practice during the sesshin and reflect on what […]
19/02/202447 minutes 35 seconds
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Fall Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 5 Dharma Talk With Monshin Nannette Overley & Shinzan Palma

In this dharma talk, Sensei Monshin and Sensei Shinzan explore the theme of trust. Monshin reflects on the nature of trust, comparing it to the unhesitant movement of fish swimming […]
19/02/202455 minutes 44 seconds
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Fall Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 3 Dharma Talk With Matthew Kozan Palevsky

In this Sesshin talk Sensei Kozan emphasizes the importance of mindfulness in daily activities, discussing the challenges of dealing with pain during meditation, a common experience in sesshin. Kozan highlights […]
18/02/202442 minutes 17 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: Fall Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 2 Dharma Talk With Monshin Nannette Overley

In this talk Sensei Monshin continues on the theme of Shitou’s “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage,” highlighting the commitment to practice and the value of being present with whatever […]
17/02/202434 minutes 23 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Fall Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 1 Dharma Talk With Shinzan Palma

In this Dharma talk Sensei Shinzan reflects on the first day of a sesshin. This talk explores a poem by Shitou, highlighting the simplicity of life and the need to […]
17/02/202444 minutes 42 seconds
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Al Kaszniak: Fall Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Al Kaszniak

Sensei Al discusses the essence of Zen practice as ‘unsurpassable simplicity’. Emphasizing the importance of letting go of fixed interpretations, the speaker explores Shitou’s poem, “Song of the Grass Roof […]
16/02/202433 minutes 52 seconds
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Fall Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Matthew Kozan Palevsky

In this Dharma talk, Sensei Kozan reflects on his Zen practice, particularly focusing on the teachings of the Sandokai, a poem by Shitou Xiqian. Kozan discusses metaphors for understanding the […]
16/02/202439 minutes 30 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Fall Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Shinzan Palma

In this Dharma talk, Sensei Shinzan discusses the practice periods, focusing on the teachings of Zen Master Shitou and the exploration of the Sandokai poem. The talk delves into the […]
16/02/202437 minutes 21 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Spring Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 6

These closing talks remind us of the importance of practice, of mindfulness, letting go of achievements, and finding harmony within oneself. The speakers reflect on the value of Zen practice […]
14/02/202441 minutes 59 seconds
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Al Kaszniak: Spring Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 5 Dharma Talk With Al Kaszniak

On the fifth day of sesshin, Sensei Al focuses on layman Pang’s insights. He explores the idea of “all inclusive practice,” emphasizing embracing every moment with mindfulness. The speaker delves […]
14/02/202432 minutes 9 seconds
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Amie Diller: Spring Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 4 Dharma Talk With Amie Diller

Sensei Amie delves into themes of mindfulness, meditation, and embracing life’s ordinary activities with a harmonious attitude. They reflect on the cyclical nature of experience, comparing it to the changing […]
14/02/202451 minutes 1 second
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Monshin Nannette Overley: Spring Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 2 Dharma Talk With Monshin Nannette Overley

In this Dharma talk, Sensei Monshin discusses Layman Pang’s teachings about the relative and the absolute. These teachings explore the dual nature of reality—distinct and unified. The speaker emphasizes embodying […]
13/02/202445 minutes 40 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Spring Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 1 Dharma Talk With Shinzan Palma

In this Dharma talk, Sensei Shinzan introduces the concept of the layman Pang’s dialogues sharing several interactions as teachings for Sesshin. The first dialogue emphasizes the question, “What are you […]
13/02/202444 minutes 59 seconds
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Noah Kodo Roen & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Beginner’s Mind & The Heart of Zen Practice

For the beginning of a young adult sesshin, Sensei Kodo and Sensei Kozan speak on beginner’s mind and maintaining freshness in our practice. Sensei Kodo explores the meaning of “pure […]
12/02/202453 minutes 20 seconds
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Noah Kodo Roen: Spring Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Noah Kodo Roen

Sensei Kodo reflects on Ling Zhao, discussing the name’s meaning and sharing a childhood anecdote related to it. Kodo delve into two stories involving Ling Zhao: one where they help […]
12/02/202442 minutes 41 seconds
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Reigetsu Susan Moon: Spring Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Reigetsu Susan Moon

Susan Moon highlights the familiarity and relatability of the characters in the Pang family stories, emphasizing their authenticity and interactions. The talk delves into the transmission of these teachings through […]
12/02/202441 minutes 16 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Spring Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Shinzan Palma

Sensei Shinzan explores the challenges and rewards of Zen practice within a practice period. Shinzan address the resistance and difficulties that often emerge as the initial excitement wanes, emphasizing the […]
11/02/202441 minutes 42 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Spring Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Korin Charlie Pokorny

In this dharma talk Sensei Korin reflects on acknowledging suffering and compassionate responses within the context of Zen practice. He begins by emphasizing the importance of recognizing the extensive suffering […]
11/02/202449 minutes 14 seconds
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Enkyo O'Hara: Spring Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Enkyo O’Hara

In this dharma talk, Enkyo Roshi delves into the life of Layman Pang, a symbol of Zen practice for contemporary times. She discuss how the prevailing interest in lay-centered spiritual […]
11/02/202432 minutes 48 seconds
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Kathie Fischer: Spring Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Kathie Fischer

In this Dharma talk Sensei Kathie explores the significance of the P’ang family in Zen history. The P’ang family, including Layman P’ang, his wife, and daughter, were remarkable lay practitioners […]
11/02/202443 minutes 16 seconds
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Winter Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 6

Roshi Joan, Wendy Johnson, Sensei Kozan, and Sensei Noah Kodo offer their final words of sesshin. Seeing these four teachers together beautifully displays the harmony of difference, each of them sharing […]
09/02/20241 hour 1 minute 41 seconds
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Zenshin Florence Caplow: Winter Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 5 Dharma Talk With Zenshin Florence Caplow

Just as you have been sitting through these days of zazen, that is how you can listen to this talk suggests Sensei Zenshin. Through her selected koan, Zenshin points to […]
08/02/202444 minutes 10 seconds
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Winter Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 3 Dharma Talk With Matthew Kozan Palevsky

In this talk Sensei Kozan taps into the benefit of curiosity as a way to find our own path. When our human experiences catch up to us, and our teacher is […]
08/02/202444 minutes 44 seconds
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Noah Kodo Roen: Winter Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 2 Dharma Talk With Noah Kodo Roen

Sensei Kodo Noah offers some interesting perspectives and ideas around practice and realization. This includes more than the amusing interlude of AI-generated black badgers and white bulls. Noah brings into […]
08/02/202437 minutes 54 seconds
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Joan Halifax: Winter Practice Period 2023: Sesshin Day 1 Dharma Talk With Joan Halifax

Here in this sitting practice, Roshi Joan reminds us we are sitting to face the violence, the racism, and the greed which is destroying our planet. Roshi continues, by pointing […]
08/02/202451 minutes 34 seconds
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Enkyo O'Hara: Winter Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Enkyo O’Hara

Roshi Enkyo sets the tone of her talk with gratitude, and the simple acknowledgment of our global situation. Essentially, we find and experience suffering in our lives, and in the world. […]
06/02/202434 minutes 15 seconds
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Kathie Fischer: Winter Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Kathie Fischer

“Where are you coming from?” How do you answer? What is important to share, what is important to acknowledge? Sensei Kathie Fischer brings us along on a winding journey through related […]
06/02/202438 minutes 21 seconds
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Norman Fischer: Winter Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Norman Fischer

When things come to an end, how do we understand ourselves? Norman Fischer Roshi explores how we understand stories which don’t make obvious sense. In case 30, does the world […]
06/02/202442 minutes 39 seconds
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Natalie Goldberg: Gutei’s One Finger

Dear Upaya friend and teacher Natalie Goldberg describes a koan that chased her up a mountain. Over time she relaxed and befriended the koan and she implores us to do […]
05/02/202436 minutes 57 seconds
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Korin Charlie Pokorny: Winter Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk With Korin Charlie Pokorny

Sensei Korin breaks down with beautiful care the deep meaning of the Koan in case 22. When a monk comes to the threshold of a zendo and inquires if it […]
04/02/202440 minutes 25 seconds
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Natalie Goldberg: Winter Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk with Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg weaves together an engaging path of practice, and musings. To the title of “The Book of Serenity” she remarks, “As a writer… why didn’t I think of that?”. […]
04/02/202453 minutes 18 seconds
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Wendy Johnson: Winter Practice Period 2023: Dharma Talk with Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson reminds us everything maters, every movement, word, action matters. How do we profoundly enter into our lives to be utterly present. Wendy implores us to drop down in whatever way […]
04/02/202448 minutes 36 seconds
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Wendy Johnson: Chih Men’s Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves

Koans are intimate knowledge, teaches Sensei Wendy Johnson, and to be effective they “must and only live in reality through direct experience.”  Here, Sensei Wendy shares with us her intimate knowledge […]
29/01/202444 minutes 20 seconds
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Buddhist Visions of Leadership 2022 (Part 6 of 6)

In Parts 5 & 6 of this multipart series, John Dunne discusses some more of Nagarjuna’s policies around leadership and considers how they can create personal and world transformation. Roshi […]
27/01/202442 minutes 23 seconds
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Buddhist Visions of Leadership 2022 (Part 5 of 6)

In Parts 5 & 6 of this multipart series, John Dunne discusses some more of Nagarjuna’s policies around leadership and considers how they can create personal and world transformation. Roshi […]
27/01/20241 hour 5 minutes 53 seconds
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Buddhist Visions of Leadership 2022 (Part 3A of 6)

In Parts 3 & 3A of this 6 part series, Roshi Joan Halifax considers the qualities of a leader as modeled and taught by the Buddha. Roshi speaks of the […]
27/01/202443 minutes 49 seconds
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Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: Rohatsu: Green Dharma (Part 6 of 6)

Everything can become the path. The teachers of this Rohatsu – Senseis Kaz, Shinzan, Kozan, & Kodo and Roshi Joan – offer their closing statements, reminding us of we can […]
25/01/20241 hour 2 minutes 38 seconds
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Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: Rohatsu: Green Dharma (Part 5 of 6)

Sensei Kaz and Roshi Joan speak beautifully about the path of service and its deep and simple relationship to practice and personal suffering. Roshi says it is only in our honest reflection […]
24/01/20241 hour 1 minute 24 seconds
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Kaz Tanahashi & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Rohatsu: Green Dharma (Part 4 of 6)

Sensei Kaz and Sensei Kodo reflect on the common question of how do spiritual and esoteric teachings of buddhism relate to the serious social and global issues, aswering the question of how […]
23/01/202457 minutes 16 seconds
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Kaz Tanahashi & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Rohatsu: Green Dharma (Part 3 of 6)

Sensei Kozan, and Sensei Kaz remind us “without samsara there would be no practice”. When we consider this reminder along side Dogen’s quote “Between aspiration, practice, enlightenment, and nirvana, there is […]
23/01/202459 minutes 24 seconds
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Kaz Tanahashi & Shinzan Palma: Rohatsu: Green Dharma (Part 2 of 6)

On day two of 2022 Rohatsu sesshin, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi  talks about the practice of meditation and working meditation, highlighting the importance of unity and connection. He touches on the […]
23/01/202455 minutes 57 seconds
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Joan Halifax: The Puzzle of the Golden Carp

In this dharma talk, Roshi Joan Halifax discusses the heart of our practice, which is to develop the ability to sit in a sea of fire, to be with the […]
22/01/202446 minutes 37 seconds
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Zazenkai: Sun Face Buddha Moon Face Buddha

In this talk, Sensei Kozan explores the third case in The Blue Cliff Record, entitled Master Ma Is Unwell.  Through the method of allegory, he invites us to consider changing […]
19/01/202437 minutes 53 seconds
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Wendy Johnson: The Whole Earth Is Medicine

It is impossible to summarize a dharma talk so undomesticated and wild as the one delivered here by Zen teacher and master gardener Sensei Wendy Johnson. With passion and grit, […]
15/01/202444 minutes 54 seconds
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What Do You Preserve?

In the opening dharma talk of Upaya’s Winter Ango, Sensei Matthew Kozan Palevsky delves into Case 2 from the Blue Cliff Record, a koan titled “The Ultimate Path is Without […]
08/01/202442 minutes 49 seconds
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Natalie Goldberg: Petites madeleines as dharma

A simple cake, a petite madeleine, expounded the dharma to French writer Marcel Proust. Some years later, Proust’s writings expounded the dharma to our beloved Natalie Goldberg who now expounds […]
01/01/202441 minutes 8 seconds
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Noah Kodo Roen & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Turning Toward the Light

As we approach winter solstice, the darkest night of the year, Sensei Kodo and Sensei Kozan explore the meaning of light in the dharma through Dogen’s fascicle “Radiant Light”. As […]
25/12/202345 minutes 42 seconds
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Brooke Kaishin Barss: Toward an Enlightened Life

In this uplifting talk, Hoshi Brooke Kaishin Barss beautifully distills Zen practice and encourages us to lean towards enlightenment. “We are Buddhas already […] having a breakthrough is not the […]
18/12/202332 minutes 25 seconds
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Kaz Tanahashi & Shinzan Palma: Breakthrough: Rohatsu Sesshin

In this illuminating dharma talk given on day four of Rohatsu sesshin, 2023, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Sensei Shinzan Palma speak to the importance of recognizing and embracing our inner […]
11/12/202352 minutes 45 seconds
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Joan Halifax: Seeing Without a Seer…Hearing Without a Hearer

On the eve of Rohatsu, the celebration of the Buddha’s awakening, Roshi Joan Halifax considers the theme of “breakthrough”. How do we breakthrough our own limiting beliefs and behaviors to […]
04/12/202346 minutes 8 seconds
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Christiana Figueres: What does the climate crisis teach us?

“Climate and biodiversity loss could be nature’s invitation to humanity to either fish or cut bait.” Here, Upaya friend and architect of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Christiana Figueres delivers […]
27/11/202344 minutes 17 seconds
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Wendy Dainin Lau, MD: Taming this wild horse: listen, study, practice

As a doctor, Wendy Dainin Lau realized her medical practice was missing something when she began to experience “compassion fatigue”. To deepen her practice in compassion, she ordained as a […]
20/11/202341 minutes 55 seconds
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Hozan Alan Senauke: The Bodhisattva’s Four Embracing Ways

In a world at war, how do we begin the difficult work of healing? What is the antidote to hate, conflict, and destruction? Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke discusses the importance […]
13/11/202344 minutes 51 seconds
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Cyndi Lee: Lifting the Gaze

Yoga and meditation teacher Cyndi Lee discusses the benefits and limitations of “self-care” culture. She warns against materialistic self-care “bandaids” that enhance our craving for pleasure and are used to […]
06/11/202338 minutes 40 seconds
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Kathie Fischer: When a fish enters the flowing stream, everything is provided

What does the evolution of grasses, the schooling behavior of fish, and our dharma practice have in common? Former school teacher and Zen priest Sensei Kathie Fischer beautifully weaves together […]
30/10/202345 minutes 30 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: The Spiritual Source Shines Clearly in the Light

Sensei Monshin Nannette Overley guides us straight to our hearts in her teaching on The Sandokai, our Zen ancestor Shitou’s poem on the harmony of oneness and multiplicity. How do […]
23/10/202342 minutes 58 seconds
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Kathie Fischer: Warm Hand to Warm Hand

In this warm talk, Sensei Kathie Fischer explores the classic Zen poem The Sandokai, translated at Upaya as “The Identity of Relative and Absolute”. Weaving through the history of Buddhist […]
16/10/202338 minutes 15 seconds
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One Body Buddha

What and where is our body? This is the question Sensei Matthew Kozan Palevsky asks us to deeply consider in this probing dharma talk. Is our body, as we commonly experience it, […]
09/10/202347 minutes 42 seconds
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Rhonda V. Magee: Mindfulness and the Possibility of Living Well Together in Hard Times

How do we integrate our meditation practice and our collective work for social and racial justice? Mindfulness teacher and law professor Rhonda Magee explores this question in a personal and […]
02/10/202343 minutes 46 seconds
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Rebecca Solnit: Hope Is a Discipline – On Being Present and Committing to the Future

In her talk, Rebecca Solnit explores the concept of hope and activism in the face of uncertainty, particularly relating to climate change. She discusses how even so-called “failed” actions can […]
25/09/202349 minutes 31 seconds
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Ben Connelly: Imagination, Interdependence, and Liberation Practicing Yogacara Buddhism with Vasubandhu’s Three Natures

“Good news! Everything is of complete, realized nature.” In this energized dharma talk, author and teacher Ben Connelly beautifully articulates Vasubandhu’s teachings of “The Three Natures” – that all things […]
18/09/202340 minutes 25 seconds
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Alcio Braz: Making Peace with our Ancestors

In this compassionate talk, Sensei Alcio Braz calls in his ancestors to sit with him and invites us to call in ours, too. This explicit invitation runs counter to the […]
11/09/202349 minutes 47 seconds
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Natalie Goldberg: The Mind of Writing

“There’s an integrity to mind if you watch it.” In this fresh talk, Natalie Goldberg shares about giving space to her grief, about her high school friend Phyllis, about time, […]
04/09/202357 minutes 10 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski: Surrendering to Death

“Stay close and do nothing.” Frank Ostaseski shares from his deep personal experience walking along so many people in the dying process about what it means to surrender to death. […]
28/08/202348 minutes 25 seconds
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Zenshin Florence Caplow: She Who Hears the Cries of the World, Stories of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion

Rev. Zenshin Florence Caplow shares intimate accounts and stories of Kannon or Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion. She shares the story of Julie Pryde, the public health administrator of her […]
21/08/202337 minutes 51 seconds
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Jonathan S. Watts: Using the Four Noble Truths as a Framework for Buddhist Chaplaincy in Japan

Jonathan Watts shares a framework of an iceberg, in which direct violence (the 1st Noble Truth), on the tip of the iceberg, is masked by structural and cultural violence (the […]
14/08/202344 minutes 30 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: It’s all alive; It’s all intelligent; It’s all connected; It’s all YOU

In this heartfelt talk, Sensei Monshin Nannette Overley examines the Buddha’s foundational teaching of dependent co-arising in light of our deep responsibility towards our beautiful and fragile earth, and our […]
07/08/202339 minutes 45 seconds
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Henry Shukman: The Cart Track: what an obscure early Chan document can teach us about the path of practice

In this delightfully human talk, Henry Shukman allows us to see how his heart was opened by zen practice. He reflects on the Sattipatthana Sutta and Soko Morinaga’s book “An […]
31/07/202341 minutes 49 seconds
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Peter Levitt: Yin Mountain: The Immortal Poetry of Three Daoist Women

Peter Levitt loves what he does. That is so clear from the way he shares the stories and works of Li Ye, Xue Tao, and Yu Xuanji, three Daoist women […]
24/07/202346 minutes 16 seconds
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Edoardo (Shoryu) Eusepi: Taking Time to Transition

Edoardo Eusepi, who is affectionately known around Upaya by his dharma name “Shoryu,” reflects on his transition back into the “marketplace” after four years of residency at Upaya. He reminds […]
17/07/202337 minutes 51 seconds
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Hozan Alan Senauke: Turning Words

“Can we care? Can we find the joy in that?” Sensei Alan Senauke shares words from teachers throughout his life that turned, or awakened, him. These teachers include his father, […]
10/07/202347 minutes 3 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: Agency, Karma, and the Four Noble Truths

In this honest and courageous talk, Sensei Monshin Nannette Overley investigates the relationship between recalling our intention and where we delegate our attention, especially in lay practice. How do we […]
03/07/202341 minutes 57 seconds
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Stepping into the Turbulence: Our Walk with Fear

On the summer solstice, James Fushin Bristol encourages us to shine light on those fears we carry everyday, to see what is underneath them, to see what comes alongside them. […]
26/06/202337 minutes 58 seconds
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Beginner’s Mind; Continuous Practice

On the first day of the Young Adult sesshin at Upaya, Sensei Matthew Kozan Palevsky explores each of the Four Great Bodhisattva vows. He helps us understand what is meant […]
19/06/202343 minutes 36 seconds
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Tim Burkett: Enlightenment is an Accident

“Looking. Seeing. Peace.” Tim Burkett discusses the contents of his new book Enlightenment is an Accident in this richly informative and encouraging talk. Tim walks us through the three phases […]
12/06/202343 minutes 58 seconds
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Keido Troy Fernandez: How Will You Plant Your Life: What Could it Mean?

“And when you go to harvest all that surely will grow, give it away.” Hoshi Keido Troy Fernandez weaves together past and present, questions and stories, dialogue and teachings as […]
05/06/202346 minutes 49 seconds
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Something’s Happening Here and We Don’t Know What It Is

In light of the Verala Symposium and his travels, Sensei Matthew Kozan Palevsky is interested in study and knowledge and different ways of knowing. He considers the pitfalls of knowing—how […]
29/05/202347 minutes 29 seconds
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Rev. Issho Fujita: Zazen as a Way of Harmonizing the Self

In this photo-worthy and delightfully diagram-aided talk, Rev. Issho Fujita shares his personal story and perspective on zen practice, with an emphasis on the somatic. Issho talks about how zazen […]
22/05/202345 minutes 49 seconds
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Bhante Sanathavihari: On the Wings of Awakening

Bhante Sanathavihari enthusiastically and joyfully shares the Ummaggasutta as a way of considering that the Buddhist metaphor of a bird, with one wing of compassion and one wing of wisdom, […]
15/05/202347 minutes 4 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski: Grief – A Path to Wholeness

How do we move towards the light of absolute truth while accepting and honoring our very human nature?” In this vulnerable, raw talk, Frank Ostaseski shares his heart with us […]
08/05/202349 minutes 56 seconds
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Singing the River’s Song Back to the River Part 2

“The practice was literally saving my life.” In Part 2 of her way seeking mind talk, Sensei Amie Diller recounts heart-filled stories about her time as a resident at Tassajara […]
01/05/202345 minutes 46 seconds
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Kathie Fischer: Reflecting on the Way of Ling Zhao and her Mother

In this timely dharma talk in our final days of Spring Sesshin, Sensei Kathie Fischer shares teachings from three wise women who offer a powerful dharmic lesson when faced with […]
24/04/202336 minutes 8 seconds
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Zenshin Florence Caplow: The Joys and Pitfalls of Helping: Lingzhao & Layman P’ang

Zenshin Florence Caplow’s dharma talk discusses Lingzhao’s helping, a koan from The Sayings of Layman P’ang which has served as our source text for the Spring Practice Period. In this […]
17/04/202343 minutes 4 seconds
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Ordinary Mind: Layman Pang and Maurine Stuart, Roshi

In this improvisational jazz duet-style dharma talk, Senseis Amie Diller and Kathie Fischer explore the resonance between one of their shared teachers Maurine Stuart, Roshi, and the 7th Century celebrated […]
10/04/202345 minutes 36 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: All Moments Are Equally Precious

In this honest and courageous talk, Sensei Monshin Nannette Overley investigates the relationship between recalling our intention and where we delegate our attention, especially in lay practice. How do we […]
03/04/202343 minutes 16 seconds
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HAIKU: The Leap

“Haiku is about paying attention.” Natalie Goldberg offers a deep dive into the work of Tim Roberts who found haiku after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 49. His haiku in […]
27/03/202333 minutes 41 seconds
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Singing the River’s Song Back to the River

In this vulnerable and alive (and hopefully only part one of a multi-part series) Way-Seeking Mind talk, Sensei Amie Diller takes us to the LA parking lot where she had […]
20/03/202343 minutes 15 seconds
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Engaged Attention: Enhancing Daily Life

A talk that came to her in the middle of several nights, Dr. Laurie Leitch offers us a “bedtime story” style dharma talk. She shares five stories about attention ranging […]
13/03/202337 minutes 33 seconds
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Begin Again: Precepts for Everyday Life

“How is practicing the precepts like waking up?” In this practical and story-flush talk, on the night of the first of two jukai ceremonies in 2023, Sensei Mathew Kozan Palevsky […]
06/03/202353 minutes 52 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: I Offer You This Bodhi Mind

“Once bodhichitta is awakened in us, it is a treasure that continues to open.” In this beautiful exploration, Monshin Nannette Overley characterizes bodhichitta as “the first impulse or intention towards […]
27/02/202344 minutes 47 seconds
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Zenshin Florence Caplow: On Courage and Practice

“It takes so much courage to meet our suffering, to meet our life, raw and unadorned.” In this captivating talk, Zenshin Florence Caplow draws on stories and teachings from encounters […]
20/02/202338 minutes 36 seconds
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Valerie Brown: The Heart of Sangha: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Teachings on Building Beloved Community

“We teach what we need to learn the most.” In this humble, participatory, and open-hearted talk, Valerie Brown explores four of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on building beloved community: volition, […]
13/02/202345 minutes 34 seconds
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Dancing with Mara: Revisiting the Life of Buddha

In this heartfelt talk, Sensei Amie Diller reminds us of the story of Buddha and particularly of Buddha’s relationship with Mara. Even after his enlightenment, Siddhartha was still visited by […]
06/02/202341 minutes
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Wendy Johnson: Grass Boundless: Inside the Gate, Outside the Gate

On the fourth night of Winter Practice Period sesshin, Sensei Wendy Johnson explores Case 89 of The Book of Serenity, “Dongshan’s “Place of No Grass.””
30/01/202343 minutes 26 seconds
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Stepping Off A 100 Foot Pole: Case 79 The Book of Serenity

“When we all have enough, we can fully let go. When we fully let go, we know what it is to have enough.” In this joyful and moving talk, Sensei […]
23/01/202346 minutes 58 seconds
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The One Who Is Not Trifling

With a combination of playfulness and humility, Sensei Noah Kodo Roen presents Case 21 of Book of Serenity, “Yunyan Sweeps the Ground,” and explores the dichotomy of mindfulness and busyness, […]
16/01/202337 minutes 5 seconds
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On Joy

“What are you doing?” a mom asked her young son who she found sitting cross legged, smiling, with eyes closed on the couch. “I’m enjoying my body,” he replied. From […]
09/01/202344 minutes 36 seconds
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Talking on Empty

“Many of our friends are no longer alive or we don’t see them anymore. [Writing poetry] is a way we hold them.” Natalie Goldberg reflects on the end of the […]
02/01/202340 minutes 34 seconds
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Dekila Chungyalpa: Wisdom of Winter: Rest, Regeneration, and Rebirth

“Does your breathing change when you imagine it’s the landscape breathing?” Dekila Chungyalpa invites us to explore different ways of looking at time (as nature and different species view time, […]
26/12/202243 minutes 13 seconds
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Eloquent Silence

In this poetic talk, Fushin James Bristol reflects on the role of silence in zen practice and in our lives. Sharing personal stories, music knowledge, Buddhist history, and other moving […]
19/12/202236 minutes 34 seconds
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Buddhist Visions of Leadership 2022 (Part 4)

In Part 4 of this multipart series, John Dunne discusses some more of Nagarjuna’s policies around leadership and considers how they can create personal and world transformation. Roshi Joan Halifax […]
16/12/20221 hour 36 minutes 2 seconds
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Buddhist Visions of Leadership 2022 (Part 3)

In Part 3 of this multipart series, Joan Dunne delves into ancient Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna’s work The Ratnavali or The Jewel Garland which offers counsel to kings or all […]
15/12/20221 hour 8 minutes 31 seconds
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Joan Halifax: Rohatsu: Green Dharma (Part 1)

Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Roshi Joan Halifax open the first full day of Rohatsu Green Dharma sesshin with their dharma talk on Indra’s Net and what it means to hold […]
12/12/202234 minutes 6 seconds
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Dorotea Mendoza: Show, Don’t Tell: How the Practice of Writing Can Teach us About Engagement and Service

In this wonderful talk, Dorotea Mendoza “walks the talk” of showing rather than telling by sharing some of her personal experiences, e.g. how she misses the Philippines, the country of […]
05/12/202238 minutes 58 seconds
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John Dunne & Joan Halifax: Buddhist Visions of Leadership 2022 (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this multi-part series, Roshi Joan Halifax considers the qualities of a leader as modeled and taught by the Buddha. Roshi speaks of the Buddha as a […]
28/11/202248 minutes 49 seconds
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John Dunne & Joan Halifax: Buddhist Visions of Leadership 2022 (Part 1)

Series Description: Upaya’s Abbot and social activist Roshi Joan Halifax and the wonderful Buddhist scholar Dr. John Dunne guide participants through a unique and rich exploration of Buddhist visions of […]
25/11/202248 minutes 5 seconds
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Monshin Nannette Overley: Always Maintain a Joyful Mind

Sensei Monshin Nannette Overley explores the provoking Lojong slogan “Always maintain a joyful mind.” She examines perspectives on joy that go beyond our cultural view of “happy happy joy joy.” […]
21/11/202242 minutes 35 seconds
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John Dunne: Bodhisattva Lineage

“Without the lineage, we are like people without fire and we’re going to be out of luck.” Professor John Dunne speaks about the importance of the Buddhist lineage and how […]
14/11/202241 minutes 29 seconds
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Wendy Johnson: A Harvest of Dharma and Ecology

Sensei Wendy Johnson gives a characteristically energizing, inspiring, and poetic talk on ecology and Dharma practice. She discusses the process and practice of planting and harvesting Upaya’s garden this past year […]
07/11/202248 minutes 48 seconds
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Sensei Noah Kodo Roen: Effortless Freedom

Sensei Noah Kodo Roen reports on his first year of fatherhood and what he’s learned from his daughter Skyla. Try to imagine what it would be like to be a […]
31/10/202244 minutes 39 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (9 of 9)

In this final episode of Training the Mind to Transform, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, invites program participants to share any insights from their conversations in small groups, reminding us […]
29/10/202232 minutes 27 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (8 of 9)

Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, invites participants in her Training the Mind to Transform program to discuss their experiences with Lojong training thus far. She prescribes certain slogans for particular difficulties, […]
28/10/20221 hour 38 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (7 of 9)

In this episode of Training the Mind to Transform, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, explores some potentially difficult sayings, such as, drive all blames into one, all dharmas agree at one point, […]
27/10/202229 minutes 26 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (6 of 9)

In this episode of Training the Mind to Transform, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, continues to lead us through the Lojong trainings and the creation of our own mind training […]
26/10/20221 hour 17 minutes 46 seconds
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Natalie Goldberg: Catching Your Insight

“Sometimes it’s good to just shut up and pay attention.” Natalie Goldberg reminds us that it’s important to know human suffering, to not run away from it. Zen is about […]
24/10/202244 minutes 36 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (5 of 9)

In part 5 of Training the Mind to Transform, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, continues her deep dive into the four slogans below, explaining phrases in the slogans that may […]
23/10/202240 minutes 54 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (4 of 9)

In part 4 of Training the Mind to Transform, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, takes a deep dive into the four slogans below, explaining phrases in the slogans that may […]
22/10/20221 hour 17 minutes 37 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (3 of 9)

Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, provides a practice for engaging Atisha’s mind training slogans. She suggests writing down a slogan or training, pausing, reading the slogan again, and then writing […]
21/10/202256 minutes 28 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (2 of 9)

Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, Roshi, talks about the importance of approaching practice, Lojong and otherwise, as actual practice rather than mere intellectual speculation or performance. To this end, she substitutes the […]
20/10/20221 hour 10 minutes 59 seconds
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Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Training the Mind to Transform (1 of 9)

Series Description: Rev. Angel Kyodo williams, Roshi, is one of the most remarkable Buddhist teachers in our world today. Her unique and powerful approach to practice has transformed the lives […]
17/10/202237 minutes 16 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts (8 of 8)

In the final portion of Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts, Frank and Roshi have an extended conversation with program participants about their experiences of love, death, and grief. Frank […]
16/10/20221 hour 12 minutes 17 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts (7 of 8)

In part seven of Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts, Frank Ostaseski and Roshi Joan Halifax discuss grief as a natural response to both loss of what we’ve cherished and […]
15/10/202258 minutes 43 seconds
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Practice without Ceasing – Fall Practice Period 2022 (11 of 11)

Sensei Matthew Kozan Palevsky gives the final Dharma talk of Upaya’s 2022 Fall Practice Period and sesshin. He discusses atoning and renewing vows on this last day of Ango during the […]
13/10/202237 minutes 2 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Seeing Who We Really Are – Fall Practice Period 2022 (10 of 11)

Sensei Shinzan Palma talks about how to deal with discomfort and pain during sesshin, and asks the question, why do we put ourselves through a process that is so difficult? […]
12/10/202242 minutes 32 seconds
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Kathie Fischer: Wind Blows, Moon Shines, and Beings do not Obstruct Each Other – Fall Practice Period 2022 (9 of 11)

Sensei Kathie Fischer continues Upaya’s in depth investigation of Hongzhi’s teachings on silent illumination during its Fall Practice Period of 2022. Kathie explores the relationship between stepping back into awareness, prior […]
10/10/202239 minutes 49 seconds
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky: No Place Other than Yourself: Juzhi’s One Finger Zen – Fall Practice Period 2022 (8 of 11)

Sensei Matthew Kozan Palevsky continues Upaya’s exploration of the teachings of Hongzhi, looking at the text “Thirty Years of Emptiness and Existence,” in which Hongzhi references the koan, Juzhi’s One Finger. […]
09/10/202242 minutes 36 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts (6 of 8)

In part 6 of Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts, Roshi Joan Halifax and Frank Ostaseski converse with program participants about grieving personal loss, including the tragic loss of suicide. […]
09/10/20221 hour 1 minute 36 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts (5 of 8)

In part five of Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts, Frank Ostaseksi discusses the four Brahma Viharas or Divine Emotions (loving-kindness, compassion, joy with others, equanimity) as practices through which […]
08/10/202249 minutes 41 seconds
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Shinzan Palma: Silence without Self-Consciousness: How to Not Get Attached to the Empty Field – Fall Practice Period 2022 (7 of 11)

 “It seems that you’re all getting attached to the empty field!” Sensei Shinzan Palma jokes when he asks the community in the zendo and online how they’re doing and gets […]
06/10/202239 minutes 47 seconds
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Kathie Fischer: Accepting Things as They Are: First Day of Sesshin – Fall Practice Period 2022 (6 of 11)

Sensei Kathie Fischer  gives the first Dharma talk of Upaya’s Fall Practice Period 2022 sesshin. She generously shares her experience and wisdom with us on sitting a sesshin, including how […]
05/10/202234 minutes 59 seconds
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Sensei Noah Kodo Roen: Taking the Backward Step into the Infinite Field of Pure Potential – Fall Practice Period 2022 (5 of 11)

As we’ve explored the practice of silent illumination this Fall Practice Period we’ve come across the phrases “take the backward step” and “turn the light around.”. But what do these […]
03/10/202241 minutes 9 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts (4 of 8)

In part four of Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts, Roshi Joan Halifax guides us through a meditation designed to cut through the sense of loneliness and separateness that pervades so many […]
02/10/20221 hour 5 minutes 49 seconds
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Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts (3 of 8)

In the third part of Roshi Joan Halifax’s and Frank Ostaseski’s  “Love and Death: Opening the Great Gifts,” Roshi Joan tells a story about her teacher Thich Nhat Hanh falling in love as a young monk […]
01/10/20221 hour 11 minutes 37 seconds