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Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast

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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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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.

iTunes Ratings

110 Ratings
Average Ratings
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6
6
5

Zen brain series are the best

By PavonesYogaCenter - Oct 24 2016
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Each year I look forward to the Zen Brain series of ten or more episodes. These podcasts are engaging and awakening. Roshi Joan brings delightful teachers to share wisdom and I look forward to one day visiting upaya Zen center in person. Until then, this podcast holds me over.

Thank you for this podcast.

By Ashley XR - Aug 02 2008
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Truly educational and enlightening.

iTunes Ratings

110 Ratings
Average Ratings
79
14
6
6
5

Zen brain series are the best

By PavonesYogaCenter - Oct 24 2016
Read more
Each year I look forward to the Zen Brain series of ten or more episodes. These podcasts are engaging and awakening. Roshi Joan brings delightful teachers to share wisdom and I look forward to one day visiting upaya Zen center in person. Until then, this podcast holds me over.

Thank you for this podcast.

By Ashley XR - Aug 02 2008
Read more
Truly educational and enlightening.
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Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast

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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.

Rank #1: Joan Halifax: Transforming Suffering Today: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Attitude

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Roshi Joan Halifax has deeply explored the notion of hope. She began her talk reminding us that the young environmental activist Greta Thurberg has just arrived in the United States, and pointed out that people like her, Malala, and the Parkland students are igniting direction and wise hope in our fraught time.  She was interested to touch […]

Sep 02 2019

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Rank #2: John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 1 of 10)

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Shantideva’s A Guide to The Bodhisattva Way of Life is a foundational text that guides the reader through the development of bodhicitta, or the awakening of the heart-mind through a nondual perspective that embodies the wisdom of emptiness and compassion. To put it more simply, Roshi Joan Halifax asks, “What do you want to give away to […]

Dec 01 2019

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Rank #3: John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 2 of 10)

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Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne open today’s talk with a description of Shantideva’s life as he went from one failed job to another before ending up as a great yogi cave dweller.

Dec 03 2019

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Rank #4: Matthew Kozan Palevsky: The Diamond Sutra and the Freedom to be Nobody

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Matthew Kozan Palevsky speaks about what it means to be on pilgrimage. He says, “being on pilgrimage invites us into not knowing.” When we let go of our knowledge of the world, of our preconceptions, we become free. Whether you are circumambulating a sacred mountain, prostrating at each step, or simply walking kinhin, there are many […]

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #5: John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 10 of 10)

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In the final part of the program Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne describe the concept of emptiness and how it relates to Shantideva’s works and our own lives.

Dec 11 2019

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Rank #6: Monshin Nannette Overley: Perfection of Patience

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Monshin Nannette Overley speaks on the three areas of what is classically referred to in Buddhism as the perfection of patience. They include patience with personal pain and hardship; patience with the suffering caused by our interactions with other people; and patience with painful truths about our human life. “Patience is considered an antidote to acting […]

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #7: Kathie Fischer: Gathering in the Diamond Sutra

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“The Diamond Sutra is bird song from 2000 years ago,” says Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer. In her talk, Sensei Fischer tells of the widespread influence of the Sutra, citing the work of Zen Master Dogen, Koans, the rise of the sudden enlightenment school in China, and the bodhisattva ideal, as well as the notion of […]

Oct 28 2019

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Rank #8: Matthew Kozan Palevsky: The Dharma Gate of Ease and Joy

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Are you joyful? What is the difference between joy and happiness? Matthew Kozan Palevsky asks such questions in his exploration of the role of joy in dharma. Laughingly, Kozan explains, “I’ve been reading the sutras very carefully about joy and it turns out that joy, not suffering, is at the heart of Buddhism.” This talk […]

Sep 23 2019

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Rank #9: Wendy Johnson: Meeting Challenge with a Full Heart

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What does it mean to love a city? Wendy Johnson speaks of heartbreak and connection on the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Speaking of a visit to the World Trade Center Memorial site, Wendy describes her love for New York City and the sadness she experienced at the unfolding of the attacks on the […]

Sep 16 2019

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Rank #10: Monshin Nannette Overley: Utmost Respect

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What exactly is the role of respect in our life? Monshin Nannette Overley delves deeply into this often-used word, and infuses new feeling and meaning into an attitude which is too frequently bereft of its sacred manifestation. Her talk looks at respect through the eyes of a Yurok elder preparing a feathered wand for ceremony. It looks […]

Aug 26 2019

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Rank #11: James S. Gordon: Trauma and Transformation

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Dr. James S. Gordon, founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, encourages us to see that, “trauma is a part of life, and not apart from it.” Through sharing heartfelt stories of transformation from many cultures around the world, Dr. Gordon offers different ways of working with trauma […]

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #12: Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi: ROHATSU SESSHIN: Authentic Practice (Part 1 of 6)

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Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, authentic practice and awakening to serve others. In the opening talk of Rohatsu sesshin, Roshi […]

Dec 15 2019

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Rank #13: Seigen Chuck Overley: Ease and Joy

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In this inspiring talk, Seigen Chuck Overley explores the process of finding ease and joy in difficult situations. From teaching meditation to inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico to art classes with the elderly, Chuck delves into why “showing up” to face suffering takes courage and cultivates compassion.

Nov 25 2019

38mins

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Rank #14: Matthew Kozan Palevsky: SESSHIN: The Diamond Sutra (Part 1 of 6)

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The Diamond Sutra is one of the most well-known Mahayana texts on what is called the perfection of wisdom. The Sutra, a dialogue between the Buddha and one of his disciples, explains what is meant by perfect wisdom: “The name of this dharma teaching, Subhuti, is the Perfection of Wisdom. Thus should you remember it. And […]

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #15: John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 6 of 10)

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In this expansive session, Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne discuss the three trainings of ethics, meditation and wisdom.

Dec 07 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #16: John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 7 of 10)

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Starting with a Q&A session, Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne address the sticky issue of working with anger and how to use that energy in a skillful way.

Dec 08 2019

1hr 32mins

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Rank #17: Kathie Fischer & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Zazenkai: Letting Go of Attachment to Non-Attachment

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Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer and Matthew Kozan Palevsky give a very pragmatic talk on attachment and how to cultivate non-attachment through zazen. During zazen, we are continuously distracted by our thoughts, but we keep bringing our attention back to the breath. Kozan says, “there’s nothing wrong with thoughts, it’s only when we are attached to […]

Oct 19 2019

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Rank #18: John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 9 of 10)

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Using Shantideva’s arguments to disrupt the distinctions between our in-groups and our out-groups, Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne challenge us to expand our circles of care.

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #19: Wendy Johnson & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: The Practices and Principles of Ecological Dharma

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Wendy Johnson and Matthew Kozan Palevsky explore an array of subjects in this beautiful morning’s talk on Ecological Dharma. “Water cannot be changed; never say that water is polluted.” Wendy manages to weave nuggets of wisdom and insight such as this into the wild tangle of her talk. She recalls her teacher’s old sayings and […]

Oct 20 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #20: Kathie Fischer: Reflecting on the Diamond Sutra

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What does “no-self” really mean? Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer offers a beautiful talk on what it means to be in “this moment, this body, this place, and this time of no time.” She uses an account of recent pictures which depict plastic bags in the deepest portion of the ocean. This theme of no-self is […]

Oct 14 2019

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Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Mahakashyapa and Beginning Again for the First Time

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In this Dharma Talk in the middle of the Winter Practice Period, Matthew Kozan Palevsky relates his recent experiences at Chaco Canyon with the Mahakashyapa chapter from the Transmission of Light. When Zen Master Keizan says that we don’t understand Kashyapa’s awakening, how do we incorporate that into our reading? “One understanding,” Kozan says, “might be that we wake up to the suchness of life that is always already there—nobody can give it or take it away.”

Matthew Kozan Palevsky

Matthew Kozan Palevsky first traveled to Upaya in 2006 for a weeklong silent retreat, or sesshin. He returned eight years later to join the resident body and was ordained as a novice priest by...
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Jan 20 2020

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Wendy Johnson & Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Beginner’s Mind Weekend (Part 4 of 4)

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In the final session of our Beginner’s Mind weekend, Wendy Johnson, Matthew Kozan Palevsky and Kigaku Noah Rossetter return to offer their takeaways from the weekend of practice and study. This is followed by a discussion with the sangha.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wendy has been practicing Zen meditation for thirty-five years and has led...
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky

Matthew Kozan Palevsky first traveled to Upaya in 2006 for a weeklong silent retreat, or sesshin. He returned eight years later to join the resident body and was ordained as a novice priest by...
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Kigaku Noah Rossetter

Assistant to Abbot and Integrator. Kigaku Noah Rossetter first came to Upaya for the 2010 Winter Practice Period, and later in the summer, he attended a Wilderness Fast at the...
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Jan 18 2020

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Wendy Johnson: Beginner’s Mind Weekend (Part 3 of 4)

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In the afternoon’s session Wendy Johnson describes Suzuki Roshi’s life and what led him to teach in the United States where he felt his students had real “Zen spirit” despite their dirty feet. Wendy explores what it means to embody that spirit and understanding that Zen is not a puzzle that we solve; it’s our real life coming into form.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wendy has been practicing Zen meditation for thirty-five years and has led...
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Jan 17 2020

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Wendy Johnson & Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Beginner’s Mind Weekend (Part 2 of 4)

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The first morning of Beginner’s Mind opens with a talk by Wendy Johnson, Matthew Kozan Palevsky and Kigaku Noah Rossetter about zazen, continuous practice and deep gratitude for whatever we sit on. There is also a short, guided meditation led by Kozan and a Q&A session.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wendy has been practicing Zen meditation for thirty-five years and has led...
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky

Matthew Kozan Palevsky first traveled to Upaya in 2006 for a weeklong silent retreat, or sesshin. He returned eight years later to join the resident body and was ordained as a novice priest by...
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Kigaku Noah Rossetter

Assistant to Abbot and Integrator. Kigaku Noah Rossetter first came to Upaya for the 2010 Winter Practice Period, and later in the summer, he attended a Wilderness Fast at the...
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Jan 16 2020

1hr 13mins

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Wendy Johnson: A Beginner’s Mind Practice for the New Year

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Cutting to the heart of the matter, Wendy Johnson begins this week’s talk with a question on many of our minds as 2020 begins, “How do we abide in peace when the world is beating the drums of war?” So begins a lively exchange which is eventually brought into the audience for a wide-ranging discussion.

This is the Metta Sutta that we are chanting each day of the Winter Practice Period.


Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wendy has been practicing Zen meditation for thirty-five years and has led...
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Jan 13 2020

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Joan Halifax: Beginner’s Mind Weekend (Part 1) – Opening Talk

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The beloved Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki’s teachings have touched thousands of people and inspired their practice. Using Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind as a basis for this series, Roshi Joan Halifax, Wendy Johnson, Matthew Kozan Palevsky and Kigaku Noah Rossetter offer a rich context for Shunryu Suzuki’s life and teachings.

To open our weekend exploring the seminal Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi Joan Halifax invites us to approach Zen like a “five year old kid standing in front of a Jackson Pollock painting.” What follows is a lively discussion about getting back to the basics and cultivating a beginner’s mind.

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
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Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New...
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Jan 06 2020

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Drepung Loseling Monks: Drepung Loseling Monks

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The Drepung Loseling Monks visit Upaya as part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour. Offering a peace chant dedicated to ending violence in our world and a traditional Green Tara healing chant, the monks fill the zendo with the rich sounds of cymbals, horns, and singing.

Drepung Loseling Monks

The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual...
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Jan 01 2020

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Joan Halifax: Roshi Joan’s Fire Drill Friday Speech

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“You and I must act now if there is to be a viable, morally grounded, and healthy future,” said Roshi Joan Halifax at a speech before being arrested December 20, 2019. Roshi Joan, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, and Heather Toney were part of the climate action, Fire Drill Fridays, in Washington, D.C., organized by Jane Fonda.

Photo by Fire Drill Fridays.

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
Abbot

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New...
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Dec 30 2019

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Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Boundless Possibility: Exploring The Heart Sutra Through Chant and Study

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Kigaku Noah Rossetter leads tonight’s Dharma Talk with an eye-opening exploration of the mind-expanding number of stars in the sky and how we perceive the vast spaces in between. This leads to a study of the Heart Sutra and its own profound elucidation of boundlessness.

Kigaku Noah Rossetter

Assistant to Abbot and Integrator. Kigaku Noah Rossetter first came to Upaya for the 2010 Winter Practice Period, and later in the summer, he attended a Wilderness Fast at the...
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Dec 23 2019

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Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: ROHATSU SESSHIN: Authentic Practice (Part 6 of 6)

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In the final talk of Rohatsu sesshin, Roshi Joan Halifax, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi are all on deck to offer their final teachings of the week. Kaz reveals “joy density” as his secret to a longer and more enjoyable life. Roshi Enkyo encourages us to not be deluded, as “this is the beginning of your practice.”

Roshi Enkyo O'Hara
Abbot of Village Zendo in New York City

Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, PhD, is the Abbot of The Village Zendo in downtown Manhattan. A Soto Zen priest and...
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Sensei Kaz Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan and active in the United States since 1977, has had solo exhibitions of his calligraphic paintings internationally. He has taught East Asian...
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Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
Abbot

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New...
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Dec 20 2019

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Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi: ROHATSU SESSHIN: Authentic Practice (Part 5 of 6)

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We’re in the home stretch of Rohatsu sesshin, but the challenges continue according to Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi. Kaz begins the talk by revisiting the circle of the way, pointing out that each circle is never complete, but it is perfect. Roshi Enkyo explains that “ultimately we want to serve the world, but we’re […]

Dec 19 2019

46mins

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Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: ROHATSU SESSHIN: Authentic Practice (Part 4 of 6)

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In today’s dharma talk, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi discusses the stages of meditation and how right now, this is the right time and the right place for enlightenment. Roshi Joan Halifax explains how she calms her nervous system during meditation and shares a beautiful poem by Eileen Myles.

Dec 18 2019

49mins

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Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi: ROHATSU SESSHIN: Authentic Practice (Part 3 of 6)

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In Rohatsu sesshin especially, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi point out that all over the world, people practice together. Even in the face of climate change and other catastrophes, one person’s practice matters. Quoting David Bowie, Roshi Enkyo encourages us to “Turn and face the strange.”

Dec 17 2019

38mins

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Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: ROHATSU SESSHIN: Authentic Practice (Part 2 of 6)

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Today, Roshi Joan Halifax and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi continue the Rohatsu dharma talks on authentic and continuous practice. According to Roshi Joan “authentic practice is completely reliant on you.”

Dec 16 2019

42mins

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Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi: ROHATSU SESSHIN: Authentic Practice (Part 1 of 6)

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Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, authentic practice and awakening to serve others. In the opening talk of Rohatsu sesshin, Roshi […]

Dec 15 2019

44mins

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John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 10 of 10)

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In the final part of the program Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne describe the concept of emptiness and how it relates to Shantideva’s works and our own lives.

Dec 11 2019

36mins

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John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 9 of 10)

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Using Shantideva’s arguments to disrupt the distinctions between our in-groups and our out-groups, Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne challenge us to expand our circles of care.

Dec 10 2019

53mins

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John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 8 of 10)

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Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne go deep on the subtleties of meditation practice and developing stability for the cultivation of wisdom and compassion.

Dec 09 2019

1hr 2mins

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John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 7 of 10)

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Starting with a Q&A session, Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne address the sticky issue of working with anger and how to use that energy in a skillful way.

Dec 08 2019

1hr 32mins

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John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 6 of 10)

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In this expansive session, Roshi Joan Halifax and John Dunne discuss the three trainings of ethics, meditation and wisdom.

Dec 07 2019

1hr 47mins

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iTunes Ratings

110 Ratings
Average Ratings
79
14
6
6
5

Zen brain series are the best

By PavonesYogaCenter - Oct 24 2016
Read more
Each year I look forward to the Zen Brain series of ten or more episodes. These podcasts are engaging and awakening. Roshi Joan brings delightful teachers to share wisdom and I look forward to one day visiting upaya Zen center in person. Until then, this podcast holds me over.

Thank you for this podcast.

By Ashley XR - Aug 02 2008
Read more
Truly educational and enlightening.