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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.

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129 Ratings
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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

129 Ratings
Average Ratings
92
17
8
7
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

Latest release on Aug 10, 2020

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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: The Old Woman’s Rice Cakes and Other Food for No-thought

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During the last talk of the 2020 Spring Practice Period, “Honoring Women of the Way,” Roshi Joan Halifax expresses her deep gratitude for all the teachers and people at Upaya for creating an extraordinary ango during the pandemic with over 900 participants touching in via Zoom for Dharma talks, zazen, and practice interviews. “Your commitment,” she […]

Apr 27 2020

56mins

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Rank #2: Stephen Batchelor: Autonomy, Imagination, and Care (Part 7 of 7)

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To end the program, Stephen Batchelor applies his ideological framework to the issue of climate change, bringing into consideration Catherine Ingram’s essay, “Facing Extinction.” For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Autonomy, Imagination, and Care

Apr 19 2020

1hr 22mins

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Rank #3: Monshin Nannette Overley: Sesshin: Waking Up In Gendered Bodies (Part 6 of 6)

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Monshin Nannette Overley addresses concepts of gender and the spiritual path. “We create tremendous suffering,” she says, “through our cultural and social baggage: judgment, silencing, oppression, and great violence against women and against gender non-conforming people. Because of this, it’s deeply important that we investigate as Buddhists, and as Zen practitioners, and as human beings, […]

May 10 2020

43mins

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Rank #4: Wendy Johnson: Avalokiteshvara, Perceiver of the Cries of the World

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Sensei Wendy Johnson speaks to the complicated, archetypal, and ever-changing form of Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of “active and grounded… flowering and emanating” compassion.

Apr 26 2020

55mins

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Rank #5: Rev. angel Kyodo Williams: Persistent Rebirth

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On Easter Sunday, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei, speaks about the precious, transformative, and continuous rebirth of experience within our lives. “Experiencing ourselves over and over again,” she says, is “the generative path” by which we meet our Women Ancestors.

Apr 29 2020

57mins

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Rank #6: Petra Zenryū Hubbeling: Sesshin: Contemporary Engaged Buddhist Women (Part 5 of 6)

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Petra Zenryu Hubbeling remembers Sandra Jishu Angyo Holmes, co-founder of the Zen Peacemaker Order. A contemporary ancestor, sharing her words (which are few and under-heard) shows her extreme humility, relatability, and her healing insights. “How important it is,” she writes, “to like myself… to love and embrace that person who is trying so hard to […]

May 09 2020

52mins

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Rank #7: Shinzan Palma & Monshin Nannette Overley & Joan Halifax: Introduction to Spring Sesshin 2020 (Part 1 of 6)

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In this sesshin, we learn from the open-hearted practice of our women ancestors through their awakening poems as recorded in the Therigatha, the earliest known collection of women’s spiritual poetry, and through study of some of the many koans that highlight the understanding of our female ancestors in India, China, and Japan. These koans capture […]

May 05 2020

41mins

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Rank #8: Grace Schireson: Sesshin: The Dharma of Rengetsu (Part 3 of 6)

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Roshi Grace Schireson admires the poems and artworks of Otagaki Rengetsu, reflecting on her special vulnerability compared to male teachers. “Women’s practice,” she says “can heal our wounds as well as the wounds of Zen.” For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast […]

May 07 2020

42mins

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Rank #9: Shinzan Palma: Sesshin: Receiving the Marrow Through Bowing (Part 4 of 6)

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Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma speaks about his own pilgrimage through male privilege and finding “the devotional heart.” Sharing stories from Zen Matriarch Moshan and his own grandmother, he says: “We’re going to meet our medicine. We’re going to meet what we need.” For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click […]

May 08 2020

47mins

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Rank #10: Enkyo O'Hara: Sesshin: The Dharma of Rinzai Zen Master Qui Yuang Xing Gang (Part 2 of 6)

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Roshi Enkyo O’Hara looks to the baffling insights and questions of female Zen Master Qui Yuang Xing Gang. Together, they ask, “Who is the one that wants to settle itself? If the ten thousand Dharmas return to the one, what does the one return to?” For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the […]

May 06 2020

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Rank #11: Natalie Goldberg: An Ordinary Woman

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Natalie Goldberg, following the theme of the Spring Practice Period, shares the story of a wise woman of the roadside. With stories from her own life and loved ones, she asks, “How do we become ordinary? Regular?” She finds that “there’s no such thing as straight-ahead.”

Apr 20 2020

46mins

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Hozan Alan Senauke: Bodhisattva Vows

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“Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what’s the use of seeing?” – Thich Nhat Hanh

In this Dharma talk, Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke talks about appropriate responses, political activism in Buddhism, John Lewis, voting and the upcoming election.

Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke

Hozan Alan Senauke is Vice Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center in California, where he lives with his family. As a socially engaged Buddhist activist, Alan has worked closely with Buddhist Peace...
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Aug 10 2020

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Joan Halifax: Nothing Is Hidden: The Imperative to be Socially Engaged

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We are at our best when we serve others. On the eve of her 78th Birthday, Roshi Joan Halifax talks about socially engaged Buddhism, good trouble, the ethics of care, wholehearted practice, and her life.

If you would like to give dana to Upaya on behalf of Roshi’s birthday please donate to the Karuna Fund.

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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Aug 03 2020

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Kigaku Noah Rossetter & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 4 of 4)

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In our final SESSHIN: Genjokoan dharma talk, Kigaku Noah Rossetter, and Matthew Kozan Palevsky offer teachings inspired by the following Genjokoan paragraph.

“To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self.  To study the self is to forget the self.  To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.  When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away.  No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.” – Dogen

For Series description, please visit Part 1.

To access the entire series, please click on the link below:
Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

Kigaku Noah Rossetter

Abbot's Assistant and Administrative Director of Upaya. Kigaku Noah Rossetter first came to Upaya for the 2010 Winter Practice Period, and later in...
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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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Aug 02 2020

51mins

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Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 3 of 4)

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“To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.”  – Dogen

What would it be like to cease our desires? In this third talk of our SESSHIN: Genjokoan, Matthew Kozan Palevsky, and Kigaku Noah Rossetter talk about our desire for comfort and our propensity of trying to find enlightenment outside of ourselves.

For Series description, please visit Part 1.

To access the entire series, please click on the link below:
Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

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

Abbot's Assistant and Administrative Director of Upaya. Kigaku Noah Rossetter first came to Upaya for the 2010 Winter Practice Period, and later in...
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Aug 02 2020

37mins

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Joan Halifax: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 2 of 4)

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We aren’t here to study the Genjokoan, we are here to practice it. We are here to be it and not to be separate from it. In the second talk of our SESSHIN: Genjokoan, Roshi Joan Halifax talks about the loss and death that followed Dogen throughout his life. Roshi also talks about vows and the practice of staying in the present moment.

For Series description, please visit Part 1.

To access the entire series, please click on the link below:
Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

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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Aug 01 2020

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Kigaku Noah Rossetter: What’s Your Genjo Koan?

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The Genjōkōan is the entire world as it is, but “What’s Your Genjo Koan?” In this opening talk of Upaya’s Genjokoan SESSHIN, Kigaku Noah Rossetter asks, What’s your fundamental question? How do you actualize it? What is your motivation for living and for practicing?

Kigaku also explains why he uses two words for Genjo Koan in the title of his talk instead of one.

This talk serves as the Wednesday dharma talk and as Part 1 of the series  SESSHIN: Genjokoan – Actualizing the Fundamental Point. 

Series Description: Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for practice.

During this sesshin, we deepened our Bodhisattva vows while considering the teachings found in Dogen’s famous fascicle, Genjōkōan, “Actualizing the Fundamental Point.”

Dogen tells us: “To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self.  To study the self is to forget the self.  To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.  When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away.  No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.”

To access the entire series, please click on the link below:
Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

Kigaku Noah Rossetter

Abbot's Assistant and Administrative Director of Upaya. Kigaku Noah Rossetter first came to Upaya for the 2010 Winter Practice Period, and later in...
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Jul 27 2020

33mins

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Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Immediately Yourself: A Month With Dogen’s Genjokoan

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It’s a Genjokoan life. In this talk, Mathew Kozan Palevsky opens up the door to Dogen’s Genjokoan fascicle. He breaks down the title, summarizes the text and demystifies some of it’s meaning. Kozan also invites us to think of our practice as art and of Dogen as an artist.

This talk is a prelude to Upaya’s upcoming SESSHIN: Genjokoan – Actualizing the Fundamental Point. 

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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Jul 20 2020

47mins

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Shun’E Ulrike Greenway: What are Words, What is Practice?

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Sensei Shun’E Ulrike Greenway talks about coming down from the mountains of Crestone and taking it slowly during sheltering. She also looks at what a dharma talk is and what it means to feel that you’re not doing things good enough. Lastly, Sensei Greenway uses the story of Dogen and a Tenzo (cook) that he meets in China to ask, “What are Words, What is Practice?

Sensei Shun’E Ulrike Greenway

Jul 13 2020

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Richard Davidson & John Dunne & Jonathan Schooler & Kalina Christoff & Jay L. Garfield & Elissa Epel & Wendy Hasenkamp & Al Kaszniak & Joan Halifax: Full Panel Discussion – 2020 Varela (Part 7 of 7)

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The final session of the 2020 Varela International Symposium starts with a guided meditation by Richie Davidson, and concludes with a full panel discussion. The panel discussion includes: Richard Davidson, John Dunne, Jonathan Schooler, Kalina Christoff, Jay Garfield, Elissa Epel, Wendy Hasenkamp, Al Kaszniak, and Roshi Joan Halifax.

Click here for more resources and information about the 2020 Verala International Symposium.

For Series description, please visit Part 1.

To access the entire series, please click on the link below:
Upaya Podcast Series: 2020 Varela International Symposium

Richard Davidson, PhD

William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He...
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John Dunne, PhD

John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a newly endowed position created...
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Jonathan Schooler, PhD

Jonathan earned his BA at Hamilton College in 1981 and his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1987. He joined the psychology faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant...
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Kalina Christoff, PhD

Dr. Kalina Christoff is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her work focuses on understanding human thought, using a combination of functional neuroimaging (fMRI),...
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Jay L. Garfield, PhD

Jay L. Garfield chairs the Philosophy department and directs Smith's logic and Buddhist studies programs and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India program. He is also visiting...
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Elissa Epel, PhD

Elissa Epel,...
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Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

Wendy Hasenkamp currently serves as Science Director at the Mind & Life Institute. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University, where her graduate and early postdoctoral training...
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Sensei Al Kaszniak, PhD

Al Kaszniak received his Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Illinois in 1976, and completed an internship in clinical neuropsychology at Rush Medical Center...
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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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Jul 09 2020

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John Dunne: To be conscious is to be (unconsciously) Connected: Reflexivity and Nonduality – 2020 Varela (Part 6 of 7)

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John Dunne gives a guided meditation and talk entitled “To be conscious is to be (unconsciously) Connected: Reflexivity and Nonduality.” Dunne’s talk looks at reflexive intransitive awareness, meta-awareness, and non-conceptual illusions. His talk is built around our primal confusion, the duality of self and object.

A panel discussion, summary, and morning conclusion are led by Al Kaszniak.

Click here for more resources and information about the 2020 Verala International Symposium.

For Series description, please visit Part 1.

To access the entire series, please click on the link below:
Upaya Podcast Series: 2020 Varela International Symposium

John Dunne, PhD

John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a newly endowed position created...
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Jul 08 2020

1hr 35mins

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Richard Davidson: Awareness and Adversity: Dharma and Science in the Pandemic Era – 2020 Varela (Part 5 of 7)

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Richard Davidson gives a guided meditation and talks about “Awareness and Adversity: Dharma and Science in the Pandemic Era.” Davidson looks at the four pillars of a healthy mind: awareness & meta-awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. He also talks about happiness, loneliness, interdependence, basic goodness, resilience, and the importance of social connection during the physically […]

Jul 07 2020

1hr 27mins

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Upaya Residents: Way Seeking Mind

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Upaya Local Sangha Member Kourtney Andar speaks to Dharma, Race, and Roots in this powerful Way-Seeking Talk.

Jul 06 2020

42mins

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Kalina Christoff: Coming to the view: Insights from Neuroscience – 2020 Varela (Part 4 of 7)

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Kalina Christoff, gives a technical account of the arising of mental states from the perspective of neuroscience, detailing which neural networks are responsible for different types of awareness. A Q&A period with the other panelists follows. Click here for the video of the lecture showing the accompanying slides. Click here for more resources and information […]

Jul 05 2020

1hr 38mins

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Jay L. Garfield: The primal confusion of insight: Dialogues on Dogen’s Painted Rice Cakes – 2020 Varela (Part 3 of 7)

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Jay Garfield, delves into the philosophical implications of Dogen’s Painted Rice Cakes fascicle, entering into conversations with many notable philosophers across time and tradition; Vasubandhu, Sankappa, and Wilfrid Sellars are all brought into account. These discussions of phenomenology conclude with a lively discussion with the other Varela panelists. Click here for more resources and information […]

Jul 04 2020

1hr 38mins

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Jonathan Schooler: Reflecting on consciousness: On the distinction between experience and meta-awareness – 2020 Varela (Part 2 of 7)

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In the first talk of the Varela Symposium, Jonathan Schooler, gives a treatment of meta-awareness and introspection through the perspectives of historical western philosophy and modern neuroscience and psychology. The session is followed by a panelist Q&A. Click here for the video of the lecture showing the accompanying slides. Click here for more resources and […]

Jul 04 2020

1hr 29mins

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Joan Halifax & Al Kaszniak & John Dunne & Kalina Christoff & Jonathan Schooler & Jay L. Garfield & Wendy Hasenkamp: Introduction to 2020 Varela International Symposium (Part 1 of 7)

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The Varela Symposium brings together a remarkable faculty to explore cutting edge areas of science, philosophy, and Buddhism. Today, we are in an epoch changing era. In this year’s program, we had the opportunity to explore with leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars insights regarding the nature of our mind and the nature of the world. […]

Jul 02 2020

55mins

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Kathie Fischer: Turning Down The Volume

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Sensei Kathie Fischer invites us to think of ourselves as a local climate or weather pattern. She uses the koan of Zhaozhou’s Cypress tree to ask, how can we understand and engage verbally without falling into the language and thoughts of our stories? Lastly, Sensei Fischer talks about using zazen practice to lower the volume […]

Jun 29 2020

36mins

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Monshin Nannette Overley: Zazenkai: Connection, Separation, Non-Separation, and Zazen

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Monshin Nannette Overley talks about the gift of connection and the shared world that she wants to live in. Monshin also talks about using the practice of Zazen to nourish and cultivate a mind that realizes connection.

Jun 28 2020

30mins

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Kaz Tanahashi & Peter Levitt: Poetry of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan (Part 5b of 5)

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Participants are invited to share their experience during the workshop and appreciation of the teachers and also of translator Shulin Bergman. Sensei Kaz leaves us with these words: “My best wishes for your poet within.” The original recording had uneven volume due to some technical issues. It has been evened out as much as possible […]

Jun 27 2020

1hr 7mins

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Peter Levitt: Poetry of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan (Part 5a of 5)

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Sensei Peter Levitt reads and guides us in interpreting the stillness in two more poems that exemplify Hanshan’s still mind. “Only white clouds on Cold Mountain, so still, beyond the dusty world.” The original recording had uneven volume due to some technical issues. It has been evened out as much as possible – but you […]

Jun 27 2020

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iTunes Ratings

129 Ratings
Average Ratings
92
17
8
7
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.