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Learn about traditional Zen and Buddhist teachings, practices, and history through episodes recorded specifically for podcast listeners. Host Domyo Burk is a Soto Zen priest and teacher.

The Zen Studies Podcast Domyo Burk

    • Buddhism
    • 4.9, 13 Ratings

Learn about traditional Zen and Buddhist teachings, practices, and history through episodes recorded specifically for podcast listeners. Host Domyo Burk is a Soto Zen priest and teacher.

    136 - Grief in Buddhism 2: Some Buddhist Practices Helpful for Facing and Integrating Grief

    136 - Grief in Buddhism 2: Some Buddhist Practices Helpful for Facing and Integrating Grief

    Grief is love in the face of loss; do you want to stop loving in order to stop feeling grief? Of course not. But we also don't want to be controlled or overwhelmed by it. There are a number of Buddhist practices that can help us as we practice with grief – trying to face it, and making sure we don’t impede our own grief process. What I’ll share in this episode isn’t by any means a developed or exhaustive process of grief work, it’s just a short list of Buddhist practices that can be beneficial.

    • 29 min
    Mini Episode - A Four "S" Approach to Shikantaza: Sit Upright, Still, Silent, Simply Be

    Mini Episode - A Four "S" Approach to Shikantaza: Sit Upright, Still, Silent, Simply Be

    Shikantaza, or the practice of "just sitting," can be challenging. We're asked not to try to control our meditative experience, but are we just supposed to sit there like a sack of potatoes and let habit energy have its way? I present a simple approach to returning to your intention whenever you have a moment of awareness in your sitting, and making that intention very simple and free from expectation of results. We simply intend four "S's": To sit upright, still, silent, and simply be.

    • 10 min
    135 - Grief in Buddhism 1: Buddhist Teachings on Grief and the Danger of Spiritual Bypassing

    135 - Grief in Buddhism 1: Buddhist Teachings on Grief and the Danger of Spiritual Bypassing

    Grief in Buddhism: What are the teachings about it, and how are we supposed to practice with it? It's often easy to suppress or bypass our grief, leaving us stuck in one of the early stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, or depression), or unable to face reality or live with a fully open heart. Unfortunately, some Buddhist teachings may seem to suggest it's better if we don't feel grief. I explore the question of grief and how we can practice with it in Buddhism in a fruitful and beneficial way.

    • 25 min
    134 - Lotus Sutra 1: What Is Devotion, and How Does It Fulfill the Buddha Way?

    134 - Lotus Sutra 1: What Is Devotion, and How Does It Fulfill the Buddha Way?

    The Lotus Sutra is one of the oldest and most central sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. The sutra states repeatedly that people who perform small acts of devotion, such as making an offering at memorial to the Buddha, “have fulfilled the Buddha Way.” What does this mean? I think the Lotus Sutra, and Mahayana Buddhism more generally, is saying that we can transform the universe in an instant, that the smallest of our actions matters, and that the key to all of it is the state of our own mind and heart.

    • 30 min
    133 - Restoring Wonder: Hongzhi's Guidepost of Silent Illumination - Part 2

    133 - Restoring Wonder: Hongzhi's Guidepost of Silent Illumination - Part 2

    I continue in a second episode with my reflections on Chan master Hongzhi's "Guidepost of Silent Illumination. I discuss the interdependence of absolute and relative and why that matters in real life; how skillful bodhisattva action arises out of zazen; how silence is the supreme mode of communication, and how serenity and illumination - calm and insight - are both contained in zazen.

    • 36 min
    132 - Restoring Wonder: Hongzhi's Guidepost of Silent Illumination - Part 1

    132 - Restoring Wonder: Hongzhi's Guidepost of Silent Illumination - Part 1

    In this episode and the next, I riff off of 12th-century Chan master Hongzhi’s short text, “Guidepost of Silent Illumination,” one of the most positive and encouraging Zen teachings a know. By “riff” I mean I’ll play off of, and spontaneously elaborate on, Hongzhi’s words, as opposed to explaining or analyzing them in an exhaustive or comprehensive way. I take this approach because it’s more fun, but also because “Guidepost of Silent Illumination,” like most Chan and Zen writings, is ess

    • 34 min

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