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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.

Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot

    • Religion & Spirituality

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.

    Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: The Shamanic Bones of Zen (Part 2 of 3)

    Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: The Shamanic Bones of Zen (Part 2 of 3)

    • 36 min
    Fushin James Bristol: Breathlessness: When You Lose All That Defines You, What Is It That Is Left?

    Fushin James Bristol: Breathlessness: When You Lose All That Defines You, What Is It That Is Left?

    When you lose all that defines you, what is left? Hoshi Fushin James Bristol invites us to an intimate exploration of loss, or what he calls breathlessness. In this space of loss, confusion, and unknowing, we are invited to ask the fundamental question of a life: Who am I? Prior to everything I’ve gained–my career, my family, my house, and so on–and after everything I’ve lost, who am I?

    In his characteristically gentle manner, Fushin explores this question by way of personal stories of loss, practical suggestions for practice, and an appeal to the poetry that surfaces only when we drop everything we’ve been holding on to.

    • 36 min
    Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: The Shamanic Bones of Zen (Part 1 of 3)

    Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: The Shamanic Bones of Zen (Part 1 of 3)

    Join celebrated author and Buddhist teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel for a journey through The Shamanic Bones of Zen, her new book on the connections between and Zen practice and shamanic or indigenous spirituality. In this first of a three part series, Zenju encourages us to explore and cultivate the shamanic or magical elements of Buddhism, and to experience the forms of Zen ritual not as empty rules but as opportunities to stop and open up to the present moment.

    Click here to pre-order your copy of The Shamanic Bones of Zen.

    • 47 min
    Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Polishing a Tile Into a True Person: Exploring Zen Teaching on Cause & Effect

    Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Polishing a Tile Into a True Person: Exploring Zen Teaching on Cause & Effect

    Join Matthew Kozan Palevsky for a deep dive into Dogen’s great question: if everything is already Buddha, that is, Awake just as it is, then why practice? Why do anything? Kozan explores Dogen’s early and later teachings on the vital importance of taking cause and effect seriously, and never using the “absolute view” as an excuse to abdicate from our responsibility to care for each other and our planet.

    • 43 min
    Joan Halifax: Rohatsu Sesshin 2021 (Part 7 of 7)

    Joan Halifax: Rohatsu Sesshin 2021 (Part 7 of 7)

    In this final talk of Upaya’s 2021 Rohatsu Sesshin, Roshi Joan Halifax suggests that we will never discover who we really are by running away from our pain, but only in lovingly touching our difficulties, just as they appear in the present moment. When we’re really present to what is happening right now, we will discover that we have the capacity and the freedom to treat ourselves and others with patience and compassion. And this, Roshi Joan points out, is precisely what we practice on the cushion: being present in an unconstructed way that is precise, warm, and inclusive. When we relax into the present as it is, without aggression, without resistance, we may understand what Dogen means in his Mountains and Rivers Sutra when he says that the Great Way is to flow like water and be still like the mountains.

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    Upaya Podcast Series: Rohatsu: Mountains and Rivers 2021

    • 27 min
    Enkyo O'Hara: Rohatsu Sesshin 2021 (Part 6 of 7)

    Enkyo O'Hara: Rohatsu Sesshin 2021 (Part 6 of 7)

    Roshi Enkyo O’Hara continues Upaya’s Rohatsu series on Dogen’s Mountains and Rivers Sutra, exploring the challenging teaching that each moment is perfect just as it is. Whether we are washing dishes, meditating, or in a challenging conversation with a friend or partner, the present provides us with the opportunity to realize the dharma and remember who we really are. Roshi Enkyo asks us if we can meet even the most difficult moments of our lives as mountains, grounded and upright, and as water, flowing and without walls.

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    Upaya Podcast Series: Rohatsu: Mountains and Rivers 2021

    • 36 min

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