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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

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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.

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

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

    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.”

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

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Wendy Johnson: Beginner’s Mind Weekend (Part 3 of 4)

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Wendy Johnson: A Beginner’s Mind Practice for the New Year

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 13 min

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