39 episodes

Listen to dharma talks from the teachers and guest teachers of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Buddhist teachings are woven into topics such as contemplative care, engaged Buddhism, social change, meditation and stillness, dealing with addiction, being with suffering, and the arts and challenges of care for the self and others.

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Listen to dharma talks from the teachers and guest teachers of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Buddhist teachings are woven into topics such as contemplative care, engaged Buddhism, social change, meditation and stillness, dealing with addiction, being with suffering, and the arts and challenges of care for the self and others.

    How Much Merit Have I Earned? | Robert Chodo Campbell

    How Much Merit Have I Earned? | Robert Chodo Campbell

    “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis Sensei Chodo gives a moving and wide-ranging talk, discussing: Bodhidharma meeting Emperor Wu, breaking down and explaining the meaning behind the heart sutra, and the wisdom inherent in our primordial nature. He also shares lessons from The […]

    • 22 min
    The Difference Between Student And Master | Koshin Paley Ellison

    The Difference Between Student And Master | Koshin Paley Ellison

    “Not holding back is a place of practice.” Drawing inspiration from the teachings of Dogen, Koshin gives a wide-ranging talk on the importance of practicing past the point of discomfort and not having the practice adapt to your preferences. He also reminds us of the debt we owe to teachers of old who have kept […]

    • 29 min
    Speaking One Foot Does Not Compare With Practicing One Inch | Koshin Paley Ellison

    Speaking One Foot Does Not Compare With Practicing One Inch | Koshin Paley Ellison

    “Everything is an aspect of continuous practice, particularly what we think shouldn’t be happening.” Sensei Koshin delivers an important talk on the merits of both study and practice; how the two compliment and deepen each other. But, as he is quick to mention, practice of mindfulness must always take precedence. He also discusses the importance […]

    • 23 min
    Sit For Scholarship: “You Could Make This Place Beautiful” | Koshin Paley Ellison & Robert Chodo Campbell

    Sit For Scholarship: “You Could Make This Place Beautiful” | Koshin Paley Ellison & Robert Chodo Campbell

    “How can we sit just for ourselves with what is happening around us?” On Saturday, June 27th, the Zen Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group launched its Sit for Scholarship 2020 event where formal students, members, friends and fans of the Zen Center sat together (online) in meditation to raise funds for the Zen Center’s […]

    • 52 min
    Practicing Within The Imperfection | Robert Chodo Campbell

    Practicing Within The Imperfection | Robert Chodo Campbell

    “Flow and swirl at the world, carried along as if by a dark current. All you can do is keep swimming. All you can do is keep singing.” In this vulnerable dharma talk, Sensei Chodo describes the grief he and Sensei Koshin experienced as they witnessed the passing of their beloved Maine Coon cat, Obi. […]

    • 27 min
    How much are we willing to change? | Koshin Paley Ellison

    How much are we willing to change? | Koshin Paley Ellison

    “Sacrifice is a way to connect to what we give most value.” How much are we willing to shift? This is the question posed by Sensei Koshin several weeks after protests broke out across the country and the world, highlighting racial and economic inequalities. Connecting to ancestors in the zen lineage and his own family […]

    • 25 min

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