Zen Podcast series based on Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s Thursday evening dharma talks that explore classical koans of Zen. The podcasts help us in our mission of offering core Zen training in the lineage of Sanbo Zen to create healthier and kinder lives for all, while also supporting our Three Treasures Prison Project in which we work with inmates in a maximum security prison, as well as serving the immediate community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, our international sangha, and the broader world community of all beings.
Dharmatalk: No Other
“… Just come and sit, and let the flower of your heart open …” Description: This talk explores the second two sentences of the Heart Sutra: “Form is no other than emptiness; emptiness no other than form…” The text is written this way to remind us not to think of emptiness as something other than […]
Dharmatalk: The Loving Fount of All
“… dwelling in perfect wisdom, we too may begin to discover the eternally selflessly giving love that nourishes all of creation …” “… True giving must mean relinquishing control …” Description: The first line of the Heart Sutra invokes the bodhisattva Kanzeon, her name “Avalokiteshvara,” who represents infinite, boundless love and well-wishing for all beings. His/her name […]
Dharmatalk: Great Mother Prajna Paramita
“… Real knowing is not-knowing …” Description: This talk explores the meanings of the word “Prajna.” Commonly translated as wisdom, the word etymologically comes from pra-jna. “Jna” is a root word meaning “know” (related both to the English know and to gnosis). The prefix pra can be an intensifier, suggesting “supreme” knowing, but can also be […]
Dharmatalk: A Lineage of Humility
“… To be you, fully alive, that’s your greatest offering to the universe …” Description: A zen practitioner may spend decades studying under a teacher before they themselves can be authorized to teach. When our orientation toward needing outer things to be the way we want them shifts, through having released our grip on our separate […]
Dharmatalk: Right Concentration
“… start to experience the intrinsically fulfilling wellbeing of the lotus flower … permeated from its roots throughout the tips of its petals with the same cool water in which it thrives in perfect stillness …” “… Whatever needs to drop away drops away by itself …” Description: Final talk in the series on basic Buddhism. […]
Dharmatalk: Bringing the Mind Home
“… mindfulness … is a practice of becoming okay with what we have …” “… We have to let be, to let go …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The practice of mindfulness is not about adding something into our already busy lives that’s going to pick us up and make us feel better — […]
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At times, insight and wisdom are just the threshold... standing at the door, it is love that will lift the latch and invite you in for tea.
These talks are a true joy, a combination of scholarship, common sense and falling in love with the world over and over... The dharma is presented in a way that is fully relatable and filled with humility. If for no other reason, I listen to these podcasts for the moments that you can HEAR the sound of delight and wonder in a candlelit room. Thank you... I have no complaints.
Very much enjoying these dharma talks!
Thank you for presenting the Dharma so clearly.