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.
Reigetsu Susan Moon: Encouragements of the Goddess
Reigetsu Susan Moon reviews chapter 7 of Vimalakirti, The Goddess. She shares the story of the Goddess and Shariputra and illuminates insights from the sutra involving non-duality, opposites being necessary and complementary, gender as a social construct, and body as an illusory form. She encourages us to put ourselves in other people shoes in order to realize self as other, and reminds us that the oath of renunciation and the path of compassion are both right and in perfect agreement.
Robert Thurman: The Bodhisattva Way of Vimalakirti
Robert Thurman reads from his translation of The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti, summarizing this sutra as a text of discovering inconceivable liberation through direct realization of the interconnectedness of all beings. He reminds us that to understand this text is to understand that we are buddha, and to realize this we have to go beyond dualistic thinking.
Thurman explains that through increasing cognitive dissonance tolerance and meditation practice, we come to understand that we are beyond conceptual ideas of individuation.
Shinzan Palma: The Great Way of a Bodhisattva
Sensei Shinzan Palma speaks to us of the importance of practice to wake up. He teaches us that whether we are monastic or lay practitioners, the dharma is available to us in every aspect of our lives. He reminds us that we have the opportunity in every moment to realize the dharma despite the conditions of our lives; we only have to commit to practice.
Zenshin Florence Caplow & Reigetsu Susan Moon: The Wisdom of Zen Crones
Zenshin Florence Caplow and Reigetsu Sue Moon offer us the wisdom of Zen Crones through storytelling and reference of their collaboration The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. They encourage Zen practice and teaching as medicine for the anxieties of the 21st century. They encourage us to turn to Zen crones who hold the wisdom of grandmother’s mind which can support us in healing and moving towards the truth of interconnectedness.
Heather McTeer Toney: Environmental Injustice: Understanding the Cost of Inaction
Heather McTeer Toney speaks on recovery from climate disasters as a pathway to building resilient communities. She reminds us that people of color know this pathway well and have been engaged in the fight for climate justice long before today. She encourages us to take collective action that follows the lead of community organizers who have the experience to lead the way in the midst of climate change.
Ven. Dr. Pannavati: Equanimity is Established Upon Boundless Generosity
In this classic Dharma Talk with Venerable Pannavati Bikkhuni from the Heartwood Refuge in North Carolina, we are reminded of the deep interconnectedness of generosity and gratitude, and ultimately, equanimity, and how this timeless practice of meditation and ethics can help us navigate in the modern world.
Zen brain series are the best
Each year I look forward to the Zen Brain series of ten or more episodes. These podcasts are engaging and awakening. Roshi Joan brings delightful teachers to share wisdom and I look forward to one day visiting upaya Zen center in person. Until then, this podcast holds me over.
this is one of my favorite zen podcasts. i love the meditation bowl at the beginning of each episode!
This podcast has been wonderfully insightful for me. I would recommend it to anyone, whether they are a practicing Buddhist or not. Roshi Joan is an excellent teacher. Just hearing the tone of her voice when she speaks is enough to set a pleasant mood to my day.