50 episodes

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
    • 4.5 • 237 Ratings

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.

    Advice from Dogen for Difficult Times

    Advice from Dogen for Difficult Times

    Sensei Cynthia Kear discusses the parallels between our modern socio-political crisis and those faced by Soto Zen founder Eihei Dogen 800 years ago. Sensei Kear goes over Dogen’s four methods of guidance (generosity, kind speech, beneficial action, and identity action) and how we can apply them to our current crises. Kear explores how we can practice generosity outside of a direct give/receive relationship, and how embodying these practices impacts the world without always having an obvious or immediate outcome.

    • 48 min
    Writing on Empty

    Writing on Empty

    Natalie Goldberg, best selling author of Writing Down the Bones and fifteen other celebrated works, discusses and reads a selection from her newest publication, Writing on Empty: A Guide to Finding Your Voice, a book about writer’s block, mortality, and Zen. She explores her relationship with her late teacher, Katagiri Roshi, her visit to Leonard Cohen’s grave, and her experience as a Zen practitioner in Judaism. Natalie reminds us that the more we practice, whether it’s meditation or writing, the more we become who we are.

    • 44 min
    Gathering Dharma With Tara Brach and Frank Ostaseski: Bridging the Divide

    Gathering Dharma With Tara Brach and Frank Ostaseski: Bridging the Divide

    Tara Brach and Frank Ostaseski lead this tenderly delivered Gathering Dharma session. Together with participants Tara and Frank explore a range of topics including post pandemic reflections, the divide in personal narratives, and readings on the tragedy of war. Participants express grief over global conflicts and advocate for dialogue and ceasefire. Tara and Frank delve into the meaning of humanity, the importance of community, and the need to face suffering. Themes of shame, failure, and hurt in relationships are explored, with emphasis on self-compassion, understanding, and setting respectful boundaries.

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Keizan’s Compassion

    Keizan’s Compassion

    In this beautiful talk, Zenshin Florence Caplow introduces us to Keizan Zenji, particularly the deep love between Keizan and his mother, and his subsequent dedication to including women in the Soto tradition as both teachers and lay practitioners.

    She closes with a quote from Keizan’s Transmission of the Light about the two types of home leavers, those who leave physically and those who leave mentally, focusing on the latter.  He says, “those who leave home mentally do not shave off their hair or wear special clothing, though they live at home and live in the troubles in the world they are like a lotus unsoiled by mud, like jewels unaffected by dust… they see the one who is free even in the midst of a bustling city… They know that even cutting off passions is a disease and know that aiming for true thusness is also wrong… They are concerned with neither enlightenment or affliction.  These are people who leave home mentally.”

    • 35 min
    From Anatomy Lab to Dharma Lab

    From Anatomy Lab to Dharma Lab

    Wendy Dainin Lau, MD, a Zen priest and emergency medicine physician and addiction specialist, shares her unique journey from software engineering, to working in some of the busiest emergency rooms in New York City, and into the priesthood. Dainin discusses her encounters with the “divine messengers” of suffering, old age, and death in medical practice and how they led her from the anatomy lab to the Dharma lab.

    • 33 min
    Gathering Dharma With Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Only A Buddha And A Buddha

    Gathering Dharma With Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Only A Buddha And A Buddha

    In this installment of Gathering Dharma, Roshi Joan sets the stage by reminding us “the terrible impact of war” and reminds the group the importance of our resolve to face this deep suffering through compassionate and wise action. Sensei Kozan continues the discussion with a focus on equanimity and reflects on Bernie Glassman Roshi’s Three Tenents of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Compassionate Action. Kozan continues into themes of comfort with discomfort, inclusivity, and how we can remain open with patience and compassion.

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    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

mtyogini ,

Gratitude

these reviews are from years ago
important and timely teachings in this age of violence and suffering to engage in activism and how to work with deep emotions isn’t just “ a teaching” but needed for the survival of the planet
deep bow of thanks and blessings

Dhattura S ,

Thank you for the sangha

It is a beautiful experience to “find your people.” I am so grateful to hear words from many humans at Upaya that exemplify something worthy of embodiment. Thank you. 🙏🏼🪬!

Philosopod ,

The Greatest Living Buddhist Teacher in America Today

Roshi Joan is the genuine article. A teacher of such clarity, compassion and authenticity, that it is a wonderous thing to have these generous teachings available by her and her associates at Upaya. I feel she is the greatest living Buddhist teacher/leader alive today, and the programs from Upaya cover a wide range of topics from many distinguished teachers. I very gratefully support Upaya with dana, but ithe programming is freely offered to all. My most treasured talks are those from the Rohatsu Sesshins. All are rich and enlightening.

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