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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.

    Natalie Goldberg: Poetry Series 1: Natalie Goldberg, The Orange Bowl

    Natalie Goldberg: Poetry Series 1: Natalie Goldberg, The Orange Bowl

    In our first Poetry Series talk, Natalie Goldberg shares stories and poems from the beginning of her writing and Zen practice including a poem called, “Orange Bowl.” She encourages us to give structure to our sitting and writing, and to let it come naturally, from the inside. “One of the best things you can do is sit outside or sit by the window and feel the breeze because when you sit outside you really are sitting with all sentient beings.”

    • 43 min
    John Paul Lederach: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

    John Paul Lederach: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

    John Paul Lederach, speaking from long experience in conflict mediation, recalls and appreciates the inevitable connectedness of every enemy, as well as the need and willingness for risk when engaging in acts of trust. He expresses a heartfelt reminder to “stay in touch.”

    • 33 min
    Natalie Goldberg & Clark Strand & Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: The Way of Haiku: Basho In Our Time (Part 5 of 5)

    Natalie Goldberg & Clark Strand & Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: The Way of Haiku: Basho In Our Time (Part 5 of 5)

    Bringing the program to a close, Roshi Joan Halifax, Natalie Goldberg, Clark Strand, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi share their reflections and some exceptional work that was made over the weekend.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Natalie Goldberg: The Way of Haiku: Basho In Our Time (Part 4 of 5)

    Natalie Goldberg: The Way of Haiku: Basho In Our Time (Part 4 of 5)

    Natalie Goldberg introduces haiku’s prosaic partner, haibun. In this style, writers create haiku to accompany a section of prose, or vice versa. Students and teachers share their short work in the form.

    • 49 min
    Clark Strand: The Way of Haiku: Basho In Our Time (Part 3 of 5)

    Clark Strand: The Way of Haiku: Basho In Our Time (Part 3 of 5)

    Clark Strand provides biographical and cultural context for the legendary poet, Basho, and speaks to the underrepresentation of women in haiku.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Pamela Ayo Yetunde: Zen in the Belly of the Beast: Reflections on Thich Nhat Hanh and the Art of Transforming Aggression

    Pamela Ayo Yetunde: Zen in the Belly of the Beast: Reflections on Thich Nhat Hanh and the Art of Transforming Aggression

    With inspiration from Thich Nhat Hanh, Pamela Ayo Yetunde speaks to the possibility of national moral reinvention. She asks, “what has Zen done for you lately? Is it providing the courage that I think we need to transform the culture – the society – that we’re in?”

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

PavonesYogaCenter ,

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.

fmjzelda ,

wonderful

this is one of my favorite zen podcasts. i love the meditation bowl at the beginning of each episode!

Khandro ,

Uplifting

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.

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