Dharma talks by Koun Franz at Zen Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS. If you find these talks beneficial, please consider joining Zen Nova Scotia or making a donation at zennovascotia.com/support. Your support makes the practice and teachings available to others.
ZNS 199 - Falling into Refuge
Imagine that taking refuge in buddha, dharma, and sangha isn't about choosing to enter some new space, but rather that it's an act of falling without any hope of control.
ZNS 198 - Get Clear About What You Need to Do
A reflection on climate activist Greta Thunberg and others who have shaped their lives around a singular intention. How do we root ourselves that deeply?
ZNS 197 - Are the Precepts Artificial?
On taking up a path that has boundaries that were created by people centuries ago—why do we do it, and how do we do it sincerely?
ZNS 196 - The Three Poisons
The three poisons—attachment, aversion, and ignorance—and how sometimes ignorance is at the centre.
ZNS 195 - Inspiration and the Three Pure Precepts
What do we need to take with us on this path? If that's different from what we want, how do we reconcile the two?
ZNS 194 - Traps of Identity
There is a difference between how we address the complexity of identity in ourselves, and how we relate to it in others. The approach can't be the same.
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I consider Koun my teacher. His teachings have changed how I relate to and act in my world.
Best Zen podcast
Koun has experience in Soto Zen that few westerners have and you can hear it in these podcasts.
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My #1 criteria for Zen podcasts is the voice of the speaker (all content are kind of the same, to be honest). Koun's voice is calming with a musical quality to it, and the quality of recording is also top-notch. On top of that he also does a great job of not watering down the material (as much as he can, for the Western audience, within the 20 min limit of the talks), and I really enjoy his anecdotes from Japan.