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Learn about traditional Zen and Buddhist teachings, practices, and history through episodes recorded specifically for podcast listeners. Host Domyo Burk is a Soto Zen priest and teacher.

The Zen Studies Podcast Domyo Burk

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Learn about traditional Zen and Buddhist teachings, practices, and history through episodes recorded specifically for podcast listeners. Host Domyo Burk is a Soto Zen priest and teacher.

    127 - Crisis Buddhism - Part 2: Bearing Witness

    127 - Crisis Buddhism - Part 2: Bearing Witness

    Crisis Buddhism requires us to mindfully balance three essential areas of practice: Bearing Witness, Taking Action, and Taking Care. In this episode I discuss Bearing Witness, or exposing ourselves to the suffering of the world in all its forms in order to make wise decisions, activate our natural compassion, and awaken a sense of urgency. How do we Bear Witness without becoming overwhelmed, depressed, or despairing? We embrace it as a noble practice of compassion and wisdom.

    • 23 min
    126 - Crisis Buddhism: Sustainable Bodhisattva Practice in a World on Fire – Part 1

    126 - Crisis Buddhism: Sustainable Bodhisattva Practice in a World on Fire – Part 1

    Crisis Buddhism is a new formulation of practice to help us navigate our everyday lives as we face ecological and climate breakdown. We mindfully balance three areas of practice: Bearing Witness, learning about the suffering of the world to make wise decisions, activate our compassion, and awaken a sense of urgency; Taking Action, participating in a tangible way to help alleviate or prevent the suffering we witness, and Taking Care, engaging in activities, relationships, and practices that sustain us.

    • 23 min
    125 - Liberation Through Understanding the Five Wisdom Energies

    125 - Liberation Through Understanding the Five Wisdom Energies

    The Vajrayana teaching of the five wisdom energies is a about five types of energy we all have within us, or five tendencies within a human being. Within each of us, one or two energies tend to predominate, resulting in what we might call “personality,” but at a deeper level these five energies are about five characteristic orientations to the conundrum of human life.

    • 33 min
    124 - Giving Shape to Our Lives: The Buddhist Practice of Vow

    124 - Giving Shape to Our Lives: The Buddhist Practice of Vow

    Vows guide our decisions, help us prioritize how we spend our time, resources, and energy, and allow us to discern whether our actions are in harmony with our deeper aspirations - helping us live intentionally instead of letting our decisions be determined by habit energy, inertia, fear, selfishness, or a lack of imagination. I first discuss why it can be so hard to stay true to our intentions, and then I present five aspects of the Buddhist practice of vow that make it a powerful way to shape our lives.

    • 37 min
    123 – Engaging Our Climate Emergency as a Koan and Opportunity

    123 – Engaging Our Climate Emergency as a Koan and Opportunity

    Our practical, lived response to our climate and ecological crisis – as individuals, Sanghas, and Dharma teachers – is inseparable from our Dharma practice. As Greta Thunberg has said, “Change is coming whether we like it or not.” Also, as Buddhists we're morally compelled to act for the welfare of other beings. Finally, the eco-crisis is a profound and difficult koan, whether we choose to engage it that way or not - and therefore, it's an opportunity to grow in understanding, compassion, and manife

    • 36 min
    122 - Meditation Is NOT About Stopping Thoughts

    122 - Meditation Is NOT About Stopping Thoughts

    In this episode, I talk about why we long to be thought-free. Then I discuss how meditation is not about stopping thought, but instead is a practice of diligently and repeatedly turning our attention to something beyond thought, thereby realigning our whole being. Meditation requires diligence and determination, but also patience, humility, and faith.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

Fox/Butterfly ,

New favorite!

I’ve listened to one episode so far and it’s everything I’ve been looking for! It was the first episode about the 5 hindrances. Most Buddhist podcasts take one tiny piece of one story or sutra and then talk about stuff that’s barely connected to that piece. You actually dig “deep” into a topic (by comparison), and that was just the first episode in a series on the topic!
I can’t wait to listen to more! Again, everything I’ve been looking for in a Buddhist podcast. Thank you :)

ufocis ,

My favorite podcast

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Thoughtful and Calm Dharma Talks

Thank you Domyo Burk for providing this window into Zen and Buddhism :)
I'm listening in reverse order while I train for my next marathon. I can increase my VO2 Max and my mindfulness at the same time...

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