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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.

    Hozan Alan Senauke: Bodhisattva Vows

    Hozan Alan Senauke: Bodhisattva Vows

    “Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what’s the use of seeing?” – Thich Nhat Hanh

    In this Dharma talk, Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke talks about appropriate responses, political activism in Buddhism, John Lewis, voting and the upcoming election.

    • 35 min
    Joan Halifax: Nothing Is Hidden: The Imperative to be Socially Engaged

    Joan Halifax: Nothing Is Hidden: The Imperative to be Socially Engaged

    We are at our best when we serve others. On the eve of her 78th Birthday, Roshi Joan Halifax talks about socially engaged Buddhism, good trouble, the ethics of care, wholehearted practice, and her life.

    If you would like to give dana to Upaya on behalf of Roshi’s birthday please donate to the Karuna Fund.

    • 39 min
    Kigaku Noah Rossetter & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 4 of 4)

    Kigaku Noah Rossetter & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 4 of 4)

    In our final SESSHIN: Genjokoan dharma talk, Kigaku Noah Rossetter, and Matthew Kozan Palevsky offer teachings inspired by the following Genjokoan paragraph.

    “To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self.  To study the self is to forget the self.  To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.  When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away.  No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.” – Dogen



    For Series description, please visit Part 1.

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    Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

    • 51 min
    Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 3 of 4)

    Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 3 of 4)

    “To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.”  – Dogen

    What would it be like to cease our desires? In this third talk of our SESSHIN: Genjokoan, Matthew Kozan Palevsky, and Kigaku Noah Rossetter talk about our desire for comfort and our propensity of trying to find enlightenment outside of ourselves.



    For Series description, please visit Part 1.

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    Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

    • 37 min
    Joan Halifax: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 2 of 4)

    Joan Halifax: SESSHIN: Genjokoan (Part 2 of 4)

    We aren’t here to study the Genjokoan, we are here to practice it. We are here to be it and not to be separate from it. In the second talk of our SESSHIN: Genjokoan, Roshi Joan Halifax talks about the loss and death that followed Dogen throughout his life. Roshi also talks about vows and the practice of staying in the present moment.



    For Series description, please visit Part 1.

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    Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

    • 49 min
    Kigaku Noah Rossetter: What’s Your Genjo Koan?

    Kigaku Noah Rossetter: What’s Your Genjo Koan?

    The Genjōkōan is the entire world as it is, but “What’s Your Genjo Koan?” In this opening talk of Upaya’s Genjokoan SESSHIN, Kigaku Noah Rossetter asks, What’s your fundamental question? How do you actualize it? What is your motivation for living and for practicing?

    Kigaku also explains why he uses two words for Genjo Koan in the title of his talk instead of one.

    This talk serves as the Wednesday dharma talk and as Part 1 of the series  SESSHIN: Genjokoan – Actualizing the Fundamental Point. 

    Series Description: Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for practice.

    During this sesshin, we deepened our Bodhisattva vows while considering the teachings found in Dogen’s famous fascicle, Genjōkōan, “Actualizing the Fundamental Point.”

    Dogen tells us: “To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self.  To study the self is to forget the self.  To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.  When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away.  No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly.”



    To access the entire series, please click on the link below:

    Upaya Podcast Series: SESSHIN: Genjokoan

    • 33 min

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