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Sanshin Zen Community is an international Buddhist sangha founded in 1996 by Shohaku Okumura, a Soto Zen priest and respected translator of the thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master, Eihei Dogen Zenji. Based at Sanshin-ji, in Bloomington, Indiana, Sanshin exists to provide intensive practice of zazen in the style of Kosho Uchiyama-roshi, informed by thorough study of Dogen's teachings and communal work. Sanshin offers opportunities for daily practice, weekly Dharma talks, monthly retreats, ...
 
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.
 
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“Zazen isn't something I do. The zazen exists prior to me and I allow it to be me for a certain amount of time. Considering it that way can make the zazen easier. If it’s something im trying to do, I often fail at it…” - Brad Warner An off the cuff talk blossoms into one of the sweetest little bursts of pure zazen poetry we've been lucky enough to …
 
In this episode I focus on how zazen is the dharma gate of joyful ease, because experiencing it as such is so profoundly restorative at a time when our lives tend to be stressful in many ways. I also think it’s necessary to explore the way in which zazen is the dharma gate of joyful ease because that dharma gate is subtle and can be elusive because…
 
In this Fall Practice Period Sesshin talk, Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer talks about the nature and texture of our sensory realms. Sensei Kathie Fischer also looks at the Koan “Zhaozhou and the Monk” and shares the history and story of Xuan Zang. This talk is also our usual Wednesday evening dharma talk. Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer Sensei Sokaku Ka…
 
Many, manythanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201012.mp3Notes:- Considervolunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen yourpractice.- Thistranscription is work in progress. It is transcribed…
 
In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, Stephen Batchelor talks about the ethics of uncertainty. He looks at how the silence of Gautama invites us to stay with questions instead of reaching for the comfort answers. He also talks about Gautama’s teachings being beyond the dividing binary of language. Lastly, Stephen Batchelor shares his opinion o…
 
In this Fall Practice Period Sesshin talk, Matthew Kozan Palevsky explores the often overlooked paramita of patience. Kozan reads poetry from Louise Glück, uses teachings from Shantideva’s “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,” and talks about Zazen being a practice of patience. Matthew Kozan Palevsky Matthew Kozan Palevsky first traveled to U…
 
“Samsara is the world confused by our grasping. Without grasping samsara and nirvana are the same.” – Monshin Nannette Overley In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, Monshin Nannette Overley leads us in an exploration of nirvana. She looks at the root of nirvana and at different translations of it in the Heart Sutra. Monshin also shares a story…
 
In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, local Upaya Sangha member Jane Steinberg talks about continuous practice, the circle of the way, the road of our great Buddhist ancestors, and the state of uncertainty in the world. Jane Steinberg Jane Steinberg has been practicing Zen buddhism for 13 years,taking jukai with Roshi Joan in... More…
 
In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, Kigaku Noah Rossetter talks about the heart of practice. He focuses on the practice of letting go of concepts and the importance of resetting in practice and in life. Kigaku also tells us about “Mu” the negating particle of the Japanese Heart Sutra. Kigaku Noah Rossetter Abbot's Assistant and Administrativ…
 
"I lack therefore I want.I get what I want and I want more.I get what I want and it didn’t make me happier, so I’m going to push it away.This is why we sit. We're not advocating for celibacy or abstinence, We're advocating for awareness;for looking very carefully at yourself and your actions at all times." - Emily Eslami In the latest installment o…
 
In this Dharma talk, Matthew Kozan Palevsky talks about noticing our habit of fear and the different ways fear manifests in our lives. He also looks at the relationship between the fear erected walls of the mind and the three poisons (greed, anger, and delusion). Lastly, Kozan talks about embodied fearlessness being the greatest gift of prajna para…
 
Many, manythanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20201005.mp3 Notes:- Considervolunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen yourpractice.- Thistranscription is work in progress. It is transcribed…
 
“The Buddha way is about radical freedom in this world and radical love in this world which is so resistant to freedom and love. To hold on to a fixed truth is to limit this love in this world and to be bound by that truth.” – Norman Fischer In this Fall Practice Period Dharma Talk, Roshi Norman Fischer talks about The Heart Sutra being foundationa…
 
Understanding people's actions can be difficult. Sometimes we can't help but feel disbelief, judgment, or disgust toward people based on how they respond to the suffering of others. The Buddhist teaching about the Six Realms of existence can help us understand people's mind states and motivations, hopefully leading us to greater patience, less judg…
 
In the midst of this suffering world, Roshi Enkyo talks about how we can find protection in the Heart Sutra. The teaching of Prajna – experiencing our world before knowing; before “other” and “I” illustrates for us a life in which we exist as joyful beings integrated into the entire wholeness of humanity To see video of the teachings, please sign u…
 
Another expression for Zazen might be, being presence, but when we first sit down we may experience a strong pull away from being presence, almost like being caught in a rip current. Sometimes, it is best not to resist resistance and allow ourselves to be carried away by the rip in the faith that it will naturally come to an end and we will wake up…
 
"When we are very, very quiet, sometimes we can perceive the entire symphony of life as a whole. ...even while we only experience only one note at a time, we can know for certain that the whole of the symphony exists." - Brad Warner Brad unveils a brand new chapter from the brand new book he's been working on all about the intersection of non duali…
 
In this Dharma Talk, Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma explains how the Heart Sutra appears in our everyday practice. The six paramitas of practice, he says, when fully embodied, reveal the flowing river of boundless possibility. The essential element of how to integrate practice into our life involves appreciating the flow of that river, thereby letting t…
 
In this Dharma Talk, John Dunne explores different versions of the Heart Sutra including the shortest version, “Ah.” He also speaks to the relationship between wisdom and compassion within the context of the Heart Sutra. In addition, he gives listeners a sense of the narrative elements of the Sutra, and how the Sutra can be […]…
 
Dharma Talk September 28. 2020 by Gilbert Gutierrez 0 viewsSubscribe rickj1009unread,Oct 2, 2020, 7:43:42 PM (yesterday) to Google Groups Riverside Chan, Meetup Riverside ChanMany, manythanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20200928.mp3…
 
“What is in the way is the way.” In this Fall Practice Period: Heart Sutra dharma talk, Sensei Zenshin Florence Caplow, talks about fearlessness and the path of courage. Sensei Zenshin also looks at the 5 hindrances of the mind and reframes them as being essential to practice. To see video of the teachings, please […]…
 
Bearing Witness, Taking Care, and Taking Action: A skillful balance of these ingredients helps you sustain energy, motivation, positivity, and equanimity even when so many things are falling apart, corrupt, unjust, discouraging, even frightening. It helps you maintain compassion and take responsibility as a citizen of the world without being overwh…
 
Practice Period (Ango or “peaceful dwelling”) is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable…
 
"If you want to know why Zen survived, light the incense, do the sit, and listen. It's what the koans describe, what Dogen tried to explain. There's nothing that could go away, nothing to defend..." - Dave Cuomo Dave brings us the epic tale of Zen's golden age, when the great masters we know and love from the koans could enlighten you with a single…
 
In this Dharma Talk, Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer teaches about Sūnyatā as it is described in the Prajna Paramita Sutra, which is normally translated as “emptiness.” In some Chinese translations, it is understood as “sky.” Sensei Sokaku Fischer says that the fullness of our “brokenhearted longing and joy” is experienced in this sky of ever-changing…
 
In our discussion last fortnight, we talked about making friends with death, and finding our home (nirvana) in this world rather than seeking some kind of transcendence of our ordinary self in an afterlife or in a “true” self that is behind, above or higher than our ordinary self, as if there is always something missing in our experience of ordinar…
 
Many, manythanks to Sentha Pusa for sharing the lecture references. Lecture location: http://www.riversidechan.org/lectures/Dharma_Talk_20200921.mp3 Notes:- Considervolunteering to transcribe a lecture. It is a great way to deepen yourpractice.- Thistranscription is work in progress. It is transcribed as…
 
“I feel like the right books and the right person always came at the right time. There's been a seamless way of following the practice where I’m not sure which one is leading the other.” - Wilcox Gwynne In a warm and generous telling, former ACZC resident Wilcox shares the story of what they were doing and why they were here. From a quaker upbringi…
 
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