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Series Description: Practice Period (Ango or “peaceful dwelling”) is a traditional intensive training period common to most 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 throu…
 
Episode Description: In this last Rohatsu Teisho, Sensei Kaz speaks about ‘home-stretch’ mindfulness, it’s joy, and the value of these remaining moments of silence; Roshi Enkyo speaks to the parable of the magic city, and its treasure; and Roshi Joan speaks about the importance of letting go of narrow views and opening the heart to natural abundanc…
 
Episode Description: In this Rohatsu Teisho Roshi Enkyo speaks on Wisdom Beyond Wisdom and Bodhisattva Action. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program. Roshi Enkyo O'Hara, PhD Abbot of Village Zendo in New York City Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, PhD, is the Abbot of The Village Zend…
 
Episode Description: In this Teisho Sensei Kaz gives us 10 points or reminders to assist our practice. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program. Sensei Kaz Tanahashi Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan and active in the United States since 1977, has had solo exhibition…
 
Episode Description: In this week’s Dharma talk Roshi Joan Halifax and Sensei Wendy Johnson set the stage for the Winter Practice Period, the Gateless Gate, by looking at the role and importance of koan practice in today’s tumultuous times. Sensei Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in…
 
Episode Description: In this Teisho, Roshi Joan speaks to the intimacy of not knowing, and it’s capacity to use all circumstances to ‘make music.’ Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program. Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD Abbot Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest,…
 
Episode Description: In this Teisho Sensei Kaz gives tips on how to deal with overly gripping emotions and explores the notion of the ‘self’ in relation to Wisdom Beyond Wisdom. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program. Sensei Kaz Tanahashi Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained i…
 
In this last dharma talk of the year, Hoshi Kigaku Noah Rossetter reflects on his gratitude for the lessons of the pandemic, commitments to the coming year, and then turns toward a discussion of nonconceptuality and Case 24 of the Mumonkan: Leaving Speech and Silence behind. Kigaku Noah Rossetter Abbot's Assistant and Administrative Director of Upa…
 
Episode Description: In this Rohatsu Teisho Roshi Enkyo speaks on Dogen’s Time – Being in relation to Wisdom Beyond Wisdom. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program. Roshi Enkyo O'Hara, PhD Abbot of Village Zendo in New York City Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, PhD, is the Abbot of The…
 
Episode Description: In this dharma talk Sensei Kaz speaks on the heart in relation to wisdom beyond wisdom. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program. Sensei Kaz Tanahashi Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan and active in the United States since 1977, has had solo exhi…
 
In this week’s Dharma talk, Natalie Goldberg speaks intimately to us about the passing of a close friend, and shares the insights of great Haiku masters by reading from her new book on Haikus. Natalie Goldberg Natalie Goldberg is the author of fifteen books, including Writing Down the Bones, which has sold over one million copies and has been trans…
 
Episode Description: In this second full day of Rohatsu, Roshi Joan begins her Teisho with an inquiry. What are we learning from this pandemic, how can we be upright in the face of it all, what are grief and loss teaching us?. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses […]…
 
Episode Description: In this second full day of Rohatsu, Sensei Kaz speaks about Wisdom Beyond Wisdom in our minds and its inseparability from our bodies. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program.By Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
 
Episode Description: In this first full day of Rohatsu, Roshi Enkyo’s teisho speaks on how ‘Not-knowing’ is prajnaparamita, compassionate wisdom, through the dropping of the judging mind, and the opening of the inquiring one instead. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all aspects of the live program.…
 
Episode Description: In this first full day of Rohatsu, Sensei Kaz’s teisho begins with the linguistic origins of Rohatsu, the meaning of Wisdom Beyond Wisdom in our bodies, and how we can manifest it in our practice during this Rohatsu sesshin. Please click here to access the Resource page for this series, which encompasses all […]…
 
In this week’s Dharma talk, Hoshi Matthew Kozan Palevsky speaks on the fifth paramita of meditation. He looks at meditation from the perspective of Homeless Kodo, and inquires as to what he meant by his statement that he ‘…wasted his whole life sitting zazen.’By Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
 
Series Description: Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax, Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retr…
 
Episode Description: Roshi Joan and John Dunne reflect on each other’s respective traditions. Specifically, awakening inhabiting every activity, and awakening as Enaction. ==== Please consider registering for the below free past programs (donation requested) so you may receive their rich Resource Pages which include all the zoom sessions, readings,…
 
Episode Description: In this talk, Roshi Joan guides us with a step-by-step process of the ‘body mudra’, how to minimize one’s defenses in order to expand your subjectivity to include that of others, by fostering the heart of the grandmother. John Dunne then offers his thoughts. ==== Please consider registering for the below free past […]…
 
Episode Description: This episode is a continuation of Roshi Joan’s talk from Part 6 (episode #1804), where she gives an overview of some of the Zen traditions most important practices: not knowing is most intimate, sacred activity, and Bodhidharma’s legacy. ==== Please consider registering for the below free past programs (donation requested) so y…
 
Episode Description: In these next two talks, Roshi Joan gives an overview of some of the Zen traditions most important practices: not knowing is most intimate, sacred activity, and Bodhidharma’s legacy. ==== Please consider registering for the below free past programs (donation requested) so you may receive their rich Resource Pages which include …
 
Episode Description: In this eye-opening presentation of verses 10 and 11, by John Dunne, an experiential exercise gets to the root of the nature of confusion and Buddha-nature. ==== Please consider registering for the below free past programs (donation requested) so you may receive their rich Resource Pages which include all the zoom sessions, rea…
 
Episode Description: In this session, John reviews the stages of practice: view, meditation, and conduct, with a reading of verses 7 & 8. ==== Please consider registering for the below free past programs (donation requested) so you may receive their rich Resource Pages which include all the zoom sessions, readings, poetry, fascicles, videos, and bo…
 
Episode Description: This episode is a continuation of John’s first session from Day 2, where he begins to unpack and review line by line (1-7), the foundational 13th-century text, The Mind of Mahamudra: Advice from the Kagyu Masters written by the 3rd Karmapa Ranjung Dorje. What is this text doing, what are its aims, tantric […]…
 
Episode Description: In John’s first session from Day 2, he begins to unpack and review line by line (1-7), the foundational 13th-century text, The Mind of Mahamudra: Advice from the Kagyu Masters written by the 3rd Karmapa Ranjung Dorje. What is this text doing, what are its aims, tantric vs non-tantric practices, Mahamudra vs Dzogchen, […]…
 
Series Description: For nondual Buddhist traditions, one who knows the primordial nature of the mind also knows the nature of all things, and that experiential insight is the manifestation of one’s own innate Buddhahood. But what does all this mean? What is this notion of the mind’s “primordial” or “original” nature, and how could this […]…
 
On the day before Thanksgiving, Kigaku Noah Rossetter begins this talk with a recollection of atonement as well as gratitude. He then invokes Dogen’s Continuous Practice as the deepest expression of gratitude, and explores the teachings of the Five Buddha Families as a balanced expression of continuous practice in the Upaya Mandala and through the …
 
In this week’s moving Dharma Talk, the attorney at law Mark Donatelli talks about what got him into the criminal justice field, his practice to keep him going, the current state of the criminal justice system, where it’s going, and what we can do about it.By Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
 
In this episode, John Dunne talks to us about how certainty from a non-dual perspective can potentially be an obstacle. Cognitively, the brain functions to predict as a means to alleviate confusion. Inadvertently, it can set up a new trap of suffering for we take this new ‘truth’ as the end all be all. The dualistic […]…
 
In this last episode of Upaya’s Election Series. Roshi Joan Halifax initiates an inquiry into uncertainty during difficult times. The election is over, the President-Elect is Joe Biden, yet so many things seem unclear as we move forward. How do we proceed amidst a pandemic, climate catastrophe, and a seemingly uneasy transition of power? Note: […]…
 
In this hybrid Zazenkai/Ease and Joy in the Morning’s Dharma talk, Hoshi Matthew Kozan Palevsky returns us back to our practice by reading from Dogen’s Fukanzazengi. A day after 7 residents took Jukai and one received Tokudo, he reminded us of the inevitability of faltering in our vows and the importance of coming back to […]…
 
Two years after Roshi Bernie Glassman’s passing and the day after the Presidential Election, Roshi Eve Myonen Marko explores the need to accept the ‘not knowing mind’. To accept the limited, liberal conceptual framework in understanding our current circumstances. Only in a mind of not knowing, can we see life as it is in order to do […]…
 
“Resilience is about intentionally remembering. Remembering that there is love, space, and compassion. That there are so many of us doing important work on behalf of all of us.” – Lama Rod Owens In this Election Series Dharma talk, Lama Rod Owens looks at systems of trauma. He talks about resilience, compassion, suffering, and the […]…
 
In this Election Series Talk, Sharon Salzberg talks about having a sense of agency and committing to taking a step even if it doesn’t seem like much. She also talks about moving from grief to resilience and from anger to courage. Lastly, Sharon Salzberg leads a loving-kindness meditation. Note: You can register (free/by donation) for […]…
 
In this Election Series Talk, Rhonda V. Magee, Professor of Law and Mindfulness Teacher, asks us to reflect on how our spiritual practice can support us at this moment so we can engage in the world with a deep understanding of our intention and commitment. Note: You can register (free/by donation) for Upaya’s Election Series […]…
 
In the Upaya Poetry Series, Carol Moldaw reads from recent and older work. In the work, she examines her personal lineage coming from her mother and father, as well as its meeting point with her life now and the natural world she attentively inhabits. It ends with “mindless, heartless ecstasy.”By Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
 
Reggie Hubbard brings together his background in yoga and political activism to address the relevant issues regarding the national election in November of this year. Note: You can register (free/by donation) for Upaya’s Election Series by clicking here. If you register, you will be able to see the Q&As in applicable episodes. For Series description…
 
In the last talk of Fall Practice Period SESSHIN, Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma talks about showing up and building the bridge between our practice on the cushion and our practice in the world. He also talks about mantras being an ode to joy and how chanting them embodies the energy and celebratory part of a […]…
 
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. For Series description, […]…
 
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 […
 
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. For Series description, please visit Fall Practice Period Opening…
 
“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 […]…
 
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. For Series description, please visit Fall Practice Period Opening. To access the entire series, please click on the […]…
 
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. For Series description, please visit […]…
 
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 […]…
 
“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 […]By Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
 
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 […]…
 
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 […
 
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