Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast show

Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast

Summary: 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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  • Artist: Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Podcasts:

  Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Sesshin: Ancestral Heart (Part 4 of 6) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:42

It’s day four of sesshin and Kigaku Noah Rossetter leads us on a deep discussion of intimacy. Working with translations, we find that intimacy can also be considered to be “secret”, “dense”, “hidden”, and even, “within.” From there, we explore cases from the Transmission of Light and instances of intimacy throughout.

  Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Sesshin: Ancestral Heart (Part 3 of 6) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:47

On day three of sesshin, Matthew Kozan Palevsky cautions us about how much bigger the waves of thought and feeling can be as we become more sensitized to them. As we work with all these experiences and all the stored energy from practice, he points to Hui-Neng who says, “If you don’t take refuge in your own nature, there’s no other place of refuge.”

  Wendy Johnson: Sesshin: Ancestral Heart (Part 2 of 6) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:23

Wendy Johnson encourages us to practice gratitude in everything we do, including being grateful for our meditation seats because “with gratitude comes a basic ferocity of intention.” Along those same lines, to cultivate an attitude of freshness and originality in your practice. What does gratitude look like for you?

  Joan Halifax & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Sesshin: Ancestral Heart (Part 1 of 6) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:19

Led by an extraordinary team of teachers, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Wendy Johnson, Matthew Kozan Palevsky, and Kigaku Noah Rossetter, this sesshin looks at the deep roots of practice through the lens of direct experience and the stories of the Denkoroku, or the Transmission of the Light. To begin our sesshin, Roshi Joan Halifax and Kigaku Noah Rossetter talk about how they first met and the early, enthusiastic practice of the beginner. Roshi also cautions us on what practice is for saying that, “It’s about liberating your narratives, not adding a classy, Zen identity on top of it.”

  Kaz Tanahashi: Sit with Ease or Not | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:33

This week Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explores in great detail his quest to design the perfect meditation bench. It raises the question: how far do we go to create a comfortable situation in meditation while also learning to sit with and befriend pain?

  Natalie Goldberg: The Way of Haiku | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:04

Laying the groundwork for the upcoming ‘Way of Haiku’ weekend program, Natalie Goldberg explores the impact haiku has had on her life. Through exploring the works of Richard Wright and Mitsu Suzuki, Natalie shares how haiku brings us to a “big, open space and relieves the great suffering of the Western world.”

  Wendy Johnson & Joan Halifax & Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 8 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:14

In the final talk of the Winter Practice Period, Roshi Joan Halifax leads a discussion on Dogen as we commemorate his birthday. Wendy Johnson, Kigaku Noah Rossetter, and Matthew Kozan Palevsky are also on hand as Upaya residents and guests describe their experiences of Dogen’s writing and practice. We finish with an exploration of Dogen’s own case from the Transmission of Light. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 7 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:01

Building on Roshi Joan’s Dharma Talk from January 16th, 2020; Kigaku Noah Rossetter expands further on Roshi’s valuable meditation instructions. From there a fascinating discussion of the Denkoroku chapter from the Transmission of Light and how the experience of lucid dreaming could provide some insight into the koan. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Wendy Johnson & Joan Halifax & Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 6 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:07

Today’s talk is primarily given by Roshi Joan Halifax with Wendy Johnson, Kigaku Noah Rossetter, and Matthew Kozan Palevsky joining her near the end. Roshi Joan goes into great detail about the process of meditation and the experiences of breakthrough or awakening that can occur. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Wendy Johnson & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 5 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:37

Wendy Johnson and Kigaku Noah Rossetter begin with stories from Wendy’s early days at  Tassajara and the San Francisco Zen Center. From there we wrap up on Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind with readings from the epilogue and group discussion. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Wendy Johnson: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 4 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:55

During Zazenkai, Wendy Johnson speaks to us as “cloud and water wanderers.” She encourages us to “feel ourselves as wanderers, those seeking the way in.” And to be a person of no rank;  aimless, drifting, unstable, unpredictable, and undecided. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 3 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:38

Dogen asks, “If nothing is separate from this very place, why journey away?” Matthew Kozan Palevsky offers encouragement and insights from Dogen’s Fukan Zazengi in today’s talk. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Wendy Johnson: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 2 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:32

In today’s talk, Wendy Johnson asks, “How will we sincerely continue on this path?” She points out that this is Epiphany Day, defined by the appearance of sudden manifestations. She also explores the roots of originality, which comes from a rising and settling mind. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Wendy Johnson & Matthew Kozan Palevsky & Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart (Part 1 of 8) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:39

Led by an extraordinary team of teachers, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Wendy Johnson, Matthew Kozan Palevsky, and Noah Kigaku Rossetter, this winter’s practice period explores Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s classic book: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and  includes selected cases from Transmission of Light by Zen Master Keizan. To begin our Winter Practice Period series, Wendy Johnson, Matthew Kozan Palevsky, and Noah Kigaku Rossetter welcome everyone and talk about what practice period is for and how we move through it. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Winter Practice Period: Beginner’s Mind, Ancestral Heart

  Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Mahakashyapa and Beginning Again for the First Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:45

In this Dharma Talk in the middle of the Winter Practice Period, Matthew Kozan Palevsky relates his recent experiences at Chaco Canyon with the Mahakashyapa chapter from the Transmission of Light. When Zen Master Keizan says that we don’t understand Kashyapa’s awakening, how do we incorporate that into our reading? “One understanding,” Kozan says, “might be that we wake up to the suchness of life that is always already there—nobody can give it or take it away.”

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