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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.
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At the end of Upaya’s practice period studying Vasubandhu’s Yogacara teachings, Sensei Shinzan shares with us the story of Vasubandhu’s awakening. Vasubandhu, a diligent student attached to his ascetic form of practice, awoke upon hearing his teacher say “when the mind seeks nothing, this is called the Way.” Shinzan asks us “What are you chasing?” …
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In this final session the Varela 2023 speakers share their reflections and thoughts on various topics discussed during the symposium. The conversation includes discussions about the relationship between knowledge and caring, the importance of narratives, the concept of care, and the role of narratives in shaping our understanding of the world. The …
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Andreas Roepstorff gives a charming talk on world and sense making, noting that precariousness, connectedness, and cooperation, concepts which help define sense making, are not esoteric but real and worth studying/ understanding. Andreas outlines the way he thinks about navigating in these meta analytic waters with the loosely held phrases Design, …
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Adam Frank describes his divergence from a quest for an ultimate reality in physics, emphasizing the need to change existing scientific narratives. He discusses the uniqueness of life in contrast to other physical systems, highlighting the role of information, especially semantic information, in life processes. The talk delves into the philosophica…
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Richard Davidson discusses the remarkable impact of short, targeted interventions on human well-being. From addressing loneliness to enhancing empathy, these brief practices can create lasting positive change in individuals and communities. Join us on a journey through scientific findings and real-world examples that showcase the potential for tran…
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In this talk Molly Crockett explores the transformative power of story telling. She emphasizes how our stories create the boundaries for the kind of world we think is possible. Molly also discusses related topics like the gift economy at Burning Man, challenging the norms of self-interest, and redefining generosity. To access the resources page for…
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Melissa Nelson guides us on a profound journey through indigenous wisdom and ancient narratives. This talk discusses the deep-rooted lessons of kinship, courage, and cooperation that guide us towards a sustainable and harmonious future. Melissa explores the critical path from world-breaking to world-making, where we rediscover our interconnectednes…
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Laura Candiotto discusses the concept of responsibility in the context of participatory sense-making and ethical environmental concerns. She reflects on the experience of witnessing rivers drying up due to the climate crisis and poses questions about the kind of world we are creating. Laura introduces the notion of “participatory word-making,” emph…
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John Dunne kicks off the Varela talks by discussing the symposium’s theme of inaction and sense-making, drawing parallels to organisms making sense of their environments and constructing categories based on survival and reproduction. John introduces the Buddhist concept of emptiness, emphasizing the absence of a categorical identity. Such as in the…
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Roshi Joan and the other speakers frame the outline of the program, priming us for a captivating journey through the complexities of life, from indigenous epistemologies to the physics of existence. To access the resources page for this program, please sign up by clicking here. Sourceتوسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Roshi and Frank delve into a deeply reflective exploration of gratitude, generosity, and the profound interconnectedness of life, framed within the context of personal experiences and insights. This program weaves […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this final session of the program, Roshi, Frank, and the participants from the program open up and share their touching experiences, and final thoughts/ feelings from the sessions. In […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this session Frank initiates a discussion about the participants’ reactions to a series of photographs depicting individuals in the process of dying. The participants express what attracts and repels […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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This is a continuation of the afternoon session during which Roshi guides a meditation practice focused on cultivating loving-kindness and compassion. The practice involves extending love and care to oneself […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Roshi guides a meditation practice focused on cultivating loving-kindness and compassion. The practice involves extending love and care to oneself and others, including those who may be difficult or trigger […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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This is a continuation of the morning session during which Roshi and Frank reflect on personal experiences, teachings, and encounters that shaped their perspectives on life, love, and death. They […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Roshi and Frank reflect on personal experiences, teachings, and encounters that shaped their perspectives on life, love, and death. They touch on themes of justice, social and environmental issues, personal […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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This opening session of Love and Death touches on themes of love, death, and the profound impact isolation had on us during the pandemic. Roshi and Frank share personal experiences […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Sensei Kathie Fischer skillfully delves into the teachings of Vasubandhu and the influential Yogacara school of Buddhism. The Yogacara teachings “offer what we call an education, scaffolding, for understanding our […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Teachers and participants gather for the final session of the Dogen Seminar. Teachers share their final thoughts and reflections on the meaning of Dogen’s work and how it inspires and […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this talk Roshi Norman Fischer and Sensei Kathie Fischer talk about Dogen’s Fascicle Continuous Practice. To access the resources page for this program, please sign up by clicking here.توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this engaging discussion among Zen practitioners and teachers, profound insights into meditation, Zen philosophy, and the nature of reality are explored. The conversation is filled with humor, wisdom, and […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this talk, Sensei Monshin discusses the Yogacara or “Mind Only” teachings of 5th century Buddhist scholar Vasubandhu. Central to Vasubandhu’s teaching is the idea that we create separateness with […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this talk Sensei Kaz discussed various topics, including the concept of perfection, the importance of practice and realization, the role of translation in conveying authenticity, and the personality of […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this talk Henry explores Dogen’s work as transcending duality, emphasizing inner peace through Zen practice which is a continuous engagement with the present moment, free from attachment to outcomes […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this discussion, Sensei Zenju introduces the theme of “celebrating darkness” and reflects on the audience’s initial reactions to the concept. She emphasize the interconnectedness of light and darkness and […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this talk Sensei Zenju discusses the theme of grief and its importance. Zenju shares her personal experience of losing a partner of 23 years and how it has impacted […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Sensei Zenju delves into the profound concept of embracing darkness as an integral part of the human experience. Zenju shares a quote “Darkness is asking to be loved,” which explores […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this heartfelt conversation, participants discuss the importance of sustainable harvesting, respecting indigenous wisdom, and the reciprocal relationship between humans and the earth. They share their experiences and gratitude for […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Alonso Mendez describes the fascinating world of the ancient Maya and their profound connection to corn. This talk explores the intricate relationship between the Maya civilization, their beliefs, and the […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Melissa Nelson speaks to the importance of seed preservation, land stewardship, and indigenous food revitalization. In this session, Melissa shares her multicultural heritage, blending Native American, Scandinavian, and settler backgrounds, […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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After a beautiful introduction from Sensei Wendy Johnson, Roxanne Swentzell speaks to her traditions and how those traditions carry the knowledge and wisdom of her people and ancestors. She encourages […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Porter begins by giving context to himself and his life in his native community, emphasizing the impact teachers of all kinds have had on his life, and on all our […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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In this opening talk, the Roshi Joan begins by introducing “Papna Kavanaugh,” a Sanskrit term for practice, and discuss how Buddhism emerged in an agricultural context and highlight the practice […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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This last talk of the winter practice period encapsulates the final reflections centered around themes of presence, gratitude, interconnectedness, and the transformative power of practice. Sensei Wendy underscores the importance […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Sensei Kozan discusses Case 27 from the Blue Cliff Record, where a monk asks Yun Men about the state when a tree withers and the leaves fall, to which Yun […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Roshi Joan Halifax begins by reflecting on the profound teachings and personal qualities of Thich Nhat Hanh, affectionately known as Thay. After nearly two years after Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing, […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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The teachers of this practice period each share their personal stories of finding Zen practice. Sensei Kodo shares his path to Zen practice, which began from a deep curiosity about […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Sensei Monshin discusses Case 40 from the Blue Cliff Record, which revolves around a conversation between Officer Lu Hsuan and Zen Master Nan Ch’uan. Lu Hsuan quotes another master who […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Sensei Kozan’s talk explores Case 3 of the Blue Cliff Record, involving Great Master Ma’s response to a question about his health. Kozan begins by contextualizing the story with a […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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Sensei Kodo speaks on his koan adaptation “every atom samadhi,” inspired by Case 50 of the “Blue Cliff Record”. The discussion begins with an playful and encouraging inquiry into what constitutes […]توسط Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
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