Download the App!

show episodes
 
A completely new perspective on living your life. There is a brand new way to look at problems which not only bring unexpected solutions, but allows us to enjoy whatever arises on the way. Based upon Zen wisdom and Zen koans, this new perspective puts an end to struggle, conflict and frustration on the spot. Instead we open new aspects of our being and realize that what we've been looking for is right here.
 
Loading …
show series
 
Although we think we our lives are solid and will go on the same way forever, a beautiful Zen poem reminds us that we are all travelers, passing through the changing seasons of our lives. Often it's hard to know our destination, or what new turns will appear on the road. We also feel stunned and shaken, when those who have been travelling along wit…
 
We all long for close, happy, fulfilling relationships and look for them everywhere we go. There are many skills we acquire about how to treat another, communicate and hold onto the love we've found. But our relationships have a life of their own, and even if they are wonderful for a while, change is inevitable. Loss and sorry are common. In Zen pr…
 
Most of us think we are alone in a world of strangers. We hide from these strangers in many ways, keeping our guard up around us. This gives the illusion that we are safe and protected in a place where no one can touch us. But just the opposite is true. Not only are we never alone, but communication streams forth between us and others all the time,…
 
As summer ends and the holiday season closes, a call comes to each of us. "Linger With Me, One More day." Before we return to our business, (busyness), become absorbed in schedules, routines, plans and responsibilities, we are being asked to take one more day and set it aside. We have so many claims upon our attention day after day. So many events …
 
Most of us feel trapped by having to go through the same activities again and again. The routines of life can seem stifling, and we long for change, adventure and excitement. However, the heart of zen practice is realizing that nothing is ever the same. It's impossible to truly repeat anything. This step will never come again. As we go through what…
 
This is a season of Rebirth, Renewal and Return. When we become too trapped in distraction, distortion and confusion, there is a road back to our original wisdom and sanity. The holidays this year all call us to step out of our usual patterns, take time for recollection, look carefully at ourselves and others and extend and ask for forgiveness. It …
 
We hate to make mistakes and will do anything not to. Constantly trying to correct ourselves and the world we live in, there is no end to it. Once one mistake has been corrected another one seems to pop up. Even after expending a great deal of effort, and despite success along the way, in the end many feel dissatisfied, as though something went wro…
 
Most of our life is about avoiding all kinds of storms we hear are coming. Bad news is everywhere, and in a moment conditions change and we fear we will be assaulted by uncontrollable storms without, and within. Our first reaction is to go into lockdown, put our life on hold. We clench up, become compulsively focused on the external world and figur…
 
,As T.S. Eliot reminds us, "Human Beings Cannot Bear Very much Reality." Most of us do all we can to avoid reality as it seems harsh and cruel. Instead, we live in dreams, hopes and assorted delusions thinking these will change things and keep us safe and well. We live in the hope of finding peace and compassion in the assorted images and fantasies…
 
Most of us think that Zen practice, like life itself is complicated and difficult. Nothing can be further from the truth. Like the essence of life and happiness, it is incredibly simple, direct and available. It is our longing for mystery and c omplexity that makes life and practice seem confusing and hard. It is our attachment to stoking the fires…
 
Fundamentally we are all sane, clear, happy, loving. We see clearly what's in front of our eyes. However, as life goes forward the storms of our mad minds produce all kind of confusion. We're accosted by delusion, dreams and fantasies that throw us off track. Suffering quickly takes the place of our original joy. But when we become able to see thro…
 
We all want our days to be special and do all kinds of things to have that happen. We plan adventures, meet with friends, plan wonderful dinners. We want something to look forward to, so that we're not caught in the same, old routine. In Zen practice, however, there is no such thing as the same, old routine. In fact, our practice focuses upon our s…
 
Believe it or not, there are simple steps to sanity, which will stop the chaos within. So often we find ourselves twirling around like a top, searching for stability in the middle of the spin. Many feel that the faster they spin, the easier it will be to find, or create that which will produce calmness and satisfaction. But for now, we have to spin…
 
THIS IS PART TWO, OF THE GREAT CONVERSATION... BROADCAST AT THE SAME TIME AS PART 1. "Language issues forth and yet not a word is said." We often feel separate from one another, longing to be seen and heard. There seems to be so many barriers to connection and we rarely feel understood. And yet, all the while, in truth, we are forever connected. In…
 
""Language issues forth and yet not a word is said." We often feel separate from one another, longing to be seen and heard. There seems to be so many barriers to connection and we rarely feel understood. And yet, all the while, in truth, we are forever connected. In fact, we are speaking and listening to each other and to the whole world all the ti…
 
Usually we think we have many chances to do something, say something or have a new experience. If we miss our opportunity today, tomorrow will always come. This poignant, powerful Zen saying is a reminder that tomorrow may not come. It is also a reminder that each moment, each person, each opportunity that arises before us is "unrepeatable". If we …
 
Most of us live our lives walking along preset paths. We follow our plans and expectations and do all we can to make things work out. When things go our way, we call the day good. However, Zen practice shows us how to respond when our path is blocked, when sudden events take place, or someone in great need is placed before us. Practice shows us how…
 
As the great Zen teaching goes, "When there are no unnecessary thoughts in your mind, everyday is a Good day." This is teaching us that basically thoughts cannot be depended upon, they are unnecessary to our well being. Not only that, most of the time they act as a block to seeing what is right here in front of us, and truly enjoying it. Our usual …
 
How often we wonder where we are, or where someone else may be? There's a sense of being lost in the world, and also a sense that the people we care for are missing. Even when they're right beside us, they can be missing. But the great koan of Zen is, I'm Here! Not only am I right here before you, so is the entire world. It is only us, we separate …
 
Around and around we go in life, enjoying the whirling merry go round. Up and down we go, waiting for the golden ring. Then , at last, dizzy and unsettled, the time comes when it's no longer fun. The golden ring doesn't satisfy, or stop the chase we're on. The spinning wearies us, and we long to step onto the firm earth. That moment of recognition …
 
Often it's hard to take the next step. We don't know where to go, what will happen, or if we're going n the right direction. We can lose years of our lives wondering, doubting ourselves, or fearing the outcome. Although we long to start a new era, relationship, or experience, so many of us are stopped, and put our lives on hold. We don't know if we…
 
We all dash about endlessly, coming and going without end. Where are we going and what are we looking for? Relief, refreshment, fun, success. We start a relationship and then quickly need a break. Maybe there's something better out there? But all the coming and going leaves us exhausted, and ultimately disappointed. There's a better way to receive …
 
It's natural to think that we must guard what we have, hold onto it tight and be careful not to lose it. No matter how much we hold on though, everything changes and we experience loss. It's as though nothing remains, and we are left bereft and lonely. This is the perception of the small child within, who screams and cries, throws tantrums and dema…
 
The question "What's Next?" is heard over and over. We finish one project and search for the next. Big changes take place in our life and we immediately dwell upon how we will go on, or what to do or say next. .A relationship ends and we're hungry for another. It may even seem as if there is nothing ahead for us. This can create deep despair, along…
 
We live our lives with the feeling that something important is missing. We may have had it for a little while, but right now, it's gone. So much of our time is then spent searching for what it is we're longing for. And even if we find it again, briefly, the sense of fullness doesn't last long. As we engage in Zen practice, though, a moment comes wh…
 
We feel we are trapped in routines, doing the same thing again and again. So many things are repeated in our lives, including in our relationships. A sense of drudgery and boredom can take over our lives. Where is the joy, where is the fun? Am I doomed to repeat the same thing again and again? we ask. But Zen practice turns this all around. As we r…
 
Where do we turn when in the midst of confusion, upset, noise or danger? When the Mad Mind starts to sing, it can seem as if the whole world turns around, leaving us upset, dislodged and unable to step forward. Many feel lost and lonely. At those times it appears as if we have nothing to hold onto. There's no clear direction or place to go. But Zen…
 
We look for sanity and balance all over the place, thinking there's something wrong with who we are right now. We think our everyday life, needs, and desires must be transcended, rejected, in order to become "enlightened". Beneath this is the fundamental idea that there is something wrong with us, just as we are. That life itself as we know it, is …
 
We have all kinds of ideas about what love is and wat it is not. Usually there's a very strong standard we live with, about whether or not we are loving. But as Rumi said, "A feeling here one minute and gone the next, cannot be called love." As we look into the simple, unadorned practice of Zen and actually practice it not only on the cushion, but …
 
All of us are searching for a place of rest, warmth and unconditional love and acceptance. We are searching for that which cannot be lost or shaken no matter what happens. In Zen Practice this experience is described as a child returning to its mother. What a surprise to realize that this mother we are searching for, is always waiting for us, right…
 
All of the pivotal practices in Zen are incredibly simple, and only take a moment. In one moment everything turns around. Fear turns to compassion, anger to sorrow, hate to love. And, these pivotal moments are simple, too simple perhaps for us to take to heart. We yearn for that which is complicated, challenging, impossible to do. But Zen is the Ar…
 
Alongside the endless ocean Coney Island is filled with thrills, chills, rides, and houses of horrors. In one particular section there used to be a mirror which, when we looked into it, distorted our bodies first one way and then the next. Looking for ourselves in the mirror, we didn't know who we were anymore. One minute we were long and thin, the…
 
Life presents endless questions and contradictions that seem to have no answer. We go round and round trying to figure things out, creating strategies, going over the benefits and costs. And still a true solution can't be found. In a sense life is presenting us koans again and again. In Zen practice is an unanswerable question we are given to grapp…
 
So much of the struggle, upset, anger and difficulty we experience comes when life presents something we did not expect. Of course this happens many times a day. How could this be happening? we ask, as a sense of failure or great disappointment arises. We may blame others, or life itself. Sometimes these feelings become so intense, we lose trust an…
 
We all have pre set visions of how our lives are supposed to turn out, where we're headed and what we're supposed to achieve. Much of our upset in life is due to the fact that the reality of how things go, do not match our images. Again and again we judge ourselves, discard activities and people that were important, sink into a sense of futility. R…
 
Many of us feel stuck in our lives these days, unable to move on and take the next steps. Then we become restless, frustrated or depressed. But in truth, it is impossible to be stuck. An experience is being given to us that is for our benefit, whether we realize it or not. Where we are at the moment is exactly where we belong. Believe it or not, it…
 
When we go to visit and knock on someone's door, we often call out, "Is Anyone Home?" How badly we want someone to be there, greet us, offer a smile, hug, a real connection. Not many want to walk into an empty house. Yet, how many are truly home, present and available? It may seem that we are, but so often our greetings and words are automatic, and…
 
Many of us are swimming in a sea of confusion, not knowing what to believe, what is right or wrong. Or, how to move on. The ground beneath us is shaking and we fear that wherever we put our foot down will turn into quicksand. In Zen practice we learn how to walk along even quicksand becomes steady and firm. When we see through delusion and imaginar…
 
We all want things to work out "perfectly", exactly as we hope and imagine. Much of our energy and attention goes to trying to control events, changing them, and exerting force to have outcomes meet our demands. We can become some obsessed with the "right" outcome, that we entirely miss the day. We can go on like this forever, and miss our relation…
 
We are all so upset at the prospect of making a mistake. We'll do anything to hide it up and pretend it never happened. Or punish ourselves or others for it endlessly. But mistakes are inevitable, the are natural and come to teach us how to live, what's important and what is not. Dogen Zenji goes even further, he says that "life is one continuous m…
 
We all want to know how to live a life that is right and true. All through the centuries the question comes, "Where the Way is and how do I enter it. This question has been echoed in many forms, including what do I do now? How in the world can I proceed? Practices of all kinds have been established to answer that question and point to the way to li…
 
It's so easy to get lost in the whirl of confusing messages, thoughts, and beliefs. There's no end to the different ways we get stuck or lost not knowing what is or isn't so. However, Zen practice comes to put an end to this. As we stay with the simple facts of our lives, pay attention to them, and live them, we leave the ever twirling pitfalls of …
 
A great deal of our sorrow and disappointment are due to the false promises of Samsara, how we live for them, grip them, and are so shocked when they don't fulfill our needs. However, a deeper Zen teaching tells us that Samsara IS Nirvana, the joy and fulfillment we constantly seek. This podcast explores how to make every moment beautiful as it is.…
 
There was a man who searched constantly for the perfect dewdrop, feeling that when he found it, his life would be complete. However, no matter how many dewdrops he stared at, there was always something missing. None matched the image he held in his mind. He rejected so many dewdrops. Like him, we search and search for that which will make our lives…
 
Uchiyama Roshi has said we are like travelers on a train, who get caught by the scenery again and again. Rather than be able to take the trip in peace and gratitude, we become embroiled by all kinds of scenes that pass by. Often we, even get pulled off the train and forget where we were head. Lost among the passing scenery, it can be hard to move a…
 
Although so many of us feel separated, and disconnected during this holiday season, the practice of Zazen tells us that this is not so. Even when we cannot see those we care for, even when we cannot go to a familiar place, the sense of oneness, connection and deep wholeness is available every moment of the day. As we practice, we discover that when…
 
The best way to give thanks is to experience and share the Goodness, Value and Beauty of every day that is given to us. But how to do this in the midst of pain, fear and anguish? What makes a day like that Good? Ummon, great Zen Master, tells us that "When there are no unnecessary thoughts in your mind, Everyday Is A Good Day". The thoughts we have…
 
The Wheel of Time is relentless, turning constantly. It seems that it cannot be stopped as it turns relentlessly. No matter how much we want to do something over, or control what comes next, the wheel of time, laughs at us, just turning without stop. It pushes us from day to day, era to era, taking over our lives. But there is a way to take back ou…
 
There are so many ideas, memories, beliefs and people who want to live our life. They can take over at any moment, over ride what is true for us, and push us into all kinds of actions and beliefs. They shove us around mercilessly, until it is easy to forget who we really are. Or, we can cling to something in the past, keep trying to fix it or reliv…
 
Loading …

Quick Reference Guide

Copyright 2021 | Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
Google login Twitter login Classic login