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In this beautiful Dharma talk on chapter 3 of the Bodhicaryavatara, Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer speaks on longing and heartbreak as the opening for connection, for the spirit of awakening. Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer was ordained a Zen priest at San Francisco Zen Center in 1980, and received Dharma Transmission in 201…
 
Episode Description: Going over the second chapter, The Confession of Sin, of the Bodhicaryvatara, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara looks at the importance and function of confession for the service of all beings. Through atonement, powerful energies of healing are released which cure not only individuals but whole societies as well. Roshi Enkyo O'Hara, PhD Abbo…
 
For this Zazenkai Dharma talk, Kigaku Noah Rossetter speaks on chapter 1 of the Bodhicaryavatara, The Benefit of the Spirit of Awakening. What exactly is Bodhicitta? Why is it important? How do we cultivate it? These are some of the questions addressed in this heartfelt talk. Kigaku Noah Rossetter Executive Director Executive Director of Upaya. Kig…
 
In this introduction to the 2021 Upaya Spring Practice Period: The Way of the Bodhisattva, Sensei Shinzan Palma walks us through the A, B, Cs of the what, how and whys of the Bodhisattva ideal, attitude, and life. Importantly, how to bring the Bodhisattva way of being into our ordinary lives. Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma was …
 
Episode Description: In this introduction to Shantideva and his text, the Bodhicharyavatara, Roshi Joan speaks about Shantideva’s history and thematically reviews each chapter of the text. Weaving neuroscience, philosophy, the wisdom of her practice experience and that of other great masters, she underscores the importance of compassion for the sur…
 
In this Wednesday night Dharma Talk Monshin Nannette Overley speaks of the ‘Stonecatcher’ Bodhisattva. A story of a woman spoken about in Bryan Stevenson’s book, ‘Just Mercy’, who lost her grandchild to gun violence and chose to live her life supporting others. She catches the stones people throw at one another. Monshin looks at this story to revea…
 
In this Dharma Talk, Cynda and Tony speak to their personal experience as healthcare workers during the COVID pandemic. Dr. Anthony Back mentions the reckoning which the pandemic has brought, and how it has exposed the inherent structural inequities and racism, from the medical system to the White House. He also speaks to the role of practice -the …
 
In this Dharma Talk, accomplished peace negotiator and mediator John Paul Lederach shares his haiku on spiders to highlight some of the most important principles in peacebuilding. John Paul Lederach, PhD As Senior Fellow at Humanity United, Dr. Lederach draws upon his conflict transformation experience to assist HU in the development and refinement…
 
Episode Description: In this second afternoon talk on, What is Enlightenment, Michael Sheehy, draws on the work of the 14th century Tibetan scholar Longchenpa, from his ‘The Trilogy of Rest, Volume 3: Finding Rest in Illusion’. To access the resources page for this program, please sign up by clicking here. For Series description, please visit Part …
 
Episode Description: In this dharma talk, John Dunne speaks about non-dual awareness, Bodhi the Sanskrit term, and what it might mean. In particular, he turns to a special instruction used to adjust us in certain situations. To access the resources page for this program, please sign up by clicking here. For Series description, please visit Part 1. …
 
Episode Description: In this talk on ‘What is Enlightenment’, Anne Klein speaks to the importance of not fetishizing awakening and rooting it in our daily lives. The awakened mind is capacious enough to abide in life’s contradictions. To access the resources page for this program, please sign up by clicking here. For Series description, please […]…
 
Episode Description: In this second-morning session, Enkyo O’Hara Roshi looks at the Buddha’s words upon his enlightenment and the understanding of the simultaneous awakening of all things. To access the resources page for this program, please sign up by clicking here. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please…
 
Series Description: No idea is as ubiquitous across Buddhist traditions as the possibility of enlightenment. To be a buddha is to have awakened or be enlightened. Yet there is little consensus about what enlightenment is. Are there neural correlates of enlightenment in the brain? Is enlightenment fostered by social democracy? Or is enlightenment a …
 
In this Dharma Talk, Natalie Goldberg speaks to the incredible power small acts of kindness can have on individual lives. She speaks to the story of Jimmy Lai and the act which catalyzed his life. Furthermore, Natalie speaks to the radicality inherent in community life and zazen’s strength in making everything anew.…
 
Episode Description: On the last sesshin dharma talk of the Gateless Gate, Winter Practice Period, Sensei Wendy Johnson chooses Case 6 of the Mumonkan, Twirling the Flower. ‘Our practice is to see each other…Zen isn’t a puzzle to be figured out by wit…but spiritual food for those who are hungry, those who want to digest and […]…
 
On the fourth day of the Gateless Gate sesshin, Monshin Nannette Overley speaks about Case 32 of the Mumonkan, The Buddha Responds to an Outsider. “The moment of slipping is the moment of learning, we don’t need ladders. The gift of case 32’s verse is to trust life, to know that we will fall, to step into this […]…
 
In this Dharma Talk and the third full day of sesshin, Hoshi Kigaku Rossetter speaks about Case 24, Leaving Words and Silence Behind. Today, the koan tradition exists because of Fuketsu, the protagonist of Case 24. With this case, Hoshi Kigaku leads us into an inquiry into responding non-dualistically. For Program/Series description, please visit W…
 
Episode Description: In this Dharma Talk, Enkyo Roshi speaks to case 38 of the Mumonkan, ‘Wu-tsu’s Buffalo Passes through the Window’. Roshi speaks about the koan’s ability to open the heart, and be alive to us. Furthermore, how the seemingly ‘easier’ koans can have unsuspecting lessons. For Program/Series description, please visit Winter Practice …
 
In this Wednesday night Dharma Talk, Hoshi Kozan Palevsky delves both into his personal history in civic engagement and the broader history around Buddhist leaders engaging with their communities. From Ambedkar to Joanna Macy, this talk serves as a means to ‘flake’ the rope, to till the soil for the beginning of Upaya’s year-long Socially […]…
 
Series Description: The Gateless Gate January, Winter Practice Period is capped off with this 6 day sesshin. Everyday a case from the Mumonkan is selected and presented by one of the Practice Period teachers. Episode Description: As the first day of the Gateless Gate Sesshin for Upaya’s 2021 Winter Practice Period, Roshi Joan Halifax comprehensivel…
 
In this week’s Dharma Talk, as part of the Winter Practice Period, Sensei Kaigetsu looks at case 28 of the Mumonkan, Ryutan Blows Out the Candle. Throughout the talk, Sensei Kaigetsu engages us in a process of perspective-taking by taking on the role of each character in the koan. For Program/Series description, please visit Winter Practice […]…
 
In this Zazenkai Dharma Talk, Natalie Goldberg speaks to case 3 of the Mumonkan, Chüh-chih Raises One Finger. ‘Zen corrects the habit of mind that ‘freezes’ the ‘eureka’ moment…when answering a koan, the mind is like a pearl rolling in a silver bowl. There is no, ‘I got it’ moment. It keeps rolling, that’s the practice […]…
 
In this week’s Dharma Talk, Hoshi Matthew Kozan Palevsky continues the Practice Period theme of Koan practice by looking at case 30, This Very Mind is Buddha. What does Mao-tsu mean when he says he teaches this ‘…to stop babies from crying.’? Why does he teach ‘…this very mind is buddha.’, but three cases later teaches, ‘… […]…
 
In this Dharma talk, Sensei Kathie Fischer speaks to case #2 of the Mumonkan, Baizhang’s Fox, the importance of showing up, and the strength of living by vow. “Showing up wholly, not dismissing or comparing or judging,…bearing witness to those minds, we can abide in witness, return to witness, allow witness to dissolve in this […]…
 
In this inspiring Winter Practice Period Dharma talk, Wendy Johnson uses the koan of the Oak in the Courtyard as a threshold to bring us into the ‘the root system of the great heart, of the great matter.’ ‘How we can let the koan soak us in,…for they are love stories, yet, we can love them so much […]…
 
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 […]…
 
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. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast […]…
 
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. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast […]…
 
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. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click [……
 
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. For Series description, please visit Part […]…
 
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.By Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
 
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. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on 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. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: […]…
 
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. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire […]…
 
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. Fo…
 
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…
 
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