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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.

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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Santa Fe, NM

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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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English


Episodes

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Sesshin: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra (Part 1)

4/23/2019
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As a continuation of the “Dharma Rain” theme from the Dharma Talk on the preceding day, Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell begin with another passage from The Lotus Sutra. Genzan reads, “I bring fullness and satisfaction to the world, like a rain that spreads its moisture everywhere. Eminent and lowly, superior and inferior, observers of […]

Duration:00:49:03

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra Part III

4/22/2019
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Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell explore some of the insights found in “The Parable of the Medicinal Herbs,” also known as “Dharma Rain.” Sensei Joshin reads a passage which describes the infinite variety of plants, trees, thickets, groves, and medicinal herbs. It doesn’t matter how different they are from each other or where they […]

Duration:00:44:39

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Zazenkai: The Parable of the Hidden Jewel

4/18/2019
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Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell tell The Parable of the Hidden Jewel, and discuss its insights by relating them to their own personal stories. The parable is the story of a poor man who discovers that a wealthy friend has sewn a priceless jewel into his robe, unbeknownst to him. The jewel symbolizes a Buddhahood […]

Duration:00:51:56

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra Part II

4/15/2019
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Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell relay the stories of Devadatta and the Dragon Girl, two stories which both make the inclusive point that everyone will become a Buddha someday. Devadatta is the story of a disciple who attains Buddhahood even after attempting to assassinate the Buddha. The Dragon Girl is a story of an […]

Duration:00:50:33

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Zazenkai: The Parable of the Burning House

4/11/2019
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In acknowledgment of global warming, Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell briefly describe a “world on fire.” Genzan uses this description to relate a different story, the Parable of the Burning House, to our current lives. The story has to do with children, unaware that they are playing in a burning house of suffering. The […]

Duration:01:15:02

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra Part I

4/8/2019
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As a welcome and introduction to Spring Practice Period, Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell invite practitioners to step out of the hustle and bustle of everyday, conventional life and to practice deepening their spiritual practice by being together in community. They also introduce the Lotus Sutra, an enchanting text fundamental to Mahayana Buddhism. Sensei […]

Duration:00:46:05

Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Only a Buddha and a Buddha

4/1/2019
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Matthew Kozan Palevsky invites us to look at the relationship between samu, or work practice, and the experience of being a Buddha. He says, “Only a Buddha and a Buddha is a practice of being in the world as things are. It’s sitting zazen, it’s walking through an aspen grove, and it’s the whole world […]

Duration:00:34:49

Hozan Alan Senauke: The Three Treasures—Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Radical Buddhism and Beloved Community

3/25/2019
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Sensei Alan Senauke explores the Three Treasures through the life and work of an Indian activist, Dr. Ambekar, and particularly through the context of a politically motivated Buddhist conversion movement that he founded meant to dismantle the country’s caste system. Sensei Alan invites us to see the concepts of liberty, equality, and fraternity as synonymous […]

Duration:00:38:39

Monshin Nannette Overley: Not Turning Away

3/18/2019
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In the spirit of not turning away from our history, Monshin Nannette Overley invites us to pause before she begins her talk and acknowledge that we are guests on Tewa ancestral homelands, and to remember, respect, and recognize the beautiful wisdom the people and the land both carry. Through paper-making, stories, and poetry, Nannette explores […]

Duration:00:39:41

Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Riding the Waves of Birth and Death

3/11/2019
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In acknowledgement of Ash Wednesday, Kigaku Noah Rossetter’s talk begins with a heartwarming look at atonement (at-onement) and its relationship to gratitude, inviting us to remember our role in receiving and causing karma, which can help deepen our experience of interconnectedness. He then launches into a metaphor of ocean navigation, to help elucidate three aspects of our practice: […]

Duration:00:29:30

Kaz Tanahashi & Shinzan Palma: SESSHIN: Bodhisattva Perspectives on the Heart Sutra (Part 3 of 3)

3/5/2019
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Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Sensei Shinzan Palma talk about the Heart Sutra in more detail and the importance of community. Sensei Kaz discusses the Four Noble Truths and how the Heart Sutra prescribes a freedom from craving. He also explains his four principles for large-scale transformation. Sensei Shinzan relays two stories which illustrate the role of community […]

Duration:00:58:37

Natalie Goldberg: Between Two Pines

3/4/2019
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Natalie Goldberg asks a fundamental question in this talk: what does it mean to realize ourselves? In answer, she explains, “Realizing ourselves is not what we think realizing ourselves is. It’s not one thing that will do it. If you sit zazen, or if you do writing practice, we’re endless, and we’re not only endless, there’s […]

Duration:00:40:08

Kaz Tanahashi & Shinzan Palma: SESSHIN: Bodhisattva Perspectives on the Heart Sutra (Part 2 of 3)

3/3/2019
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Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Sensei Shinzan Palma talk about how zazen is an opportunity for us to deal with the issues that accumulate when we try to avoid them in our day-to day-lives. They also discuss the 16 precepts, and one of Dogen’s basic teachings which is that there is no separation between practice and […]

Duration:00:49:23

Kaz Tanahashi & Shinzan Palma: SESSHIN: Bodhisattva Perspectives on the Heart Sutra (Part 1 of 3)

3/2/2019
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Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Sensei Shinzan Palma explore one of the core teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, the Heart Sutra. This is also known as Prajna Paramita Hridaya, or Heart of Realizing Wisdom Beyond Wisdom. This series addresses many questions: What is emptiness? What is awakening? How can we practice without attempting to attain or achieve […]

Duration:00:56:40

Clark Strand & Kaz Tanahashi & Natalie Goldberg & Joan Halifax: Five Hundred Years of Haiku (Part 6 of 6)

3/1/2019
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As we finish our Haiku weekend, Clark Strand, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Natalie Goldberg share their own haiku and some haiku that they love. Clark reads several of author Richard Wright’s haiku including: In the falling snow, a laughing boy holds out his palms until they are white. Kaz reads his own poem […]

Duration:01:26:44

Clark Strand: Five Hundred Years of Haiku (Part 5 of 6)

2/28/2019
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Clark Strand reads examples of noted modern haiku and speaks about some of the ways in which modern haiku differ from traditional poetry. From Shōwa period female poet Mitsuhashi Takajo: Climb this tree and you’ll be a she-devil, red leaves in the sunset glow. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, […]

Duration:01:00:10

Natalie Goldberg & Clark Strand: Five Hundred Years of Haiku (Part 4 of 6)

2/27/2019
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Natalie Goldberg and Clark Strand speak about the beginnings of haiku. Clark talks about the collaborative nature of haiku, some of its implicit rules, and the reason for its popularity. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast Series: Five Hundred Years of […]

Duration:00:53:38

Natalie Goldberg: Five Hundred Years of Haiku (Part 3 of 6)

2/26/2019
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“When you’re a beginning haiku writer,” says Natalie Goldberg, “it’s better to keep practicing and don’t edit too much.” In her years of studying haiku and writing poetry, Natalie found haiku, “gave me a little refreshment. It allowed me to find another place in my mind.” In this talk, she gives a sampler of the […]

Duration:00:57:46

Wendy Johnson & Robert Wilder: Way Seeking Mind

2/25/2019
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Wendy Johnson and Rob Wilder discuss the early experiences which led Wendy to gardening and to Zen Buddhism, and they discuss her book, “Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.” One of the central themes of the talk was the metaphor of a “tangle.” Wendy explains, “The inner tangle and the outer tangle, —this generation is entangled […]

Duration:00:45:23

Kaz Tanahashi: Five Hundred Years of Haiku (Part 2 of 6)

2/24/2019
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Our first talk in the morning is from Sensei Kaz Tanahashi who explains some elements of Japanese grammar and explores Basho and haiku pre-dating Basho. Kaz says, “Japanese is a highly grammatical language…negative is negative, future is future, past is past. We cannot change it; it’s all defined. Except Japanese is also ambiguous in terms […]

Duration:00:59:02