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Al Kaszniak: Conflict, Boundlessness, and Nonviolence

5/21/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Al Kaszniak explores the nature of conflict and aggression in our lives and offers us the tools to better relate to such difficulties. Sensei Al echoes the Buddha when he invites us to, “not meet anger with anger.” Using his background in neuropsychology, Sensei Al deepens our insight into our […]

Duration:00:36:59

Natalie Goldberg: True Secret of Writing (II of II) – “Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir”

5/14/2018
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Episode Description: Inthis talk, Natalie Goldberg continues her exploration of writing practice by introducing us to her new book, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir. In reading excerpts of her new book, Natalie takes us on her journey of cancer diagnosis, to treatment dilemmas, and facing the reality of death. Natalie shows us how the practice […]

Duration:00:42:53

Natalie Goldberg: True Secret of Writing (I of II)

5/7/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Natalie Goldberg invites us to, “pour out our monkey mind” as she offers us the tools to make writing our practice. Natalie relates to us her own experience of writing practice as a means of diving deeper and allowing the self to rest in the self. Natalie instructs us to, “keep […]

Duration:00:29:23

Genzan Quennell: SESSHIN: The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi (Part 3 of 3)

5/6/2018
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Episode Description: In the final episode of this sesshin, Sensei Genzan finishes his look at the Jewel Mirror Samadhi by exploring the final lines that ask us to practice like a fool. Genzan explains that stories of wise fools are all throughout Zen literature. Genzan gives us the story of Shantideva, a foolish student who possessed […]

Duration:00:45:00

Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Painting Boundlessness – Exploring Emptiness Through the Metaphor of Color

4/30/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Kigaku Noah Rossetter explores Śūnyatā, or boundlessness, by taking us through the boundless spectrum of color. Kigaku asks, “Where do we draw the lines that separate one color from the next?” He shows us that the distinctions we make are arbitrary and the lines that divide the color spectrum are of our own creation. Kigaku […]

Duration:00:29:50

Genzan Quennell: SESSHIN: The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi (Part 2 of 3)

4/29/2018
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Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Genzan continues his dive into the Jewel Mirror Samadhi by taking a look at what it means to understand like a child. Here Genzan explores the qualities of a beginner’s mind, and how a part of practice can be to recapture the mind of a child. Later, Sensei Genzan relates […]

Duration:00:41:53

Genzan Quennell: SESSHIN: The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi (Part 1 of 3)

4/28/2018
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Series Description: The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi usually known as Hõkyõ Zammai of Zen Master Dongshan (Japanese: Tozan) for whom the CaoDong school is named. The poem refers to the Five Ranks of Tozan. The Five Ranks express the interplay of absolute and relative truth and the fundamental non-dualism of Buddhist teaching. Episode Description: In […]

Duration:00:42:10

Genzan Quennell: Meeting Tozan at the River

4/23/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Genzan Quennell introduces us to the life and work of Zen Master Tozan and invites us to meet ourselves, as Tozan did, at the river. Sensei Genzan explores the remarkable contributions of Master Tozan, such as the founding of the Soto lineage, the creation of the Five Ranks, and writing […]

Duration:00:45:46

Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Stillness Walking

4/16/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Matthew Kozan Palevsky explores the Third Noble Truth through the life and work of an Indian activist, Dr. Ambedkar, particularly the movement he founded to dismantle the country’s caste system. Kozan invites us to “cultivate a different relationship to our cravings” as a way to clearly see and embody fully the truth of cessation. As we hear […]

Duration:00:38:52

David Hinton: Rediscovering Zen’s Roots in Ancient China

4/9/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, David Hinton takes us on a journey into Chan’s Daoist origin utilizing our breath as a means of exploring China’s ancient past. David asks us, “To simply and exhaustively, be alone with the universe.” As we explore the roots of our breath, David explores the often-overlooked role Daoism played in shaping […]

Duration:00:42:20

John Dunne: Unsaying, Not Knowing, and Pointing at the Moon: Language and Non-dual Practice (Part 8 of 8)

4/8/2018
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Episode Description: In the concluding talk of this program, John Dunne talks about the dualistic mind primordial awareness, or original mind. He says, “when body and mind drop away, there is this spontaneous arrival of the ‘beautiful world’ if you like. But its not dualistically beautiful. In a certain way, this is where systematic philosophical accounts […]

Duration:00:58:45

John Dunne: Unsaying, Not Knowing, and Pointing at the Moon: Language and Non-dual Practice (Part 7 of 8)

4/7/2018
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Episode Description: In this session of the program, John Dunne explores and the discusses the nature of the mind through the lens of the text the Mind of Mahamudra, a compilation of philosophical works from the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. In it, he says the nature of the mind is described as, “pure lumosity in […]

Duration:00:43:18

KeiDo Troy Fernandez: Embracing the Gift of Stillness

4/2/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, KeiDo Troy Fernandez invites us to quiet ourselves in the midst of our culture of self improvement and discover the freedom of stillness. In our society’s constant endeavor for perfection, KeiDo asks, “How might we still ourselves?” Drawing from his experiences in the corporate world and working as a psychotherapist, KeiDo […]

Duration:00:31:55

John Dunne: Unsaying, Not Knowing, and Pointing at the Moon: Language and Non-dual Practice (Part 6 of 8)

4/1/2018
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Episode Description: In this session of the program, John Dunne holds a Q/A period where he addresses questions on non-dual language and philosophy. He discusses perspectives on mind and consciousness and says, “we’re not collapsing the mind into an individual subjectivity… When you’re looking at this, you’re not looking at it, it’s looking at you… […]

Duration:01:04:22

John Dunne: Unsaying, Not Knowing, and Pointing at the Moon: Language and Non-dual Practice (Part 5 of 8)

3/31/2018
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Episode Description: In this session, John Dunne discusses the concepts of “reflexive awareness” and “reflexive luminosity” in describing the nature of the mind. “This light is everywhere and there’s no center and no edge. It’s just illuminating cognizance–but at the same time it’s empty. It’s empty because whatever contents are there are not fixed.” He […]

Duration:00:27:49

John Paul Lederach: How Weird Friends Change the World

3/26/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, John Paul Lederach discusses peacebuilding and creating friendships across ideological divides and differences. “Change seemed to happen not so much because I had accumulated some brilliant expertise… in the end change seemed to happen over and again because people felt befriended.” He suggests that we cultivate friendships with people who are […]

Duration:00:30:39

John Dunne: Unsaying, Not Knowing, and Pointing at the Moon: Language and Non-dual Practice (Part 4 of 8)

3/25/2018
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Episode Description: John Dunne begins this session of the program with a short guided meditation and Q/A period. He discusses the way language is used in non-dual philosophy; “There’s also a kind of philosophy that’s all about undoing the ‘pointing,’ …but that even of itself is not establishing the truth. It’s actually undoing the structures […]

Duration:01:15:34

John Dunne: Unsaying, Not Knowing, and Pointing at the Moon: Language and Non-dual Practice (Part 3 of 8)

3/24/2018
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Episode Description: “Conceptuality and therefore language is ignorance,” John Dunne says, in quoting the 7th century Indian philosopher Dharmakirti’s discourses. In untangling and deconstructing the arguments of why, Dunne says, “we think categories exist in the world somehow, that we’re not producing them… When I say ‘cup’ or ‘apple’ to you, you get an image in […]

Duration:01:14:21

Hozan Alan Senauke: Defying Gravity

3/19/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke reflects on the ease and joy that can come from Zen practice and how we can work with suffering. “The faith that I had was from seeing how people that I appreciated and respected moved in the world… Clearly they had located some measure of repose and […]

Duration:00:42:45

John Dunne: Unsaying, Not Knowing, and Pointing at the Moon: Language and Non-dual Practice (Part 2 of 8)

3/18/2018
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Episode Description: “Conceptuality and therefore language is ignorance,” John Dunne says, in quoting the 7th century Indian philosopher Dharmakirti’s discourses. In untangling and deconstructing the arguments of why, Dunne says, “we think categories exist in the world somehow, that we’re not producing them… When I say ‘cup’ or ‘apple’ to you, you get an image in […]

Duration:01:07:46

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