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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

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@upayazen

Language:

English


Episodes

Hozan Alan Senauke: Changing Culture and the Fire This Time

8/15/2022
Our world is on fire and Sensei Alan Senauke reminds us that it is nothing new. 2,500 years ago, the Buddha said that everything is burning with the fires of greed, hatred, delusion. And now in the midst of our climate catastrophe the fires are both figurative and literal. In the grip of greed, hatred, […]

Duration:00:45:15

John Dunne & Abeba Birhane & Adam Frank & Richard Davidson & Evan Thompson & Hanne De Jaegher & Ezequiel Di Paolo & Al Kaszniak & Joan Halifax: Enaction and Ethics: Varela International Symposium 2022 (8 of 8)

8/12/2022
At the end of the previous Varela 2022 talk, John Dunne asks the Varela faculty, namely those coming from an enactive perspective, the questions listed below. These questions are explored here, especially in their ethical implications. Listening first to Varela 2022 Part 7 is recommended. Varela faculty explore the following questions from John Dunne: What is the purpose of enaction as […]

Duration:00:51:11

John Dunne: The Theory of Exclusion (Concept Formation): Varela International Symposium 2022 (7 of 8)

8/11/2022
The only things that are real are things that we can actually touch, taste, smell—particulars: things that we actually come into contact with. There is no such thing as a universal. John Dunne explains why all “sameness” is constructed, and done so in order to get what we want and avoid what we don’t. We […]

Duration:00:56:41

Abeba Birhane: Complexity and Machine Learning: Varela International Symposium 2022 (6 of 8)

8/10/2022
Abeba Birhane believes that human behavior is ambiguous and indeterminable. Human social structures are complex systems of freedom and necessity. Machine learning systems that attempt to predict human behavior by reducing it to algorithms are currently in vogue. Abeba explains why this approach to predicting and engaging with behavior is not only scientifically erroneous but […]

Duration:00:59:51

Adam Frank: On Doing Physics and Being a Subject: Varela International Symposium 2022 (5 of 8)

8/9/2022
Physicist and Zen practitioner Adam Frank gives a characteristically energetic, humorous, and enlightening overview of the state of physics in the West and how Buddhism may and may not be able to contribute to its understanding of the universe. He contrasts what he calls the “blind spots” of certain forms of physics, which include objective […]

Duration:00:57:08

Edoardo (Shoryu) Eusepi: Narcissism and Ritual

8/8/2022
Shoryu Eddie Eusepi talks about how rituals, Zen and otherwise, can subvert our narcissistic tendencies. When we participate in rituals we engage with others in movements of reciprocity. In this sense, there is a socio-political dimension to ritual. Ritual can teach us how to create a world based not on getting what we want and […]

Duration:00:43:14

Richard Davidson: Contemplative Practices and Neurophenomenology: Varela International Symposium 2022 (4 of 8)

8/7/2022
In this talk on contemplative practices and neurophenomenology, Professor Richie Davidson issues a call to action. According to research, 15% of the population in Western countries regards transforming their minds as possible and has engaged in some practice to that end. 85% of people in Western countries have not engaged in transformative practices and vary […]

Duration:00:54:14

Evan Thompson: The Enactive View: Looking Back, Looking Forward: Varela International Symposium 2022 (3 of 8)

8/6/2022
“Living is sense-making in precarious conditions.” Professor Evan Thompson, co-author with Francisco Varela and Eleanor Rosch of The Embodied Mind, offers thoughts on the origins of the enactive view as well as how he sees enaction moving forward. Evan focuses especially on the role that Buddhism played, namely the ideas of no-self, emptiness, and meditation, in […]

Duration:01:00:08

Hanne De Jaegher: Enaction: An Engaging Epistemology: Varela International Symposium 2022 (2 of 8)

8/5/2022
Hanne De Jaegher explores the enactive view (introduced by Ezequiel Di Paolo here) in the context of social justice by investigating the following questions: Why do we human beings keep gathering? How do we, together, participate in sense-making? And how do we experience our particular, unique, ever-changing, interactions with each other? Have you ever asked yourself […]

Duration:00:54:54

Ezequiel Di Paolo: Varela International Symposium 2022: Laying Down a Path in Walking (Mind in Life): Enaction and the Dialectics of Nature (1 of 8)

8/4/2022
Series Description: Over the past three decades, a transformative view of life, now known as “the enactive view,” has been developed and expanded by thinkers in philosophy and the sciences of mind; prominent among them was the late Chilean neuroscientist, philosopher, and Buddhist practitioner, Francisco Varela, for whom this symposium is named. The Varela International […]

Duration:00:57:29

Kathie Fischer & Shinzan Palma & Monshin Nannette Overley: Sesshin: The Day of Emergence (Spring Practice Period 2022)

8/2/2022
The day of emergence. This is what Sensei Kathie Fischer calls the final day of Upaya’s Spring Practice Period 2022 sesshin. She compares the process of sesshin to that of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. “We come together in this unusual setting, and sit and eat in this unusual way, and something happens that […]

Duration:00:46:12

Kigaku Noah Roen: Embodying the Unsurpassable: Resolving the Great Matter of Life and Death

8/1/2022
Kigaku Kodo Noah Roen gives a talk celebrating Roshi Joan Halifax during the week of her 80th birthday. He encourages each one of us to look at her life of commitment to compassionate action and ask: How do I want to live? What is my great matter of life and death? Kodo looks around the […]

Duration:00:38:36

Kigaku Noah Roen: Sesshin: Embodying the Invisible Through Chanting (Spring Practice Period 2022)

7/31/2022
Why do we chant in Zen? What does chanting have to do with Zazen and practicing awareness in our everyday lives? These are the questions that Kigaku Kodo Noah Roen explores in this Spring Practice Period dharma talk, one part of a larger series on Zen forms and liturgy. Kodo takes us through the chants […]

Duration:00:53:49

Shinzan Palma: Sesshin: The Ritual of Oryoki (Spring Practice Period 2022)

7/30/2022
How can the practice of oryoki inform our everyday lives? Sensei Jose´ Shinzan Palma explores this question with us in this talk on the practice of formal eating known as oryoki. Oryoki translates to “just enough.” The practice, Shinzan explains, is all about learning to receive just the right amount—not too little or too much. And how […]

Duration:00:47:09

Norman Fischer: Sesshin: Bowing (Spring Practice Period 2022)

7/29/2022
Roshi Norman Fischer explores three big questions in this talk on the practice of bowing: What does it mean to be a teacher? What does it mean to be a student? And what does it mean to bow? Norman provides a characteristically insightful reading of Dogen and his fascicle “Bowing to the Attain the Marrow,” […]

Duration:00:45:20

Monshin Nannette Overley: Sesshin: Entering the Ceremony of Sesshin (Spring Practice Period 2022)

7/28/2022
Sensei Monshin Nannette Overley talks about the Zen ritual of sesshin, a period of intensive practice over a number of days. Monshin reminds us that even though the forms of sesshin have been handed down to us through generations of practitioners, each sesshin is new, created moment by moment by those participating in it. Monshin […]

Duration:00:28:38

Fugan Eugene Bush & Marilyn Whitney: Sewing Buddha’s Robe (Spring Practice Period 2022)

7/27/2022
Sensei Fugan Eugene Bush and Marilyn Whitney continue Upaya’s series on Zen liturgy and ritual with a talk on the practice of sewing Buddha’s robes. Both Eugene and Marilyn teach the traditional practice of sewing robes, and here they discuss the meanings of the practice and its origins in the sangha of the historical Buddha. […]

Duration:00:38:07

Monshin Nannette Overley: The Four Bodhisattva Vows (Spring Practice Period 2022)

7/26/2022
Creations are numberless, I vow to free them. Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to transform them. Reality is boundless, I vow to perceive it. The awakened way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it. These are The Four Great Bodhisattva Vows as they are chanted at Upaya Zen Center. In this talk, Sensei Monshin Nannette […]

Duration:00:36:03

Paul Kisho Stern: No Separation

7/25/2022
Roshi Paul Kisho Stern, founding teacher of Dharma River Manitou Center, talks about how our sense of separation from each other and our environment is a matter of our perspective. Through embodied practices of intimacy with our own minds, such as zazen, we cultivate perspectival flexibility. We realize, as Dogen put it, shinzo: the ever-intimate, […]

Duration:00:37:05

Joan Halifax: The Liturgy of Taking Nothing for Granted (Spring Practice Period 2022)

7/24/2022
Everything is given to us. This life, this body, the breakfast we ate this morning, the technology that allows us to listen to this talk, and even the great difficulties we encounter throughout our lives, including death itself, are given to us. And every day, every moment, in fact, we have the opportunity to care […]

Duration:00:43:53