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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.

Twitter:

@upayazen

Language:

English


Episodes

Monshin Nannette Overley: Attending to the Spirit of Service

4/15/2021
In this Dharma Talk, Monshin Nannette Overley speaks on Chapter 4 of the Bodhicaryavatavara, Attending to the Spirit of Awakening. Specifically, on the necessity of attentiveness in peacemaking for its capacity to tend to the spirit of service, its treasure as a guardian in keeping us from repeating mistakes, and support in continuously showing up.

Duration:00:35:08

Kathie Fischer: Adopting the Spirit of Awakening

4/12/2021
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.

Duration:00:40:11

Enkyo O'Hara: The Healing Power of Atonement

4/11/2021
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.

Duration:00:31:12

Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Raising the Bodhi Mind

4/10/2021
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.

Duration:00:36:11

Shinzan Palma: The Great Way of the Bodhisattva

4/8/2021
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.

Duration:00:47:18

Joan Halifax: The Great Gift of Bodhicitta in Our Time: Shantideva’s Courageous Vision

4/5/2021
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 survival of tall sentient life. The […]

Duration:00:54:30

Monshin Nannette Overley: Stonecatchers: Tenderness on the Path of Social Engagement

3/29/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:37:56

Anthony Back & Cynda Hylton Rushton: Lessons from the Frontlines of Healthcare: What COVID has Taught Us

3/22/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:43:39

John Paul Lederach: Teacher Spider and the Golden Thread

3/15/2021
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.

Duration:00:40:43

Michael R. Sheehy: What is Enlightenment? (Part 5 of 5)

3/13/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:04:01

John Dunne: What is Enlightenment? (Part 4)

3/8/2021
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 […]

Duration:01:01:47

Adam Frank: Koans as Questions, Koans as Test: One Scientist’s Personal Perspective

3/1/2021
In this dharma talk, astrophysicist Adam Frank speaks to us about his life-braiding zen and science. In particular, how ‘Koans aren’t magic, but when they are, they’re SUCH magic!’

Duration:00:46:33

Senator Tom Udall: Socially Engaged Buddhism: The Path of Public Service

2/22/2021
In this Wednesday night Dharma Talk, Senator Tom Udall speaks about his last two decades in Congress. The support his meditation practice has provided him and about his values, aims, and goals in public service.

Duration:00:54:27

Anne Klein: What is Enlightenment? (Part 3)

2/20/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:51:19

Enkyo O'Hara: What is Enlightenment? (Part 2)

2/17/2021
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 click on […]

Duration:00:49:14

Evan Thompson: What is Enlightenment? (Part 1)

2/16/2021
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 myth […]

Duration:00:54:50

Natalie Goldberg: The Wonder of Chocolate

2/15/2021
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.

Duration:00:40:46

Wendy Johnson: SESSHIN: Case 6: The Buddha Twirls a Flower (Part 6 of 6)

2/14/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:43:35

Monshin Nannette Overley: SESSHIN: Case 32: The Buddha Responds to an Outsider (Part 4)

2/12/2021
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 […]

Duration:00:37:10

Kigaku Noah Rossetter: SESSHIN: Case 24: Leaving Words and Silence Behind (Part 3)

2/11/2021
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 Winter Practice Period […]

Duration:00:32:05