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Zen Wisdom for Your Everyday Life

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A completely new perspective on living your life. There is a brand new way to look at problems which not only bring unexpected solutions, but allows us to enjoy whatever arises on the way. Based upon Zen wisdom and Zen koans, this new perspective puts an end to struggle, conflict and frustration on the spot. Instead we open new aspects of our being and realize that what we've been looking for is right here.

A completely new perspective on living your life. There is a brand new way to look at problems which not only bring unexpected solutions, but allows us to enjoy whatever arises on the way. Based upon Zen wisdom and Zen koans, this new perspective puts an end to struggle, conflict and frustration on the spot. Instead we open new aspects of our being and realize that what we've been looking for is right here.

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United States

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A completely new perspective on living your life. There is a brand new way to look at problems which not only bring unexpected solutions, but allows us to enjoy whatever arises on the way. Based upon Zen wisdom and Zen koans, this new perspective puts an end to struggle, conflict and frustration on the spot. Instead we open new aspects of our being and realize that what we've been looking for is right here.

Language:

English

Contact:

212-288-0028


Episodes

THIS MOMENT WILL NOT COME AGAIN

8/4/2020
We cling to one moment and turn away from the next, wanting to hold onto what we consider desirable. Our wish is to keep things the same, feel stable ,as if we know what is coming and how to handle it. But life itself is nothing but change, including our very body. When we fight against this powerful truth, not only does it cause suffering, but we fail to realize that nothing lasts long, including hard moments. And we lose the precious joy of discovering new moments, again and again.

Duration:00:18:29

TASTE YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY

7/31/2020
In our lives one experience after another arises, some bitter, some sweet. And many experiences, naturally, contain both. Rather than pick and choose what we wish to have, the great Zen secret is to taste your life completely, eat it up, digest the nourishment from everything and discard the waste. Come find out how.

Duration:00:16:33

DON'T WALK AWAY FROM YOURSELF

7/21/2020
It's so easy to get caught up in the many drama's of life. All kinds of situations, relationships and events come and suck us in. Before we know it we are entangled in our own automatic reactions, hopes, and fears. We thrash about in the situation, barely knowing what we're doing. It is so easy then to get lost and disappear. Zen practice comes to ask us to stop, be silent, be present! Don't get lost in the situation. Don't walk away from yourself. Be present to both the situation and your...

Duration:00:17:02

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU

7/17/2020
We all suffer greatly from the idea that something is wrong with us, and everyone else! Most of our lives becomes about improving, changing twisting ourselves into an image of what we believe we should be. This twisting and condemning is what causes the pain we live with. When we see the perfection and beauty of life as it is, including ourselves, we can live with thanks and fullness and offer it to others as well.

Duration:00:17:58

WHERE IS THE ROAD TO HANSHAN? THERE IS NO ROAD TO HANSHAN

7/8/2020
We all search for the right road to our destnation, or goal. It seems as if there is a road out there which will take us where we want to go. But the further we look, or tread on roads that have long been traveled, the further astray we go. Not only must we find our own path, but the deeper truth is that the road is not somewhere else. It is not outside us in the world. Zen practice asks us to sop wandering, stay quiet where we are and find that we are exactly where we belong. Both the road...

Duration:00:18:00

LEAVING THE CAVE OF DISCONTENT

6/30/2020
We are all living hidden away in a cave of discontent. This cave is filled with thoughts, desires, demands, fantasy and disappointment. Gripped by this we often see no way out. However, this cave has also been called the cave of unawareness. Once we shine the light of awareness within, the bars on this prison start to open, and endless life begins to shine through.

Duration:00:17:31

TOMORROW NEVER COMES

6/25/2020
Most of our lives is lived waiting for tomorrow. We plan, prepare, dream and hope that our dreams will come true. Or, the opposite happens, we live in fear of what may be on the way , become frozen, and lose this precious moment now. Zen practice turns this all around, plants us deeply in this moment, where all is fine, and we can handle and enjoy whatever is.

Duration:00:17:01

You Never Ask The Meaning of Life When You're In Love

6/17/2020
Most of us do not see the connection between Zen practice and love. But Zen is the practice of being in love with all of life, becoming one with it, no separation. Though we look for meaning everywhere, once we feel a sense of deep connection, no judgment, just oneness, that is the experience of love, which fills us completely and makes each moment whole. Zen practice shows us how to experience this every moment of our lives.

Duration:00:18:53

NOW IT'S REALLY PERFECT

6/10/2020
We have so many ideas about how things should be and what is good, right, and perfect. Much of our life is about striving to make our lives better, beautiful, perfect in our eyes. And in the eyes of others. When change happens uncontrollably, our sense of order, perfection and beauty disappears. Great anxiety and upset can follow. But there is another way to look at what perfection and our lives truly are. Zen practice invites us to look at it through new eyes.

Duration:00:17:40

IN ZEN WE DON'T HAVE A THING

6/2/2020
All of us want answers. We look for explanations, understanding. We develops beliefs to cling to and ways to behave. When we follow the guidance of others there's a sense of security and relief in belonging to a group. We feel we know who we are then and the direction in which we're headed. But in Zen Practice, we let go of all that. Instead, we stay fully present in the moment and become able to radically trust our inner wisdom, and clarity to guide us on how to respond right now. Each...

Duration:00:18:24

THIS VERY PLACE IS THE LOTUS LAND OF PURITY

5/26/2020
We are all searching for the perfect place to visit, live in, spend time. It seems as if things will go better somewhere else. Or go better in a different relationship. Even when we are in one place, so much time is spent dreaming of another. Waiting for our journey there. But this episode differs. It shows us how where we are right now is perfect, and the beauty that can be found.

Duration:00:17:09

LET IT ALL BE REVEALED

5/19/2020
We enter Zen practice the way we enter our lives, trying to do it well, figure it out, please our friends and teachers. We judge and push ourselves endlessly, determined to Master the Way. But this is the opposite of true training. The Way Masters us, whether we like it or not. The Way is Our Master and as we train, we simply let go of our mad need change the world, dominate others, and refuse to enjoy the great banquet set out before us..

Duration:00:16:42

YOU'RE NOT DISAPPOINTED ENOUGH

5/13/2020
We all want things to work out exactly as we want them to. When they don’t we try again, or develop new strategies. If that doesn’t work, we start blaming others, or ourselves. The great Zen teacher Joko Beck said that practice only begins when you’ve been disappointed enough. When that happens, you’re willing to give up all your strategies, stop imposing your will on life and to open to a harmonious life, lived from the bottom of your heart..

Duration:00:17:14

A Perfect Afternoon

5/7/2020
We all want life to be perfect, work as as we wish. We will do anything possible so that we can experience a perfect afternoon, relationship or venture. And all the time we do not see that life is perfect as it is. Instead we hold fixed notions about how everything must work out. When it doesn't grief arises, shame, sorrow, anger. These fixed notions not only ruin our lives, but prevent us from seeing the amazing gifts we receive moment by moment.

Duration:00:17:30

Bowing To Everyone All Day Long

4/28/2020
Life presents many different kinds of moments and situations to us, but there is basically On Way to respond. In zen practice we bow a great deal. Sometimes we bow to the floor, making an offering of ourselves to life. Other times, we bow to our cushions, another person, a flower or to a moment of kindness we have received. Bowing says many things. It says thank you deeply, it says I acknowledge you, I honor the moment we are sharing now. When we truly bow to another, although they may not...

Duration:00:18:35

The Great Way

4/21/2020
The Great Way is all around us, and as we walk on it, we cannot stumble or get lost. Zen practices takes us right there, clears the weeds from the other paths we follow, opens our eyes, our minds and hearts. Especially in times of uncertainty The Great Way is a deep refuge from pain. It opens the door to life as it is, removes pointless daydreams and fantasies and helps us see what is truly needed right here, today.

Duration:00:17:32

When The Word Disappears

4/13/2020
What happens when the world as we’ve known it suddenly vanished and much of what we’ve held onto for security and identity slips away? This is a great Zen moment. An opportunity to look deeply at where true security waits and what the world really is. Then as a new moment arises we can be at home wherever we are.

Duration:00:17:35

Don't Interfere

4/7/2020
Usually we feel it's up to us to make everything right. We have something to say about everything, decide what is and isn't right. But as we interfere, we often take actions that get in the way and mess things up. In this beautiful, simple step, we learn how to take our hands off, step back, not interfere. We stay present, do not withdraw, but allow the natural intelligence of life and events to hold sway.

Duration:00:16:16

One Who Is Not Busy

4/3/2020
In the midst of our endless rush to do something, change life, stay safe and protected, there is one within who is "not busy", not rushing around. And yet this one, takes care of everything. It hears all our cries, meets all our needs, allows us to see clearly and respond constructively. Zazen practice takes us directly to the one who is not busy, as we stop our mad dashing around and rest in its wisdom. Find out more on the podcast.

Duration:00:16:54

The Art of Allowing

4/3/2020

Duration:00:17:25