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This Zen Podcast series is based on Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s Thursday evening Teishos (dharma talks) that explore the Dharma of the classical koans of Zen. The podcasts help us in our mission of offering core Zen training in the lineage of Sanbo Zen to create healthier and kinder lives for all, while also supporting our Three Treasures Prison Project in which we work with inmates in a maximum security prison, as well as serving the immediate community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and our international sangha, and the broader world community of all beings.

This Zen Podcast series is based on Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s Thursday evening Teishos (dharma talks) that explore the Dharma of the classical koans of Zen. The podcasts help us in our mission of offering core Zen training in the lineage of Sanbo Zen to create healthier and kinder lives for all, while also supporting our Three Treasures Prison Project in which we work with inmates in a maximum security prison, as well as serving the immediate community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and our international sangha, and the broader world community of all beings.
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This Zen Podcast series is based on Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s Thursday evening Teishos (dharma talks) that explore the Dharma of the classical koans of Zen. The podcasts help us in our mission of offering core Zen training in the lineage of Sanbo Zen to create healthier and kinder lives for all, while also supporting our Three Treasures Prison Project in which we work with inmates in a maximum security prison, as well as serving the immediate community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and our international sangha, and the broader world community of all beings.

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Episodes

Dharmatalk: Case 85, Book of Equanimity: The National Teacher’s Gravestone (Part 3 of 3)

8/22/2019
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“… In between, there’s gold filling the whole land …” ~ Tangen Description: This is the fifth talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. Tangen’s beautiful verse to Case 85 is explored and appreciated. Using additional, wonderful excerpts from War and Peace, we are invited to taste what Tangen is expressing. Post & Featured image: Buddha Gold byHoney […]

Duration:00:38:37

Dharmatalk: Case 85, Book of Equanimity: The National Teacher’s Gravestone (Part 2 of 3)

8/15/2019
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“… The whole point of this practice is to find Now, really find Now …” Description: This is the fourth talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. It is a continuation of the exploration of Case 85. The national teacher’s only concern is that the emperor find non-worldly happiness—“the infinite blessing of unconditional well-being.” Once again, […]

Duration:00:52:39

Dharmatalk: Case 85, Book of Equanimity: The National Teacher’s Gravestone (Part 1 of 3)

8/8/2019
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“… In the crystal palace there is no one who knows …” Description: This is the third talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. It begins with more practice pointers, including the advice to be aware of any expectation or disappointment with regard to a mind that is wishing to attain something. The talk develops into […]

Duration:00:40:36

Dharmatalk: Tolstoy and the Dharma

8/1/2019
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“I knew that feeling of love which is the very essence of the soul for which no object is needed.” ~ Prince Andrei, War and Peace Description: This is the second talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. After some additional, helpful sesshin tools for wearing down the self, this talk unfolds into a discussion of […]

Duration:00:51:14

Dharmatalk: A Path of Peace (Practice Pointers)

7/25/2019
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“… When we allow what is, space magically appears …” Description: This is the first talk of the Fall 2018 sesshin. Specific pointers to aid us in allowing deeper states of meditation are discussed, beginning with two ways we can practice with the mind: disciplined focus on our chosen object of awareness, and backing off […]

Duration:00:31:20

Dharmatalk: Maura Noone: Allow It All

7/18/2019
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“… Allow whatever’s happening … and let this practice just swallow you up …” Description: In this heart-felt and profound account of some of the ways that practice has helped her, Maura Noone, a Senior Student at Mountain Cloud, shares some of the challenging circumstances of her life, and shows in clear and illuminating ways […]

Duration:00:58:11

Dharmatalk (Guest): Ruben Habito: World in a Grain of Sand

7/11/2019
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To see a World in a Grain of Sand; And a Heaven in a Wild Flower ~William Blake Description: This talk was given by Ruben Habito Roshi, founding teacher of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX. Beginning with William Blake’s poem, “Auguries of Innocence,” we are invited to glimpse our true nature. Words and concepts […]

Duration:00:26:13

Dharmatalk (Guest): John Gaynor: Zen Master Dôgen Kigen (Part 2 of 2)

7/4/2019
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Description: This is the second part of a talk given by John Gaynor, a Zen Teacher with The Oxford Zen Centre. The why, how and what of meditation is explored, using the wisdom gleaned from Master Dôgen’s first work, Fukanzazengi (Universally Recommended Instructions for Sitting Meditation). It closes with an engaging question and answer period. […]

Duration:00:38:36

Dharmatalk (Guest): John Gaynor: Zen Master Dôgen Kigen (Part 1 of 2)

6/27/2019
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“… If one person is harmonizing this experience of Dogen’s, then we all are …” Description: John Gaynor is a Zen Teacher with The Oxford Zen Centre. This wonderful talk was presented at The Meditatio Centre in London. Using the wisdom gleaned from Master Dôgen’s first work, Fukanzazengi (Universally Recommended Instructions for Sitting Meditation), […]

Duration:00:49:27

Dharmatalk: Case 84, Book of Equanimity:Gutei’s One Finger

6/20/2019
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“… Whatever you experience, if you can see it clearly, it shows itself to be hollow, empty, insubstantial …” Description: In Case 84, Master Gutei responds to whatever he is asked with the same gesture—he holds up one finger. Where is the wisdom in his teaching? Where is the compassion? This talk explores these […]

Duration:00:42:05

Dharmatalk: Infinite Heart Opening (Practice Basics)

6/13/2019
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“… The Way is never apart from you right where you are …” Description: There are a myriad of ways to parse the human experience and find clarity. This talk is a basic overview of practice, beginning with the centrality of breath and closing with beautiful words from Master Dogen. Post & Featured image: Forest by […]

Duration:00:38:06

Dharmatalk: Case 83, Book of Equanimity: Dôgo’s Nursing the Ill

6/6/2019
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“… The whole universe is offering unconditional love …” Description: The focus of this talk is Case 83, which features Master Isan and Master Dôgo. These masters are completely free; they have thoroughly seen through self and world and the delusion of separateness is gone. How do we nurse the ill and help all become free […]

Duration:00:47:14

Dharmatalk: Case 82, Book of Equanimity: “Sound” and “Color”

5/30/2019
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“… It’s about entering the moment in a more immediate, intimate and clearer way …” Description: In the koan, “Sound” and “Color,” Master Unmon is essentially talking about the main emphasis of Zen—the experience of waking up. This can be suddenly triggered by one of our sense channels. What is a sense experience? When we are […]

Duration:00:47:20

Dharmatalk: Case 19, The Gateless Gate: Ordinary Mind is the Way

5/23/2019
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“… Ordinary experience is extraordinarily miraculous. It is “as vast and boundless as the great empty sky …” Description: This talk focuses on a teaching story from very early in Master Jôshû’s training with his teacher, Master Nansen. Nansen tells Jôshû that the ordinary mind is the Way. What is ordinary mind? What is the Way? Ordinary […]

Duration:00:46:08

Dharmatalk: Case 28, Book of Equanimity: Gokoku’s “Three Disgraces”

5/16/2019
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“… At the deepest level, nothing is separate from the Dharma …” Description: This talk focuses on Henry’s trip to Germany, beginning in Nuremberg, then on to Benediktushof, a former Benedictine monastery, now a spiritual center, then to Sonnenhof Zen Center in the Black Forest, and, finally, to Domicilium, a joint hospice and Zen center. […]

Duration:00:35:06

Dharmatalk: Case 81, Book of Equanimity: Gensha Reaches the Province (Part 2)

5/9/2019
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“… We can drop our construction of self and world, space and time …” Description: This talk begins with the sound of rain and gentle rolling thunder. It is a continuation of the exploration of Case 81, with a focus on Gensha’s comment at the end of the story. Gensha is trying to help us […]

Duration:00:43:17

Dharmatalk: Case 81, Book of Equanimity: Gensha Reaches the Province (Part 1)

5/2/2019
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“… This world is one single act of love …” Description: Koans can open up the potential of a human being. Case 81 is a Dharma dialogue between Gensha and Shôtô. They converse about a party the day before—all the revelry is right here, right now. The point of Zen training is to experience this […]

Duration:00:41:26

Dharmatalk: Case 80, Book of Equanimity: Suibi and the Chin Rest

4/25/2019
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“… How incredible to wake up into the heart of this moment …” Description: Koans are not confined by our typical assumptions about reality. Case 80 refers to the story of Bodhidharma, who is credited with bringing Zen from India to China. What did Bodhidharma bring? In this koan, Ryûge is asking Suibi and Rinzai […]

Duration:00:43:40

Dharmatalk: All Beings, One Intimacy

4/18/2019
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“… Everything is constantly pouring into existence in this magnificent generosity …” Description: The Buddha spent his life trying to help others to be freed from suffering. Zen practice exposes our weaknesses, limitations and challenges—this is the grit that makes the pearl. We face things we may not want to face and, therefore, fuel the possibility […]

Duration:00:38:39

Dharmatalk (Guest): Ruben Habito: Case 3, Blue Cliff Record: Master Ba is Ill

4/11/2019
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“… See with the eyes of the heart …” ~ Ruben Habito Description: This talk was given by Ruben Habito, founding teacher of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX, on the occasion of a memorial service to celebrate the life of a sangha member. In Case 3, Master Ba is close to death and the […]

Duration:00:26:03