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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: The Sound of One Hand

10/17/2019
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Unpack the gift Description: Beginning with a discussion of concentration practice, this talk focuses on the famous koan “The Sound of One Hand” and its origins. Just as we sit, Hakuin took these words from Setcho into his body: “The single hand doesn’t sound without reason.” This process is life-changing, allowing a radical change in […]

Duration:00:38:45

Dharmatalk: Points of Practice

10/10/2019
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We are giving ourselves to this moment Description: This talk is about general points of practice with a focus on five areas: relaxing the body; general mindfulness; concentration (samadhi); awakening; returning to the world—to help. The common denominator to all of these elements is Love. In beautiful excerpts from Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, we can catch […]

Duration:00:37:13

Dharmatalk: Living Our Deepest Nature

10/3/2019
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Description: This talk recounts a recent teacher’s retreat in Germany with the Abbot of Sanbo Zen, Yamada Ryoun Roshi. It begins with the story of Father Lassalle, a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher who built the zendo in Germany where the retreat took place. Practice does not end; there is no I’ve-got-this moment. Or we might […]

Duration:00:37:26

Dharmatalk: Case 7, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s “Wash Your Bowls”

9/26/2019
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The world is nothing but metamorphosis and life is nothing but an opinion. ~Marcus Aurelius Everybody’s got a hungry heart. ~Bruce Springsteen Description: In The Gateless Gate, the last line of this koan reads, “The monk attained some realization.” What did the monk realize? Why is this seemingly ordinary dialogue between the great master Jôshô […]

Duration:00:51:09

Dharmatalk: Case 88, Book of Equanimity: “Non-Seeing” in the Ryôgon Sutra (Part 2 of 2)

9/19/2019
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“We become the empty bowl that can receive the water.” Description: Case 88, taken from a sutra, is an unusual koan. It diverges from the narrative form that typically demonstrates how Zen is continuously pointing to the ordinary moments of life. This expansive talk explores the Ryôgon Sutra and poses three key questions about “seeing”: […]

Duration:00:37:58

Dharmatalk: Case 88, Book of Equanimity: “Non-Seeing” in the Ryôgon Sutra (Part 1)

9/12/2019
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“All spiritual discipline must grow out of a sincere heart.” ~Buddha Description: Case 88, taken from a sutra, is an unusual koan. It diverges from the narrative form that typically demonstrates how Zen is continuously pointing to the ordinary moments of life. This expansive talk explores the Ryôgon Sutra and poses three key questions about […]

Duration:00:51:09

Dharmatalk: Case 87, Book of Equanimity: Sozan: With or Without

9/5/2019
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“Any phenomenon experienced at any time has the power to awaken us.” Description: In an exploration of Case 87, we are invited to sense how a koan can truly be experienced when we allow it into our hearts. Sozan, who would eventually become a great master and another important figure in the history of Zen, […]

Duration:00:42:17

Dharmatalk: Case 86, Book of Equanimity: Rinzai’s Great Enlightenment

8/29/2019
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“Sometimes I take away both the person and the world.” ~ Rinzai Description: In Case 86, Rinzai, an important figure in the history of Zen, asks his teacher Ôbaku, “What is the great meaning of the Buddha-Dharma?” Ôbaku answers his question very directly. Inherent to this path of practice is the potential to fundamentally change our […]

Duration:00:44:23

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