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Frank Ostaseski: Everyday Bodhisattvas

11/20/2017
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Episode Description: In this talk, Frank Ostaseski explores how we can relate to our suffering in ways that open us to a deeper sense of compassion. “Diving into our wounds helps us build empathetic bridges to others,” Ostaseski says, “When we try to reject our pain, we don’t learn anything from it.” He looks at this in light of the […]

Duration: 00:32:04


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Sesshin: Sitting in the Light of Practice (Part 5 of 5)

11/18/2017
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Episode Description: For the final Dharma talk of Sesshin, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Sensei Genzan Quennell jump ahead in the lineage to Maezumi Roshi. Joshin admires that Maezumi’s story was so relatable and down to earth. “He was just so real,” Joshin says. He then reflects on the idea of Buddha Nature as being a question of: Who […]

Duration: 00:53:42


Matthew Denkatsu Palevsky: Folding Up the Habits of Many Lives

11/13/2017
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Episode Description: In this talk, Matthew Denkatsu Palevsky addresses the pervasiveness of addiction in our culture today and their relation to the second Noble Truth, that suffering arises through craving. Starting with the opioid epidemic and the feeling that the world is on fire, he broadens the perspective of addiction to include its subtler and more […]

Duration: 00:40:24


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Sesshin: Sitting in the Light of Practice (Part 4 of 5)

11/12/2017
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Episode Description: On the fifth day of sesshin, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Sensei Genzan Quennell read us the story of Huineng from the Denkōroku. “What’s happening historically at this time that that the Zen way has settled,” Sensei Joshin tells us, referring to the fact that Huineng was the sixth and last of the Chinese patriarchs. Sensei Joshin […]

Duration: 00:40:32


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Sesshin: Sitting in the Light of Practice (Part 3 of 5)

11/11/2017
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Episode Description: In this talk, entering the fourth day of Sesshin, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Sensei Genzan Quennell read from the story of the Chinese ancestor, Daokai. Genzan points to the teaching in the story that knowledge without practice will not lead to an understanding of the Dharma. Through intensive practice and deep silence during Sesshin, we have […]

Duration: 00:38:58


David Hinton: Landscape Practice

11/6/2017
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Episode Description: In this talk, Upaya’s visiting scholar David Hinton discusses his work and research in Taoism, Ch’an, and ancient Chinese culture and translation. He begins by giving a brief background of Zen’s historical roots in China originally known as Ch’an, a Chinese cultural infusion of Taoism and Buddhism. He describes Tao, a central idea to Ch’an […]

Duration: 00:45:46


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Sesshin: Sitting in the Light of Practice (Part 2 of 5)

11/5/2017
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Episode Description: On the second day of Sesshin, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Sensei Genzan Quennell begin this talk by reading from the story of the Chinese ancestor, Touzi. Genzan discusses finding refuge in silence, pointing out that so much can be revealed in periods of deep silence. Joshin looks at silence as a way of disrupting our narratives […]

Duration: 00:38:24


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Sesshin: Sitting in the Light of Practice (Part 1 of 5)

11/4/2017
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Series Description: The dharma talks during this Sesshin will be inspired by some of the enlightenment stories from the Record of the Transmission of the Light (Denkōroku), a collection written in 1300 by Keizan Jokin Zenji. Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for […]

Duration: 00:39:20


Petra Hubbeling: At Home Under the Sky

10/30/2017
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Episode Description: In this talk, Petra Zenryu Hubbeling describes one of her biggest inspirations on her spiritual path, Etty Hillesum. In reading her work, largely talking about her religious awakening and the persecution of the Jewish people, Zenryu admires the strength, wisdom, and compassion she embodies. Inspired by the way she relates to suffering, Zenryu reflects that […]

Duration: 00:43:37


Joshin Byrnes: Zazenkai: Seeing Purity in the Impure

10/29/2017
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Episode Description: As we continue reflecting on Zen Master Keizan’s Transmission of Light, Sensei Joshin Byrnes examines the story of Rujing, the 10th century Chinese teacher of Dogen. Struck by his peculiar teaching style, Joshin comments on Rujing’s harsh and disciplined attitude towards students, combined with a softness and tender side. Sensei Joshin sees this as an example […]

Duration: 00:24:34


Hozan Alan Senauke & Genzan Quennell: The Bodhisattva’s Embracing Ways (Part 3 of 3)

10/28/2017
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Episode Description: Sensei Alan Senauke begins this talk on identity action by playing us a song, “My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own.” Identity action means being in identity (not different from) oneself and others. The interdependence of the many different parts of the body can serve an analogy for this same principal of interdependence […]

Duration: 00:46:50


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: What Are We Transmitting?

10/23/2017
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Episode Description: On the third full day of sesshin, Sensei Joshin Byrnes begins the last public dharma talk of the practice period by pondering the role that stories can play in our lives. “Stories can help us to feel connected to our lives,” he says, “and to begin to see the world in a fresh and […]

Duration: 00:47:39


Hozan Alan Senauke & Genzan Quennell: The Bodhisattva’s Embracing Ways (Part 2 of 3)

10/22/2017
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Episode Description: Sensei Alan Senauke begins this talk on beneficial action by speaking about the nature of intimacy. A very powerful sense of intimacy can come from shared action, without speaking, and he uses washing our bowls and eating ōryōki together as examples of this. “I can recognize the connection I feel with a person despite […]

Duration: 00:46:48


Hozan Alan Senauke & Genzan Quennell: The Bodhisattva’s Embracing Ways (Part 1 of 3)

10/21/2017
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Series Description: As he faced the uprooting of his practice and community in 1243, Eihei Dogen wrote “Bodaisatta Shishobo” —“The Bodhisattva’s Embracing Ways.” Today these principles—Generosity, Kind Speech, Beneficial Action, and Identity Action—guide our day to day life on the Bodhisattva Path. This is the theme of Hozan and Genzan’s August sesshin. How can Zen practice inform […]

Duration: 00:43:31


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Light of Lineage and Practice

10/16/2017
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Episode Description: Sensei Joshin recalls the stories of Dongshan and Vasubandhu and reflects on them through a deeply personal lens, as he invites all of us to do. So many of the stories in the Transmission of Light begin with heartbreak or a powerful sense of suffering which can trap us. In each story, however, the ancestors […]

Duration: 00:46:37


Kaz Tanahashi & Genzan Quennell: Dogen’s Body-and-Mind Study of the Way (Part 3 of 3)

10/15/2017
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Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi describes “inseparableness” as a key concept in understanding Dogen. Concepts such as mountains and rivers, time and existence, or practice and enlightenment seem unrelated, but Sensei Kaz explains that Dogen tells us that they are inseparable. Sensei Kaz also explains the difference between common and transcendental wisdom. Sensei […]

Duration: 00:37:55


Kaz Tanahashi & Genzan Quennell: Dogen’s Body-and-Mind Study of the Way (Part 2 of 3)

10/14/2017
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Episode Description: At the beginning of this talk, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi tells us, “Our eyes are windows to our heart and mind; they should not be scattered.” He urges us to consider the question of how we want to die, so that we may know how we want to live. “Our life follows our death,” he […]

Duration: 00:44:24


Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Art of Spiritual Biography

10/9/2017
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Episode Description: As we enter the third week of Ango at Upaya, an intensive study and practice period, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Sensei Genzan Quennell invite the community to understand the text Transmission of Light by Zen Master Keizan through the lens of our own life and experiences. Four residents take turns reading from the chapter describing the life […]

Duration: 00:42:13


Kaz Tanahashi & Genzan Quennell: Dogen’s Body-and-Mind Study of the Way (Part 1 of 3)

10/8/2017
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Series Description: According to Dogen, to study buddha dharma is to practice without separating body from mind. Sitting with the 38th fascicle of the Shobo Genzo, we investigate this thoroughly, as we look at the ground beneath our feet, and the very place we sit. Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen […]

Duration: 00:42:54


Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax & Genzan Quennell: Exploring the Genjokoan (Part 6 of 6)

10/7/2017
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Episode Description: In this final session of the program, the faculty make their concluding remarks. Program participants choose passages to copy in their own handwriting, and read aloud to the entire group. They then write about those passages and share their responses with the group. The faculty takes questions from the participants. To help keep these […]

Duration: 00:59:13

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