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John Dunne: Not Knowing, but Not Non-knowing: Embracing Uncertainty, Transcending Ignorance

2/19/2018
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Episode Description: Exploring the falsehood of conceptualization and language, John Dunne looks at the ways in which we hold categorical and conceptual thinking which can create a distorted and fragmented experience of the world—or delusion. Drawing from Buddhist philosophy, Dunne talks about grasping our thoughts and ideas as being a form of ignorance. He reflects on the importance […]

Duration:00:42:42

Irene Kaigetsu Bakker & Shinzan Palma: Sesshin: Sandokai – Looking at the World from the Relative and Absolute Perspective (Part 3 of 3)

2/17/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, on the final full day of this Sesshin, Sensei Irene Kaigetsu Bakker and Sensei Sinzan Palma further explore the teachings of the Sandokai, the Identity of Relative and Absolute. “We need to experience the inter-being, or interconnectedness so we can experience the oneness of life,” Sensei Shinzan says, “wisdom is the […]

Duration:00:47:49

Kaz Tanahashi: Miracles of Each Moment

2/12/2018
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Episode Description: Sensei Kaz Tanahashi begins by talking about living fully in each moment; “Each breath we take is a miracle. We can be so grateful and enjoy each moment, trying to live fully each moment, being here and now. That’s the Zen spirit.” A long-time anti-war activist, Tanahashi then relates this to the imminent threat […]

Duration:00:38:09

Irene Kaigetsu Bakker: Sesshin: Sandokai – Looking at the World from the Relative and Absolute Perspective (Part 2 of 3)

2/11/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Bakker talks about the poem the Sandokai, the Identity of Relative and Absolute. “So often,” she says “we think that the absolute or oneness is better than the dualistic mind or the relative. And where are we when we think that? We’re back in the relative–the dualistic mind […]

Duration:00:43:39

Shinzan Palma: Sesshin: Sandokai – Looking at the World from the Relative and Absolute Perspective (Part 1 of 3)

2/10/2018
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Series Description: 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 practice. Each day consists of sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, service and chanting (liturgy), formal meals in the zendo (oryoki), personal interviews with the teachers, work practice […]

Duration:00:34:56

Natalie Goldberg: The Mind of Haiku as a Full Practice

2/5/2018
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Episode Description: Natalie Goldberg talks about the art of haiku and its relationship to Zen mind and practice. “What Zen and haiku is asking us to do is drop down to zero,” she says. “They penetrate below your discursive mind.” Reading from some of the great Japanese haiku writers—Bashō, Shiki, and Buson—she reflects on the poets’ ability to express things as they […]

Duration:00:39:21

Irene Kaigetsu Bakker & Shinzan Palma: The Grass Hut of Zen Practice

2/4/2018
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Episode Description: During Zazenkai weekend at Upaya, Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Bakker and Sensei Shinzan Palma explore the poem “Song of the Grass Hut” by the 8th century Chinese Chan master, Sekito Kisen. “So often we are stuck in a certain place in our life,” Sensei Kaigetsu reflects, “the whole practice is to be very honest with […]

Duration:00:57:49

Irene Kaigetsu Bakker & Shinzan Palma: Two Arrows Meeting in Mid Air

2/4/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, as we enter the first day of Sesshin at Upaya, Sensei Shinzan Palma and Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Bakker reflect on the relative and the absolute, discussing the writing of the 8th century Chinese Chan master, Sekito Kisen. She asks us what would it be like to live our lives with “open hands – not putting anything […]

Duration:00:39:31

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 10 of 10)

1/29/2018
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Episode Description: Frank Ostaseski begins the concluding session of the program by discussing skillful ways to be with dying. He uses his “five invitations” as a tool to help us cope with the experience of death. “We have this idea that everything is changing, except me… We think of ourselves as a solid thing going through […]

Duration:00:48:14

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 9 of 10)

1/29/2018
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Episode Description: In this episode, Roshi Joan Halifax and Frank Ostaseski hold a discussion with participants in responding to the questions: What is your worst and best case scenario of how you will die? What are you doing now to prepare for whatever death you are given? Frank says, “no matter what situation we’re in, the […]

Duration:00:41:39

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 8 of 10)

1/28/2018
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Episode Description: Roshi Joan Halifax begins this session with a guided meditation. She conducts a writing exercise with participants where she invites us to “return again and again to existential inquiry on questions that shape how we respond to life and death.” The questions are posed: What is your worst and best case scenario of how […]

Duration:00:46:27

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 7 of 10)

1/28/2018
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Episode Description: In this session, Roshi Joan Halifax discusses the meaning of empathy and compassion, and the differences between the two. She emphasizes the importance of staying grounded in order to be more compassionate and available for others. “Our ability to sense into our physical experience primes our capacity to sense into the experience of others,” […]

Duration:00:46:51

Joshin Byrnes: Everything is the Teaching

1/22/2018
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Episode Description: Entering the third week of Ango, our winter practice period at Upaya, Sensei Joshin Byrnes reflects on the poems that we are studying by the 8th century Chinese ancestor Shitou, “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage” and the “Sandokai.” He explains that the teachings that are pointed to in both texts urge us to deeply engage with our lives […]

Duration:00:47:45

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 6 of 10)

1/21/2018
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Episode Description: In this session, Frank Ostaseski asks, “what do you think you might lose if you become mindful?” Roshi Joan Halifax talks about the truth of our mortality. She says, “in some cultures, when the baby is born the grief begins, because that journey towards death begins in full… This diagnosis can be a sort […]

Duration:00:57:50

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 5 of 10)

1/20/2018
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Episode Description: In this episode, Frank Ostaseski and Roshi Joan Halifax lead a discussion with participants about courage, compassion, death, and dying. “Compassion arises as the skillful response to suffering, the intelligence of our being, the guidance that helps us navigate the territory of suffering,” Frank says, “so often we’re not willing to turn toward suffering. […]

Duration:01:13:13

Shinzan Palma: What the Eyes Meet is the Way

1/15/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Shinzan Palma reflects on the meaning of finding stillness and wholeheartedly showing up to our lives. Shinzan looks at this in light of the teachings of Zen Master Shitou when he says, “What the eyes meet is the way.” Shinzan says, “As soon as we can start accepting this body and mind, we start walking […]

Duration:00:35:14

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 4 of 10)

1/14/2018
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Episode Description: During this session, Frank Ostaseski and Roshi Joan Halifax lead a Q&A period. They discuss and explore how we can approach death with courage, wisdom, and compassion. Frank leads a group exercise where he poses the questions: What is a way in which you resist vulnerability? What is a way in which you experience […]

Duration:01:15:40

Frank Ostaseski & Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 3 of 10)

1/13/2018
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Episode Description: In this episode, Frank Ostaseski explores the meaning of courage. “Courage is the heart’s answer… When we’re driven by fear we often lack common sense,” he says. He talks about opening oneself to and learning from fear and doubt. “The willingness to open to our fear is also the willingness to be transformed by it,” he says, “it’s not enough to […]

Duration:01:07:44

Kigaku Noah Rossetter: Nothing Extra

1/8/2018
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Episode Description: In this “way-seeking mind” talk, Kigaku Noah Rossetter reflects on how he came to the Dharma and looks at how the ideas of renunciation and practicing “nothing extra” related to his path of practice–from entering solitary retreat at the Prajna Mountain Forest Refuge, to serving in the Nomads Clinic in Nepal, to residency at Upaya, and ordaining […]

Duration:00:37:47

Joan Halifax: Great Compassion, Great Courage: Exploring Life, Death, Freedom (Part 2 of 10)

1/8/2018
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Episode Description: In this talk, the second session of this program, Roshi Joan Halifax asks: how do we cultivate a strong back and an open heart? “Empathy is when the world truly enters you,” she says. Roshi looks at ways in which we can approach suffering with strength and openness. “If you’re going to sit in the midst of […]

Duration:00:58:07

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