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The Upaya Dharma Podcast features Wednesday evening Dharma Talks and recordings from Upaya’s diverse array of programs. Our podcasts exemplify Upaya’s focus on socially engaged Buddhism, including prison work, end-of-life care, serving the homeless, training in socially engaged practices, peace & nonviolence, compassionate care training, and delivering healthcare in the Himalayas.
 
Welcome to our podcast coming to you from the Greater Boston Zen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Teachers include Josh Jiun Bartok, Roshi, Sensei Steve Tetsuen Wallace, Dharma Holder Laura Yushin Wallace, and others. Recordings include both full-length teishos (talks) with discussion following and short "encouragement talks." For more information about teachers, events, and practice periods, as well as additional audio files, go to our website: bostonzen.org.
 
The Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) is a Western Zen Buddhist lineage established by the late John Daido Loori Roshi and dedicated to sharing the dharma as it has been passed down, generation to generation, since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. Zen Mountain Monastery, the main house of the Mountains and Rivers Order, is one of the West’s most respected Zen Buddhist monasteries and training centers. Nestled in New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains, the Monastery draws its strength from the ...
 
From the Vallejo Zen Center in Vallejo, California, this is "To Practice In Interesting Times" with Zenki Mary Mocine, a periodic discussion of Zen practice and how it aligns with an ever increasingly turbulent political world. Zenki ("Total Joy") Mary Mocine has been involved in Zen practice since 1988 and is currently the Abbess of the Vallejo Zen Center in Vallejo California. http://vallejozencenter.org
 
Dharma talks by Zen monk Ven. Lawrence Do'an Grecco, the founder and Guiding Teacher of Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group, a nomadic Zen Center in New York City. Lawrence is also a teacher at the Interdependence Project. For more information please visit www.OpenSkyZen.com. Please feel free to rate these podcasts if you enjoy them and share them with your friends on Facebook & Twitter!
 
Lawrence Dōan Grecco is a Zen priest, Dharma Teacher and Life Coach. He was ordained by the Five Mountain Zen Order and is the founder and Abbot of Open Sky Zen, a nomadic Zen Center in New York City. Lawrence writes for Sweeping Zen, The Interdependence Project, and Open Sky Zen. He received authorization as a dharma teacher from the Interdependence Project, and holds a certificate in Foundations in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. See www.ZenLifeCoac ...
 
Teishos by Albert Low, Zen Master of the Montreal ZenCenter.A teisho is a talk given by the Teacher. This talk comes straight from hisown understanding and life experience. A talk is not meant to entertainnor to inform but is directed to your own longing to 'know'.In order for a teisho to be received correctly one must listen with thesame attention the talk is given.We hope this series of teishos (talks) given by Roshi Albert Low will helpintroduce you to Zen practice.Our Center, located in ...
 
Here you can find selected talks given at Dharma Field Zen Center, founded by Steve Hagen (author of Buddhism Plain & Simple) on the basics of meditation and Zen teachings of awareness and wisdom. Dharma Field talks focus on mindfulness—being awake, aware, alert, and in touch with what is actually happening. In a practical and down-to-Earth manner, they unpack the Buddha's teaching on seeing directly into the nature of experience. Feel free to subscribe to our channel. A selection of free ta ...
 
Dana Zen Center was founded in the Paris suburb of Montreuil in 1994 byRoshi Catherine Genno Pagès, a lineage holder in the Soto school, to offer regular Zen teaching and meditation in a nonresidential, urban setting. Its members form a community of lay practitioners who seek to honor the integrity of the ancient Zen tradition while integrating the practice into daily, modern life. The Dana practice center is a nonresidential house in an urban setting on the eastern edge of Paris.There are d ...
 
Vinny Ferraro has been practicing meditation since 1993. He has studied with several renowned spiritual teachers including Ajahn Sumedho and the Dalai Lama. In 1998, he spent a year sitting bedside with the dying through the San Francisco Zen Center Hospice Program, as well as experiencing "A Year to Live" practice (based on the book by Stephen Levine). He has taught meditation to incarcerated youth and adults and is currently the head trainer for MBA, The Mind Body Awareness Project. Vinny ...
 
This series includes talks about Buddhism. Most of the talks are by Judith Ragir, a Zen teacher from Minnesota who studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi for many years. Other talks are from individuals who co-led classes or retreats with Judith. For more information about Judith, visit www.judithragir.org. Related talks can be found at www.cloudsinwater.org.
 
This series includes talks about the 12 Steps and Buddhism. Many of the talks are by Judith Ragir, a Zen teacher from Minnesota who studied with Dainin Katagiri Roshi for many years and who has been in recovery for over 40 years. Other talks are from individuals who participated in, or who co-led, retreats on the 12 Steps and Buddhism that Judith organized. For more info, visit www.judithragir.org.
 
This is Small Business Conversations from Profits Plus Solutions. A program where we visit with expert individuals who provide awesome insight and new ideas of how to increase your profits plus build your business for the future. We find experts on small business accounting, marketing, ownership transition, leases, sales skills, merchandising, and most every aspect of ownership in your small business. Your host is Tom Shay, principal of Profits Plus.
 
Are you overwhelmed by the many challenges you face as a mom?Does your physical weight stop you from creating a successful career and life?Do you feel stressed, lack energy, feel exhausted, or weighed down emotionally or mentally?Listen in as Deb Hanneman, Energy Healer interviews guest experts who provide holistic healing resources for over-stressed and weight challenged moms of all ages. Deb Hanneman, is an Energy Healer specializing in assisting Mom Entrepreneurs to release the physical a ...
 
Join co-hosts Chris and Ari for a discussion of animal training, behavior, human-animal relationships, and all things NEI-TEC (the Natural Encounters Inc Training and Education Center), and featuring guests from the NEI team and around the professional animal care world! Email us at podcast@naturalencounters.com if you have a question or something you'd like us to discuss on the show!
 
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Reggie Hubbard brings together his background in yoga and political activism to address the relevant issues regarding the national election in November of this year. Reggie Hubbard Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relati…
 
“… You can only see it when you are it …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Human beings tend to get constantly captivated by their “default mode network,” which can generate a continuous stream of internal commentary. To really be able to be present without an outward task: that is the basic meaning of the kind of mindfulness we are c…
 
“Zazen isn't something I do. The zazen exists prior to me and I allow it to be me for a certain amount of time. Considering it that way can make the zazen easier. If it’s something im trying to do, I often fail at it…” - Brad Warner An off the cuff talk blossoms into one of the sweetest little bursts of pure zazen poetry we've been lucky enough to …
 
Bill Porter (literary name Red Pine) is one of the world’s leading translators and scholars of Chinese literary and religious texts, including sutras and poems. His book, The Collected Song of Cold Mountain, includes a translation and extensive notes on Han Shan (Cold Mountain), a Taoist/Buddhist hermit and poet famous in the history of Chinese lit…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/23/2020 Shugen Roshi continues his teachings from The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva, with verse 12: “If someone driven by great desire Seizes all my wealth, or induces others to do so, To dedicate to them my body, possessions, And past, present, and future merit is the …
 
Chris returns from the dead to chat with Ari about empathy, a topic which it turns out is a lot more complicated than you might think. It's a fun chat that touches on a lot of TEC Talk staples - communication, assuming good intentions, making connections...so many good things! Special thanks to our good friend and mentor Cassie Malina for the feedb…
 
Katie Yosha Scott-Childress, Senior Lay Student Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/22/202 Senior Lay Student Yosha brings up the Buddha’s own wise words to guide us: “Let not a person revive the past, or on the future build his hopes, for the past has been left behind and the future has not yet been reached”. An amazingly simple teaching, that many of us m…
 
On October 12, 2020, Sensei Gyokei Yokoyama joined the NYZC sangha for a community sit and dharma talk. Currently, he is assigned to work for the Long Beach Buddhist Church and Montebello Sozenji Buddhist Temple as a minister and the Sōtō Zen North America Office as the secretary. In this dharma talk, Sensei Yokoyama discusses his training, how Thi…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/18/2020 From “The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva“, verse 11, Benefiting Others. “All suffering comes from yearning for your own happiness. The perfect Buddhas are born from the intention to benefit others. Therefore, to truly exchange your own happiness For the suffering…
 
In the last talk of Fall Practice Period SESSHIN, Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma talks about showing up and building the bridge between our practice on the cushion and our practice in the world. He also talks about mantras being an ode to joy and how chanting them embodies the energy and celebratory part of a practice. Lastly, Sensei Shinzan teaches us …
 
In this Fall Practice Period Sesshin talk, Sensei Sokaku Kathie Fischer talks about the nature and texture of our sensory realms. Sensei Kathie Fischer also looks at the Koan “Zhaozhou and the Monk” and shares the history and story of Xuan Zang. This talk is also our usual Wednesday evening dharma talk. For Series description, please visit Fall Pra…
 
In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, Stephen Batchelor talks about the ethics of uncertainty. He looks at how the silence of Gautama invites us to stay with questions instead of reaching for the comfort answers. He also talks about Gautama’s teachings being beyond the dividing binary of language. Lastly, Stephen Batchelor shares his opinion o…
 
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi Zen Mountain Monastery, 10/15/2020 From “The Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva“, verse 10, Developing Bodhicitta. “From beginningless time your mothers have cherished you, If they now suffer, what good is your own happiness? Therefore, in order to liberate limitless sentient beings, Giving rise to bo…
 
In this Fall Practice Period Sesshin talk, Matthew Kozan Palevsky explores the often overlooked paramita of patience. Kozan reads poetry from Louise Glück, uses teachings from Shantideva’s “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,” and talks about Zazen being a practice of patience. For Series description, please visit Fall Practice Period Opening…
 
Tom Shay invites Beth Montpas to visit Small Business Conversations as we discuss our observations and suggestions for small business owners who are working their way through the pandemic. We discuss those businesses who have taken a beating and have not fought back; the businesses where they have just plowed straight ahead as if nothing has happen…
 
“Samsara is the world confused by our grasping. Without grasping samsara and nirvana are the same.” – Monshin Nannette Overley In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, Monshin Nannette Overley leads us in an exploration of nirvana. She looks at the root of nirvana and at different translations of it in the Heart Sutra. Monshin also shares a story…
 
Chris is away, so the ladies get to play as Ari takes over as host and - by popular request! - sits down with NEI's own Ray Minchey to talk about mental health and work-life balance. This episode also features our show's first live tarot card reading - Happy Spooky Season! Do you have a question, requested guest, or suggested topic for the show? Le…
 
In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, local Upaya Sangha member Jane Steinberg talks about continuous practice, the circle of the way, the road of our great Buddhist ancestors, and the state of uncertainty in the world. For Series description, please visit Fall Practice Period Opening. To access the entire series, please click on the link belo…
 
“Breathing in, patience. Breathing out, wisdom” In today’s dharma talk, Sensei Chodo addresses the Third Paramita: Kshanti, or patience. How difficult it can be to remain patient when confronted with some of our present day challenges! Detailing circumstances that challenge his own forbearance, he shares essential practices that allow you to gain a…
 
“… The principle of zen is: body and mind fall away …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Having reached the fourth aspect of mindfulness, which is the seventh fold of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is itself the fourth of the Four Noble Truths, we find that dharma gates are indeed countless. Buddha gave this, his first teaching upon h…
 
In this Fall Practice Period SESSHIN talk, Kigaku Noah Rossetter talks about the heart of practice. He focuses on the practice of letting go of concepts and the importance of resetting in practice and in life. Kigaku also tells us about “Mu” the negating particle of the Japanese Heart Sutra. For Series description, please visit Fall Practice Period…
 
"I lack therefore I want.I get what I want and I want more.I get what I want and it didn’t make me happier, so I’m going to push it away.This is why we sit. We're not advocating for celibacy or abstinence, We're advocating for awareness;for looking very carefully at yourself and your actions at all times." - Emily Eslami In the latest installment o…
 
In this Dharma talk, Matthew Kozan Palevsky talks about noticing our habit of fear and the different ways fear manifests in our lives. He also looks at the relationship between the fear erected walls of the mind and the three poisons (greed, anger, and delusion). Lastly, Kozan talks about embodied fearlessness being the greatest gift of prajna para…
 
One of the most common problems among people I work with and coach is the feeling of always being busy.And then it becomes a rationalization: I can’t honor my commitments because I’m too busy! I can’t be with my family or friends because I’m too busy. I can’t work out, meditate, shut down at night to get to sleep, or make time for solitude and disc…
 
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