Upaya Zen CenterAuthor: Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
26 Mar 2017

Upaya Zen Center

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A Santa Fe, NM Zen center and community with retreats, daily meditation, weekly Dharma talks on Buddhist teachings

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    Joshin Byrnes: The Ethical Precepts

    Episode Description: Sensei Joshin Byrnes begins his talk by acknowledging the recent Jukai ceremony, an initiation ritual during which member of the community received the Bodhisattva precepts from Roshi Joan. Sensei Joshin characterizes this process as a "dropping deeply into a commitment to live ethically in our world." He then discusses the four commitments, which were developed by a meeting of world religious leaders, including Roshi Bernie Glassman. "Can we practice together in a way where these kinds of commitments come deep into our bones?" Sensei asks. Finally, he quotes Peter Block: "The answer to 'how?' is 'yes.'" To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

  • Posted on 20 Mar 2017

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    Hozan Alan Senauke: Being Bodhisattvas

    Episode Description: Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke begins by playing a song on the guitar which tells the story of a character that appears in Chapter 20 of the Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. As the song ends, he asks us, “How do you cultivate yourself so that you can become a Bodhisattva?” He spends the rest of the evening discussing three qualities that help us to do this: generosity, fearlessness, renunciation. “As I am sitting, tasting a sense of peace, I can also catch the odor of war,” he later says. "I can taste the tears, feel the doubt and the destruction around us. That war is here, not just in Syria and Iraq. I see it within myself.” To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2017

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    Hozan Alan Senauke & Rebecca Solnit: Hopelessly Hoping

    Episode Description: Rebecca Solnit begins the talk by telling the audience that we often fail to recognize the forces of change; as things have changed for the worse, so they may still change for the better. That said, “hope is not a menu you order off of,” she says, and uses as an example the protests at Standing Rock. Even if the pipeline is built, that does not diminish the great accomplishment that is the intercultural political revival that was Standing Rock. “You know what you do, but you don’t know what you do does,” she says. Sensei Alan Senauke discusses the importance of living by vow. Taking an impossible vow can be a force greater than hope, he tells us. Sensei Alan also touches upon the Buddhist view of all things as cyclical. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

  • Posted on 06 Mar 2017

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    Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche: Practicing the Six Perfections in Everyday Life

    Episode Description: Dolpo Rinpoche devotes the evening to the Six Perfections, or Pāramitās. They are generosity, morality, patience, effort, meditation, and wisdom. Rinpoche begins with generosity, invoking the limitless generosity of a parent. “Even [when we are] with our best friend,” he says, “we count each cent. With a parent, they have no concept they will get something in return.” As he speaks to the other virtues, Rinpoche constantly returns to the importance of compassion, urging us to cultivate the perfections for others' benefit and not our own. He illustrates this with a story about how he learned to put the needs of others ahead of the cultivation of his own practice. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

  • Posted on 27 Feb 2017

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    Joan Halifax: Exploring Questions on Love and Compassion

    Episode Description: Roshi Joan Halifax begins the talk with an arresting statement: “Our world is burning.” She recounts her recent travels, and a talk she gave at a children’s hospital.  Roshi quotes Rilke, “Love and death are the great gifts that are given to us; mostly they are passed on unopened.” Our work is to open those gifts, she tells us. She also shares from her recent visit with her teacher, Roshi Bernie Glassman, and his answer to the question, “What is love?” "If someone is thirsty, find them something to drink.” She says, “Awakening is based on passion for the world: to serve the world, to meet the world completely, to end suffering in every way possible.” She ends by reading the invocation she has prepared to give next week at the New Mexico House of Representatives. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

  • Posted on 20 Feb 2017

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