Upaya Zen Center's Dharma PodcastAuthor: Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
21 Apr 2019

Upaya Zen Center's Dharma Podcast

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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.

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    Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Zazenkai: The Parable of the Hidden Jewel

    Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell tell The Parable of the Hidden Jewel, and discuss its insights by relating them to their own personal stories. The parable is the story of a poor man who discovers that a wealthy friend has sewn a priceless jewel into his robe, unbeknownst to him. The jewel symbolizes a Buddhahood […]

  • Posted on 18 Apr 2019

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    Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra Part II

    Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell relay the stories of Devadatta and the Dragon Girl, two stories which both make the inclusive point that everyone will become a Buddha someday. Devadatta is the story of a disciple who attains Buddhahood even after attempting to assassinate the Buddha. The Dragon Girl is a story of an […]

  • Posted on 15 Apr 2019

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    Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: Zazenkai: The Parable of the Burning House

    In acknowledgment of global warming, Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell briefly describe a “world on fire.” Genzan uses this description to relate a different story, the Parable of the Burning House, to our current lives. The story has to do with children, unaware that they are playing in a burning house of suffering. The […]

  • Posted on 11 Apr 2019

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    Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Continuing Stories of the Lotus Sutra Part I

    As a welcome and introduction to Spring Practice Period, Senseis Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell invite practitioners to step out of the hustle and bustle of everyday, conventional life and to practice deepening their spiritual practice by being together in community. They also introduce the Lotus Sutra, an enchanting text fundamental to Mahayana Buddhism. Sensei […]

  • Posted on 08 Apr 2019

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    Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Only a Buddha and a Buddha

    Matthew Kozan Palevsky invites us to look at the relationship between samu, or work practice, and the experience of being a Buddha. He says, “Only a Buddha and a Buddha is a practice of being in the world as things are. It’s sitting zazen, it’s walking through an aspen grove, and it’s the whole world […]

  • Posted on 01 Apr 2019

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