Upaya Zen CenterAuthor: Joan Halifax | Zen Buddhist Teacher Upaya Abbot
26 May 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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    Al Kaszniak: Moral Intuition, Empathy, Compassion, and the Bodhisattva’s Brain

    Episode Description: Sensei Al Kaszniak begins his talk by relating the political instability of fifth century India, when the Buddha lived, to our present political situation. He then poses the question, “Why has conflict and polarization been so persistent throughout human history?” Bringing new scientific evidence to an ancient philosophical question, he suggests that our emotions […]

  • Posted on 22 May 2017

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    Anthony Back & Cynda Hylton Rushton: Moral Outrage and Principled Action

    Episode Description: Dr. Anthony Back begins the talk by telling two stories. The first is the case of a terminally ill man who was not receiving treatment for pain in his hospital because he was incarcerated. The second story is that of the group of white men who are currently in charge of drafting proposed healthcare […]

  • Posted on 15 May 2017

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    Genzan Quennell: The Poetics of Pilgrimage

    Episode Description: Sensei Genzan Quennell gives an impromptu dharma talk, filling in for Sensei Joshin, who is feeling ill. Both Sensei Joshin and Sensei Genzan have just returned from a pilgrimage in Japan with Roshi Joan Halifax. Sensei Genzan begins his discussion of pilgrimage by presenting a scroll which features a depiction of Bodhidharma, who made […]

  • Posted on 08 May 2017

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    Kathie Fischer & Norman Fischer: Vasubandhu’s Thirty Verses (Part 6 – last)

    Episode Description: Sensei Kathie Fischer begins by retelling Case 10 from the Book of Serenity. “Right straight on,” the woman in the koan urges, and Sensei Kathie urges us on, too, as we head into the final day of sesshin and back out into the world. She also discusses the Shuso ceremony that will take place […]

  • Posted on 08 May 2017

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    Amie Diller: Vasubandhu’s Thirty Verses (Part 4)

    Episode Description: Amie Diller begins this talk by sharing a koan about a hermit who describes his experience of the embrace of a young girl as “cold and without feeling.” We should not practice like this, she says; our practice is about embracing every part of our experience. She then tells the story of Mara tempting […]

  • Posted on 07 May 2017

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