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Joshin Byrnes: The Ethical Precepts

March 20, 2017 - 4:00am

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.'”

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Sensei Joshin Byrnes
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Hozan Alan Senauke: Being Bodhisattvas

March 13, 2017 - 4:00am

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.”

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Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke

Hozan Alan Senauke is vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center in California, where he lives with his family. As a socially engaged Buddhist activist Alan has worked closely with Buddhist Peace...
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Hozan Alan Senauke & Rebecca Solnit: Hopelessly Hoping

March 6, 2017 - 5:00am

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.

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Sensei Hozan Alan Senauke

Hozan Alan Senauke is vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center in California, where he lives with his family. As a socially engaged Buddhist activist Alan has worked closely with Buddhist Peace...
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Rebecca Solnit

San Francisco writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of seventeen books about geography, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism and the recipient of many awards,...
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Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche: Practicing the Six Perfections in Everyday Life

February 27, 2017 - 4:59am

Episode Description: Dolpo Rinpoche devotes the evening to the Six Perfections, or P?ramit?s. 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.

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Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche

Dolpo Tulku, also called Tulku Sherab Zangpo, was born into a Lama family in Dho Tarap, Dolpo, in 1982. He became a monk at Kanying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Nepal, at the age of 9 in 1991 and...
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Joan Halifax: Exploring Questions on Love and Compassion

February 20, 2017 - 5:57am

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.

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Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
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Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen...
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John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 5B – last)

February 19, 2017 - 10:54pm

Episode Description: (This part is a continuation from Part 5A) John Dunne talks about how our apprehensions of objects in the world are ultimately non-dual, even though duality is encoded into our day to day experience. He also covers the concept of extended cognition, which tells us that we are not autonomous beings with our own distinct ideas. “Changing our minds and the world has to be a communal enterprise,” he says. There is also discussion of structural violence, which Dunne posits is unintentional discrimination against minorities.  Understanding that people who act unskillfully are deluded, rather than evil, is an important aspect of compassion.

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Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight Series

John Dunne, PhD

John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a newly endowed position created...
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John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 5A)

February 19, 2017 - 10:30pm

Episode Description: John Dunne talks about how our apprehensions of objects in the world are ultimately non-dual, even though duality is encoded into our day to day experience. He also covers the concept of extended cognition, which tells us that we are not autonomous beings with our own distinct ideas. “Changing our minds and the world has to be a communal enterprise,” he says. There is also discussion of structural violence, which Dunne posits is unintentional discrimination against minorities.  Understanding that people who act unskillfully are deluded, rather than evil, is an important aspect of compassion. This session concludes in Part 5B.

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Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight Series

John Dunne, PhD

John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a newly endowed position created...
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John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 4)

February 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

Episode Description: John Dunne gives some advice to the program participants on practicing between sessions. He advises them to try to notice the concepts and beliefs they are carrying with them, and how these influence their interactions and relationships. “What are my hopes and fears?” He implores us to ask ourselves. Dunne addresses the concern that the mindfulness movement may be leading Western Buddhism to become an “opiate of the elite.” He also tells a story as told to him by Bob Thurman about the nature of samsara.

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Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight Series

John Dunne, PhD

John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a newly endowed position created...
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John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 3B)

February 19, 2017 - 11:00am

Episode Description: (This part is a continuation from Part 3A) John Dunne takes the audience through the “neither one nor many” argument employed in Tibetan Buddhism, which deals with abstraction. How is it that we decide an object we see fits the category “cup,” for example? We try to create “one” ideal, such as “cup,” from the sensory data presented to us that represents many cups. Dunne discusses how this is sometimes problematic, because we have to suppress the differences we see in order to fit things in to categories. Nonetheless, we need this capacity to function in the world, and Dunne discusses the role that intersubjectivity (the concepts we all share) plays in our lives.

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John Dunne, PhD

John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a newly endowed position created...
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John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 3A)

February 19, 2017 - 10:30am

Episode Description: John Dunne takes the audience through the “neither one nor many” argument employed in Tibetan Buddhism, which deals with abstraction. How is it that we decide an object we see fits the category “cup,” for example? We try to create “one” ideal, such as “cup,” from the sensory data presented to us that represents many cups. Dunne discusses how this is sometimes problematic, because we have to suppress the differences we see in order to fit things in to categories. Nonetheless, we need this capacity to function in the world, and Dunne discusses the role that intersubjectivity (the concepts we all share) plays in our lives. This session concludes in Part 3B.

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For Series description, please visit Part 1.

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Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight Series

John Dunne, PhD

John Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) is now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, a newly endowed position created...
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John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 2B)

February 18, 2017 - 11:26am
Episode Description: In this session (which is a continuation from Part 2A), John Dunne discusses how our minds synthesize the world we live in, based on the raw information received by our senses. This is important because how we create the world we live in is influenced by our beliefs, which dictate what things we choose to pay attention to, and how we interpret them. We never see objects in the world, only the data presented to us by our senses, which is then interpreted by our minds. Dunne then contrasts the Western notion of morality and justice, in which specific moral judgements are attached to everything, with a Buddhist morality in which we all share responsibility for the outcome of our actions. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight Series

John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 2A)

February 18, 2017 - 11:00am
Episode Description: In this session, John Dunne discusses how our minds synthesize the world we live in, based on the raw information received by our senses. This is important because how we create the world we live in is influenced by our beliefs, which dictate what things we choose to pay attention to, and how we interpret them. We never see objects in the world, only the data presented to us by our senses, which is then interpreted by our minds. Dunne then contrasts the Western notion of morality and justice, in which specific moral judgements are attached to everything, with a Buddhist morality in which we all share responsibility for the outcome of our actions. This session concludes in Part 2B. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight Series

John Dunne: Belief, Unbelief and Motivation: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight (Part 1)

February 17, 2017 - 8:58pm
Series Description: What is the role that beliefs play in Buddhist practice, and how are beliefs related to our motivations? For all styles of Buddhist practice, transforming our deeply ingrained mental and behavioral habits requires us to recognize our cherished illusions, and from the nondual perspective, it is famously said that a deep transformation requires “abandoning all beliefs.” Does this mean that we do not believe anything at all? And how can we cultivate compassion under those circumstances? In this weekend of conversation and practice, we explore these questions from the standpoint of Buddhist philosophy and practice, along with a few empirical insights about behavior change from cognitive science Episode Description: John Dunne begins the evening session with a guided meditation based on the brahmavih?ras. He then spends the rest of the first session of the program by providing overviews of his academic and religious backgrounds, as well as the material he hopes to cover over the course of the weekend. He discusses different Mahayana metaphysical views, the importance of examining the teachings for oneself, rather than accepting them on faith, as well as how we can manifest compassion by understanding the deluded nature we have in common with others. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Integrating Meditation, Compassion and Insight Series

John Dunne: Blowin’ in the Wind…but not Breaking: The Practice of Equanimity

February 13, 2017 - 5:00am
Episode Description: John Dunne begins with an examination of the relationship between equanimity and wisdom. He describes equanimity as a kind of "intelligent inaction," and discusses how craving and aversion pull our minds out of balance. Instead of allowing this to happen, we should try to see cravings and aversions as characterizing only one possible model of consciousness. Dunne then turns to compassion, and talks about how we see the world in terms of people who are “good” and “bad,” people who are “in our group,” and people who aren’t. If we can pay attention to our shared goals, rather then our differences, we have the opportunity to develop authentic compassion for everyone. “You can trust everybody,” Dunne says, "in the sense that everybody wants to be happy, and nobody wants to suffer.” To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche: Taking Illness as a Path of Dharma

February 6, 2017 - 5:00am
Episode Description: Dolpo Rinpoche tells the community that certain spiritual practices can make us too sensitive and narrow, and thus unable to cope with difficult aspects of our lives. He proceeds to outline a seven-point antidote to this condition. Among the points he covers are the conceptualization of illness and misfortune as a karmic outcome, the importance of renunciation, the inner strength of compassion, and the illusory nature of both suffering and happiness. With engaging precision and humorous anecdotes, Rinpoche provides an outline for a robust and dynamic practice. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche: When is a good time to practice Dharma?

January 30, 2017 - 5:00am
Episode Description: Dolpo Rinpoche begins by thanking everyone who has made it possible for him to travel to the United States, in order to visit Upaya and improve his English. He then explores the concept of Dharma, tracing how the Buddhist meaning of the term arose from the Hindu one. Practicing Dharma in the Buddhist sense means manifesting our body, speech, and mind in a positive way. The tradition or method that is used to accomplish this is irrelevant; what is important is the intention behind one’s actions. Rinpoche suggests that the work day is an especially important time to pay attention to our emotions and our intentions. Finally, he invokes the tumultuous nature of our present time—developing “immeasurable compassion” is more important than ever. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

Joshin Byrnes & Irene Kaigetsu Bakker & Genzan Quennell: Appreciate Your Life

January 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
Episode Description: Sensei Kaigetsu congratulates the new senseis, Sensei Joshin and Sensei Genzan, and discusses Dharma transmission. Sensei Joshin extends a warm welcome to a group of new residents. He then spends some time examining Maezumi Roshi’s injunction to “appreciate your life,” asking us, “have we stopped appreciating our lives?” “We beat ourselves up for our unhappiness,” he says, describing the way all of us magnify our suffering. “When you consider the amount of things to make an event happen, says Sensei Genzan, “the idea that anything else could be happening is absurd. Think of all the people and things that helped you get here. All of that comes together in gassho.” To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: A Different Kind of Radical

January 23, 2017 - 5:00am
Episode Description: Sensei Joshin Byrnes begins by acknowledging that the residents and guests are entering a sesshin devoted to the Ox Herding Pictures, during what promises to be a very eventful week, with both the presidential inauguration and global women’s marches taking place. Our task is to see our silence during this time as a "radical act”-- where radical means "going to the root”-- and to perceive what lies beneath the reactivity at the surface of our minds. Sensei Genzan Quennell tells us this week that he is "sitting at the intersection of hope and love." He shares a personal story about the power of nonviolence, before acknowledging the passage of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The reason for his optimism is something Dr. King understood: The connection between militarism, materialism, civil rights, and women's rights. "Pull on any one of them, and the whole thing comes undone." To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: A Mind Gentle and Forbearing

January 16, 2017 - 5:00am
Episode Description: Sensei Joshin Byrnes begins by thanking the sangha for its support during the time that he and Sensei Genzan Quennell were preparing to receive Dharma Transmission from Roshi Joan. He then discusses the “power of the robe,” first by acknowledging the negative aspects of religious authority. He then turns his attention to “the all encompassing robe of liberation.” Rather than a piece of cloth, this refers to “a mind that is gentle and forbearing,” which is “the robe we wear both individually and collectively in our lives.” Sensei Genzan asks himself “how did I get here?” He speaks about the various debts of gratitude he owes, particularly to the women in his life that lead him to the dharma. The Senseis invite the sangha to join the residents at the Santa Fe Women’s March, which will take place the day after the presidential inauguration. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.

Joshin Byrnes & Genzan Quennell: The Whole of the Spiritual Life

January 9, 2017 - 5:00am
Episode Description: Joshin Byrnes and Genzan Quennell discuss the nature of friendship. Joshin begins by exploring the distinction that constitutes “spiritual” friendship. “Sometimes we offer our friends diamonds,” he says, “and sometimes we offer our friends lotuses.” He then shares an account of a conversation between Ananda and the Buddha, in which the Buddha tells his attendant that “the whole of the spiritual life is about friendship.” Genzan lists seven qualities which a worthwhile friend embodies. He also discusses his spiritual friendship with Joshin, and shares a teaching from Sesame Street. To help keep these podcasts freely available, we hope you will consider making a suggested donation of $25 to our Dharma Podcast Fund.