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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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Clark Strand: HAIKU: The Art of Writing “Playful” Verse

February 11, 2019 - 5:00am
Episode Description: In this talk, Clark Strand speaks about the history of Haiku, how we might define it, and how he came to practice it. The word Haiku translates to “playful verse.” The best Haiuku, Clark says, “demonstrate what I would call profound play, meaning that they say something significant while appearing to say almost nothing.” […]

Matthew Kozan Palevsky: SESSHIN: Four Great Vows (Part 3 of 4)

February 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Episode Description: In this episode, Matthew Kozan Palevsky discusses boundlessness and reality. “Reality is all things as they are,” he says. In boundlessness, nothing is excluded. Kozan also reads a fascicle by Zen Master Dogen called, “Reality of All Things.” Dogen poses an interesting question, he asks, “can we get out of the way of the world worlding?” […]

Joshin Byrnes: SESSHIN: Four Great Vows (Part 2 of 4)

February 9, 2019 - 11:00am
Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Joshin Byrnes lists and speaks about the six factors of delusion. These include karmic inheritance, objects or things, the influence of people and culture around us, the following of false teachings, habits, and mistaken conceptualizations. He also discusses different ways in which we might see through delusion. For Series description, please visit […]

Matthew Kozan Palevsky: SESSHIN: Four Great Vows (Part 1 of 4)

February 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
Series Description:In this series, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Matthew Kozan Palevsky discuss the Four Great Bodhisattva Vows as they relate to the Four Noble Truths, to teachings from the Pali Canon, and to stories from day to day life. The Four Great Bodhisattva Vows are not so much about objectives which we might attain. Instead, they […]

Joshin Byrnes: The Embrace of the Bodhisattva

February 4, 2019 - 5:00am
(Zazenkai 3) Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Joshin Byrnes first notes how Zen has historically flourished as a result of sociopolitical upheaval. In today’s world, current events such as the Women’s March raise important questions. Joshin asks, “How do we cultivate a mind that allows us to meet, with relevance, the unique challenges and opportunities of […]

Matthew Kozan Palevsky: The Four Great Bodhisattva Vows: Gifts of a Bodhisattva

January 28, 2019 - 5:30am
Episode Description: In this talk, Matthew Kozan Palevsky discusses the characteristics of the Bodhisattva archetype. Kozan says, “A Bodhisattva is a being who is dedicated to relieving the suffering of the world.” Avalokitesvara and Manjusri are two of the most well-known archetypes who embody the notion of compassionate action in the world. Avalokitesvara, for example, has […]

Matthew Kozan Palevsky: The Great Bodhisattva Vows Embedded in the Four Noble Truths

January 28, 2019 - 5:00am
(Zazenkai 2) Episode Description: In this talk, Matthew Kozan Palevsky takes a closer look at The Four Great Vows. He notes some of the similarities between the Four Great Vows and the Four Noble Truths, and he discusses potential ways of working with the Vows as seen from this perspective. For example, if creations are synonymous with […]

Joshin Byrnes: A Really Big Vow

January 21, 2019 - 5:00am
Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Joshin Byrnes speaks about Practice Period and The Four Great Bodhisattva Vows. Joshin asks some fundamental questions: what is it like to step into the mind of vow, and what is the process of living by vow? In order to begin answering some of these questions, he uses the Jataka […]

Joshin Byrnes & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Living by Vow

January 14, 2019 - 5:00am
(Zazenkai 1) Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Matthew Kozan Palevsky ask the question, what is vow and how does it show up in our lives? The talk explores the difference between living by vow and by karma, the unattainable design of the Four Great Vows, the embodiment of vow, and the underlying motivations […]

Joshin Byrnes & Matthew Kozan Palevsky: Introduction to Winter Practice Period: The Four Great Bodhisattva Vows

January 12, 2019 - 10:40am
Episode Description: In this talk, Sensei Joshin Byrnes and Matthew Kozan Palevsky introduce practice period by explaining some of the history behind it, and what it might mean for practitioners now. They also emphasize the theme of this practice period, the Four Great Bodhisattva vows. Practice period is just about community and living together, “together action.” […]

Lama Tsultrim Allione: Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine

January 7, 2019 - 5:00am
Episode Description: In this talk, Lama Tsultrim Allione leads a unique combination of discussion, visualization, and chanting which stems from the Tibetan Mandala of the Five Dakinis. Lama Tsultrim introduces the five feminine Dakini archetypes, as well as their associated “seed syllables.” This talk is a guided exploration of sound and visualization. As Lama Tsultrim says, […]

Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: ROHATSU: Four Noble Truths (Part 6 of 6)

January 5, 2019 - 4:16pm
Episode Description: In this episode, Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi discuss such notions as dissatisfaction with ourselves and our lives, the role of anger, the “four reliances,” being versus practicing the four noble truths, and the realization of “grandmother’s heart.” For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, […]

Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi: ROHATSU: Four Noble Truths (Part 5 of 6)

January 4, 2019 - 4:32pm
Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, and Roshi Enkyo O’Hara talk about Roshi Bernie Glassman’s life’s work, as well as the Lotus Sutra. Sensei Kaz elaborates on Bernie’s work in Yonkers, New York, his street retreats, and his bearing witness retreats in Auschwitz. Roshi Enkyo relates a story about the Bodhisattva “Never-Disparaging” from the Lotus […]

Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: ROHATSU: Four Noble Truths (Part 4 of 6)

January 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Roshi Joan Halifax explore such notions as the paradox of particularity, being plain and simple, being a great fool, the intimacy of awakening, and the characterization of transformation. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya Podcast […]

Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi: ROHATSU: Four Noble Truths (Part 3 of 6)

January 2, 2019 - 5:35pm
Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Roshi Enkyo O’Hara discuss lessons learned from the potential for death. Sensei Kaz asserts, “How you want to die is how you should want to live.” Roshi Enkyo talks about the difference between a reactive mind and a wise mind. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access […]

Natalie Goldberg & Katie Arnold: The Zen of Running

December 31, 2018 - 5:00am
Episode Description: In this talk, Natalie Goldberg and Katie Arnold discuss their friendship, the influence of Zen practice in their lives, and Katie’s powerful story about winning the Leadville 100, an ultramarathon race. Katie discusses how Zen practice and philosophy helped her to keep running, initially during an arduous recovery from a broken leg and then […]

Kaz Tanahashi & Joan Halifax: ROHATSU: Four Noble Truths (Part 2 of 6)

December 30, 2018 - 5:00pm
Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Roshi Joan Halifax discuss what continuous practice means and how enlightenment is not separate from practice. Roshi Joan emphasizes the cultivation of bodhicitta and the power of bearing witness. For Series description, please visit Part 1. To access the entire series, please click on the link below: Upaya […]

Enkyo O'Hara & Kaz Tanahashi: ROHATSU: Four Noble Truths (Part 1 of 6)

December 29, 2018 - 5:01pm
Series Description: In this series, Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi discuss the fundamental Buddhist teachings, “the four noble truths.” Rohatsu is a special time which annually commemorates the enlightenment of the historical Buddha. These talks explore such themes as “continuous mistake,” unselfish intentions, “meticulous effort,” awakening, and intimacy. Episode Description: In this episode, Sensei […]