Dharma Audio

Who Is the Other?
Michael Wenger


Source: Audio Dharma

Dogen's Four Embracing Factors
Alan Senauke

Alan teaches a fascile from Dogen's Shobogenzo, Bodaisatta-Shishobo (The Bodhisattva's Four Embracing Actions).

Source: Audio Dharma

What Is Zen?
D.T. Suzuki


An excerpt from D.T. Suzuki'sl introduction to the concepts and philosophy of Zen Buddhism. He describes what it is, how it began and evolved, and how its emphasis on simplicity and self-effacement have helped shape an aesthetic found throughout Japanese culture. (Narrator: Christopher Reed)


Source: Learn Out Loud

Beginner's Mind
Mel Weitsman

Source: San Francisco Zen Center

Sunfaced Buddha
Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan explores the koan of Sunfaced Buddha, Moonfaced Buddha. Master Ma is ill, and his accountant comes visits him and asks him how he is doing. Master Ma replied: Sunfaced Buddha, Moonfaced Buddha. She explores with students why it is that the accountant is present in this koan. Who is this "accountant" to us.

She then goes into the elements that support our spiritual maturation, i.e. make it possible for us to hold equally: sunfaced, moonfaced buddha. These elements include having a strong container, teacher, practice, and community.

Source: Upaya Zen Center

Ryokan and the Way of the Heart
Eido Roshi

Eido Roshi gives personal insight into the way of begging and ownership. She has a powerful premise - it's not new, but we have to constantly remind ourselves: we don't own anything. Nothing actually belongs to us. We simply use goods while we are alive. Not only does this empower us to give freely in a material sense, but it also teaches us to give in spirit to our own lives with every ounce of energy.

Source: Upaya Zen Center

Zen Koans
Norman Fischer

On koan study in the context of Soto Zen and the idea of Everyday Zen practice.

Source: Everyday Zen Foundation

Sound of Emptiness
Shohaku Okumura

Dogen uses a poem about a windbell in his commentary on the Heart Sutra to talk about prajna (wisdom) in our practice. Our zazen is like a windbell. In any conditions we try to make the sound of emptiness, the sound of prajna.

Source: Clouds in Water Zen Center

Kobun Chino

Rare audio of Kobun Chino

Source: Kobun sama

The Three Tenets
Egyoku Wendy Nakao Roshi

The Three Tenets recast the Buddhist Three Pure Precepts to express the truth that appropriate action arises from our practice. That practice means letting go of what we know and bearing witness to life. Out of that trust, action will arise which will serve everyone.

Source: Clouds in Water Zen Center

True Dharma Eye
Chozen Bays

Source: Great Vow Zen Monastery

Memories and Experiences of Suzuki Roshi
Yvonne Rand & Mel Weitsman

Source: San Francisco Zen Center

Prajna Paramita and Impermanence
Jordan Thorn

Source: San Francisco Zen Center

A Thousand Hands and a Thousand Eye
Victoria Austin

Source: San Francisco Zen Center

Melting, Buring, Disolving
Sensei Sevan Ross

Source: Chicago Zen Center

Dogen's Natural World Poetry
Kaz Tanahashi

All my life/
false and real/
right and wrong/
playing with the moon/
ridiculing wind/
listening to birds./
many years wasted/
seeing the mountain covered with snow./
this winter i suddenly realized/
snow makes a mountain.

Kaz suggests that here snow might possibly be related to dreams and the dream of this life. Roshi Joan talks of and gives examples from an unpublished work–the product of Kaz and Roshi Joan–called “Sublime Defeat.” showing that while there are many manifestations of the Buddha, these “dharmas” are interconnected.

Source: Upaya Zen Center

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