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I offer most of the content on the Zen Studies Podcast for free, because I want the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) to be available to everyone. Plus, I enjoy creating episodes – audio and text – about this ancient, incredibly rich spiritual tradition.

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Recent Episodes

 

41 – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 4: Moon in a Dewdrop and Views of the Ocean

41 – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 4: Moon in a Dewdrop and Views of the Ocean

In this 4th episode of 5 on Zen master Dogen’s Genjokoan (written in 1233), I discuss the image of the moon reflected in a dewdrop (ultimate reality reflected/realized by a limited person), and the metaphor of different experiences of the ocean (the nature of relative and absolute truths).

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40 – Being Beneficial Instead of Right: The Buddhist Concept of Skillful Means

40 – Being Beneficial Instead of Right: The Buddhist Concept of Skillful Means

The Buddhist concept of “upaya,” skillful or expedient means, arose around the dawn of the common era – about 2,000 years ago. It emphasizes that even if we possess wisdom, when we want to share it with other beings and help them, it’s not so easy to do so. We need to be patient, creative, and compassionate so they will be able to hear, accept, and act on what we have to share.

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39 – Buddhist History 7: Indian Buddhism After the Buddha – The First 200 Years

39 – Buddhist History 7: Indian Buddhism After the Buddha – The First 200 Years

This episode, the 7th in my sequential Buddhist History series, covers the first 200 years or so of Buddhism, beginning with the traditional account of events immediately after the Buddha’s passing. Then I describe how the ordained Sangha met to compile and codify his teachings and their code of discipline, and eventually began dividing into different sects and schools. This is a fascinating story that reflects what really mattered to early Buddhists.

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