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Recent Episodes

 

26 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 2

26 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 2

This episode is part 2 of “Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” (“Instructions to the Cook” is an essay Dogen in 1237, known as the Tenzokyokun in Japanese – the head cook of the monastery is called a “tenzo”) In the last episode, I introduced you to the concept of

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25 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 1

25 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 1

Most people are aware that Zen involves meditation Many are also aware – especially if they’ve spent any time practicing at a temple or Zen center – that it involves following a set of moral guidelines called the precepts Fewer people are familiar with the way Zen demands that we engage our everyday activities, particularly

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24 – Deepen Your Zazen by Not Getting Stuck in Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction

24 – Deepen Your Zazen by Not Getting Stuck in Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction

It’s tempting, particularly in Mahayana Buddhism, to get stuck in a kind of superficial satisfaction with your zazen and practice Of course, it’s possible to get stuck in dissatisfaction as well In this episode I walk you through four steps to deepen your zazen by using your dissatisfaction as guide for your efforts I also

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