Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) – Considered the founder of Soto Zen Buddhism in Japan, Dogen traveled to China to study Zen and ended up receiving transmission in the Cao-Dong lineage of Zen. A prolific writer whose teachings have become widely studied only in the last century.
- 24 – Deepen Your Zazen by Not Getting Stuck in Satisfaction or DissatisfactionIt'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 compare zazen to walking on a tightrope - the instructions are simple, but actually doing it is challenging and requires experience, effort, and attention.
- 25 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen's “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 1Zen demands that we engage our everyday activities, particularly work, as spiritual practice. Few writings describe Zen work practice as well as Zen master Dogen’s “Tenzokyokun,” or “Instructions to the Tenzo” (a tenzo being the head cook in a monastery), so I’ll use this short text to frame my presentation. Although the Tenzokyokun describes the work of a specialized role within a Zen monastery, its teachings about taking care, serving others, appreciating everything, and becoming one with your work are relevant to everyone, no matter what their work or life circumstances.
- 26 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen's “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 2This episode is part 2 of “Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook.” In this episode I take you through five ways to engage your work as spiritual practice, based on Dogen’s teaching.
- 4 - Zazen Part 2: How to Deal with Thinking, Stay Engaged, and Maintain a PracticeIf you’ve tried zazen (or any other kind of meditation), you’ll know that even if you really want to meditate, and you fully intend to be present without agenda for the whole period of meditation, you’re still liable to get caught up in thinking – usually many, many times over the course of a meditation period. What can you do about it? In this episode, I cover how to deal with stimulus-independent thinking during meditation, how to stay engaged and energetic while doing a practice that’s essentially doing nothing, and how to maintain a zazen practice over time.