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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

 

23 – How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts Part 2

23 – How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts Part 2

In this episode, I continue with the story of the Theravadin precepts (see Part 1 for the first part of the story) – particularly how the Vinaya has affected the ordination of monks and nuns, and how lay people participate in precept practice Then we move on to China, and I talk about how the

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22 – How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts Part 1

22 – How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts Part 1

Many people are unaware that, from the beginning, Buddhism has said as much about how you should behave in your daily life as it does about meditation or study In this episode, I cover the first Buddhist teachings about moral conduct, and then talk about the evolution of the Buddhist precepts, including the code of discipline for fully ordained monks and nuns

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21 – Sesshin: 24-7 Silent Meditation Retreats

21 – Sesshin: 24-7 Silent Meditation Retreats

Buddhists all over the world regularly gather for silent meditation retreats with a 24-7 schedule In this episode I describe a Zen retreat, or sesshin, including what a typical day is like, and the challenges and rewards of maintaining silence and meditating for 6-10 hours a day

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