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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

 

16 – Sangha: The Joys, Challenges, and Value of Practicing in a Buddhist Community

16 – Sangha: The Joys, Challenges, and Value of Practicing in a Buddhist Community

Is it really necessary to participate in a Sangha, or Buddhist community What are the benefits, joys, and challenges of doing so You may be surprised by some of the aspects of Sangha practice I talk about in this episode (it's not all about enjoying the pleasant company of enlightened people!)

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15 – To Study Buddhism Is to Study the Self (and Why That’s Not Selfish)

15 – To Study Buddhism Is to Study the Self (and Why That’s Not Selfish)

Liberation from self-concern is central to all forms of Buddhism, although the methods used to achieve that liberation differ widely In this episode, I present a classic Zen teaching on not-self: Zen Master Dogen’s statement that “to study Buddhism is to study the self” and "to study the self is to forget the self"

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14 – Buddha’s Teachings Part 1: The Three Marks and the Teaching of Not-Self (Anatta)

14 – Buddha’s Teachings Part 1: The Three Marks and the Teaching of Not-Self (Anatta)

This episode explains several of the Buddha's first teachings: the Three Marks and the teaching of Anatta, or Not-Self From the beginning, the Buddha's teachings featured the Three Marks, or Characteristics, of Existence: anicca (impermanence), dukkha (dissatisfactoriness), and anatta (not-self) Here I introduce the Three Characteristics and then go into the teaching of not-self in detail - what it means and doesn't mean For example, did you know the Buddha did not teach that we have no self

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