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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

 

31 – Six Realms of Existence Part 3: Hungry Ghost and Human Realms

31 – Six Realms of Existence Part 3: Hungry Ghost and Human Realms

In this third episode of a 3-part series on the Buddhist teaching of the Six Realms of Existence, I describe the Hungry Ghost and Human Realms I continue offering a traditional, mythological account of the realms, followed by a section about how to practice with each realm as a particular mind state you might experience in the course of your daily life

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30 – Six Realms of Existence Part 2: Asura, Beast, and Hell Realms

30 – Six Realms of Existence Part 2: Asura, Beast, and Hell Realms

In this 2nd episode of a 3-part series, I cover the Asura (fighting demigod), Beast, and Hell Realms I continue offering a traditional, mythological account of the realms, followed by a section about how to practice with each realm as a particular mind state you might experience in the course of your daily life

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29 – Six Realms of Existence Part 1: Introduction and the Heaven Realm

29 – Six Realms of Existence Part 1: Introduction and the Heaven Realm

In this episode, part 1 of 3, I explain the Buddhist teaching of the Six Realms of Existence, also known as the Wheel of Life, or the Wheel of Samsara I share the rich mythology and imagery of this teaching while explaining how it can be a useful teaching for everyday life independent of a belief in literal rebirth In this first episode I introduce the overall teaching and talk about the Heaven Realm 

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