The Zen Studies Podcast

Buddhist Study Subjects

Active Bodhicitta (Tangible Bodhisattva Action to Free All Beings)
Buddha’s Teachings
Buddhist History: Chronological
Buddhist History: Life of Shakyamuni
Dogen’s Teachings
Emotions
The Ineffable and Awakening
The Nature of Buddhist Practice
Precepts
Six Realms of Existence (Wheel of Life, Wheel of Samsara)
Sutras/Suttas
Traditional Buddhist/Zen Practices
Zazen and Meditation

 

Active Bodhicitta (Tangible Bodhisattva Action to Free All Beings)

Buddhists: It’s Time to Address the Climate Emergency
Talk at San Francisco Zen Center: A Sermon for Buddhists in the Climate Crisis
Engaging Our Climate Emergency as a Koan and Opportunity
Active Hope: Finding and Enacting Our Best Response to the World’s Suffering
Crisis Buddhism: Sustainable Bodhisattva Practice in a World on Fire – Part 1
Bearing Witness: Exposing Ourselves to the Suffering in the World (Crisis Buddhism Part 2)
Taking Action: Getting Out of the House and Helping Others (Crisis Buddhism Part 3)
Sustainable Bodhisattva Practice when the World is (Literally) on Fire
Three Ingredients for a Generous Life in a Crazy World
Bearing Witness without Burning Out
Declaring a Climate War and What That Means to a Buddhist

Buddha’s Teachings

Buddha’s Teachings 1: The Three Marks and the Teaching of Not-Self (Anatta)
Buddha’s Teachings 2: The Four Noble Truths
Buddha’s Teachings 3: The Noble Eightfold Path
Buddha’s Teachings 4: Right Speech – Factual, Helpful, Kind, Pleasant, and Timely
Buddha’s Teachings 5: Karma, the Law of Moral Cause-and-Effect
Buddha’s Teachings 6: The Three Poisons as the Root of All Evil
Buddha’s Teachings 7: The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 1 (Intro)
Buddha’s Teachings 8: The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 2 (Metta)
Buddha’s Teachings 9: The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 3 (Karuna, Mudita, Upekkha)
Buddha’s Teachings 10: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Buddha’s Teachings 11: The Five Hindrances – Part 1 (Introduction)
Buddha’s Teachings 12: The Five Hindrances – Part 2 (Worldly Desire and Ill-will)
Buddha’s Teachings 13: The Five Hindrances – Part 3
Buddha’s Teachings 14: The Five Skandhas as Focus for the Practice of Not-Self (Anatta)
Buddha’s Teachings 15: Nibbana (Nirvana) as the Ultimate Goal

Buddhist History: Chronological

Buddhist History 1: Arising of Buddhism Part 1 of 2 – Historical and Religious Context
Buddhist History 2: Arising of Buddhism Part 2 of 2 – New Religious Developments
Buddhist History 3: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 1 – Birth through Homeleaving
Buddhist History 4: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 2 – Before and After Enlightenment
Buddhist History 5: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 3 – Early Teaching and Sangha
Buddhist History 6: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 4 – More Teachings and Stories
Buddhist History 7: Indian Buddhism After the Buddha – The First 200 Years
Buddhist History 8&9: Aśoka, First Buddhist Emperor – Facts and Legend
Buddhist History 10: Early Indian Buddhism – Stupas and Devotional Practice – Part 1

Buddhist History: Life of Shakyamuni

Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 1 – Birth through Homeleaving
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 2 – Before and After Enlightenment
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 3 – Early Teaching and Sangha
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 4 – More Teachings and Stories

Dogen’s Teachings

Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 1
Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 2
Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 1: Non-Duality, Intimacy, and Enlightenment
Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 2: Our Experience of Absolute and Relative
Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 3: Seeking, Self-Nature, and the Matter of Life-and-Death
Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 4: Moon in a Dewdrop and Views of the Ocean
Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 5: Birds Fly, Fish Swim, a Zen Master Waves a Fan
Dogen’s Bendowa Part 1: What’s the Big Deal about Zazen?
Dogen’s Bendowa Part 2: Inconceivable Dharma, Practice, and Realization
Dogen’s Shishobo: The Four Ways Bodhisattvas Embrace Living Beings – Part 1
Dogen’s “Four Ways Bodhisattvas Embrace Living Beings” – Part 2 – Giving
Dogen’s “Four Ways Bodhisattvas Embrace Living Beings” – Part 3 – Loving Words
Dogen’s Four Ways Bodhisattvas Embrace Living Beings – Part 4 – Beneficial Action
Dogen’s Four Ways Bodhisattvas Embrace Living Beings – Part 5 – Identity Action
Is This IT? Dogen’s Everyday Activity (Kajo) – Part 1
True Satisfaction: Dogen’s Everyday Activity (Kajo) – Part 2

Emotions

Dealing with Fear, Anger, and Hatred as a Buddhist
Buddhist Practice: Dealing with Intrusive Thoughts and Emotions
Five Steps for Positive Change without Waging War on the Self
Samvega and Pasada: Two Buddhist Emotions Indispensable for Practice
Why Your (Real) Happiness Benefits Others
Brightening the Mind: Refusing to be Tyrannized by Negative States
Practicing with Fear in Buddhism
Grief in Buddhism 1: Buddhist Teachings on Grief and the Danger of Spiritual Bypassing
Grief in Buddhism 2: Some Buddhist Practices Helpful for Facing and Integrating Grief
Buddhist Images of Fierceness and Compassionate Anger
The Dharma of Staying Calm When Facing Challenges

The Ineffable and Awakening

It-with-a-Capital-I: The Zen Version of God
The Koan of Awakening: Do You Know the Essential Truth Yet, Or Not?
The Practical Value of Awakening to the Absolute Aspect of Reality
Facing Impermanence? Fortunately, Buddhism Is All About Life and Death
Suchness: Awakening to the Preciousness of Things-As-It-Is
The Experience of Enlightenment and Why It’s for All of Us
Unconditional Strength and Gratitude: The Medicine of Suchness

The Nature of Buddhist Practice

How Does Zen Buddhism Fit Within the Context of Buddhism as a Whole?
What Is “Zen Practice” Anyway?
What Zen “Acceptance” and “Non-Attachment” Really Are
To Study Buddhism Is to Study the Self (and Why That’s Not Selfish)
Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook”
The Practice of Not-Knowing: Relief, Intimacy, and Ground for Effective Action
The Two Sides of Practice: Samadhi Power and Karma Relationship
You Don’t Need to Improve or Get Anything to Fulfill the Buddha Way
Taking Care of Our Lives: More About the Karma Relationship Side of Practice
I Shouldn’t Feel Like This: A Practitioner’s Conundrum
Nine Fields of Zen Practice 1: Zazen, Dharma Study, and Cultivating Insight
Nine Fields of Zen Practice 2: Precepts, Opening the Heart, and Connecting with the Ineffable
Nine Fields of Zen Practice 3: Nyoho, Karma Work, and Bodhisattva Activity
Why Is Self-Esteem Essential When the Self is Empty?
Sustainable Buddhist Practice: Creating Form But Keeping It Flexible
No Matter What Happens to You, You Have Choice in the Matter
Ebb and Flow in Buddhist Practice: Cycles of Energy, Inspiration, and Focus
Am I a Good Buddhist?
If You’re Not Making Mistakes, You’re Not Practicing
Looking to Buddhism to Support Values and Beliefs We Already Hold
Five Requirements for Effective Practice with Any Issue
The Profound and Difficult Practice of Putting Everything Down
A Story of My Spiritual Journey Part 1: Conveyor Belt to Death
A Story of My Spiritual Journey Part 2: Why I Think Buddhism Is Awesome
A Story of My Spiritual Journey Part 3: A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of Despair

Precepts

How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts – Part 1
How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts – Part 2
Taking Refuge and Precepts: The Significance of Becoming a Buddhist – Part 1
Taking Refuge and Precepts: The Significance of Becoming a Buddhist – Part 2
The Buddhist Moral Precepts as a Practice for Studying the Buddha Way

Six Realms of Existence (Wheel of Life, Wheel of Samsara)

Six Realms of Existence Part 1: Introduction and the Heaven Realm
Six Realms of Existence Part 2: Asura, Beast, and Hell Realms
Six Realms of Existence Part 3: Hungry Ghost and Human Realms

Sutras/Suttas

Twelve Pali Canon Suttas Every Buddhist Should Know – Part 1
Twelve Pali Canon Suttas Every Buddhist Should Know – Part 2
Twelve Pali Canon Suttas Every Buddhist Should Know – Part 3
The Heart Sutra Part 1: Introduction to the Most Common Mahayana Text
The Heart Sutra Part 2: Line by Line Explanation, Continued
Lotus Sutra 1: What Is Devotion, and How Does It Fulfill the Buddha Way?
Lotus Sutra 2: Wake Up! The Parable of the Burning House
Lotus Sutra 3: This Means YOU – The Lost Son Parable
Avatamsaka Sutra – Each One of Us Has Unique Bodhisattva Gifts to Offer
Lotus Sutra 4: Parable of the Plants – Superior, Middling, or Inferior Beings and the Dharma

Traditional Buddhist/Zen Practices

The Three Treasures of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Is Buddhism Religious, Spiritual, or Secular?
Relating to Buddhist Teachings 1: Their Abundance, Diversity & Authenticity
Relating to Buddhist Teachings 2: Wrestling with the Teachings
Zen Forms (Customs and Rituals) and Why They Matter

The Value of Buddhist Prayer: Paradox of Prayer in a Nontheistic Spiritual Tradition
Sesshin: 24-7 Silent Meditation Retreats
How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts
Taking Refuge and Precepts: The Significance of Becoming a Buddhist
Lineage in Buddhism: The Intersection Between the Individual and the Collective Tradition
Profound, Practical, Mutable: Dharma Transmission in Zen
Do You Need a Zen or Buddhist Teacher?
Nyoho: Making Even Our Smallest, Mundane Actions Accord with the Dharma
The Buddhist Practice of Vow: Giving Shape to Our Lives
The Parinirvana Ceremony and the Teaching of the Buddha’s Dying and Death
The Wesak Ceremony: Celebrating and Expressing Gratitude for Our Teachers

 

Zazen & Meditation

Zazen (Seated Meditation) Part 1: What Zazen Is and How to Do It
Zazen Part 2: How to Deal with Thinking, Stay Engaged, and Maintain a Practice
Sesshin: 24-7 Silent Meditation Retreats
Deepen Your Zazen by Not Getting Stuck in Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction
Listener’s Questions: The Teaching of Rebirth and Too Much Thinking During Zazen
How to Guide Your Own Meditation Part 1: Do Something, Don’t Just Fall Asleep
How to Guide Your Own Meditation Part 2: First-Person Stories
Dogen’s Bendowa Part 1: What’s the Big Deal about Zazen?
Shikantaza: Having the Guts to Just Sit and Let Go of Doing Anything
The Soto Zen Goal of Goallessness: How to Awaken Without Trying
Buddha’s Teachings 10: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Four Foundations of Mindfulness Practice and Similarities in Zen
Two Paths to Meditative Concentration: Directed Effort Versus Letting Go – Part 1 and Part 2
A Zazen Pamphlet: Essential (and Brief) Instructions for the Practice of Zazen
Clarification: It’s Okay to Use Multiple Types of Meditation
Meditation Is NOT About Stopping Thoughts
Mini Episode – A Four “S” Approach to Shikantaza: Sit Upright, Still, Silent, Simply Be
Zazen as the Dharma Gate of Joyful Ease
Active Receptivity in Zazen: Surrounded by a Symphony
The Profound and Difficult Practice of Putting Everything Down

 

 

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