The Zen Studies Podcast

Episodes in Release Order

1 – How Does Zen Buddhism Fit Within the Context of Buddhism as a Whole?

2 – The Three Treasures of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

3 – Zazen (Seated Meditation) Part 1: What Zazen Is and How to Do It

4 – Zazen Part 2: How to Deal with Thinking, Stay Engaged, and Maintain a Practice

5 – Buddhist History 1: Arising of Buddhism Part 1 of 2 – Historical and Religious Context

6 – Buddhist History 2: Arising of Buddhism Part 2 of 2 – New Religious Developments

7 – Dharma Talk – Beyond Mindfulness: The Radical Practice of Undivided Presence

8 – It-with-a-Capital-I: The Zen Version of God

9 – Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment: What Did He Realize?

10 – What Is “Zen Practice” Anyway?

11 – Buddhist History 3: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 1 – Birth through Homeleaving

12 – Buddhist History 4: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 2 – Before and After Enlightenment

13 – What Zen “Acceptance” and “Non-Attachment” Really Are

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

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

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

17 – Buddhist History 5: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 3 – Early Teaching and Sangha

18 – Zen Forms (Customs and Rituals) and Why They Matter

19 – The Heart Sutra Part 1: Introduction to the Most Common Mahayana Text

20 – The Heart Sutra Part 2: Line by Line Explanation, Continued

21 – Sesshin: 24-7 Silent Meditation Retreats

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

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

24 – Deepen Your Zazen by Not Getting Stuck in Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction

25 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 1

26 – Work as Spiritual Practice According to Dogen’s “Instructions to the Cook” – Part 2

27 – Buddha’s Teachings Part 2: The Four Noble Truths

28 – Listener’s Questions: The Teaching of Rebirth and Too Much Thinking During Zazen

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

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

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

32 – The Practice of Not-Knowing: Relief, Intimacy, and Ground for Effective Action

33 – Buddhist History 6: Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 4 – More Teachings and Stories

34 – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 1: Non-Duality, Intimacy, and Enlightenment

35 – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 2: Our Experience of Absolute and Relative

36 – Buddha’s Teachings Part 3: The Noble Eightfold Path

37 – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 3: Seeking, Self-Nature, and the Matter of Life-and-Death

38 – The Two Sides of Practice: Samadhi Power and Karma Relationship

39 – Buddhist History 7: Indian Buddhism After the Buddha – The First 200 Years

40 – Being Beneficial Instead of Right: The Buddhist Concept of Skillful Means

41 – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 4: Moon in a Dewdrop and Views of the Ocean

42 – Buddha’s Teachings Part 4: Right Speech – Factual, Helpful, Kind, Pleasant, and Timely

43 – The Value of Buddhist Prayer Part 1: Paradox of Prayer in a Nontheistic Spiritual Tradition

44 – The Value of Buddhist Prayer Part 2: Aid-Seeking If There’s No God

45 – The Value of Buddhist Prayer Part 3: Prayer for Personal Transformation

46 – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 5: Birds Fly, Fish Swim, a Zen Master Waves a Fan

47 – How to Guide Your Own Meditation Part 1: Do Something, Don’t Just Fall Asleep

48 – How to Guide Your Own Meditation Part 2: First-Person Stories

49 – Buddhist History 8: Aśoka, First Buddhist Emperor – Facts and Legend – Part 1

50 – Buddhist History 8: Aśoka, First Buddhist Emperor – Facts and Legend Part 2

51 – Profound, Practical, Mutable: Dharma Transmission in Zen – Part 1

52 – Profound, Practical, Mutable: Dharma Transmission in Zen – Part 2

53 – Buddha’s Teachings Part 5: Karma, the Law of Moral Cause-and-Effect

54 – You Don’t Need to Improve or Get Anything to Fulfill the Buddha Way

55 – Listener’s Questions: Enlightened Behavior, Openings, Chanting, Recommended Books

56 – Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva and the Power of Compassion

57 – Dogen’s Bendowa Part 1: What’s the Big Deal about Zazen?

58 – Dogen’s Bendowa Part 2: Inconceivable Dharma, Practice, and Realization

59 – Buddha’s Teachings Part 6: The Three Poisons as the Root of All Evil

60 – Taking Refuge and Precepts: The Significance of Becoming a Buddhist – Part 1

61 – Taking Refuge and Precepts: The Significance of Becoming a Buddhist – Part 2

62 – Listener’s Questions: Practicing with Mental Illness

63 – Buddha’s Teachings 7: The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 1

64 – Shikantaza: Having the Guts to Just Sit and Let Go of Doing Anything

65 – Dealing with Fear, Anger, and Hatred as a Buddhist

Special Announcement: Launch of the Zen Studies Sangha

66 – Buddha’s Teachings 8: The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 2

67 – Relating to Buddhist Teachings 1: Their Abundance, Diversity & Authenticity

68 – Relating to Buddhist Teachings 2: Wrestling with the Teachings

69 – The Soto Zen Goal of Goallessness: How to Awaken Without Trying

70 – Buddhist Practice: Dealing with Intrusive Thoughts and Emotions

 

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