The Zen Studies Podcast

Upcoming Episodes (subject to change):

I regularly rearrange this schedule, so top 2-3 topics in each category reflect my plans in the near future. I plan to take off 9 weeks throughout the year, and therefore produce 43 episodes annually. Become a member to support my work! – Domyo

Buddhist History
Buddhist Practices
Buddhist Teachings
Buddhist Texts
Dharma Talks
Zen Teachings

Buddhist History:

  • Ancient Indian Buddhism: Stupas and the Cult of Devotion
  • Ancient Indian Buddhism: Monastic and Scholastic Activities
  • Ancient Indian Buddhism: Origins of the Mahayana
  • Origins and Early Development of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
  • Early Development of Mahayana Buddhism, 100 BCE – 100 CE
  • Women in Buddhism, Buddhism and Women
  • Lay Versus Ordained: History of a Buddhist Conundrum
  • Flowering, Decline and Rebirth of Indian Buddhism in the Common Era
  • Further Development of Mahayana in India, Including Major Sutras
  • Transmission of Buddhism throughout SE Asia & the History of Sri Lankan Buddhism
  • History of Buddhism in Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Thailand
  • Tibetan Buddhism I: The First Propagation and the Development of Tantric Buddhism (700-900 CE)
  • Tibetan Buddhism II – Second Propagation until Modern Day, and an Example of Tantric Practice

Buddhist Practices (things Buddhists do):

  • Moment by Moment: Buddhist Practice Off the Cushion
  • Buddhist Chanting: What’s It All About and Why Do We Do It?
  • Bowing in Buddhism: What’s It All About and Why Do We Do It?
  • Buddhist Altars: Their Purpose and Meaning
  • Buddhist Ceremonies: Vesak, Festival of Buddha’s Birth
  • Bodhisattva Precepts: Practicing with a Moral Code in Everyday Life
  • The Five Wisdom Energies: A Vajrayana Teaching about Transforming Personality
  • An Overview of Zen As It’s Practiced in the West
  • Buddhism as Religion: What Does That Mean If It Doesn’t Involve a Deity?

Buddhist Teachings:

  • The Perfection of Forbearance: Peace of Mind when Life Gets Tough
  • The Buddha’s Teachings: The Five Skandhas or Aggregates
  • The Bodhisattva Ideal and Archetypal Bodhisattvas
  • Buddhist Teachings on Social Responsibility and Harmony
  • The Buddha’s Teachings: Nirvana, or Complete Liberation
  • Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva and the Power of Compassion
  • The Buddhist Teachings on Emptiness: From Anatta to Shunyata
  • How Buddhists Should Behave: Evolution of the Buddhist Precepts Part 3 (Japan)
  • The Truth Sets You Free: The Importance of Insight in Buddhism
  • The Six (or Ten) Paramitas
  • How Vow Is Central to Buddhism and Zen
  • What Is Enlightenment? Separating the Myths from the Truth
  • What the Heck Is Buddha-Nature?
  • Helpful and Harmful Forms of Pleasure

Buddhist Texts:

  • The Harmony of Difference and Sameness
  • The Dhammapada: History, Content and Importance to Buddhism
  • The Precious Mirror Samadhi
  • The Daihishin Dharani
  • The Universal Gateway of Compassion (Kanzeon Sutra)
  • An Introduction to the Pali Canon
  • Prajnaparamita Sutra in 8,000 Lines
  • Mahaparinirvana Sutra
  • Vimalakirti Sutra
  • The Lotus Sutra
  • The Avatamsaka Sutra
  • The Diamond Sutra
  • The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Ancestor
  • The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
  • Hongzhi’s Cultivating the Empty Field
  • Dogen’s Bendowa, Fukanzazengi, Tenzokyokun, Uji, Zazenshin, Bussho, and Other Writings
  • Keizan’s Denkoroku and Zazen-yojin-ki
  • Seng-T’san’s Faith in Mind

Dharma Talks:

  • Three Major Changes We’ve Made to Buddhism in the West (Individualism, Psychology, Egalitarianism)
  • When X Happens, What Is Your “Practice?”
  • Learning to Be Your Own Teacher over Years of Hard Practice
  • The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures (Stages of Practice When You’re Going Nowhere)
  • Reconciling the Absolute and Relative in Your Life


  • Zazen as Enactment Ritual
  • Beyond Thinking: Giving Up the Struggle Against Thoughts in Meditation
  • Zazen as a Somatic (Embodied) Experience
  • The Dharma Gate of Joyful Ease: Zazen Is Not Meditation Practice
  • Sitting As If Your Hair Is on Fire (Cultivating Wholeheartedness and Passion)
  • Two Aspects of Zazen: Calm Abiding and Insight
  • Meditation Practice over a Lifetime (or How to Keep It Up)

Zen Teachings:

  • The Soto Zen “Koan Arises in Everyday Life”
  • The Zen Approach to Afflictive Emotions
  • Soto Versus Rinzai: Two Sides of Zen Practice
  • Kensho: Seeing the True Nature of Self
  • The Big Deal about Teachers, Dharma Ancestors, and Lineage in Zen
  • Emptiness: Describing an Experience, Not a Concept
  • Absolute and Relative – An Introduction to Why Everything’s Okay Even When It’s Not

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