Readings & Discussions – Audio

Classes are lecture-style followed questions and answers. In Readings & Discussions we read an essay, or excerpts from a chapter in a book, out loud together and then discuss it. If you are interested in listening to Dharma Talks, click here.

Various Readings & Discussions 2016

“Transforming the Heart” by Domyo Burk (9/11/2016)

“The One Left Behind” by Hoko Karnegis (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change, class on 8/30/2016)

“Stages of Practice When You’re Going Nowhere” by Domyo Burk (8/28/2016)

“A Little Bit of Nothing” by Teijo Munnich (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change, class on 8/16/2016)

Dogen’s Fasicle One Bright Pearl (and reading from Brad Warner’s book Don’t Be a Jerk, class on 8/14/2016)

“Rattling Teeth” by Eido Frances Carney (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change, class on 8/9/2016)

“Stewardship: The Bodhisattva Way” by Misha Shungen Merrill (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change, class on 8/2/2016)

Class: How to Do Zazen

(No classes 1 & 2, sorry…)

How To Do Zazen Part 3 of 6 – The Spiritual Practice of Zazen 1 Of 2

How To Do Zazen Part 4 of 6 – The Spiritual Practice of Zazen 2 Of 2

How To Do Zazen Part 5 of 6 – Calm Abiding and Insight – Two Aspects of Zazen

How To Do Zazen Part 6 of 6 – Making Zazen a Lifelong Practice

Dharma Studies Class: Buddhist History & Texts

Dharma Studies Class 1 of 15 – History & Texts – Rise Of Buddhism In India

(No classes 2 & 3, sorry…)

Dharma Studies Class 4 of 15 – History & Texts – India In The Common Era

Dharma Studies Class 5 of 15 – History And Texts – SE Asia

Dharma Studies Class 6 of 15 – History & Texts – The Tibetan Cultural Area & Vajrayana Buddhism

Dharma Studies Class 7 of 15 – History & Texts – Central Asia & Intro of Buddhism to China

Dharma Studies Class 8 of 15 – History & Texts – China 500s – 800s CE, T’ien T’ai And Hua Yen Schools

Dharma Studies Class 9 of 15 – History & Texts – The Development of Pure Land and Chan in China (400-900s)

Various Readings & Discussions 2015:

5-26-2015 – Wright- Six Perfections – Generosity – 1

3-08-2015 – Carlson – Kyogen Carlson on the Cosmic Buddha

Readings & Discussions of Idiot’s Guides: Zen Living by Domyo Burk:

7-22-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Taking it Deeper

6-24-14 – Burk – Zen Living – The Way Things Really Are

6-24-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Fundamental Misunderstanding

6-17-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Four Noble Truths

5-13-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Sangha

5-6-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Samatha & Vipassana

4-29-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Cultivating Insight

4-22-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Karma Work #2 Of 2

4-15-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Karma Work #1 Of 2

4-8-14 – Burk – Zen Living – Precepts #3

Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 6 – Precepts – #2″ – 3-11-14

Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 6 – Precepts – #1″ – 3-4-14

Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 5 – Mindfulness – 2 of 2″ – 2-25-14

Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 5 – Mindfulness – 1 of 2″ – 2-18-14

Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 4 – Zazen: Seated Meditation – 2 of 2″ – 2-11-14

Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 4 – Zazen: Seated Meditation – 1 of 2″ – 2-4-14

Foundational Buddhist & Zen Teachings Class

Foundational Teachings – Buddhas Life As Archetypal Story – 4-7-14

Foundational Teachings – What The Buddha Realized (Anicca, Anatta, Dukkha and the Four Noble Truths) – 4-14-14

Foundational Teachings – The “How” of Buddhist Practice – The Eightfold Path – 4-21-14

Foundational Teachings – Karma and Causality – 4-21-14

Foundational Teachings – The Six Realms – 5-5-14

Foundational Teachings – Hungry Ghost and Human Realms – 5-19-14

Readings & Discussions about the Buddhist Precepts:

  3-10-2015 – Precepts Class- Taking Refuge

6-22-14 – Anderson – Being Upright – Three Treasures Precept

5-4-14 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Lying

4-27-14 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Misusing Sexuality

4-20-14 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Stealing

4-13-14 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Killing

4-6-14 – Anderson – Being Upright – 10 Grave Precepts

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The Third Pure Precept – 3-16-14

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The Second Pure Precept – 3-9-14

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The First Pure Precept – 2 of 2 – 3-2-14

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The First Pure Precept – 1 of 2 – 2-23-14

Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The Three Pure Precepts – 2-16-14

“The Way of Not Knowing: Reflections on the Three Pure Precepts” by James Ford – 2-2-2014 (Link to essay)

The Heart Of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism by John Daido Loori – The Three Treasures – 1-26-14

The Heart Of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism by John Daido Loori – The Contrition Verse – 1-19-14

Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “The Zen Moral Code” – 1-12-14

Readings & Discussions of Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura:

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura, Chapter 7, “All Is One, One Is All: Merging of Difference and Unity,” Part 2 of 2 – 1-28-2014

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura, Chapter 7, “All Is One, One Is All: Merging of Difference and Unity,” Part 1 of 2 – 1-14-2014

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura, Chapter 6, “The Sound of Emptiness: The Heart Sutra.” Part 2 of 2 – 12-10-2013

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura, Chapter 6, “The Sound of Emptiness: The Heart Sutra.” Part 1 of 2 – 11-19-2013

Readings & Discussions of books by Toni Packer:

The Light of Discovery by Toni Packer, “Expectation” – 3-3-14

The Work Of This Moment by Toni Packer, “Listening & Looking” – 12-16-13

The Wonder of Presence by Toni Packer, Chapter 12, “Guilt and Responsibility” – 11-26-2013

The Wonder of Presence by Toni Packer, Chapter 11, “Anger” – 11/12/2013

Readings & Discussions of Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn:

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Two Ways To Think About Meditation” – 2-24-2014

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation – It’s Not What You Think” – 2-10-2014

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “No Attachments” – 2-3-2014

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Odysseus And The Blind Seer” – 1-20-2014

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation Is Everywhere” – 1-13-2014

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation Is Not For Faint-Hearted” – 1-6-14

Readings & Discussions of The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield:

The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield, Chapter 2, “Holding the World in Kindness: A Psychology of Compassion.” – 11-24-2013. According to Kornfield, the second principle of Buddhist psychology is “Compassion is our deepest nature. It arises from our interconnection with all things.”

The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield, Chapter 1, “Nobility: Our Original Goodness.” – 11-17-2013. According to Kornfield, the first principle of Buddhist psychology is “See the inner nobility of beauty of all human beings.”

Other Readings & Discussions (2014 and earlier):

7-27-2014 – Uchiyama – Zen Kitchen – Tenzokyokun part 2 of 2

7-20-2014 – Uchiyama – Zen Kitchen – Tenzokyokun part 1 of 2

6-29-2014 – Joanna Macy – World As Lover, World As Self – “It’s All Connected”

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer, Chp 4, “What is Self-Compassion?” – 1-27-14

Essay by Thich Nhat Hanh, “True Love” – 12-17-13

Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation by John Welwood, Chapter 12, “Depression as a Loss of Heart.” – 11-25-2013