Classes & 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.

2018 Foundational Buddhist Teachings Class

Foundational Buddhist Teachings Class – Introduction and Life of the Buddha (Shintai) (2018-09-20)

2018 Readings & Discussions (Alternating weeks from Zen Teachings in Challenging Times)

 

“Joy” – From Nothing Special by Joko Beck (Mark) (2018-11-06)
The Ten Ox-herding Pictures (Domyo) (2018-11-04) PDF of the Pictures we Discussed
“I Hate Donald Trump – I’m Not Proud of My Reaction, it Concerns Me”  From Zen Teachings in Challenging Times – (Domyo) (2018-10-23)
 “An Angry Buddhist”  from A Time To Stand Up – by Tanissara (Domyo) (2018-10-21)
“Sealing up Human Foolishness” from Fujita’s Polishing a Tile (Domyo) (2018-10-16)
“On Chanting” and then “Active Hope” (Domyo) (2018-10-14)
“Cutting the World in Two” by Melissa Myozen Blacker – from Zen Teachings in Challenging Times – (Shoketsu) (2018-10-09)
“The Four Noble Truths of Practice” by Myosho Ann Kyle-Brown – in Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Domyo) (2018-09-25)
“Impact: Accidental Zen-How the Three Pure Precepts Trained Me to Heal Self and Others” Shosan Victoria Austin, in Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Jinryu) (2018-09-18)
“Blowing in the Wind: Facing Challenges with Zen Practice” by Myoan Grace Schireson, in Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Domyo) (2018-09-04)

2018 Readings & Discussions from Issho Fujita’s Polishing a Tile (about shikantaza/zazen)

“The Buddha’s Sitting Under a Tree I and II” from Fujita’s Polishing a Tile. (Domyo) (2018-10-02)
“Sitting Upright with Proper Posture” from Fujita’s Polishing a Tile. (Domyo) (2018-09-11)
“Zazen and Everyday Life” from Fujita’s Polishing A Tile. (Domyo) (2018-08-28)
“The Whole of Zazen” in Issho Fujita’s Polishing a Tile (Domyo) (2018-07-31)
“Zazen is not Shuzen – Parts II and III” in Issho Fujita’s Polishing a Tile (Domyo) (2018-07-10) Continuing the discussion with “Magic Eye” examples.
Fujita’s Polishing a Tile – Zazen is not Shuzen – Part I (Domyo) (2018-06-19) Reading and discussion on the essay from Fujita’s book, Polishing a Tile.
“Nothing to Attain, Nothing to Enlighten” by Issho Fujita (Domyo) (2018-05-22)

2018 Class Series on the Brahmaviharas

The Four Brahmaviharas – Expanding Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity. (Domyo) (2018-08-26)
The Four Brahmaviharas – Sharon Salzberg on Equanimity (Domyo)(2018-08-21)
The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes: Sympathetic Joy (Domyo) (2018-07-17)
The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes: Metta for a Difficult Person (Domyo) (2018-07-03)
The Four Brahmaviharas, or Divine Abidings: Intro Plus Discussion of Goodwill. (Domyo) (2018-06-12)

2018 Various Readings & Discussions

Nine Different Areas of Zen Practice, and Discussion of Obstacles We Encounter in Our Practice and Possible Additional Ways to Support It (Domyo) (2018-10-07) Click here for a link to the questionnaire Domyo handed out for discussion.
“Our One and Only Commandment” from Maureen Stewart’s Subtle Sound (Domyo) (2018-09-16)
“Hishiryo – the Etymology and Meaning of the Zen Term ‘Non-Thinking'” by Rev. Tsunoda (Domyo) (2018-09-09) The Article by Rev. Tsunoda click here.
Dogen’s Regulations for Auxiliary Cloud Hall Rules for Students (Shoketsu) (2018-08-07)
What is True Happiness? By Allan Wallace (Domyo) (2018-07-24)
What Does It Mean to Waste Time? (Domyo) (2018-07-15) What does it mean to squander, or waste, time? We have an experiential sense of it, despite the fact that we appreciate that, at some level, it’s impossible to waste time if our goal is the goal of goallessness.
Everything is Workable – A Zen Approach to Conflict  by Diane Musho Hamilton. (Domyo) (2018-07-08) Diane Musho Hamilton is a Zen Teacher and Priest.
Letting Go of All Effort in Zazen (Domyo) (2018-05-29) Domyo discusses the letting go of all effort in Zazen.

2018 Precept Study Series

2018-03-06 BWZ Precept Class – Intro-Karma Verse-Three Pure Precepts (Domyo)
2018-03-13 BWZ Precept Class – Not Killing – Cultivating and Encouraging Life (Frankie)
2018-03-20 BWZ Precept Class – Not Stealing – Honoring the Gift Not Yet Given (Janna)
2018-03-27 BWZ Precept Class – Do Not Misuse Sexuality (Myoju)
2018-04-03 BWZ Precept Class – Do Not Speak Dishonestly (Shoketsu)
2018-04-10 BWZ Precept Class – Do Not Become Intoxicated – Polish Clarity, Dispel Delusion (Logan)
2018-04-17 BWZ Precept Class – Do Not Dwell on Past Mistakes – Create Wisdom from Ignorance (Dawn and Mark)
2018-04-24 BWZ Precept Class — Do not Praise Self or Blame Others –Maintain Modesty, Extol Virtue (Domyo)
2018-05-01 BWZ Precept Class — Do not be Mean with Dharma or Wealth (Domyo)
2018-05-08 BWZ Precept Class – Do Not Indulge Anger – Cultivate Equanimity (Richard)
2018-05-15 BWZ Precept Class — Do Not Defame the Three Treasures (Domyo)

Various Readings & Discussions 2016

“Transforming the Heart” by Domyo Burk (2016-09-11)
“The One Left Behind” by Hoko Karnegis (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change, (2016-08-30)
“Stages of Practice When You’re Going Nowhere” by Domyo Burk (2016-08-28)
“A Little Bit of Nothing” by Teijo Munnich (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change, (2016-08-16)
Dogen’s Fasicle One Bright Pearl (and reading from Brad Warner’s book Don’t Be a Jerk. (2016-08-14)
“Rattling Teeth” by Eido Frances Carney (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change. (2016-08-09)
“Stewardship: The Bodhisattva Way” by Misha Shungen Merrill (from the book Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change, (2016-08-02)

Dharma Studies Class: Buddhist History – see Buddhist History Category on Domyo’s Zen Studies Podcast

Various Readings & Discussions 2015:

2015-05-26 – Wright- Six Perfections – Generosity – 1
2015-03-08 – Carlson – Kyogen Carlson on the Cosmic Buddha

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

2014-07-22 – Burk – Zen Living – Taking it Deeper
2014-06-24 – Burk – Zen Living – The Way Things Really Are
2014-06-24 – Burk – Zen Living – Fundamental Misunderstanding
2014-06-17 – Burk – Zen Living – Four Noble Truths
2014-05-13 – Burk – Zen Living – Sangha
2014-05-06 – Burk – Zen Living – Samatha & Vipassana
2014-04-29 – Burk – Zen Living – Cultivating Insight
2014-04-22 – Burk – Zen Living – Karma Work #2 Of 2
2014-04-15 – Burk – Zen Living – Karma Work #1 Of 2
2014-04-08 – Burk – Zen Living – Precepts #3
2014-03-11 – Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 6 – Precepts – #2″
2014-03-04 – Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 6 – Precepts – #1″
2014-02-25 – Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 5 – Mindfulness – 2 of 2″
2014-02-18 – Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 5 – Mindfulness – 1 of 2″
2014-02-11 – Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 4 – Zazen: Seated Meditation – 2 of 2″
2014-02-04 – Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “Chapter 4 – Zazen: Seated Meditation – 1 of 2″

Foundational Buddhist & Zen Teachings Class

Foundational Teachings – Buddhas Life As Archetypal Story – 2014-04-14
Foundational Teachings – What The Buddha Realized (Anicca, Anatta, Dukkha and the Four Noble Truths) – 2014-04-14
Foundational Teachings – The “How” of Buddhist Practice – The Eightfold Path – 2014-04-21
Foundational Teachings – Karma and Causality – 2014-04-21
Foundational Teachings – The Six Realms – 2014-05-05
Foundational Teachings – Hungry Ghost and Human Realms – 2014-5-19

Readings & Discussions about the Buddhist Precepts:

2015-03-10 – Precepts Class- Taking Refuge
2014-06-22 – Anderson – Being Upright – Three Treasures Precept
2014-05-04 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Lying
2014-04-27 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Misusing Sexuality
2014-04-20 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Stealing
2014-04-13 – Anderson – Being Upright – Not Killing
2014-04-06 – Anderson – Being Upright – 10 Grave Precepts
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The Third Pure Precept – 2014-03-16
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The Second Pure Precept – 2014-03-09
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The First Pure Precept – 2 of 2 – 2014-03-02
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The First Pure Precept – 1 of 2 – 2014-02-23
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson – The Three Pure Precepts – 2014-02-16
“The Way of Not Knowing: Reflections on the Three Pure Precepts” by James Ford – 2014-02-02 (Link to essay)
The Heart Of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism by John Daido Loori – The Three Treasures – 2014-01-26
The Heart Of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism by John Daido Loori – The Contrition Verse – 2014-01-19
Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “The Zen Moral Code” – 2014-01-12

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 – 2014-01-28
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 – 2014-01-14
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 – 2013-12-10

Readings & Discussions of books by Toni Packer:

The Light of Discovery by Toni Packer, “Expectation” – 2013-03-03
The Work Of This Moment by Toni Packer, “Listening & Looking” – 2013-12-16
The Wonder of Presence by Toni Packer, Chapter 12, “Guilt and Responsibility” – 2013-11-26

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” – 2014-02-24
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation – It’s Not What You Think” – 2014-02-10
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “No Attachments” – 2014-02-03
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Odysseus And The Blind Seer” – 2014-01-20
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation Is Everywhere” – 2014-01-13
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation Is Not For Faint-Hearted” – 2014-01-06

Other Readings & Discussions (2014 and earlier):

2014-07-27 – Uchiyama – Zen Kitchen – Tenzokyokun part 2 of 2
2014-07-20 – Uchiyama – Zen Kitchen – Tenzokyokun part 1 of 2
2014-06-29 – Joanna Macy – World As Lover, World As Self – “It’s All Connected”
2014-01-27 – Christopher Germer –The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer, Chp 4, “What is Self-Compassion?”
2013-12-17 Essay by Thich Nhat Hanh, “True Love”
2013-11-25 John Welwood 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.”