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.

Various Readings & Discussions 2018

2018-05-22-BWZ Class “Nothing to Attain, Nothing to Enlighten” by Issho Fujita (Domyo)
The essay is from a book called Polishing a Tile by Issho Fujita, available as a download here: https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/Fujita-Issho.html

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)
2018-05-13 BWZ Precept Class — Do Not Defame the Three Treasures (Domyo)

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

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