Bright Way Zen Classes & Discussions – Audio (and Zoom Video)

Classes are lecture-style followed by 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.

Jukai Ceremony 2020 – In The Park (Domyo and Sangha) (2020-07-12)  (Audio-Only Recording here)

2020 Series on Dogen-Uchiyama – How To Cook Your Life

How to Cook Your Life by Dogen & Uchiyama – Tenzo Kyokun and Shikan-taza (Domyo) (2020-06-23) (Just the Audio)
How to Cook Your Life by Dogen & Uchiyama – Instructions for the Zen Cook – Tenzo Kyokun (Domyo) (2020-06-30) (Just the Audio)
How to Cook Your Life by Dogen & Uchiyama – Concerning the Religious Life (Domyo) (2020-07-07) (Just the Audio)
How to Cook Your Life by Dogen & Uchiyama – Everything is Your Life (Domyo) (2020-07-21) (Just the Audio)
How to Cook Your Life by Dogen & Uchiyama – Seeing the World Without Holding Worldly Values (Domyo) (2020-07-28) (Just the Audio)
How to Cook Your Life by Dogen & Uchiyama – On Parental Mind (Domyo ) (2020-08-04) (Just the Audio)

 

2020 Series on Thich Nhat Hanh’s No Death, No Fear

Thich Nhat Hanh – No Death No Fear – Chapters 1 & 2 (Domyo) (2020-05-19) (Just the Audio)
Thich Nhat Hanh – No Death No Fear – Chapters 3 & 4 (Domyo) (2020-05-26) (Just the Audio)
Thich Nhat Hanh – No Death No Fear – Chapters 5 & 6 (Domyo) (2020-06-02) (Just the Audio)
Thich Nhat Hanh – No Death No Fear – Chapters 7 & 8 (Domyo) (2020-06-09) (Just the Audio)
Thich Nhat Hanh – No Death No Fear – Chapter 8 Pt.2  (Domyo) (2020-06-16) (Just the Audio)

2020 Precept Study Classes

Introduction to the Precepts and the Three Pure Precepts (Shoketsu) (2020-03-03)
The Precept of Do Not Kill (Jim) (2020-03-10)
The Precept of Do Not Steal (Dawn) (2020-03-17) (Zoom Video Recording) .  (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Misuse Sexuality (Domyo) (2020-03-24) (Video) .  (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Lie (Jeff) (2020-03-31) (Video) . (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Become Intoxicated (Bob) (2020-04-07) (Video) . (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Dwell on Past Mistakes (Jinryu) (2020-04-14) (Video) . (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Praise Self or Blame Others (Mark) (2020-04-21) (Video) .  (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Be Mean with Dharma or Wealth (Bruce) (2020-04-28) (Video) .  (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Indulge Anger (Yeshe) (2020-05-05) (Video) .  (Audio Only Recording, here).
The Precept of Do Not Defame the Three Treasures (Richard) (2020-05-12) (Video) . (Audio Only Recording, here).

2020 Reading and Discussions

Questions About Buddhism, Zen and Practice (Domyo) (2020-01-19)
Questions About Buddhism, Zen and Practice Part 2 (Domyo) (2020-03-08)

2019 Foundational Buddhist Teachings Classes

Buddha’s Life Story as Archetype and Teaching (Domyo) (2019-10-15)
Buddha’s Teachings: What was New and Different? (Domyo) (2019-10-22)
The Three Marks and the Teaching of Not-Self (Anatta) (Domyo) (2019-10-29)
The Four Noble Truths (Domyo) (2019-11-05)
The Noble Eight-Fold Path (Domyo) (2019-11-12)
The Three Poisons of Greed, Hate and Delusion (Domyo) (2019-11-26)
Karma (Domyo) (2019-12-10)
The Six Realms (Domyo) (2019-12-17)
The Hindrances: Worldly Obsession (Domyo) (2020-01-07)
The Hindrances: Ill Will (Domyo) (2020-01-21)
The Hindrances: Sloth-And-Torpor (Domyo) (2020-01-28)
The Hindrances: Restlessness-And-Worry (Domyo) (2020-02-04)
The Hindrances: Uncertainty or Skeptical Doubt  (Domyo) (2020-02-11)
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Domyo) (2020-02-18)
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – Mind and Feelings (Domyo) (2020-02-25)

2019 Class Series on Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Intro and Chapter 1 (Domyo) (2019-07-09)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 2 and 3 (Domyo) (2019-07-16)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 4 (Domyo) (2019-07-23)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 5 (Domyo) (2019-07-30)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 6 (Domyo) (2019-08-06)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 7 (Domyo) (2019-08-13)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 8 (Domyo) (2019-08-27)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 9 (Domyo) (2019-09-03)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 10 (Domyo) (2019-09-17)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapter 11 (Domyo) (2019-09-24)
Active Hope by Macy and Johnstone, Chapters 12 and 13 (Domyo) (2019-10-08)

2019 Readings & Discussions (May-Dec)

New Year Poems (Domyo) (2019-12-22)
“Mindfullnes, Heartmind and More” (Myoju) (2019-12-08)
On Practice (Richard) (2019-12-03)
Annual Members Meeting (Domyo and the Board) (2019-11-19)
“Right Mindfulness – Remembering Reality” – Hoko Karnegis. (Shoketsu) (2019-10-01)
“No Gain – Relationships Won’t Solve our Problems but they Will Help Us Grow.” by Barry Padget. (Domyo) (2019-09-10)
“Showing Up in Troubled Times” by Enkyo Pat O’Hara in Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Domyo) (2019-07-02)
“Bring Me the Rhinoceros and other Zen Koans” Joshu’s Dog by John Tarrant (Domyo) (2019-06-25) “Beings Are Numberless – When Bodhisattvas Get Discouraged” by Myoshin Kate McCandless in Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Jinryu) (2019-06-23)
“Bring Me the Rhinoceros and other Zen Koans” by John Tarrant (Domyo) (2019-06-18)
“Accepting Our Lives in Difficult Times” by Carolyn Joshin Atkinson (Domyo) (2019-06-11)
“Taking Refuge in Sangha: How Wide Can This Buddha Field Be?” by Hobu Beata Chapman (Domyo) (2019-06-04)
“Friendliness to the Self” by Josho Pat Phelan (Domyo) (2019-05-28)

2019 Precept Study Classes

Precepts Study: Do Not Defame the Three Treasures. (Gathel) (2019-05-14)
Precepts Study: Do Not Indulge Anger. (Jinryu) (2019-05-07)
Precepts Study: Do Not Be Mean with Dharma or Wealth. (Shoketsu) (2019-04-30)
Precepts Study: Do Not Blame Others or Praise Self. (Domyo) (2019-04-23)
Precepts Study: Do Not Dwell on Past Mistakes. (Bruce and Richard) (2019-04-16)
Precepts Study: Do Not Become Intoxicated. (Zack) (2019-04-09)
Precepts Study: Do Not Speak Dishonestly. (Myoju) (2019-04-02)
Precepts Study: Do Not Misuse Sexuality. (Bob) (2019-03-26)
Precepts Study: Do Not Steal. (Dawn) (2019-03-19)
Precepts Study: Do Not Kill. (Yeshe) (2019-03-12)
Precepts Study: The Gateway of Contrition, the Three Refuges, and the Three Pure Precepts. (Domyo) (2019-03-05)
Introduction to the Precepts & The Three Pure Precepts. (Domyo) (2019-02-26)

2019 Readings & Discussions (Jan-April)

“Zazen” A Discussion (Domyo) (2019-04-14)
“Self Control” from Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright (Domyo) (2019-02-24)
“Practice and Everyday Koans” in Basic Elements of Zen Practice (Domyo) (2019-02-19)
Feeling Our Way to Embodied Wisdom” in Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Domyo) (2019-02-12)
“Kharma and Rebirth as Opportunities for Practice”  from Basic Elements of Zen Practice (Domyo) (2019-01-29)
“The Mental Modules that Run Your Life” from Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True (Domyo) (2019-01-27)
Tuesday Talk On Disillusionment. (Domyo) (2019-01-15)
Right Intention (Frankie) (2019-01-06)

2018 Foundational Buddhist Teachings Class

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

2018 Readings & Discussions

On Giving (Domyo) (2018-12-23)
“The Paradox of Effort and Non-Effort in Zen Practice” Kyogen Carlson (Domyo) (2018-12-18)
“Your CEO is MIA” from Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright (Domyo) (2018-12-16)
Deep Connection to the Dharma From Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Domyo) (2018-12-11) Being a Buddhist at the Holidays (Dawn) (2018-12-09)
“Notes on Zen Practice” from Kyogen Carlson’s Zen in the American Grain (Domyo) (2018-11-27) “When are Feelings Illusions?” From Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True (Domyo) (2018-11-25) “Emergency Spirituality” by Byakuren Judith Ragir from Zen Teachings in Challenging Times (Domyo) (2018-11-20)
“An Everyday Delusion” from Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright (Domyo) (2018-11-18)
Annual Members Meeting (Domyo and the Board) (2018-11-11)
“Enlightenments, Not Enlightenment” by Jack Kornfield (Domyo) (2018-11-13)
“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 Thanissara (Domyo) (2018-10-21)
Discussion of Chanting Practice, then “Active Hope” from the book by Joanna Macy (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)

“Sealing up Human Foolishness” from Fujita’s Polishing a Tile (Domyo) (2018-10-16)
“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)
Everything is Workable – A Zen Approach to Conflict  by Diane Musho Hamilton. (Domyo) (2018-07-08)
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

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

Various Readings & Discussions 2016

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

Dharma Studies Class: Buddhist History
See also –  Buddhist History Category on Domyo’s Zen Studies Podcast
Various Readings & Discussions 2015:

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

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

Zen LivingTaking it Deeper  (Domyo Burk) (2014-07-22)
Zen LivingThe Way Things Really Are (Domyo Burk) (2014-06-24)
Zen LivingFundamental Misunderstanding (Domyo Burk) (2014-06-24)
Zen LivingFour Noble Truths (Domyo Burk) (2014-06-17)
Zen LivingSangha (Domyo Burk) (2014-05-13)
Zen LivingSamatha & Vipassana (Domyo Burk) (2014-05-06)
Zen LivingCultivating Insight (Domyo Burk) (2014-04-29)
Zen LivingKarma Work #2 Of 2 (Domyo Burk) (2014-04-22)
Zen LivingKarma Work #1 Of 2 (Domyo Burk) (2014-04-15)
Zen LivingPrecepts #3 (Domyo Burk) (2014-04-08)
Zen Living – “Chapter 6 – Precepts – #2″ (Domyo Burk) (2014-03-11)
Zen Living – “Chapter 6 – Precepts – #1″ (Domyo Burk) (2014-03-04)
Zen Living – “Chapter 5 – Mindfulness – 2 of 2″ (Domyo Burk) (2014-02-25)
Zen Living – “Chapter 5 – Mindfulness – 1 of 2″(Domyo Burk) (2014-02-18)
Zen Living – “Chapter 4 – Zazen: Seated Meditation – 2 of 2″ (Domyo Burk) (2014-02-11)
Zen Living – “Chapter 4 – Zazen: Seated Meditation – 1 of 2″ (Domyo Burk) (2014-02-04)

Foundational Buddhist & Zen Teachings Class

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

Readings & Discussions about the Buddhist Precepts:

Taking Refuge (from Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson) (Domyo) (2015-03-10)
Anderson – Being UprightThree Treasures Precept (Domyo) (2014-06-22)
Anderson – Being UprightNot Lying (Domyo) (2014-05-04)
Anderson – Being UprightNot Misusing Sexuality (Domyo) (2014-04-27)
Anderson – Being UprightNot Stealing (Domyo) (2014-04-20)
Anderson – Being UprightNot Killing (Domyo) (2014-04-13)
Anderson – Being Upright10 Grave Precepts  (Domyo) (2014-04-06)
Anderson – Being UprightThe Third Pure Precept (Domyo) (2014-03-30)
Anderson – Being UprightThe Second Pure Precept (Domyo) (2014-03-16 )
Anderson – Being UprightThe First Pure Precept – 2 of 2 (Domyo) (2014-03-09)
Anderson – Being UprightThe First Pure Precept – 1 of 2 (Domyo) (2014-03-02)
Anderson – Being UprightThe Three Pure Precepts (Domyo) (2014-02-23)
“The Way of Not Knowing: Reflections on the Three Pure Precepts” by James Ford – (Domyo) (2014-02-16) (Link to essay)
The Heart Of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism by John Daido Loori – The Three Treasures (Domyo) (2014-02-02)
The Heart Of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism by John Daido Loori – The Contrition Verse (Domyo) (2014-01-26)
Zen Living by Domyo Burk, “The Zen Moral Code” – (Domyo) (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 – (DomBeing Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Andersonyo) (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 – (Domyo) (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 – (Domyo) (2013-12-10)

Readings & Discussions of books by Toni Packer:

The Light of Discovery by Toni Packer, “Expectation” (Domyo) (2013-03-03)
The Work Of This Moment by Toni Packer, “Listening & Looking” (Domyo) (2013-12-16)
The Wonder of Presence by Toni Packer, Chapter 12, “Guilt and Responsibility” (Domyo) (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”  (Domyo) (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” (Domyo) ( 2014-02-10)
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “No Attachments”  (Domyo) (2014-02-03)
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Odysseus And The Blind Seer”  (Domyo) (2014-01-20)
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation Is Everywhere” (Domyo) (2014-01-13)
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness by John Kabat-Zinn, “Meditation Is Not For Faint-Hearted” (Domyo) (2014-01-06)

Other Readings & Discussions (2014 and earlier):

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