Category Archives: Podcasts

Nature, Environmental Crisis, and Practice (Ayya Santacitta)

Ayya Santacitta of Aloka Vihara relates nature and the current state of the environment to Buddhist practice and the support of sangha.

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Questions from the Sangha (Rev. Myo Lahey)

Rev. Myo departs from the usual format of a dharma talk and elicits questions from the Sangha about practice.

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Water Through Stone: Joy and Practice (Rev. Myo Lahey)

Rev. Myo explains the difference between contrived and spontaneous joy, and describes how practice sensitizes us to the natural current of joy that runs through all of experience.

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Studying the Mystery: Teacher and Student (Rev. Myo Lahey)

How the dharma flows between teacher and student. What is a teacher/student relationship? How does  it manifest?

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Dark to the Mind, Bright to the Heart (Rev. Cynthia Kear)

Rev. Cynthia Kear explains in personal terms the meaning and experience of the Three Refuges and their vital importance on the path of practice.

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One Body, Three Treasures (Rev. Myo Lahey)

Rev. Myo Lahey recommends not to get caught up in thinking too much about one’s own practice, and instead to seek refuge in the three treasures.

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Wisdom and the Eightfold Path (Ayya Anandabodhi)

Ayya Anandabodhi speaks about right intention.

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Zen Conferences and Western Practice (Rev. Myo Lahey)

Rev. Myo Lahey talks about the issues that came up at two Soto Zen conferences he attended in Oregon and discusses the current state of Zen in the West, comparing it to the transmission of Zen from China to Japan and how Zen has developed in Japan in modern times.

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Fundamentals of Just Sitting (Rev. Jordan Thorn)

Rev. Jordan Thorn describes what happens when one sits zazen and how to deal with the challenges that arise from doing so. There is an unexpected opportunity for interfaith dialogue partway through as a Christian minister attempts to interrupt the talk to speak out against “false doctrines.”

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Darkness and Light (Rev. David Zimmerman)

Rev. David Zimmerman reads from the book And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran, a blind French resistance fighter during World War II, and relates his description of interacting with the world without sight to Buddhist teachings of interdependence, mindful awareness, and compassion.

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