Podcasts

The categorizing mind (radio show)

Serena Maurer stops by the studio to talk with Koshin about being mindful of the ways our minds can categorize.

Serena is teaching a one-day class at the Zen Center on Saturday February 24 on Dualistic Thinking. For more information and to register, see here. 

Sangha as refuge

Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at the Zen Center on Sunday February 4, 2018, about refuge and what it can mean for us today.

Neither good nor evil

Sangha member Wes Borden speaks on #23 from the Mumonkan collection of koans. In this story, the newly-designated sixth patriarch of Zen, Huineng, flees to the mountains and is pursued by a senior student of the monastery. Recorded on January 28, 2018.

Mindful tech (radio show)


After his talk at the Zen Center, David Levy stops by the studio to talk more about mindfulness and technology.

Attention and Ethics


Dr. David Levy is a Professor in the Information School at University of Washington and author of Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to our Digital Lives. He speaks at the Zen Center on January 21, 2018.

The winter garden


Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at our Winter Day Sit, January 20, 2018. Genko is a frequent guest speaker at the Zen Center and has trained in both the Rinzai Zen and Tibetan traditions.

Zen Humanism

The 8th century master Rinzai believed in the value and agency of every human being, and his teachings reflect that. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on January 14, 2018.

Monastic life (radio show)

After his talk at the Zen Center, Chon Mun Sunim stops by the studio to talk about monastic training and his path to practice.

Arriving Home

Chon Mun Sunim grew up in communist Poland where he got interested in Buddhism. When he was 20 years old he met Zen Master Seung Sahn and became his student. In April 2002 he received inga (the authorization to teach Zen) from Zen Master Seung Sahn and moved to Seattle to practice and help in the Zen Centers in Pacific Northwest.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a particular form of starting again, one Zen practice can help with. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on January 7, 2018.

Clarity and confusion

Genko Kathy Blackman, who is trained in both the Rinzai Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, is a frequent guest speaker at the Zen Center. She gave this talk on clarity and confusion on December 31, 2017.

Scrooge: Bodhisattva

Koshin speaks on Christmas Eve 2017 on the different roads from greed and self-absorption to generosity and compassion.

Enlightenment and The Enlightenment

Realization of our True Nature is not enough – as practitioners we have to develop in other ways as well. Koshin Chris Cain speaks at the Zen Center on December 17, 2017.

Waking Up

There is a dream-like quality to our lives that isn’t evident until we wake up to it. Zen practice can help us see through some of the persistent illusions that skew our view of others and ourselves. Koshin speaks at the Zen Center on December 10, 2017.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings (Radio Show)

In addition to dharma talks given at the Zendo, Koshin also has a radio show on our local radio station (Voice of Vashon) where he has conversations with a variety of guests.

The show is called Zen Crossing: Where Spirituality Meets Everyday Life.

In this episode, Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward, teachers in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, talk about their work, practice, and life.

For more information on the show, and to listen to other episodes, visit zencrossing.com.

Roots and Branches (Radio show)

In addition to dharma talks given at the Zendo, Koshin also has a radio show on our local radio station (Voice of Vashon) where he has conversations with a variety of guests.

The show is called Zen Crossing: Where Spirituality Meets Everyday Life.

In this episode, Koshin talks with Zen Master Jeong Ji Anita Feng about the roots and branches of Zen, and the polariing habits of the mind.

For more information on the show, and to listen to other episodes, visit zencrossing.com.

Holding Opposites

Nomon Tim Burnett has been a student of Zoketsu Norman Fischer since 1987 when he was a resident at San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm. After sitting practice periods at Green Gulch and Tassajara Zen Monastery, Tim helped found the Bellingham Zen Practice Group in 1991. He is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community, and the Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest. He gave this talk at the Puget Sound Zen Center on December 3, 2017.

Gratitude

Remembering to be grateful for the wonders around us brings many benefits. Why do we so often forget? Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center November 26, 2017.

Zen in the Boat

Peter Ilgenfritz, pastor at University Congregational UCC in Seattle, talks about adventures in life, Buddhism, sailing, and the fertile ground of not knowing, November 19. 2017.

No shortage


Genko Kathy Blackman speaks at the Zen Center on November 5, 2017, on how gratitude doesn’t always mean what we think it does.

My Zen Life: Jim Hunziker

In this series, sangha members talk about their spiritual paths.

Ikkyu’s Poems on Life and Death

Koshin Cain speaks at the fall 2017 sesshin on the poet Ikkyu.

Koshin on Effort

Koshin Cain speaks Saturday evening at the fall 2017 sesshin.

Ikkyu’s Poems on Life

Koshin Cain speaks at the fall 2017 sesshin about the poet Ikkyu.

Koshin on Form

Koshin Cain speaks Friday evening at the fall 2017 sesshin.

Ikkyu on Death

Koshin Chris Cain speaks at the fall 2017 sesshin on the poet Ikkyu.

Living with Anxiety


In anxious times, embracing difficulty and change is often the first step toward getting to a better place. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center October 8, 2017.

The Impossible Might Take a While

When working for change in our practice, lives, and society, we must bring a mixture of hard work and patience. Koshin Chris Cain speaks at the Zen Center September 17, 2017.

“Why Buddhism is True” with Robert Wright

Robert Wright, evolutionary psychologist and author of “Why Buddhism is True”, speaks at a special event at the Zen Center, September 13, 2017.

What are Zen Ethics?

The Zen tradition says we have find our way beyond good and bad. That doesn’t mean we leave them for dead. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on September 10, 2017.

Intimate Heart

Eshin John Godfrey, Abbot of the Vancouver Zen Centre, speaks at a day sit on September 9, 2017.

Patience, Persistence, and Practice

Kaj Wyn Berry speaks at the Zen Center on Sunday September 3, 2017.

Compassion versus Sentimentality

Buddhist compassion arises as a response to suffering – our own and others. A mature response includes both self-knowledge and wisdom born of experience. Koshin Chris Cain speaks at the Zen Center August 27, 2017.

Bliss Bestowing Hands

The ten Oxherding Pictures are an ancient guide to Zen practice, leading us through stages of development.  The 10th picture is titled “Returning to the Market with Bliss Bestowing Hands,” and represents the last step of practice.  Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center, August 20, 2017.

Thich Nhat Hanh and Interbeing

Peggy Rowe shares poetry and insight from her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, July 30, 2017 at the Zen Center. Peggy has her Doctorate in Adult Education and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has also studied and practiced with many wise Native American elders. As a teacher, she blends the four-fold path with her Buddhist practice. Peggy became a lay minister in 1994 and an ordained Dharma teacher in 2000. She has joined Thich Nhat Hanh in international exchanges through the world and served as staff for retreats in USA.

Leonard Cohen and the Rightful Place of Suffering

 

In Zen practice we grow through recognizing, not avoiding the painful parts of our lives. Leonard Cohen’s work helps illuminate this important aspect of Zen practice. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on July 23, 2017.

Suffering and Buddhism

Eko Jeff Kelley of Seattle Soto Zen speaks on Suffering and Buddhism at our annual summer day sit at the Kudus House.

Shadows in the grass

Alex Echevarria is a retired teacher of history and philosophy.  In 2007 he was honored by the US-Japan Foundation as the Outstanding Japanese Humanities teacher in the United States.  Alex has lived and traveled extensively through Japan and China, and his artwork is influenced by these aesthetics.  He moved to Vashon Island in 2013, where he and his wife began WabiSabi Studios.

This talk is called “Shadows of Grass” and focuses on the Jizō-san, a Buddhist bodhisattva (saint).  The Jizō is known for assisting women in childbirth, guiding travelers, and watching over children to protect them from harm.  However, he is most known in East Asia for saving lost children from the underworld and consoling grieving parents.

Happy Inter-dependence Day

In America we cherish our independence. Buddhism reminds us that true freedom comes through recognizing our interconnection with others. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on July 2, 2017.

My Zen Life: Berneta Walraven

In this series of talks, sangha members talk about their journeys on the Zen path. Berneta Walraven speaks at the Zen Center on June 25, 2017.

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