Podcasts

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.

Be a Lamp unto Yourself

The Buddha told his followers they have to find wisdom the hard way. Koshin Chris Cain speaks at the Zen Center June 18, 2017.

Playfulness-Dogen, koans and Zen

Eko Jeff Kelley of Seattle Soto Zen talks about the possible virtues of playfulness in our practice.

The birth of the self

Though in Zen practice we learn to lose ourselves, being born as a new self is a vital part of our path. Koshin speaks at the Zen Center on May 21, 2017.

Spring sesshin: Koshin on Instructions to the Tenzo, day 1

Koshin Cain speaks at this year’s spring sesshin.

Spring sesshin: Hosen Instructions to the Tenzo, day 3

Jiun Hosen, Osho, speaks at this year’s spring sesshin.

Spring sesshin: Koshin on Instructions to the Tenzo, day 5

Koshin Cain speaks at this year’s spring sesshin.

Spring sesshin: Hosen on Effort

Jiun Hosen, Osho, speaks at this year’s spring sesshin.

Spring sesshin: Hosen on A Parent’s Heart

Jiun Hosen, Osho, speaks at this year’s spring sesshin.

Spring sesshin: Koshin on Zen Forms

Koshin Cain talks at this year’s spring sesshin.

Spring sesshin: Hosen on Kinhin

Jiun Hosen, Osho, talks at this year’s spring sesshin.

Retreating to Advance

On the Sunday before our Spring Retreat, Koshin talks about how in Zen we regularly beat a hasty retreat. It’s how we advance in this practice.

Hakuin’s Song of Zazen

Zen Master Hakuin wrote a song in praise of our fundamentally perfect nature.  Its message is as alive today as ever. This is a partial recording since our recorder wasn’t working for the first few minutes of the talk–recorded on April 9, 2017.

Unethical Zen

Zen’s flexibility is a strength and a weakness.  As practitioners it is wise to be mindful of the ways in which our path has been used to justify harm as well as to help. Koshin Chris Cain speaks at the Zen Center on March 19, 2017.

If you find these talks useful, please consider donating to the Zen Center:

Zen and Character

Zen and Character

Zen is not just about getting quiet.  It’s about maturing as a human being. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on March 12, 2017.

If you find these talks useful, please consider donating to the Zen Center:

Lessons in Aliveness (Wendy Lustbader)

This presentation explores ways to allow close proximity to dying to wake us up to the beauty of the world and to hasten our own growth and self-discovery. Such experiences aren’t easy, but they can be enlivening and life-changing if we let them.

If you find these talks useful, please consider donating to the Zen Center:

When sangha sucks

Sangha supports our practice in ways large and small.  But being in community is not always easy.  Working through difficulty, hurt, and misunderstanding in community is an important part of our practice.  Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on February 26, 2017.

If you find these talks useful, please consider donating to the Zen Center:

The Path to Recovery (Carolyn Dougherty)

Carolyn is a Program Manager at Recovery Cafe in Seattle; she is inspired by the power of noticing the present moment and the dynamism of a shared vision.

If you find these talks useful, please consider donating to the Zen Center:

Forgiveness

The word “forgiveness” doesn’t show up much in Buddhist texts.  But the felt sense of forgiveness is one of the results of a mediation practice. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center January 29, 2017.

Rinzai’s Humanity

Every January we honor the founder of our school, Rinzai Gigen. He has a reputation as a tough guy, but it’s the encouragement and care he had for his students that sets him apart.

Breathing and Renewal (Robert Litman)

Using Zen Sitting practices, Robert Litman teaches body awareness exercises that support the restoration of healthy breathing rhythms.

Sacred and Holy (Darryn Hewson)

Darryn Hewson speaks on his work in the interfaith community. It’s not enough, he says, to socialize with people of different faiths–in order to truly respect someone else’s beliefs, you must hold sacred what they hold sacred. January 8, 2017.

Page 1 of 41234