Podcasts

Becoming a Buddhist Chaplain

Beth is a student in the Chaplaincy Program at Upaya Zen Center and is currently an intern at Harborview Medical Center. She shares experiences from her journey with us.

Sesshin: Yikui part 2

Genko gives the last dharma talk of the spring sesshin on the later life of nun and poet Yikui.

Sesshin: Yikui Part 1

Koshin gives a talk at the spring sesshin on the life and work of one of Xinggang’s successors, the nun and poet Yikui.

Sesshin: Xinggang, part 3

Xinggang’s career continues to the point where she ably leads a cloister. As her health fails, her female dharma heirs begin to take over more leadership duties.

Sesshin: Xinggang, part 2

The story of Xinggang, nun and poet, continues after she receives her transmission from her teacher. Koshin Chris Cain speaks at the spring sesshin.

Sesshin: Xinggang, part 1

Genko Kathy Blackman opens up the April sesshin dharma talks, which focus on the lives and work of 17th century Chinese Zen nuns. She starts with a talk about the nun and poet Xinggang, and how Xinggang got her start into practice.

Dhamma in Daily Life

Ajahn Ritthi is the Abbot of Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery in Woodinville, Washington. He is a monk and Dhamma teacher of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Ajahn Ritthi, a native of southern Thailand, ministers to the spiritual needs of the Thai immigrant community.

Sangha as a web of relationship

How do we nurture a healthy, ethical, helpful sangha? There is research indicating it is less a matter of belief, and more a matter of relationship. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center on March 18, 2018.

Healthy honor, healthy shame (radio show)

Renowned author and scholar Thanissaro Bhikku, Abbot of the Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County California, joins us to talk about honor and shame in a Buddhist context.

Work that matters (radio show)

Author and Buddhist practitioner Maia Duerr joins us to talk about her new book, “Work that Matters.”

Women, poetry and Zen (radio show)

Scholar and author Beata Grant joins us to talk about the work she’s done discovering and translating poetry from Chinese Zen nuns.

Faith and politics (radio show)

Mike Ivaska, pastor at Vashon Community Church, drops by the studio to talk with Koshin about faith and politics.

Ethics in a Zen Community

David Steel, Joyce Hunziker and Carol Spangler of the Zen Center’s Ethics Committee talk about the history of Zen Ethics in general, and the history and current work of our Zen Center Ethics Committee.

Finishing with Refuge


In the traditional refuge chant, after taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, we finish taking refuge in them. This mirrors our practice – we take refuge in meditation, study, and community for a time, then we step out into the world. Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center February 25, 2018

Neither difficult nor easy

 

Sometimes our practice is terribly challenging, sometimes it is a great joy.  And all the while it is neither – just ask Layman P’ang’s skilled daughter, Ling-chao.   Koshin Cain speaks at the Zen Center, February 18, 2018.

 

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.

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