Podcasts

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.

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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

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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:

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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

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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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Breathing and Renewal (Robert Litman)

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

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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.

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