Rochester Zen Center Teisho (Zen Talks)

Podcast and Audio Archives

2018

December 2, 2018

Mumonkan #32, “A Non-buddhist Questions the Buddha”

A non-Buddhist comes to awakening before the Buddha, sitting in silence, while his longtime disciple Ananda, standing in attendance, remains dumbfounded. How notions of identity can bind us. Who awakens? No one!

November 24, 2018

Jukai, Buddhist (Non-)Identity, and the Power of Vows

The ceremony of Jukai (Taking the Precepts) is basically an initiation into the Dharma. To be a Buddhist is to commit to aligning oneself with what is real–direct experience, not thoughts. It is to see things as they are in order to be with things as they are.

November 10, 2018

November 2018 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #48, “Kempo’s One Road”

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

November 4, 2018

November 2018 Sesshin, Day 1: Zen Dawn: Early Zen Texts from Tun Huang (trans. J.C. Cleary)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede.  Commentary on texts from the first Zen Masters.

October 28, 2018

Miaozong’s Dharma Encounter, Amala-sensei

Throughout much of history women’s bodies have been viewed as impure and dangerous by prevailing androcentric cultures, west and east, and unfortunately there still are many examples of this attitude in Buddhism today. In this story from the Song Dynasty, Miaozong, a Dharma heir of Dahui, courageously gives a lively demonstration of the true nature…

October 14, 2018

Caring, Engaging, Voting

The minimal response we can offer our descendants, who are under more threats than ever, is to vote. This is a contemporary way to “enter the marketplace with helping hands,” the ultimate stage of Dharma practice.

October 6, 2018

October 2018 Sesshin, Day 7, Amala-sensei: Satsujo Overcomes Hakuin

”Before the tongue has moved the teaching has finished” — but take care — short of full awakening there is still work to do.

October 5, 2018

October 2018 Sesshin, Day 6, Amala-sensei: Chiyono’s No Water No Moon

Being willing to let things fall apart

September 23, 2018

Blue Cliff Record #55, “Dogo’s ‘I Won’t Say'”

The relative nature of the terms “living” and “dead,” and how one monk’s struggle with them led him to enlightenment.

September 9, 2018

Integrating Life and Practice: Women’s Voices – Eryl Kubicka

A Dharma talk by Eryl Kubicka on the second day of the September 2018 two-day sesshin.

August 19, 2018

Teisho by Roshi Philip Kapleau, June 1975 Sesshin, Day 7: Mumonkan #36 “Goso’s ‘No Words or Silence'”

Recording of a teisho given by Roshi Philip Kapleau on the last day of the June 1975 sesshin and played on Founder’s Day, August 19, 2018.

August 12, 2018

Our Marvelous Microbiome: A Web of Mutual Causation

How our concepts of individual self-identity and linear causality are being dissolved by the wondrous workings of our gut microbes. Readings from I Contain Multitudes, by Ed Yong.

August 4, 2018

July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 7: Shoyoroku #13, “Linji’s ‘Blind Donkey'”

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede from the July/August 2018 sesshin. Commentary on a koan from The Book of Serenity.

August 3, 2018

July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 6: Blue Cliff Record #18, “The National Teacher’s Seamless Monument”

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede from the July/August 2018 sesshin. Commentary on a koan from the Blue Cliff Record.

August 2, 2018

July/August 2018 Sesshin, Day 5: Zen Essence (trans. T. Cleary)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

July 22, 2018

The Latest Scandal in American Buddhism

A look at the sexual misconduct, widely disclosed this month, of the head of Shambhala International, one of the major Tibetan Buddhist lineages, and the fallout in that Sangha.

June 14, 2018

June 2018 Sesshin, Day 5: Zen Essence (trans. T. Cleary)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

June 13, 2018

June 2018 Sesshin, Day 4: Zen Essence (trans. T. Cleary)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

June 3, 2018

Teisho by Sunya Kjolhede Roshi: Reclaiming Our Resilient Spirit

Teisho by Sunya Kjolhede Roshi: Reclaiming Our Resilient Spirit

May 13, 2018

Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Working with Habits”

Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Working with Habits”

May 6, 2018

Fear and Avoidance As the Engines of Risk-Taking Behavior

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

April 29, 2018

The Tyranny of Convenience, the Allure of What’s Easiest

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

April 22, 2018

Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, “Dharma and Depression”

Dharma Talk by Tom Kowal, “Dharma and Depression”

April 12, 2018

April 2018 Sesshin, Day 5: The Practice of Zen (trans. C.C. Chang)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

2017

Jul 23, 2017

Empathy and Power

2016

Jan 24, 2016

Secular Buddhism

2015

2014

Apr 13, 2014

Breath Practice

2013

Oct 13, 2013

Pain v. Suffering

2012

2011

2010

2009

Sep 27, 2009

Working With Anger

2008

2007

Dec 30, 2007

Mindless Eating