Rochester Zen Center Teisho (Zen Talks)

Podcast and Audio Archives

2019

August 11, 2019

Global Buddhism: A Display of Emptiness

Based on a 2017 Tricycle article by Kurt Spellmeyer: “Gobalism 3.0: The Secret to World Harmony Isn’t Oneness. It’s multiplicity.”

August 2, 2019

July 2019 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #10, “Sozan and Poor Seizei”

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

July 28, 2019

July 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Chanting as Zen Practice

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

July 21, 2019

Zendo Air Conditioning and Won Buddhism

First Half: Our recent efforts to cool the zendo in sweltering weather. Second Half: Won Buddhism, a Korean strain of the Dharma.

June 23, 2019

The Blindness of Other-ist Views

Conceptualizing people of conflicting political views or of different race, ethnicity, or gender as “other” leads us to more easily react with hostility to what they say, especially in the anonymous and reckless world of social media. Based on the age-old Buddhist warning about the harm arising from attachment to views and opinions, Zen practice,…

June 2, 2019

Practice and Faith Nourishing Each Other

In Zen, faith grows through practice experience, even as faith sustains practice. They co-evolve continuously, sustaining each other. This is Hakuin’s “oneness of cause and effect,” out of which awakening can emerge.

May 26, 2019

Coming to the Path Talk by Sudama Ngo

Sudama, an ordained priest at the Center,  gave this account of coming to the Dharma and coming to the Center. For more of her story, see these two Zen Bow articles: https://www.rzc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Just-Money-Luna-Ngo.pdf https://www.rzc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Commitment-the-Gift-of-Pain-Sudama-Ngo.pdf

May 12, 2019

Dharma talk by Eryl Kubicka, “Responding and Resilience in Parenting”

Based on a New York Times  article “Which is Better; Rewards or Punishments? Neither” by Heather Turgeon. It describes a middle way of engaging with children, essentially based on responding out of our true nature and intuition without getting stuck in preconceptions. Link to the NYT article. Link to video featuring Anna Breytenbach, “animal communicator.”

April 28, 2019

Conspiracy Theories: Why Believe Them?

Recently we’ve seen conspiracy theories gaining wider currency in our country, which is just the latest surge in a long history of such theories. What spawns such ideas, and why do so many people believe in even the most far-fetched ones?

April 21, 2019

Where Christ and Bodhidharma Meet

An Easter Sunday look at apophatic theology, the Christian view of God as essentially unknowable or ineffable, which also insists that human language is inadequate to describe God. This insight overlaps with Zen and the famous words of its Founder: “I don’t know.”

April 3, 2019

April 2019 Sesshin, Day 4: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

April 2, 2019

April 2019 Sesshin, Day 3: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

April 1, 2019

April 2019 Sesshin, Day 2: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

March 31, 2019

April 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Bankei Zen (trans. by Peter Haskel)

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

March 17, 2019

Friendship: A Remedy for Cultural Disruption and Loneliness

Those who perpetrate mass shootings such as the one in New Zealand last week are often “loners.” But more people than ever in our country and elsewhere, while more “connected” than ever via social media, suffer from social isolation, which in turn can breed fear and distrust. Cultivating adult friends can help.

March 10, 2019

The Value of Getting Lost

Losing our bearings in the world, either literally or figuratively, can provoke anxiety, but it also opens us to new vistas. Zazen at its best draws us into this state of wonder-ing, where we have the promise of losing our self and finding true freedom.

March 3, 2019

March 2019 Sesshin, Day 2: Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck

Dharma Talk by Trueman Taylor

March 2, 2019

March 2019 Sesshin, Day 1: Everyday Zen, by Charlotte Joko Beck

Dharma Talk by Trueman Taylor

February 10, 2019

Dharma Talk by John Pulleyn: “Why Buddhism Is True”

Commentary on the book, Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright – a look at Buddhism from the standpoint of evolutionary psychology.

January 27, 2019

Secular Creeds as Substitutes for Religion

In his article “America’s New Religions,” Andrew Sullivan argues that all of us–conservatives, liberals, and even atheists–have our “religions”: belief systems, ideologies, or tribal affiliations that we “worship” beyond reason because they give meaning to our lives. The deities of secular faith may be scientism, progress, self-improvement, social justice ideology, or reason itself. Other gods…

January 11, 2019

January 2019 Sesshin, Day 6: Mumonkan #5, “Kyogen’s Man Up a Tree”

Teisho by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede

2018

December 16, 2018

The Zen Poetry of Ryokan

Ryokan was an eccentric 18th-century enlightened Zen  hermit-monk who is still beloved in Japan for his poetry. In this collection of his verses, One Robe, One Bowl, he captures both the beauty and pathos of human life, and like his younger contemporary Thoreau, the wonders of nature.

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