Sinopsis

A podcast from Wimbledon Zen, a Soto Zen group that sit every Saturday at William Morris House, London.

Episodios

  • Three Zen Chants in Japanese with Shundo David Haye

    Three Zen Chants in Japanese with Shundo David Haye

    01/10/2017

    Chanting plays a key part in Japanese Soto Zen, but for the Western student, even if you can find the Japanese words set out in English characters, it can be difficult to know how to pronounce them and the correct cadence to use. In this short recording, Shundo David Haye chants three important Zen texts: the Bodhisattva Vow, the Robe Chant and the Heart Sutra in Japanese to allow you to see how the chant should correctly be done.

  • An interview with Shundo David Haye

    An interview with Shundo David Haye

    18/09/2017

    In this interview, Wimbledon Zen sits down with Shundo David Haye to discuss his life in Zen. We discuss how he found the practice, teachers who have influenced him, his favourite pieces of Dogen and common mistakes that Zen students make. We also discuss how Zen can become more inclusive, opening itself up to a more diverse reflection of our communities.

  • Dogens Bussho: Does that pesky dog have Buddha Nature or not?

    Dogen's Bussho: Does that pesky dog have Buddha Nature or not?

    11/09/2017

    Handout available at: http://podcast.wimbledonzen.co.uk/2017.07.08/handout.pdf In this talk we look at Bussho (Buddha Nature) - widely regarded as one of the most important fascicles of Dogen's Shobogenzo but - for various reasons - often over-looked by modern students. This talk examines the history surrounding the concept of Original Enlightenment and how this philosophy has been very controversial in Buddhism. It also looks at the innovative and unique ways that Dogen twisted the words of previous teachings to more fully reflect how he saw the idea of Buddha Nature. The talk concludes by asking how a modern practitioner should look to use the fascicle. How is it relevant to us now?

  • Zen and Hope: Does Zen teach Hopelessness?

    Zen and Hope: Does Zen teach Hopelessness?

    22/06/2017

    In this talk, Martin asks whether there is room for 'hope' in Zen. Drawing again on his background in end of life care, he asks what 'hope' actually is and looks at its relationship to faith. Is hope merely a refusal to be with things as they actually are? Does hope hinder our ability to cultivate compassion for ourselves and for others?

  • The Garden of Self: What does Buddha mean when he says we have no-self?

    The Garden of Self: What does Buddha mean when he says we have no-self?

    07/06/2017

    The teaching of anata (no-self) is one of the most frequently misunderstood of Buddha's teachings. In this talk, Alan uses the analogy of a garden to explore what Buddhists actually mean by no-self. He also compares the different ways that schools of Buddhism, such as the Theravada, Yogacara and Madhyamaka, have traditionally advanced this teaching. The talk concludes with looking at practical ways that we can try and explore anata in our daily lives.

  • Practice as Rain Drops

    Practice as Rain Drops

    02/06/2017

    In this talk, Martin asks 'Why do we sit?'. He offers a personal reflection on our desire to want to acheive 'something' in our zazen and talks about spiritual materialism. How should we approach our natural inclination to want to know if our practice is making a difference to our lives?

  • Bearing Witness and Not Knowing: Using our Practice in Challenging Situations

    Bearing Witness and Not Knowing: Using our Practice in Challenging Situations

    11/03/2017

    In this beautiful talk Martin talks about the Buddhist practices of Bearing Witness and Not Knowing. Martin works in the field of hospice care and, using his work as a background, he discusses how we act when we are confronted with a challenging situation, especially one where we are unable to change what is happening. How do you stand shoulder to shoulder with someone when you cannot act to relieve their suffering? This inspiring talk has relevance for everyone facing today's world.

  • Rhythms of Practice Part 3: Settling Within and Expression in the World, by Taigen Dan Leighton

    Rhythms of Practice Part 3: Settling Within and Expression in the World, by Taigen Dan Leighton

    23/02/2017

    'Rhythms of Practice: Settling Within and Expression in the World' Taigen Dan Leighton is a Soto Zen priest and teacher, academic, and author. He is an authorized lineage holder and Zen teacher in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki, and is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Soto Zen Centre in Chicago. Taigen was ordained as a Zen priest in 1986 and received Dharma Transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2000. He lived in Japan between 1990-1992 and is a translator (together with Shohaku Okumura) of Dogen's 'Eihei Koroku' and other Dogen texts. He holds a PHD from Berkley. He is also the author of numerous books, including 'Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry', 'Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression', 'Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness' and 'Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra'. He was also asked to provide the forward to John Daido Loori's classic compendium on Zen m

  • Rhythms of Practice Part 2: Settling Within and Expression in the World, by Taigen Dan Leighton

    Rhythms of Practice Part 2: Settling Within and Expression in the World, by Taigen Dan Leighton

    23/02/2017

    'Rhythms of Practice: Settling Within and Expression in the World' Taigen Dan Leighton is a Soto Zen priest and teacher, academic, and author. He is an authorized lineage holder and Zen teacher in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki, and is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Soto Zen Centre in Chicago. Taigen was ordained as a Zen priest in 1986 and received Dharma Transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2000. He lived in Japan between 1990-1992 and is a translator (together with Shohaku Okumura) of Dogen's 'Eihei Koroku' and other Dogen texts. He holds a PHD from Berkley. He is also the author of numerous books, including 'Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry', 'Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression', 'Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness' and 'Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra'. He was also asked to provide the forward to John Daido Loori's classic compendium on Zen m

  • Rhythms of Practice Part 1: Settling Within and Expression in the World, by Taigen Dan Leighton

    Rhythms of Practice Part 1: Settling Within and Expression in the World, by Taigen Dan Leighton

    23/02/2017

    'Rhythms of Practice: Settling Within and Expression in the World' Taigen Dan Leighton is a Soto Zen priest and teacher, academic, and author. He is an authorized lineage holder and Zen teacher in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki, and is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Ancient Dragon Zen Gate Soto Zen Centre in Chicago. Taigen was ordained as a Zen priest in 1986 and received Dharma Transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2000. He lived in Japan between 1990-1992 and is a translator (together with Shohaku Okumura) of Dogen's 'Eihei Koroku' and other Dogen texts. He holds a PHD from Berkley. He is also the author of numerous books, including 'Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry', 'Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression', 'Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness' and 'Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra'. He was also asked to provide the forward to John Daido Loori's classic compendium on Zen m

  • Zen  Compassion - Dogens Kannon, the KKK and Larry Trapp

    Zen & Compassion - Dogen's Kannon, the KKK and Larry Trapp

    21/01/2017

    'Zen & Compassion - Dogen's Kannon, the KKK and Larry Trapp' Most of us want to bring more compassion into our lives. This talk examines what Zen master Dogen Zenji says about compassion; particularly looking at the 'Kannon' chapter of his Shobogenzo. It also tells the true story of Michael Weisser and Larry Trapp to show how radical compassionate action changed the life of a Grand Dragon of The KKK for the better. Finally the talk looks at what practical advice Dogen gives on how to behave more compassionately in our everyday lives.

  • Dazed and Confused Part 3: Approaching Dogen

    Dazed and Confused Part 3: Approaching Dogen

    19/11/2016

    'Dazed and Confused: Trying to make sense of Dogen's philosophy if you're not as smart as Taigen Dan Leighton' In this final part, Alan offers a framework for understanding Dogen's teachings, with the Zen Master's main philosophies spelt out, and a path for further readings. Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) is one of the most important teachers in the history of Zen Buddhism. Dogen's philosophy has been incredibly influential on generations of Zen practitioners, including many important modern day teachers, such as Shunryu Suzuki, Dainin Katagiri, Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Dan Leighton and Brad Warner. Dogen's writings are famous for turning words on their head to try and find a way to explain Buddhist realisation, an experience that is simply impossible to describe using conventional language. This feature of his work, however, makes Dogen incredibly challenging to read. We can tell that profound truths are being explained but are often left totally baffled by the crazy, topsy-turvy way that Dogen writes about Zen.

  • Dazed and Confused Part 2: Deciphering Dogen

    Dazed and Confused Part 2: Deciphering Dogen

    19/11/2016

    'Dazed and Confused: Trying to make sense of Dogen's philosophy if you're not as smart as Taigen Dan Leighton' Alan deals with how to demystify Dogen's writings, by looking into the Zen Master's influences and the way translators have attempted to bring his writings to life. Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) is one of the most important teachers in the history of Zen Buddhism. Dogen's philosophy has been incredibly influential on generations of Zen practitioners, including many important modern day teachers, such as Shunryu Suzuki, Dainin Katagiri, Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Dan Leighton and Brad Warner. Dogen's writings are famous for turning words on their head to try and find a way to explain Buddhist realisation, an experience that is simply impossible to describe using conventional language. This feature of his work, however, makes Dogen incredibly challenging to read. We can tell that profound truths are being explained but are often left totally baffled by the crazy, topsy-turvy way that Dogen writes about Zen.

  • Dazed and Confused Part 1: An Introduction to Dogen Zenji

    Dazed and Confused Part 1: An Introduction to Dogen Zenji

    19/11/2016

    'Dazed and Confused: Trying to make sense of Dogen's philosophy if you're not as smart as Taigen Dan Leighton' In this first section, Alan gives an introduction to the life of Dogen, and why you might be interested in the Zen Master's teachings. Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) is one of the most important teachers in the history of Zen Buddhism. Dogen's philosophy has been incredibly influential on generations of Zen practitioners, including many important modern day teachers, such as Shunryu Suzuki, Dainin Katagiri, Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Dan Leighton and Brad Warner. Dogen's writings are famous for turning words on their head to try and find a way to explain Buddhist realisation, an experience that is simply impossible to describe using conventional language. This feature of his work, however, makes Dogen incredibly challenging to read. We can tell that profound truths are being explained but are often left totally baffled by the crazy, topsy-turvy way that Dogen writes about Zen. This three part talk from Wi

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