260 - Ten Fields of Zen Practice Chapter Two: Bodhicitta, Way-Seeking Mind
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by Domyo Burk
6d ago
This episode on Bodhicitta, or Way-Seeking Mind, is chapter two of my book The Ten Fields of Zen Practice: A Primer for Practitioners.” Bodhicitta is the first Field of practice because without it we never even begin practice, and, if we don’t nurture and sustain it, our practice will wither and die. I discuss the first arising of Bodhicitta, its function, how to cultivate it, and its profound nature ..read more
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259 - Ten Fields of Zen Practice Chapter One: What Is Zen Practice?
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by Domyo Burk
3w ago
In this introductory chapter to my book, “The Ten Fields of Zen Practice: A Primer for Practitioners," I discuss the nature of practice and "progress" on the path of practice. I then introduce the Ten Fields, and the rest of the book will consist of a chapter on each of the Fields ..read more
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258 - One Reality, Many Descriptions Part 6: The Two Truths of Absolute and Relative 2
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by Domyo Burk
1M ago
The Two Truths teaching is another classic Chan/Zen description of Reality-with-a-Capital-R. Reality has two aspects, often called relative and absolute. I call them the “dependent dimension” and the “independent dimension.” I describe this teaching and discuss why it is so important to our practice ..read more
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257 - One Reality, Many Descriptions Part 5: The Two Truths of Absolute and Relative – Part 1
The Zen Studies Podcast
by Domyo Burk
1M ago
The Two Truths teaching is another classic Chan/Zen description of Reality-with-a-Capital-R. Reality has two aspects, often called relative and absolute. I call them the "dependent dimension" and the "independent dimension." I describe this teaching and discuss why it is so important to our practice ..read more
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256 - Do Your Own Practice: Spiritual Translation Versus Transformation
The Zen Studies Podcast
by Domyo Burk
2M ago
One way to frame our practice is to say it has a "translation" aspect and a "transformation" aspect. Translation means to apply Buddhist teachings and practice to our life to free self and other from suffering, and live with greater wisdom and compassion. Transformation means to seek transcendence of the self and all of its limited views through a relentless process of inquiry, for the sake of an even more profound and stable liberation. I discuss how each aspect is valuable, how they differ, and clarifying what you want out of your own spiritual path ..read more
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255 – The Medicine of Emptiness When Witnessing Suffering and Injustice
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by Domyo Burk
3M ago
When we witness - or experience - suffering or injustice, the medicine of emptiness can give us strength and equanimity. It should also increase our compassion, allowing us to be open, sensitive, and responsive without getting overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, fear, anger, or hatred. I talk about what the "medicine of emptiness" is - and isn't - and how to access it ..read more
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254 - Practice is How You Live Each and Every Moment – Part 2
The Zen Studies Podcast
by Domyo Burk
3M ago
Everyday life gives us countless opportunities for "awakening work." I discuss ways to practice each and every moment in order to awaken to the truth of Dukkha and the ending of Dukkha, and to the truth Emptiness. In Part 3 I will talk about how we can similarly work on a direct, personal experiences of Suchness, Buddha-Nature, and the Two Truths (absolute and relative) in the midst of our daily lives ..read more
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253 - Practice is How You Live Each and Every Moment – Part 1
The Zen Studies Podcast
by Domyo Burk
3M ago
The formal aspects of Buddhist practice – the things you can look at and identify as “Buddhist practice” – are very important. These include meditation, Dharma study, and time with Sangha. However, unless you’re a monk in a really strict monastery, over 90% of your time is spent outside of formal practice. It’s important to remember that practice each and every moment – how we choose to live our life, just as it is – is the most important thing ..read more
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252 - Reflections on Dogen’s “Bussho, The Buddha-Nature” Part 2: Total Existence
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by Domyo Burk
4M ago
In my second episode reflecting on Dogen's “Bussho,” or “The Buddha-Nature," I discuss how Buddha-Nature is a teaching about our existential koan as human beings. I also talk about how Dogen says we have already got Buddha-Nature, and then explore more fully his teaching about "Total Existence ..read more
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251 – Reflections on Dogen’s “Bussho: The Buddha-Nature” Part 1: Total Existence
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by Domyo Burk
4M ago
In his essay "Bussho," or "The Buddha-Nature," Dogen explores and expands a classic Mahayana Buddhist teaching. I reflect on a few central concepts from the first paragraph ..read more
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