Podcasts

Below is a selection of the Sydney Zen Centre podcasts published on Soundcloud.
If you are interested in listening to more, click here for access to all of SZC podcasts.

A Blade of Grass

The Buddha points to the ground and declares "Here would be a good place to erect a temple." In this talk, Jane Andino looks at this case from the Book of Serenity and reflects on what that temple might be for us. She also investigates the traditions of our lay practice. This Dharma talk was given at...

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Bridges

Reading from his book 'Zen Leopard' Brendon Stewart reflects upon a recent trip to Japan. Brendon uses the metaphor of a bridge, a very common image in many Japanese wood block prints. His Zen Buddhist practice has been made richer by ideas passing back and forth over the many bridges of history and between his country of...

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No difference

"If there is even a bit of difference, it is the remote distance between heaven and earth." This is a famous Zen saying that has been used many times by the masters of the past and present, but what does it mean? Difference between what and what? Allan Marett, roshi explores a famous exchange between Fayan...

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Not Knowing

Not knowing is central to Zen practice. When Fayan and his companions were on pilgrimage, they ran into a snowstorm and took shelter at the temple of Dizang. Dizang asked him why he was wandering around on pilgrimage (a question that pilgrims frequently encounter) and Fayan replied, "I don't know." This story is from the...

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The Koan Mu

Maggie Gluek, roshi, describes how old Chao Chou offers us a key to the gateless barrier, a word that is no word that opens the door to everything. And in which Wu Men with his long comment shines a light on the practice of Zen. Don’t go thinking you’ve heard this all before! This teisho...

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What are you doing here?

Paul Maloney, roshi, examines the question of what, if anything, is to be attained through the practice of Zen. While we may feel that we know WHY we are here in sesshin, the answer as to what are we actually DOING, now that we are, may not be so clear. This is a commentary on...

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Facing fear

Fear of death is the fundamental human fear, fear of the loss of self its corollary.  What does it mean to face this fear, as opposed to running away from it? Where does one find true refuge from fear? How does the Dharma invite the practice of no-fear? These are some of the questions Maggie...

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I Want Nothing

Gillian Coote, roshi explores 'Beginner’s Mind'  including Suzuki Roshi’s thoughts on the matter, and how this mind is the heart of our practice, whether we’ve been practising for two weeks or a hundred years.   This talk was given at the zazenkai in April, 2018

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Awakening Your Green Buddha

Now more than ever before we need a genuine greening of the mind.  We are facing climate change and an environmental crisis that affects all beings. This requires an inner and outer transformation to meet the challenges of our time.  In this Dharma talk Subhana Barzaghi roshi, helps us recognise that to hear the earth's cry, is to...

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Saving all beings

When Guishan thrusts his hoe into the ground it represents vast emptiness, but that's not the end of the story. He then puts his hoe on his shoulder and heads off to work with his fellow monks—his sangha.  This story from the Book of Serenity reminds us of the importance of the bodhisattva path of...

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Changsha Goes on a Picnic

Allan Marett takes us into the great mountains where Changsha lived from around 788-868 and was renowned for his great fierceness (nicknamed ‘great tiger’). In this encounter the teacher, now older and far more settled, is challenged by the head monk on his return from a walk -“Where have you come from?” a familiar challenge,...

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Buddha Touches the Earth

Deep Ecologist John Seed discusses his journey with Buddhism and how it led him into conservation and direct action and how he has sought to bring these two guiding elements together in his Buddhist teaching activities. John has been awarded the OAM for his services to conservation and the environment and in this talk he discusses...

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