Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Upaya Dharma Podcasts - Awakening to Buddha Nature - Whole Series


This is an interesting and informative series from Upaya Zen Center. There are 18 parts, so I am only sharing the first link - the rest of thinks are below.

John Dunne & Beate Stolte: 01-18-12: Awakening to Buddha Nature (Part 1)

Speakers: John Dunne & Beate Stolte
Recorded: Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

Series Description: The continuity between ordinary consciousness and the fully awake state of Buddhahood is called Tathagatagarbha or “Buddha Nature.” What is this “Buddha Nature”, and how can it be actualized in one’s everyday experience? Asking these and other questions, and using various modes of inquiry to do so, we will explore what is essential to the realization of Buddha Nature. We will consider what is already known about this Buddha principle in various traditions, the ways we know, as well as the emotional framework of that knowledge.

During the retreat John Dunne will teach Buddhist Philosophy and the Dharma in his brilliant and humorous way, which makes it easily accessible for western practitioners. This retreat is appropriate for beginners and long-time practitioners. Sensei Beate will lead morning and evening meditation and will give meditation instructions.

John Dunne is an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University, where he is Co-Director of the Encyclopedia of Contemplative Practices and the Emory Collaborative for Contemplative Studies. He was educated at the Amherst College and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. from the Committee on the Study of Religion in 1999. 

His work focuses on various aspects of Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice. In Foundations of Dharmakirti’s Philosophy (2004), he examines the most prominent Buddhist theories of perception, language, inference and justification. His current research includes an inquiry into the notion of “mindfulness” in both classical Buddhist and contemporary contexts, and he is also engaged in a study of Candrakirti’s “Prasannapada”, a major Buddhist philosophical work on the metaphysics of “emptiness” and “selflessness.” His recently published work includes an essay on neuroscience and meditation co-authored with Richard J. Davidson and Antoine Lutz. He frequently serves as a translator for Tibetan scholars, and as a consultant, he appears on the roster of several ongoing scientific studies of Buddhist contemplative practices.

Sensei Beate Genko Stolte is a Zen teacher and the first Dharma successor of Roshi Joan Halifax in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Born in Germany, she has practiced Zen for more than 20 years and was priest-ordained in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (“Zen Mind, Beginners Mind”). She has degrees in business administration and fiscal law. She has lived, practiced, and taught in Zen Buddhist communities in the United States, Switzerland and Germany and visited Japan for Zen Buddhist studies. As a co-founder of a German Buddhist Study Center, she served as president of the board for ten years as well as director.

To access the entire series, please click on the link below:

Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: All 18 Parts

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Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: All 18 Parts

Recorded: Sunday Jan 29, 2012

The 18 part series Awakening to Buddha Nature is now published. Also, please note that the Jan 18th dharma talk (episode # 561, titled: Faith and Reason) was an introduction to this series.

You can access the desired part of the series by clicking on its link below:

Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 1
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 2
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 3
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 4
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 5
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 6
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 7
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 8
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 9
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 10
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 11
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 12
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 13
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 14a
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 14b
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 15
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 16
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 17
Awakening to Buddha Nature Series: Part 18
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