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Dharma Talks From Ordinary Mind Zendo

Below are the archives of dharma talks given at Ordinary Mind Zendo. New talks are also made available through our podcast. If you'd like to stay up to date with the talks, subscribe through the podcast service of your choice. Click here for more information.

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Date Given Speaker Title Transcription
Feb 16th, 2019 Barry Magid February 16th 2019
Jan 26th, 2019 Barry Magid January 26th 2019
Jan 19th, 2019 Barry Magid January 19th 2019
Oct 13th, 2018 Barry Magid October 13th 2018
Oct 6th, 2018 Barry Magid October 6th 2018
Jul 28th, 2018 Barry Magid Hegel and the freedom you find within constraint
Jul 21st, 2018 Barry Magid July 21st 2018
Jun 30th, 2018 Barry Magid The question of freedom in religious and political philosophy
Jun 16th, 2018 Barry Magid Vulnerability, attachment and dependence are not optional
Jun 9th, 2018 Barry Magid Enlightenment, though a wonderful thing, is not sufficient in itself
May 19th, 2018 Barry Magid Freedom and its Betrayal
May 12th, 2018 Barry Magid A few words in honor of the memory of Jeremy Safran
May 5th, 2018 Barry Magid The Difference between Compassion and Empathy
Apr 28th, 2018 Barry Magid You cannot conclude an Ought from an Is
Apr 21st, 2018 Barry Magid Zen and Philosophical Problems
Apr 14th, 2018 Barry Magid Borrowing, reforming, and recreating the cultural containers of Zen
Apr 7th, 2018 Barry Magid What values are being valorized in the story of the Buddha's birth?
Mar 31st, 2018 Barry Magid What is it we need freedom from? What is it we need freedom for?
Mar 17th, 2018 Barry Magid What happens when our utilitarian thinking encounters a practice that leaves everything as it is?
Mar 3rd, 2018 Barry Magid The discernment of sameness
Feb 17th, 2018 Barry Magid I am my body
Feb 10th, 2018 Barry Magid What counts as continuity in Zen?
Feb 3rd, 2018 Barry Magid All rabbits are ducks seen from behind at twilight
Jan 27th, 2018 Barry Magid History has no libretto
Jan 13th, 2018 Barry Magid American Zen and ordained hierarchies
Jan 6th, 2018 Barry Magid A cold snowy wintry day is a good time to talk about Mu
Dec 23rd, 2017 Barry Magid The legitimacy of enjoyment in Zen practice
Dec 16th, 2017 Barry Magid Lay Zen practice is not a diluted form of monastic practice
Dec 2nd, 2017 Barry Magid We should accept attachment as a part of life
Nov 18th, 2017 Barry Magid Every world lost reveals a world unexpected
Nov 11th, 2017 Barry Magid The Freedom found in structure
Nov 4th, 2017 Barry Magid What is to be done about the world?
Oct 29th, 2017 Barry Magid Where is the true self to be found?
Oct 28th, 2017 Barry Magid Our Life is inseparable from Realization
Oct 14th, 2017 Barry Magid The Calm After the Storm
Oct 7th, 2017 Malcolm Martin Malcolm Martin - Jukai
Oct 7th, 2017 Barbara Haines Barbara Haines - Jukai
Oct 7th, 2017 Jimbo Blachly Jimbo Blachly - Jukai Talk
Oct 6th, 2017 Barry Magid The world is not a world of defilement
Sep 30th, 2017 Barry Magid Jukai as a ceremony of conversion to Buddhism

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