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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.

You can download the audio for the talks below by clicking the download icon on the far left of each row. Clicking the title will take you to the talk page which for many include the cited koans and transcription.

Date Given Speaker Title Transcription
Jun 18th, 2016 Barry Magid Dividing the world into good guys and bad guys in the face of violence
Jun 11th, 2016 Barry Magid The student-teacher relationship at Ordinary Mind Zendo
Jun 4th, 2016 Barry Magid Fayan's pilgrimage and the cultivation of an open mind
May 14th, 2016 Barry Magid Emptiness is as familiar to you as the Hudson river
May 7th, 2016 Barry Magid We will not overcome suffering by renouncing pleasure
May 6th, 2016 Barry Magid It is not possible to waste your time by night or day.
Apr 16th, 2016 Barry Magid Without our fantasies we would never become who we are
Apr 9th, 2016 Barry Magid Resist the temptation to turn from the particular to the abstract
Mar 26th, 2016 Barry Magid This is the truth
Mar 19th, 2016 Barry Magid The limits of utilitarian thinking
Mar 12th, 2016 Barry Magid The fantasy of a timless, universal Buddhist morality
Mar 5th, 2016 Barry Magid The absolute within the subjective
Feb 20th, 2016 Barry Magid There's nothing outside the text, no pages that don't count
Feb 13th, 2016 Barry Magid Flourishing rather than content
Feb 6th, 2016 Barry Magid Knock down the flagpole, there's nothing more
Jan 16th, 2016 Barry Magid Performing your life. Can you fully occupy the role you find yourself in?
Jan 9th, 2016 Barry Magid The enlightenment of Shakyamuni
Dec 19th, 2015 Barry Magid What's enough? What more can we do?
Dec 5th, 2015 Barry Magid What would it take for the star to realize it was a star?
Nov 21st, 2015 Barry Magid To see things clearly is to extend tender care and respect to them
Nov 14th, 2015 Christopher Hawkins Christopher Hawkins - Jukai
Nov 13th, 2015 Barry Magid Completely abdicating agency: A Lesson from Pure Land Buddhism.
Oct 31st, 2015 Barry Magid The thing about self reliance is that it is often learned from others.
Oct 24th, 2015 Barry Magid Using practice to keep life at bay
Oct 17th, 2015 Barry Magid Zen practice in America: Repairing a boat at sea
Oct 3rd, 2015 Barry Magid Zen and the Birds of Appetite
Sep 26th, 2015 Barry Magid The turn from fantasy to possibility
Sep 19th, 2015 Barry Magid The spiritual life is its own justification
Sep 12th, 2015 Barry Magid Eulogy for Marc Poirier
Aug 1st, 2015 Barry Magid The fantasy of a single state of mind
Jul 25th, 2015 Barry Magid How to practice "Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher"
Jun 13th, 2015 Barry Magid If you want the Dharma, this is the package it comes in
Jun 6th, 2015 Barry Magid Gutei's finger and lifelong practice: Relying on the teacher that is always at hand
May 30th, 2015 Barry Magid "This is the price of attachment. Worth it, easily worth it."
May 16th, 2015 Barry Magid Western philosophy and Buddhism on the relationship between goodness and happiness
May 9th, 2015 Barry Magid What is Missing?
May 2nd, 2015 Barry Magid We polish the tile to enjoy, appreciate, and know its tile-ness
Apr 25th, 2015 Barry Magid Appreciating the divide between us and the ancient texts
Apr 11th, 2015 Barry Magid The whole universe is one bright pearl
Apr 4th, 2015 Barry Magid Zazen in the midst of Easter and Passover

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