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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
Sep 27th, 2013 Barry Magid Edgar Allen Poe: A Dream within a dream
Aug 17th, 2013 Barry Magid Life animates us and we return the favor
Aug 3rd, 2013 Barry Magid Aspiration and vow in Zen practice
Jul 25th, 2013 Nils Nichols Nils Nichols - Jukai
Jul 12th, 2013 Bob Kalin Bob Kalin - Jukai
Jul 12th, 2013 Jessica Li Phillips Jessica Li Phillips - Jukai
Feb 26th, 2013 Barry Magid Honesty towards our solutions for waking up
Feb 10th, 2013 Barry Magid Uselessness, a koan of just sitting
Feb 9th, 2013 Barry Magid Post enlightenment practice: presence rather than transformation
Feb 2nd, 2013 Barry Magid Sesshin: Presence rather than endurance
Jan 26th, 2013 Barry Magid Approaching Koans. Feeling the question with all of our nature.
Jan 13th, 2013 Barry Magid Where do you think real Zen is happening?
Jan 12th, 2013 Barry Magid No heat or cold: Surrender and submission in spiritual practice
Jan 5th, 2013 Barry Magid Nothing is Hidden: The Psychology of Zen Koans. Chapter 1: Wholeness and immediacy
Nov 10th, 2012 Barry Magid Leaving open space in which grace can act
Oct 27th, 2012 Barry Magid The fireboy seeking fire. Our reflexive "This isn't it."
Sep 22nd, 2012 Barry Magid The limitations of metaphors of clinging and letting go in Buddhist practice
Sep 15th, 2012 Barry Magid Everyday is a good day. The nature of before and after.
Jul 14th, 2012 Barry Magid Aesop's fable of The Sun and the North Wind. To practice harder or practice softer?
Jul 7th, 2012 Barry Magid The Bodhisattva's Vow and The Heart Sutra. What is the nature of compassion?
Jun 9th, 2012 Barry Magid What does it mean to practice in the face of death?
Jun 2nd, 2012 Barry Magid There are no dragons in stagnant water
May 19th, 2012 Barry Magid The Bodhisattva's Vow
May 12th, 2012 Barry Magid Patrick Hawk, Thomas Merton, and the dialogue between Catholicism and Zen
May 5th, 2012 Barry Magid The sensibility of tea ceremony and haiku
Apr 21st, 2012 Barry Magid The evolution of the sangha
Apr 14th, 2012 Barry Magid Freedom in the midst of, rather than freedom from
Apr 7th, 2012 Barry Magid Ordinary Mind Zendo's four practice principles
Mar 24th, 2012 Barry Magid Three Buddhist Teachers Walk Into A Bar: Our pictures of what practice is
Mar 17th, 2012 Barry Magid The nature of insight in our practice
Mar 10th, 2012 Barry Magid Our ordinary mind: the darkness of abandoned grasses
Feb 25th, 2012 Barry Magid How an experience can shape our world view
Feb 11th, 2012 Barry Magid Our relationship to desire and attachment
Feb 4th, 2012 Barry Magid Lay practice and the Buddhist precepts: How we can't possibly break them
Jan 28th, 2012 Barry Magid Lay practice and the Buddhist precepts: How we can't possibly keep them
Jan 14th, 2012 Barry Magid The dialectic of mastery and self-acceptance
Jan 7th, 2012 Barry Magid Where is immutability to be found? Flowers blooming in their season, the color of flowing water.
Nov 10th, 2011 Barry Magid Play among equals. Two old teachers enjoying themselves together.
Oct 22nd, 2011 Barry Magid The Precepts as a practice of bearing witness
Aug 10th, 2011 Barry Magid Mu. What are the splits and barriers that exist in yourself?

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