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Angel City Zen Center - Beginners Only Podcast

Angel City Zen Center

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Angel City Zen Center - Beginners Only Podcast

Angel City Zen Center - Beginners Only Podcast

Angel City Zen Center

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Weekly public talks recorded live at the Angel City Zen Center

Latest Episodes

Brad Warner - Enlightened Selfishness (Nothing but a Bundle of Light)

"Every time you try to hurt or gain advantage over somebody else, you're only hurting yourself. It's as instant as punching yourself in the face. The problem is that most people never figure that out. We're so dense, we put a bunch of walls around ourselves that enable us to ignore that. But one of the things of zen practice is that those walls start to crumble and all of the things that were in the way of understanding that unethical action is the same as hitting yourself in the face, just start to crumble. - Brad WarnerIn a warm and giddy talk complete with live laugh track (remember audiences??) Brad Warner returns in person to ACZC to talk about the importance of being together, Advaita Vedanta, universal oneness, the great bundle of light, ethical selfishness, and why he's so much funnier when there's people in the room.

50 min5 d ago
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Brad Warner - Enlightened Selfishness (Nothing but a Bundle of Light)

Emily Eslami - Nothing to Lose (The Precept pt 3 - No Stealing)

"Please remember this “no stealing” precept. It is the ultimate recognition that you have nothing to lose. Even if you, your whole body, is stolen by somebody, your whole mind by somebody, you have not lost anything."- Kobun ChinoIn our ongoing in depth precept series, Emily takes on the second grave precept - No Stealing. By which we mean, is it even possible to steal? What do we have to lose, and what is there that could possibly be taken from us? It's a simple sounding rule with no easy answers... Fortunately Emily is on the case to expertly walk us through all the implications and contradictions, from the basic lessons of who gets harmed when we engage in illicit gain (ourselves of course), to how to completely protect yourself from every thief and burglar out there (see title...). With thousands of years of expert Zen advice and Emily and the sangha's own stories of moral quandaries, gains, and losses, this is the story of our togetherness and our separateness dancing together in the groundless realization that there is nothing but gain where we have nothing to lose.

44 min1 w ago
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Emily Eslami - Nothing to Lose (The Precept pt 3 - No Stealing)

Brad Warner - Mind Makes Time

"I don't have to beat myself up over making a mistake. I just have to realize that the sense of thinking 'Oh my god, that thing I did...' is really just the desire to not do that anymore." - Brad WarnerBrad shares some readings he's been working with for his next book about toilets and Dogen's "Being Time," while the sangha wants to know how Dogen's weird world of time applies to every day matters like good & evil, ethics, finding our intuition, and what we carve into the universe in the moment before the present. Deep and enlightening discussion on the nature of what we are and what the heck we should do about that ensues!

43 min2 w ago
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Brad Warner - Mind Makes Time

Dave Cuomo - The Beautiful Boring of Blockhead (History of Zen - Shitou vs Mazu!)

“Get to know your own heart. It isn’t permanent or impermanent. It isn’t good or bad. It is clear and perfect.” - ShitouDave returns to pickup our storyline to find that almost as soon as Zen had coalesced itself into one cohesive school of Buddhism, Shitou & Mazu come along and split into two separate streams that will run next to each other for the next 1300 years all the way down to today. It's a story of the beautifully boring side of Zen vs the wacky and weird that will become Soto vs Rinzai in later generations. Along the way we see the birth of three stooges Zen in the koans, and get treated to a loving rendition of Shitou's classic poem "Grass Hut Song" about the quiet nothingness warmly embracing everything.

41 min3 w ago
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Dave Cuomo - The Beautiful Boring of Blockhead (History of Zen - Shitou vs Mazu!)

Emily Eslami - First Gift (The Precepts pt 2 - Not Killing)

“All the rules & commandments out there are trying to anticipate a situation. But right action, acting in the moment of an actual situation, can only happen in the moment of doing.” - Emily EslamiIn her ongoing deep dive into the precepts, Emily takes on precept number one - No Killing! Which sounds simple, until she starts walking us through an honest look at the utter impossibility of such a thing.... Fortunately Emily is on the case armed with classic koans and thousands of years of commentary, and a wealth of personal deliberation and confusion one how to live a life without harm in a universe composed of infinite suffering. What do we do if we accidentally step on a bee (relax)? What kind of belief system has breaking the rules built into the rules (this one!)?? How is not being enlightened already not killing (whoa)? And how could we even destroy what we are already part of (exactly!)?? Find out here!

44 minAUG 18
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Emily Eslami - First Gift (The Precepts pt 2 - Not Killing)

Brad Warner - Begging the Eye

"Ungan said, “The state of begging the Eye is itself the Eye, is it not?” This is a sentence which blinks the Eye. It is the vivid shattering of the Eye. Ungan is saying that the Eye begs the Eye, water draws water, mountains line up with mountains; we go among alien beings, andwe live among our own kind." - DogenBrad Warner dives into the weird and wonderful with two great readings: Dainin Katagiri's "Making Your Life Vividly Alive," all about running head long into the emergency of every day life; and Dogen's classic "Eyes," all about the great eyeballs of Buddha trying to turn around and look that Buddha right back in the eyeballs. It's a talk about delusion embracing delusion as the only enlightened option, the flowers in our eyes blinking and as Dogen so poetically puts it, the eye singing out itself. Along the way Brad tells us how and why he committed himself to making delusion his entire practice, what happens when you seem to be the only one who notices that the standard ...

48 minAUG 11
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Brad Warner - Begging the Eye

Dave Cuomo - Inconceivable! (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 2)

"The freedom, or liberation, she’s talking about is one that all of us inherently possess, and one that only we can grant to our selves. And it’s also a freedom that no one could ever take away from you no matter what they do..." - Dave CuomoThe thrilling conclusion to our two part series on the Vimalakirti sutra! Dave continues the story with the classic goddess chapter, where everyone's favorite no BS goddess gives Sariputra the business for his worst ideas on gender roles and enlightenment. Also, we get Dogen's hot take on the whole sutra, a visit from some benevolent sweet smelling aliens, heavenly take out is ordered, and so much more!

39 minAUG 6
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Dave Cuomo - Inconceivable! (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 2)

Dave Cuomo - Thank You For Being (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 1)

“There is no good or bad. its all just the universe learning through trial and error. So go out, do good or screw up. And whatever you do and whatever you’ve been through, thanks. We’re all better off for it.” - Dave Cuomo

48 minAUG 4
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Dave Cuomo - Thank You For Being (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 1)

Erik Andersen - The Poor Way

“This is poor man’s Buddhism - we don’’t have the resources to carry around bundles of scrolls with us, we don’t have the time to memorize sutras. Zen is about self sufficiency, autonomy, freedom. It’s a simpler way….” - Erik Andersen

51 minJUL 21
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Erik Andersen - The Poor Way

Emily Eslami - On Shaky Ground (The Precepts pt 1 - Historical Background)

"True precepts are changeable and at the same time unchangeable. And the consequence of not following them is just being on shaky ground. According to Buddhism you could live your whole life on shaky ground if you choose...” - Emily Eslami

46 minJUL 21
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Emily Eslami - On Shaky Ground (The Precepts pt 1 - Historical Background)

Latest Episodes

Brad Warner - Enlightened Selfishness (Nothing but a Bundle of Light)

"Every time you try to hurt or gain advantage over somebody else, you're only hurting yourself. It's as instant as punching yourself in the face. The problem is that most people never figure that out. We're so dense, we put a bunch of walls around ourselves that enable us to ignore that. But one of the things of zen practice is that those walls start to crumble and all of the things that were in the way of understanding that unethical action is the same as hitting yourself in the face, just start to crumble. - Brad WarnerIn a warm and giddy talk complete with live laugh track (remember audiences??) Brad Warner returns in person to ACZC to talk about the importance of being together, Advaita Vedanta, universal oneness, the great bundle of light, ethical selfishness, and why he's so much funnier when there's people in the room.

50 min5 d ago
Comments
Brad Warner - Enlightened Selfishness (Nothing but a Bundle of Light)

Emily Eslami - Nothing to Lose (The Precept pt 3 - No Stealing)

"Please remember this “no stealing” precept. It is the ultimate recognition that you have nothing to lose. Even if you, your whole body, is stolen by somebody, your whole mind by somebody, you have not lost anything."- Kobun ChinoIn our ongoing in depth precept series, Emily takes on the second grave precept - No Stealing. By which we mean, is it even possible to steal? What do we have to lose, and what is there that could possibly be taken from us? It's a simple sounding rule with no easy answers... Fortunately Emily is on the case to expertly walk us through all the implications and contradictions, from the basic lessons of who gets harmed when we engage in illicit gain (ourselves of course), to how to completely protect yourself from every thief and burglar out there (see title...). With thousands of years of expert Zen advice and Emily and the sangha's own stories of moral quandaries, gains, and losses, this is the story of our togetherness and our separateness dancing together in the groundless realization that there is nothing but gain where we have nothing to lose.

44 min1 w ago
Comments
Emily Eslami - Nothing to Lose (The Precept pt 3 - No Stealing)

Brad Warner - Mind Makes Time

"I don't have to beat myself up over making a mistake. I just have to realize that the sense of thinking 'Oh my god, that thing I did...' is really just the desire to not do that anymore." - Brad WarnerBrad shares some readings he's been working with for his next book about toilets and Dogen's "Being Time," while the sangha wants to know how Dogen's weird world of time applies to every day matters like good & evil, ethics, finding our intuition, and what we carve into the universe in the moment before the present. Deep and enlightening discussion on the nature of what we are and what the heck we should do about that ensues!

43 min2 w ago
Comments
Brad Warner - Mind Makes Time

Dave Cuomo - The Beautiful Boring of Blockhead (History of Zen - Shitou vs Mazu!)

“Get to know your own heart. It isn’t permanent or impermanent. It isn’t good or bad. It is clear and perfect.” - ShitouDave returns to pickup our storyline to find that almost as soon as Zen had coalesced itself into one cohesive school of Buddhism, Shitou & Mazu come along and split into two separate streams that will run next to each other for the next 1300 years all the way down to today. It's a story of the beautifully boring side of Zen vs the wacky and weird that will become Soto vs Rinzai in later generations. Along the way we see the birth of three stooges Zen in the koans, and get treated to a loving rendition of Shitou's classic poem "Grass Hut Song" about the quiet nothingness warmly embracing everything.

41 min3 w ago
Comments
Dave Cuomo - The Beautiful Boring of Blockhead (History of Zen - Shitou vs Mazu!)

Emily Eslami - First Gift (The Precepts pt 2 - Not Killing)

“All the rules & commandments out there are trying to anticipate a situation. But right action, acting in the moment of an actual situation, can only happen in the moment of doing.” - Emily EslamiIn her ongoing deep dive into the precepts, Emily takes on precept number one - No Killing! Which sounds simple, until she starts walking us through an honest look at the utter impossibility of such a thing.... Fortunately Emily is on the case armed with classic koans and thousands of years of commentary, and a wealth of personal deliberation and confusion one how to live a life without harm in a universe composed of infinite suffering. What do we do if we accidentally step on a bee (relax)? What kind of belief system has breaking the rules built into the rules (this one!)?? How is not being enlightened already not killing (whoa)? And how could we even destroy what we are already part of (exactly!)?? Find out here!

44 minAUG 18
Comments
Emily Eslami - First Gift (The Precepts pt 2 - Not Killing)

Brad Warner - Begging the Eye

"Ungan said, “The state of begging the Eye is itself the Eye, is it not?” This is a sentence which blinks the Eye. It is the vivid shattering of the Eye. Ungan is saying that the Eye begs the Eye, water draws water, mountains line up with mountains; we go among alien beings, andwe live among our own kind." - DogenBrad Warner dives into the weird and wonderful with two great readings: Dainin Katagiri's "Making Your Life Vividly Alive," all about running head long into the emergency of every day life; and Dogen's classic "Eyes," all about the great eyeballs of Buddha trying to turn around and look that Buddha right back in the eyeballs. It's a talk about delusion embracing delusion as the only enlightened option, the flowers in our eyes blinking and as Dogen so poetically puts it, the eye singing out itself. Along the way Brad tells us how and why he committed himself to making delusion his entire practice, what happens when you seem to be the only one who notices that the standard ...

48 minAUG 11
Comments
Brad Warner - Begging the Eye

Dave Cuomo - Inconceivable! (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 2)

"The freedom, or liberation, she’s talking about is one that all of us inherently possess, and one that only we can grant to our selves. And it’s also a freedom that no one could ever take away from you no matter what they do..." - Dave CuomoThe thrilling conclusion to our two part series on the Vimalakirti sutra! Dave continues the story with the classic goddess chapter, where everyone's favorite no BS goddess gives Sariputra the business for his worst ideas on gender roles and enlightenment. Also, we get Dogen's hot take on the whole sutra, a visit from some benevolent sweet smelling aliens, heavenly take out is ordered, and so much more!

39 minAUG 6
Comments
Dave Cuomo - Inconceivable! (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 2)

Dave Cuomo - Thank You For Being (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 1)

“There is no good or bad. its all just the universe learning through trial and error. So go out, do good or screw up. And whatever you do and whatever you’ve been through, thanks. We’re all better off for it.” - Dave Cuomo

48 minAUG 4
Comments
Dave Cuomo - Thank You For Being (The Vimalakirti Sutra - pt 1)

Erik Andersen - The Poor Way

“This is poor man’s Buddhism - we don’’t have the resources to carry around bundles of scrolls with us, we don’t have the time to memorize sutras. Zen is about self sufficiency, autonomy, freedom. It’s a simpler way….” - Erik Andersen

51 minJUL 21
Comments
Erik Andersen - The Poor Way

Emily Eslami - On Shaky Ground (The Precepts pt 1 - Historical Background)

"True precepts are changeable and at the same time unchangeable. And the consequence of not following them is just being on shaky ground. According to Buddhism you could live your whole life on shaky ground if you choose...” - Emily Eslami

46 minJUL 21
Comments
Emily Eslami - On Shaky Ground (The Precepts pt 1 - Historical Background)

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