Pobsa’s Dharma Lounge
By Popsa Sa Frank Jude
Pobsa’s Dharma LoungeMar 01, 2022
The Middle Way
In his first teaching, the Buddha presented his yoga practice as a middle way between sensory deprivation and indulgence, showing that both extremes were caught in notions of the self. The Middle Way is an alternative path between the two extremes, but is one that is made step by step by each practitioner. There is no "one way" to be the Middle Way and in the ever-changing circumstances we find ourselves in life, we are always having to adjust accordingly. This requires constant attention to the changing and unique situations we find ourselves in.
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Inspired by a conversation with some students and remembering a song from the Sex Pistols, Pobsa shares about problems and how to work with their inevitability. This episode ends with a somewhat humorous and quite telling story of the Buddha and a Brahman who sought relief from his 85 problems.
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Big Sky Mind: Opening to Choiceless Awareness
In this episode, Pobsa introduces a form of "objectless meditation" which is a form of meditation that embodies simply maintaining open awareness, without directing the mind to any particular object. He does this through a graduated process of two other meditations that can function as "stand alone" meditations designed to develop stability (Mountain Meditation) and reflectivity of mind (Lake Meditation).
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Diving Deep With Barrie Risman
I think you will enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with Barrie Risman as much as I did! Prompted by a Facebook post, I reached out to Barrie and she gracefully accepted my invitation to chat about some of the philosophical aspects of the Yoga Tradition(s).
Barrie is an internationally-recognized yoga teacher, public speaker, and author. Her book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for Enlightened Practice, is a guide for yoga teachers and continuing students to deepen, expand, and integrate the benefits of yoga in their lives. I'm pretty sure, as I make my way through her book, that I will be inviting Barrie for further exploration.
Barrie’s alignment-oriented approach to postural practice is grounded in principles of healthy, functional movement. Her events weave together the technical precision of alignment-based practice with principles of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and made accessible and relevant to practitioners from all walks of life.
She teaches yoga around the globe through her ongoing classes, workshops, mentoring programs, and trainings, both online and in person. Her work has been featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and on CBC Television.
For further information about Barrie and her work: https://www.barrierisman.com/evolvingyouryoga
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SO, What IS Mindfulness
There's a major discrepancy between the contemporary definition and understanding of "mindfulness" and how it is described and understood in the Buddhist traditions. In this episode, Pobsa details the difference and why it matters. There are two places where he mis-spoke: when mentioning the ground-breaking work of Willoughby Britton, he says she discovered that only 4 out of 1800 studies on mindfulness had control groups but the number was 40. And the closing analogy correctly stated is: "mindfulness is like the hand that takes a sheaf of grain in its grip and wisdom the hand that holds the scythe that cuts it down."
The episode where Pobsa introduces sila (ethical training) is here.
The episode where Pobsa introduces principles of meditation is here.
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Naikan: The Practice of Gratitude
After a discussion about gratitude, Poep Sa shares a practice from the Japanese Pure Land School of Buddhism that helps cultivate an attitude of gratitude and appreciation for the myriad ways our lives our supported by other beings, processes and things.
If you'd like to read more about this profound practice, check out the book by Greg Krech.
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Suffering & The End Of Suffering
When asked what he taught, the Buddha said he taught only one thing: "Suffering and the end of suffering." However, the Pali/Sanskrit word duhkha points to a reality of existence more nuanced than the word "suffering" would lead us to expect. In this short episode, I introduce this concept, and some of the various ways it's been understood as a way to make sense of the statement often made by Buddhist yogis that "life is suffering."
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To read a more in-depth exploration of duhkha in the context of the Four Noble Truths, check out this blog essay.
After.life or Who Carries This Corpse?
In this episode of Pobsa's Dharma Lounge, I use the film After.life as a launchpad to discuss the koan-like phrase from Hsu Yun, "Who carries this corpse?" The hwadu or 'live word' distilled from this question is "Who?" It is an invitation to bring "don't know mind" and the great questioning that can lead to great awakening.
After.life is directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
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Inspired by the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in this episode, Pobsa examines the Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist understanding of atonement. He ends by sharing the Zen Buddhist Gatha of Atonement.
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11 Samu Sunim: A Personal Reminiscence
The Venerable Samu Sunim, a Korean Seon (Zen) Master who was my teacher, preceptor and who ordained me as a Poep Sa (Dharma Teacher) died this past August 6, 2022. In this episode, I offer a personal reminiscence. If you wish to learn more about Sunim and The Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom, please check out their website.
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Smiling to the Body
Be forewarned, there is a ten-second delay in the beginning of the episode...
In the first satipatthana on the body (kaya-sati) the Buddha begins with mindfulness of breathing (See Episode 4 for this aspect of practice). He then goes on to discuss mindfulness of body postures and activities, before offering a contemplation on the various parts of the body. Thich Nhat Hanh created an approach to this that brings in the "Inner Smile" meditation from Chinese Qi Gong that can help heal our relationship to the body, cultivating greater appreciation and gratitude.
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Shinzan Muhan Jose Palma: Bringing Zen to the Hispanic Community
In this first conversation-based episode of Pobsa's Dharma Lounge, recorded on June 2, 2022, I had the delight in reconnecting to my dharma brother, Muhan Jose Palma. We met over 20 years ago when we were both students of the Korean Son (Zen) Master, Samu Sunim. While I was on the Dharma Teacher track, Muhan was on the track to become a priest. After his ordination, he went on to train with Joan Halifax Roshi at Upaya Zen Center where he also received the new dharma name, Shinzan.
Sensei Palma is now based in San Diego where he is the guiding teacher of the Open Gate Zen Collective
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It’s been argued that contemporary mainstream western Buddhism has been co-opted by neo-liberal ideology. In this episode I use the deconstruction of the description of an online course offered by a celebrity Buddhist teacher and hosted by Tricycle, the Buddhist journal as a way to expose and critique the neo-liberal assumptions that permeate so much of contemporary Buddhism and the secularlized mindfulness movement, as well as contemporary yoga and "new-age" spirituality.
As part of this critique, you may wish to watch this short clip of the Google Wisdom 2.0 event that was disrupted by protestors.
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Embrace Reality: The Five Remembrances
It was his engaging with the realities of aging, illness, and death that led the man who would become known as "the Buddha" to take up Dharma practice. After his awakening, he created the powerful practice of "The Five Remembrances" to help us wake up from complacency and denial in order to embrace reality and to live our life fully and intimately.
After a 17 minute introduction to the practice, I present a 16-minute guided practice of The Five Remembrances.
In the last ten days, I've learned of the death of three folks close to me or others whom I love, and just as I finished recording this episode, I saw the news that the composer Vangelis has died. I dedicate this episode to the memory of Kris Schaefer Rogers, Catherine Chai, and Jane Howard Baker and all those touched by the lives they have lived.
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In this episode, Pobsa shares a story heard in both an ashram and a zen monastery with two radically different take-away meanings. If possible, you may wish to have a strawberry or two handy in order to experience the dharma of just this.
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Is This A Religion, Or What?!
This episode begins by reviewing the historical debate as to whether Buddhism is a religion and then goes on to describe the two overarching forms of religion: soteriological and communal. It ends by situating Zen Naturalism within relationship with Zen Buddhism and Yoga.
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Meditation: An Introduction & Guided Practice
People often come to meditation with lots of misconceptions, mostly due to the sectarian instructions given by teachers from particular traditions. In this episode, Poep Sa Frank Jude addresses some of the reasons for these misconceptions and introduces the two faculties and powers necessary for all forms of meditation: concentration and mindfulness. Halfway through the episode, he presents a guided meditation based on the anapanasati and satipatthana suttas.
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Right Action: Sila, The Ethical Teachings of Buddhist Yoga
Buddhist ethical training, like the Yoga path enumerated by Patanjali, involves five precepts or mindfulness trainings.
In Zen, there are three different but interpenetrating ways of approaching the precepts.
In this episode, Pobsa presents an introductory overview centered around the guiding principle of ahimsa, "non-harming" or "non-violence."
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Dana or The Perfection of Sharing
In this short talk, Pobsa introduces the beautiful, simple, and profound practice of dana. It is the first of the paramitas or 'perfections' already embodying the highest wisdom teaching, while being accessible to anyone and everyone.
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1. Intro to Pobsa's Dharma Lounge
In this episode, Pobsa describes what to expect from this new podcast. He talks frankly about how all teachers present their interpretation of what it is alleged that the Buddha taught and that his perspective is informed by critical thinking, skepticism, the western philosophical traditions, and science. He presents Zen Naturalism as an aspect of the growing Religious Naturalism movement. Dharma Lounge will take a broad view of what counts as 'Dharma' and do so in a relaxed, informal way. Maybe even with a drink in hand....
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