The Zen Studies Podcast

76 EpisodesProduced by Domyo Burk

Host Domyo Burk is a Soto Zen priest and teacher. She records episodes specifically for podcast listeners on traditional Zen and Buddhist teachings, practices, and history.

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73 – Is Buddhism Secular, Spiritual, or Religious?

September 11th, 2018


Is Buddhism religious, spiritual, or secular? The short answer to that is all three – depending what questions you’re asking. In this episode I …

72 – Taking Care of Our Lives: More About the Karma Relationship Side of Practice

September 1st, 2018


In Episode 38 I talked about how Buddhist practice has two sides – samadhi power and karma relationship. Samadhi power is about cultivating a direct, …

71 - Buddha's Teachings 9: The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes - Part 3

August 26th, 2018


In this third episode of my series on the Four Brahmaviharas, I briefly talk about how to use them in daily practice without setting them up as unattainable ideals. Then I discuss what tends to get in the way of …

70 - Buddhist Practice: Dealing with Intrusive Thoughts and Emotions

August 18th, 2018


“Intrusive” thoughts and emotions arise repeatedly with enough intensity for them to be disturbing or distracting, even though they aren’t …

69 - The Soto Zen Goal of Goallessness: How to Awaken Without Trying

August 4th, 2018


The goal of Buddhism is to awaken to what’s true, because the truth is liberating. And yet my tradition, Soto Zen, points us toward the “goal of goallessness,” telling us we’ll awaken if only we give up our desire for …

68 – Relating to Buddhist Teachings 2: Wrestling with the Teachings

July 29th, 2018


From the perspective of most Buddhist lineages, including Zen, study is essential. In this episode I’ll get into why that is and present a practical …

67 – Relating to Buddhist Teachings 1: Their Abundance, Diversity & Authenticity

July 21st, 2018


If you’ve spent any time at all studying Buddhism, you’ve discovered there are lots of Buddhist teachings and texts. What should you choose to study? …

66 - Buddha's Teachings 8: Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes - Part 2

July 14th, 2018


In Part 2 of my series on the Brahmaviharas, I explore teachings about how to cultivate Metta, or goodwill, in an unlimited or boundless way. (Which …

Special Announcement: Launch of the Zen Studies Sangha

July 7th, 2018


I've received many inquiries over the past year about how to connect with a teacher and Sangha, particularly if you live far from a Zen/Buddhist …

65 – Dealing with Fear, Anger, and Hatred as a Buddhist

July 2nd, 2018


I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people about how to deal with fear, anger, and hatred as a Buddhist – our own as well that of others, especially at a time when people are so divided, and doing so much damage …

Labor Day Message

August 31st, 2017


I won't be releasing a new episode today, in honor of Labor Day weekend.


will release one next week!


Take care, Domyo

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