Ordinary Mind Zendo
About This Show
Ordinary Mind Zendo's podcast will play Dharma talks from Zen teacher and psychoanalyst Barry Magid. Barry Magid is a Dharma heir of Charlotte Joko Beck. These talks address a psychologically minded Zen practice adapted to the needs of American students practicing in the context of their everyday lives. Though much of the material here is specific to Zen practice, non Zen folk will find it interesting as well, as it addresses issues of our shared humanity. New episodes will generally be uploaded each week a talk is given at the zendo.
Most Recent Episode
The Life of the Sixth Patriarch and our Assumptions about Practice
In the life of the sixth patriarch we have an idealized or perhaps entirely fictional account of a Zen teacher. Whether or not it is fictional, what is true is that we are presented with the qualities that were idealized. This is the kind of story that people wanted to tell and believe in in terms of what they thought a Zen master in China in those days would have been like. Such images often contain metaphors for whatever state we imagine awakening is. They're important to study not because we're going to acquire these traits, but because they embody our assumptions about what does at teacher look like, what will enlightenment be like, what we expect of ourselves.