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
Joko's "Suffer Intelligently" - Can you suffer without hating?
A teaching of Joko's was that we should suffer intelligently. Unintelligent suffering was where we used the experience of our suffering to merely dig ourselves deeper into a dualistic ditch, and no matter the amount given us, we would never grow. A very similar concept is the kind of nonviolent resistance as exemplified by civil rights leaders like Congressman John Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King. This wasn't just non-reaction or sitting still in the face of hatred and difficulty. The hard part of what Dr. King emphasized is that we're not simply there to not react. We're there not to hate. And no matter how much you're treated as a hated other, you're there to insist that we're one people. That love and justice mean we will not divide ourselves into us and then. Even when spit upon, even when beaten.