Blue Collar Zen

por spiritual folk-tales & conversations, at the Detroit Zen Center

Come into the tea-room & with Zen monks Hwalson, and his student Myungju, at the Detroit Zen Center, as they read spiritual folk-tales, and share conversations about them.

Episodios del podcast

  • Temporada 4

  • Of Fire and Weeds

    Of Fire and Weeds

    A story within a story. An unremarkable monk, a scholar & a young disciple. A loving wife & a foolish husband. Their lives separated by time, but cross on the mountaintop, with fire and weeds the great teachers.

  • The Old Man with a Broken Arm

    The Old Man with a Broken Arm

    War: The curse of humanity. An old man with a wrangled & broken arm shares his story from youth, of being the lone surviving man in the entire region, of a long & bloody war in 8th century China that killed 10 million men over the course of decades. A story in the book of prose & poems by Po Ch'u I, a famous poet & Taoist of 8th century China. Translated by David Hinton.

  • Cutting up of the Ox

    Cutting up of the Ox

    A simple cook teaches his ruler (the Emperor) about the Tao.

  • Temporada 3

  • Yielding, with the 4 Adepts

    Yielding, with the 4 Adepts

    The 4 Adepts is a story read from the Chuang Tzu. The theme is 'yielding'. Story read by Abbot Hwalson Sunim, then a conversation afterward together with Vice-Abbot Myungju Sunim. On the 4 Adepts (Taoist Sages): As Adept Cart becomes sick and faces death, he shares with us & his fellow sages his own fearless and yielding view of death, as a simple extension of the eventual passing of all things.... This version of Chuang Tzu has been translated by David Hinton, and is part of his collection The 4 Classics (of Taoism). Thank you for listening...

  • Let Go?

    Let Go?

    Welcome to the 3rd season. A man journeys home through misty mountains & beauty in old Korea. As previous karma follows his path, he meets with unexpected fortune, & terror. Letting Go, written by Zen Master Daehaeng, presents us with a story to which we might all relate. Zen Master Daehaeng (1927 - 2012) was a Buddhist nun began her spiritual life at the age of 8 in Korea, before its split into North & South. As an enlightened master, she taught for more than 40 years at the Han Ma Um Center (founded 1972), and broke many of the traditional roles in Korean Buddhism, by having both male & female disciples, and teaching that people from all walks of life could practice & awaken to their true nature.