Blue Collar Zen

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

Come into the tea-room & join Myungju & our Abbot at the Detroit Zen Center, as they sit down to read spiritual folk-tales, and share conversations about them. 

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • S02 E02 - On the Road Home

    S02 E02 - On the Road Home

    Abbot Yang Chu, a student of the Taoist sage Lao Tzu, is happy to hear his teacher is returning from his hermitage, and sets out to meet him on the road to join him in his journey home.

  • S02 E02 - Layman Pusol, Part 2

    S02 E02 - Layman Pusol, Part 2

    The second part of the story of Pusol's life, and the story of his death.

  • S02 E01 - Layman Pusol

    S02 E01 - Layman Pusol

    1,500 years ago a simple rainstorm brought about a life-altering spiritual decision for a sincere monk. His compassionate response resonates to this day.This is the first of two parts to the story of Layman Pusol. Welcome to Seaso...

  • Season 1

  • S01 E11 - Mangong & the Mirror

    S01 E11 - Mangong & the Mirror

    Zen Master Mangong -- a revered 20th century monk of Korea (and grandfather teacher to the Detroit Zen Center) -- comes to the end of his life. Without much fanfare, he departs. Hwalson & Myungju discuss his life, & death, and i...

  • S01 E10 - The Mad Monk

    S01 E10 - The Mad Monk

    Join us as we narrate the journey of Lewis Lancaster and 'The Mad Monk' Jung Kwang Sunim, one of the most controversial Buddhist figures (and renowned artists) of 20th Century Korea, amidst his practice of 'unlimited action zen'. ...