the covid improvisations

April 20th, 2020

A month ago when the big one hit and the world shook loose, communities began to gather online. That’s when I started offering weekly zazen and dharma talks to the group of students around the country with whom I practice regularly. The talks are recorded and publicly available, but I am posting them here so you won’t have to go looking. Each talk is 20-30 minutes and informal, arising from the mood of the moment. They are arranged here chronologically, but you can play them in any order that strikes you. Just to pause for that long and listen could keep you afloat.

On my site, you’ll see embedded players below. If you receive my blog via email without the embedded players, the links to each talk are here:

Peace Is All That’s Left, March 29
We’re All Hermits Now, April 5
Beyond Stress & Anxiety, April 12
Breathing Makes Beautiful Sense, April 19

Above photo by Sam Wermut on Unsplash


  1. Like a cool rag on fevered skin. I listened to the first two, then watched Amongst White Couds. “Buddha is a doctor … ” I’ll listen to the others today. Thank you for sharing these ❤

    Comment by Bonnie Rae — April 21, 2020 @ 5:52 am

  2. Thanks for making your talks so easily available. It is satisfying just to listen to and hear a friendly, comforting voice. The sound of the words is like a yellow marker underscoring what can be written, rewritten, in our hearts. They soften the blows, the scourges, which come with the opening of the news reports every day, day after day. They are sunshine and cool breezes, warming and refreshing us all.

    Comment by Larry Misiak — April 24, 2020 @ 6:54 am

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