Talks by Zen Roshi, Lola McDowell Lee

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This is a series of newly digitized talks by spiritual teacher, Lola McDowell Lee, spanning two decades—from the early Seventies through the Nineties.

Lola was a Zen Roshi whose Rinzai lineage included Doctor Henry Platov and renowned Zen master, Shigetsu Sasaki. Lola was a religious scholar as well as an ordained Christian minister.

While the talks are focused mainly on Zen and Buddhism, Lola drew on many spiritual traditions—including those of Jesus, Plato, Lao-Tzu, the Hindu Vedas, Meister Eckhart and Gurdjieff.

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Episode Date
The tale of the visitor who asked Zen master Bankei what miracles he could perform. Aug 6, 1989
Jul 11, 2024
Easter of 1985 - What Zen practitioners can learn from the story of Christ's Resurrection. Apr 7, 1985
Jul 02, 2024
Second in a series about using Transactional Analysis in Zen - the Child, Parent, Adult. Lola Oct 13, 1983
Jun 24, 2024
Learning to work with three elements of our identity: the parent, the child and the adult. Oct 6, 1983
Jun 17, 2024
Most of us are after power. Control in our situation. A wiseman seeks not. Instead, he cooperates. Nov 27, 1923
Jun 11, 2024
Life. Death. And Love. The most important thing for you is your life. Do you ever thoroughly investigate it? Nov 20, 1983
Jun 09, 2024
We can repeat the most profound teachings and remain stupid. What in us is orginal? May 1, 1983
May 23, 2024
Get beyond the effort of meditation and find real meditation. Jul 3, 1983
May 17, 2024
What is the greatest miracle in the world? Oct 30, 1983
May 07, 2024
The Taoist sage, Lieh Tzu, was once asked: Why do you value emptiness? Jun 12, 1983
Apr 20, 2024
By the merit of a single sitting, they destroy innumerable sins. (Hakuin) Jun 5, 1983
Apr 10, 2024
There are plenty of Buddha statues sitting still. But have you ever seen a Zen master sitting still? Mind vs action. May 29, 1983
Apr 02, 2024
The tale of the thief who robs Shichiri Kojun who was busy reciting sutras. Don’t fight the darkness—light a candle. May 22, 1983
Mar 26, 2024
Human beings are stuck in an in-between state—not unconscious and we’re not completely conscious. May 15, 1983
Mar 18, 2024
When we meditate and watch our breath, we are playing an iron flute with no holes. Apr 24, 1983
Mar 12, 2024
Without speaking and without silence, how can you express the Truth? Apr 10, 1983
Mar 07, 2024
Being truly alive should be an adventure into the unknown. Apr 3, 1983
Feb 27, 2024
We identify with everything but ourselves. Possessions, emotions, thoughts. But not our true selves. What is true silence? Mar 12, 1983
Feb 19, 2024
Chuang Tzu and appreciating the useless in the world. Mar 6, 1983
Feb 16, 2024
The intellect cannot penetrate consciousness. When you drop thoughts, consciousness is present. When you drop the pseudo self, the True Self is present. July 12, 1981
Feb 07, 2024
What is the meaning of movement and rest, in Zen and Christian practice? Dec 13, 1981
Feb 05, 2024
As you breathe into the tanden (Hara), your focus deepens and mysteries will reveal themselves. You don’t have to solve them—they reveal themselves to you. Apr 14, 1981
Jan 30, 2024
Are you free or is your conditioning controlling you? Dig into yourself and ask “Who am I?” Jun 21, 1981
Jan 23, 2024
We are divided between our senses and our thinking, our body and soul, matter and consciousness. Jun 14, 1981
Jan 21, 2024
Zen practice is not an intellectual endeavor. The tale of the blind man and the lantern. Feb 17, 1985
Jan 19, 2024
When you look in the mirror, do you see you? When you are silent, it speaks. Your absence is its presence. Feb 10, 1985
Jan 14, 2024
Understanding Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching and the Middle Way. Non-action, yet nothing remains undone. Sep 22, 1985
Jan 13, 2024
Do not sit in meditation waiting for enlightenment. Direct your attention to the mind. And, what is faith? Mar 2, 1986
Jan 05, 2024
Exploring the meaning of the Dhammapada. Listening to teachings as if you are an empty tape recorder. Sep 4, 1983
Jan 04, 2024
What is this life living you? It’s the same as that which sings in the birds. Jan 8, 1984
Dec 30, 2023
A Christmas message for Zen practitioners about the birth of the light within. Dec 20, 1986
Dec 25, 2023
To witness the apparent in the real and the real in the apparent. One mind sees both worlds. Jan 26, 1986
Dec 24, 2023
We try to both change and remain the same—the hook that many are on. Jun 7, 1981
Dec 20, 2023
Meditation is about life and death. Nirvana is not. The thundering silence. 1990 Sesshin Friday
Dec 17, 2023
Learning to differentiate what you see, what you think and what you feel. Aug 16, 1981
Dec 13, 2023
Your ego has no power to do anything. It’s impotent. Dec 6, 1981
Dec 07, 2023
Misfortune and our identity. And the tale of the farmer who asks God to let him choose the weather. Dec 03, 1981
Dec 05, 2023
Lao Tzu uses the metaphor of a vessel to show that while existence renders it (and us) actual, it is the vessel's non-existence (or emptiness) that renders it useful. Aug 23, 1981
Dec 04, 2023
What is consciousness? Does a rock have consciousness? Who are we? Summer 1990 Wed Night Sesshin
Nov 30, 2023
The mind-body relationship. And breathing from the Hara. Apr 14, 1981
Nov 28, 2023
Lola shares the tale of the monk and the bottomless pitcher. And how to focus with a no-thinking mind. 1990 Summer Sesshin Monday
Nov 25, 2023
When you're fast asleep and hear a noise you wake up. What wakes up? What was awake to hear the noise? Jan 27, 1985.
Nov 20, 2023
First one finds quiet, explains Lola. Then one goes further and finds silence, or Shunyata. Mar 28, 1982.
Nov 17, 2023
An early talk by Lola where she explains the metaphor of a boat crossing a river to reach the other side. Apr 20, 1975.
Nov 15, 2023
We can live in the valley—but be the peak. Lola explains how to live an awakened life. Apr 4, 1982
Nov 13, 2023
What is the power with which you look at yourself? Lola explores the meaning of religion and non-discrimination. Feb 2, 1985
Nov 06, 2023
Lola asks: What gives the eye its sight, the ear its hearing? Mar 22, 1987
Oct 31, 2023
Lola explains how the process of becoming awakened depends on two factors—the information you feed your mind—and your meditation. Sep 24, 1989
Oct 22, 2023
Lola suggests we ask ourselves Agathon’s question: What in your life is the greatest good? She also explains that truth is not an idea but an encounter, an adventure. Mind is just a record of what has happened. Sep 10, 1989.
Oct 20, 2023
Lola mentions an early experience of awakening. And shares the tale of the Duke and the wheelwright. Feb 15, 1987
Oct 08, 2023
Lola explores the nature of consciousness and the relationship in our world of subject and object. Apr 26, 1987
Oct 07, 2023
Lola shares the story of the old man, the young man, and the donkey. Habits and non-attachment. Nov 30, 1986
Oct 02, 2023
Lola explores how we create many identities during our lives, all the time ignoring our true selves. Mar 29, 1987.
Sep 30, 2023
Lola asks "What is consciousness?" And continues exploring the meaning of the Hindu Isha Upanishad. Mar 15, 1987
Sep 23, 2023
Lola explores the relationship of subject and object using sacred Hindu texts. Mar 08, 1987
Sep 16, 2023
Lola discusses the Great Doubt, or dark night of the soul, which sometimes precedes Satori. May 17, 1989
Sep 10, 2023
Lola tells the story of the frog in the well. And answers the question: Is Zen meditation active or passive? Aug 27, 1989
Sep 09, 2023
Lola tells of the three men who ask Buddha if there is a God? June 3, 1984
Sep 06, 2023
On Easter, Lola explores the meaning of the Resurrection. Apr 22, 1984
Sep 02, 2023
Lola Explores the Meaning of the Eightfold Path - Apr 15, 1984
Sep 02, 2023
Lola shares the story of the traveler and the one-eyed monk. Oct 20, 1985
Aug 29, 2023
Lola explains how sometimes that which you value most in your life can become your greatest burden. Jan 24, 1988.
Aug 28, 2023
Lola McDowell Lee, a Zen Roshi, explores what it means to plan for the future while we also are told to live in the present. February 7, 1988.
Aug 28, 2023
Zen Roshi Lola McDowell Lee talks about the breath, and how we may have distanced our instinctual being from our rational mind. Jan 31, 1988
Aug 28, 2023