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The Adventures of Sariputta and Mogallana: Buddhism for Superheroes

The Adventures of Sariputta and Mogallana: Buddhism for Superheroes

By Morris Sullivan
Join two dharma superheroes, Vens. Sariputta and Mogallana, on their adventures in Buddhist practice. Your host, Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan, is a Zen monk who will help you apply the Buddha’s teachings to everyday life—whether you want to reduce stress, live with more purpose, or even be a spiritual superhero!
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The Origin and Significance of the Flag of Buddhism
In this episode, Sensei Morris talks about how the Buddhist flag came into being and what its colors signify. But first, he tells the story of an elephant, a monkey and a partridge, and how their tale connects to the tradition of seniority among monks. 
26:03
June 18, 2021
Episode 12: Zen Peacemakers
Sensei Morris tells about an interesting exchange between Sariputta and a young novice, and a similar comment by Dogen Zenji, founder of Soto Zen. He then interviews Geoff Shōun O’Keeffe, executive director of Zen Peacemakers International, about how the dharma has shaped his life both inside and outside the zendo. 
46:33
June 11, 2021
Instructions to the Cook
There are many dharma gates--paths to awakening offered by Buddhism. In this episode, Sensei Morris talks about how different practitioners awaken--and teach--according to their own natures and abilities. He concludes with a unique, pithy instruction from Dogen Zenji about how to practice, even when preparing food in the kitchen. 
27:46
June 4, 2021
Indra's Net
In the tenth episode of the Adventures of Sariputta and Mogallana, Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan talks about one of the Jataka Tales in which the Buddha-to-be and Sariputta realize emptiness. Then he shares a dharma talk about Indra's Net, a myth drawn from the Flower Garland Sutra to help illustrate the concept of emptiness. 
26:28
May 28, 2021
Freedom
In this episode, Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan talks about how Mogallana helped the Buddha bring a number of people to the truest, safest refuge. And then he shares a dharma talk he gave at White Sands Buddhist Center on the subject of Freedom. Specifically, he talks about what he has learned about freedom from his weekly trips to a state correctional institution, where he volunteers at the chapel with a group of incarcerated Buddhists.  
23:23
May 21, 2021
Episode Eight: Carving the Divine
Sensei Morris tells the story of a young novice who saw woodworkers shaping wood and decided to shape his own mind, thus achieving enlightenment. He then interviews filmmaker Yujiro Seki, whose documentary "Carving the Divine" explores the relationship between master wood carvers and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas they create for Japanese temples. 
40:32
May 14, 2021
Episode Seven: Working with Anger
Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan talks about a time when Sariputta's own mother openly disrespected him, and what the Buddha said about his response. Then he lays out a five-point process for working with anger when it arises, a topic many people struggle with, especially when someone  close to them behaves harshly toward them.  
21:30
May 7, 2021
Episode Six: Letting Go
In this episode, we discuss an encounter between Mogallana and an ascetic who wants to know all about the cosmos, and Sensei Morris shares a dharma talk at White Sands Buddhist Center about the importance of letting go.  
20:06
April 30, 2021
Buddhism and Christianity
The Buddha talks about praise and blame after a group of followers criticize Sariputta and other monks for their teaching style, plus a dharma talk about some areas where Buddhism and Christianity intersect. 
29:30
April 23, 2021
Dharma Jazz: Edward Simon and the Brahma-Viharas
In this episode, Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan tells the story of Mogallana's visit to the Devas before talking with renowned jazz composer and pianist Edward Simon about how his Buddhist practice has helped shape his work as an artist. Equanimity from Simon's album Sorrows & Triumphs, is the theme music for this podcast series. 
43:49
April 17, 2021
Episode Three: Working with Feelings
People come to spiritual practice to feel better. But unpleasant feelings are an inevitable part of being human. In this episode's dharma talk, Sensei Morris talks about working with unpleasant feelings. He also talks about the young woman Kundalakesi, a tragic love story with a truly happy ending. 
30:02
April 9, 2021
Episode Two: Prince Five Weapons and the Five Bala
Do you want special spiritual superpowers? In this episode, Sensei Morris talks about the powers Sariputta and Mogallana developed, and about how you can develop powers of your own. 
25:22
April 2, 2021
The Adventures of Sariputta and Mogallana Begins
Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan introduces this podcast series with the origins of Sariputta and Mogallana followed by a dharma talk about happiness and how to create it. Sensei Morris is a Zen monk who brings the Buddha's teachings down to earth for everyone who wants to live a fuller, more meaningful life. 
24:23
March 27, 2021
The Adventures of Sariputta and Mogallana - Episode 0
Join two dharma superheroes, Vens. Sariputta and Mogallana, on their adventures in Buddhist practice. Your host, Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan, is a Zen monk who will help you apply the Buddha’s teachings to everyday life—whether you want to reduce stress, live with more purpose, or even be a spiritual superhero!
03:13
March 26, 2021