NASA Ames climate researcher’s dharma talk on climate change


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Here is the link to an excellent dharma talk on climate change given by Jennifer Dungan, a longtime NASA Ames scientist/researcher on climate change.
Her description of the talk is, “We are facing global warming and drastic global climate change. The resulting disruption in the seasonal patterns and the extreme weather events pose threats to all living beings. Jennifer Dungan explores how the concept of non-harming, right action, Brahma Vihara, and the three marks of existence can help a world in which activities that involve fossil fuel perpetuate or worsen climate disruption.”

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Dancing with Nature’s Wrath

Impermanence, impermanence… My heart breaks for all affected by the Soberanes fire. Particularly Anam Thubten and Dharmata Sangha. Our newly opened retreat center has been scorched by the fire. Each day, 40 miles away, in the Santa Cruz mountains I awaken to smoke and helicopters overhead. May all the firefighters be safe. Please read through the whole post. Anam Thubten’s poem is so moving.


Its been a week since Kay and Cory and the retreatants evacuated Sweetwater. We just learned from a neighbor who managed to get into the area that the fire swept through our land, most likely on the very next day, burning a number of buildings to the ground. Some, including Sunyata, the meditation yurt were still standing.


But there is no knowing what will happen as the fire is still circling the area. As of today, July 29, it is only 15% contained. We are not alone. Many houses in its path have been destroyed. And there has been one fatality.  We are praying for the safety and well being of all the beings affected by the this devastating and very powerful display of nature’s wrath.

Anam Thubten sent this poem from retreat in France:


Soberanes fire is burning everything that gets in her way.


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True Dharma Practice

This is what true dharma practice looks like… humility, compassion, total commitment to awakening. I bow deeply to this precious yogini.

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The Illusory nature of human perception

More evidence that human perception is illusory and often distorted from Professor Kokichi Sugihara.

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Deluded and Undeluded Mind: Two new dharma talks

dharmatalkslogo2Listen to two dharma talks I recently delivered on Delusion and Non-delusion. 

Delusion and Deluded Mind
This first talk covers the Buddhist psychological description of how delusion manifests in human perception and its effects on collective and personal human suffering.

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Non-delusion and Undeluded Mind
This second talk covers the Buddhist psychological description of how non-delusion manifests in human perception and practical steps for cultivating non-delusion in daily life.

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The Atlas of Emotions

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The Atlas of Emotions is a fantastic new interactive online resource for understanding the human inner emotional landscape. The Dalai Lama reached out to Paul Ekman and other affective researchers to create a user-friendly, visual map of the knowledge psychology and neuroscience have accrued over decades of research about emotional states and their behavioral manifestations. Take a look at the site. It is a great resource for mental health professionals and their patients.

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