So many of us have difficulty in distressful interpersonal relationships at work and at home. Many of us find ourselves struggling with how to relate wisely to the mass dysfunctionality of American politics and public discourse. My talk will offer dharmic wisdom for navigating distressful interpersonal interactions and cultivate wise view, loving intention, empowerment, inner strength, connectedness, honesty and awakening. Hope to see many of you who live in the local area. And those afar, the talk will be made available on my site and iTunes. Location information can be found at: Everyday Dhamma Speaker Series
Listen to a dharma talk I gave at Marin Sangha on November 27, 2016. In these turbulent times it is important to understand how effective social action and the Buddhist practices of wise speech, embodied awareness and right action complement one another. Virtuous conduct, sīla, depends upon a Buddhist practitioner’s ability to comprehend and enact right view: impermanence, not-self and the causes of suffering and non-suffering. This talk clarifies how to hold the precepts while boldly, fearlessly engaging in social action.
Stephen Batchelor discusses a secular dharma based upon his interpretation of the historical Buddha’s teachings found in the Pāli Canon. I think he does a fantastic job of condensing the main topics more deeply expounded upon in his terrific new book, After Buddhism, which I highly recommend. Stephen does have some very thoughtful comments about the conflictual issues of secular mindfulness and corporate mindfulness in the Q&A found toward the end.
Audio of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s teachings are now available for free download. The day of teachings on “Buddhism Without Rebirth” were courageous and unparalleled in their unrelenting attentiveness to discerning the true meaning and intent of the Buddhist teachings and its relationship to the current wave of Western secular interpretations.
Listen now to a recording of a dharma talk I just gave on the Buddhist Psychology of Addiction. This talk was delivered at Marin Sangha on May 31, 2015. I was asked to talk about this important topic by the Sangha members. The talk covers quite a bit of ground including childhood trauma and its physiological and psychological role in teen/adult addiction. The talk also has instructions for landing in the aliveness of physicality as it is. Here is the link to listen to this talk: The Buddhist psychology of addiction
I am pleased to share the 2014 ISCS keynote presentations which included talks from a distinguished variety of experts on contemplative science. These talks provide a wealth of information for anyone interested in the application, theory and practice of contemplative science, mental health interventions, and scholarship.