New Dharma Talk: Karma and Reincarnation

GG Episode 6 features a dharma talk I gave at Marin Sangha http://marinsangha.org/ on May 6, 2018. The talk treads on the somewhat problematic territory of karma and reincarnation as understood in the early Buddhist teachings. My interest in the actuality of karma and reincarnation is purely speculative. I do not find belief in past... Continue Reading →

Daylong on Equanimity at ISC

Please join Carla Brennan and I for a daylong retreat at ISC on Saturday Feb 10. Equanimity: Freedom Beyond Identity and Preference A daylong meditation retreat with Carla Brennan and Lisa Dale Miller “The entire world is disturbed with insanity, due to the exertions of those who are confused about themselves.” – Shantideva “The Great Way... Continue Reading →

New Dharma Talk on Practicing Bodhicitta

Listen to a dharma talk I gave at Marin Sangha on November 5, 2017 on Bodhicitta: the dedicated, heart-felt desire to fully awaken for the benefit of all other beings. Bodhicitta reminds us that every moment is an invitation to awaken all beings by motivating ourselves to engage in other-regarding behaviors. This is how we... Continue Reading →

Dharma talk on Fearlessness

Fearlessness and intrepidity (the strength to carry on in spite of danger) feature quite prominently in Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist psychology. In fact, fearlessness is an oft-mentioned result of mental clarity, emotional equanimity and wakeful, embodied awareness. This talk fleshes out a few prominent teachings on intrepidity and how to apply them in daily life. Free download links to... Continue Reading →

Deluded and Undeluded Mind: Two new dharma talks

Listen 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. Download mp3               iTunes podcast Non-delusion and Undeluded Mind This... Continue Reading →

Stephen Batchelor visions a secular dharma

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... Continue Reading →

Two New Dharma Talks on Non-attachment

I just delivered two talks on non-attachment—certainly the most misunderstood and maligned Buddhist ideal. Both are uploaded now and available for free download. The first talk deconstructs the term into its various meanings and explores the philosophical implications of non-attachment and identity clinging through the Buddha's teachings from the Pāli Canon and those of several modern-day Buddhist teachers. The... Continue Reading →

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