Listen to a dharma talk I gave on August 8, 2017 at IMSB in Mountain View, Ca, on the topic of Skillfully Recognizing Empty Appearance. Though the Buddhist notion of emptiness can be quite challenging for Western Buddhist practitioners, the rich teachings on emptiness offer a clear path to apply wise view, wise action and... Continue Reading →
Clair Brown, an economist at UC Berkeley and a practicing Buddhist, has developed a holistic economic approach, where the economy delivers a high quality of life in a sustainable world. Buddhist economics integrates sustainability, equity, and compassion. While teaching her sophomore seminar at UC Berkeley, Professor Brown learned, "You don't have to be a Buddhist to... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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 →
In the final chapter of my book, I make what many mindfulness enthusiasts would consider a blasphemous request, "Offer up the illusion of being in the present moment! Awareness is not about being in the present moment. Awareness is beyond manifestation and cannot be contained within any particular moment. Awakened presence is the effortless, unperturbed,... Continue Reading →
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.
David Vago, PhD and I recently recorded two rich and informative conversations focused on translating the Buddhist psychological conceptualization of "enlightenment" into modern clinical terms. David is currently involved in cutting edge neurobiological research on the awakened mind states that arise during various meditative practices. This first part of our two-part conversation covered the following... Continue Reading →
I’d like to reflect upon part of a public event I attended last week that I found quite distressing. I feel it is worthy of commentary primarily because it exemplifies the misappropriation of compassion meditation in corporate and clinical settings. It is important to note that this exchange did not take place in a vacuum... Continue Reading →