You can now subscribe and listen to the Groundless Ground Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher! Though I recorded this episode over two weeks ago, the most recent horrific school shooting has once again highlighted the importance of actively working to end violence in America; especially gun violence. So this episode is timely. Listen... Continue Reading →
The practice of non-hatred may be the most difficult of the Buddhist precepts to apply as a Buddhist practitioner/householder living in a world characterized by a mass of human suffering arising from hatred, greed and ignorance. This talk had particular significance as it was delivered two weeks after the horrific events that transpired in Charleston. I... Continue Reading →
Listen to a dharma talk on No Doubt: fierce compassion and discerning wisdom. Together, these two attributes remove doubt and incline the mind toward the inner certainty of embodied, awakened presence. This talk is a follow-up to my last talk on Fearlessness. Enjoy! Download mp3 iTunes podcast
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 →
My recent talk on how to apply the Dharma in difficult or challenging relationships is now available for download. The sangha members at Insight Meditation South Bay generated insightful questions and interesting dialogue. I hope you enjoy these teachings. Download Free mp3 Download iTunes podcast
Listen to a recent dialogue I had with psychiatrist Jose Calderon-Abbo about recent terrorist acts, our response to them, the mental and emotional suffering of the perpetrators and the role of cultivating compassionate recognition and wisdom in healing human harming. Here is the link to the mp3 recording: https://clyp.it/ufi3igl4
I offer this original sound/artwork as a gift to a world suffering with greed, hatred, and great confusion. This recording features the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, a profound Tibetan Buddhist teaching by Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054–1123).
The way things actually are is quite different than the way things appear to an unawakened mind. Indeed, the fundamental confusion (avidyā) about the interdependent nature of self and world resides at the heart of all violence. Our world is riddled with senseless political and religious conflicts, fueled by erroneous moral justifications for harming others.... Continue Reading →