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 →

Practicing Non-hatred in a Hate-filled World

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 →

Clair Brown’s Vision of Buddhist Economics

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 →

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 →

NASA Ames climate researcher’s dharma talk on climate change

  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. http://imsb.dharmaseed.org/teacher/573/talk/36155/ 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... 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 →

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