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 →

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 →

Talks from the Buddhism and Modernity Symposium

On June 7, 2015, a select group of presenters from the Mindfulness and Compassion Conference at SFSU convened at the Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley to discuss Buddhism and Modernity. I chose to speak on Transcendent wisdom and psychotherapy. Below are videos of all three panels. Panel 2: The role for the transcendent dimensions of Buddhist practice and teachings... 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 →

There is no such thing as a “present moment”

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 →

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