New Dharma talk on right view available for free download

I have uploaded the mp3 recording of the dharma talk I gave at IMSB on Right View: www.awakenedpresence.com/sounds/right-view.mp3 Download in iTunes podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/right-view/id1056659008 The first path factor of the Buddha’s Eightfold Noble Path is right view, also known as wise understanding. Though right view is the first of the Eightfold path factors, it represents the fruition of the succeeding... Continue Reading →

A new dharma talk on the Buddhist psychology of addiction

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 →

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 →

Mindfulness-based interventions are secular Buddhism?

This weekend I had an interesting email exchange with a person who identifies as a “secular Buddhist”, which seems like a redundant term, because in my life practicing Buddhism has never included religiosity of any kind. None of my teachers have ever asked me to believe anything. Instead I have always been encouraged to investigate... Continue Reading →

Non-harming is the only viable path to peace

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 →

Universal Dharma… Not: Two Dharma talks available now

You can now download the two Dharma talks I delivered at Marin Sangha June 22 and 29. I hope you find these teachings stimulating and thought provoking. In the first talk Universal Dharma...Not, I refer to the Suttas to refute the controversial claim by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others, that mindfulness-based interventions (MBSR and the like)... Continue Reading →

Guaranteeing happiness from compassion training?

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 →

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