The Ultimate Rx

You can now download for free on Academia.edu The Ultimate Rx: Cutting through the delusion of self-cherishing, the chapter I authored for the newly published Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement. Chapter Abstract: Western and Buddhist psychologies acknowledge the significant role distorted self-narratives play in poor mental health. But these two disciplines hold divergent views on the... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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