Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-oriented path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world.Refuge Recovery is a systematic approach to training our hearts and minds to see clearly and respond to our lives with understanding and non-harming. You are entering a way of life that may be familiar to some and foreign to others. In the beginning some of it may seem confusing or counter-instinctual, and some of it is. But you will find that with time, familiarity and experience, it will all make perfect sense and will gradually become a more and more natural way of being.
Rank #1: Talk & Sit: Mindfulness of Phenomena.
This series of guided meditations accompanied by an overview of the practice follows the standard structure of mindfulness practices outlined in the Buddhas' teaching found with the Satipatthana Sutta.
Rank #2: Tonglen Meditation.
Guided Tonglen Meditation from the Refuge Recovery book.
Josh Korda's talks at Dharmapunx NYC . To support the teachings one can donate on dharmapunxnyc.podbean.com or dharmapunxnyc.com.
Rank #1: Liberated from the past.
If you like this talk, please consider donating a little to the teacher, who teaches entirely by donation and is supported by your generosity. The donation paypal button is in the right margin of this page.Please check out dharmapuxnyc.com for all josh's writings, interviews, information about one-on-one counseling, retreats, etc.
Rank #2: Moving on, letting go and getting over it—An Overview.
26 minute talk followed by 27 minute meditation on the theme
Dharma Seed is dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism in modern languages. Since the early 1980's, Dharma Seed has collected and distributed dharma talks by teachers offering the vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) practices of Theravada Buddhism. New recordings are being added continuously from contemporary dharma teachers.
Rank #1: Jill Shepherd: 15 talk: from dukkha to sukha.
(Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre) Exploring the overall arc of our practice as a movement from dukkha (suffering) to ease and happiness (sukha), and how mudita or appreciative joy can support this development
Rank #2: Jill Shepherd: 14 instructions: mindfulness of feeling-tone.
(Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre) A brief introduction to the Second Establishment of Mindfulness, mindfulness of feeling-tone or vedana: recognising pleasant, unpleasant or neutral experiences
Wild Heart Meditation Center's podcast offers an assortment of talks given on topics as they relate to Buddhist practice. Wild Heart's guiding teacher, Andrew Chapman, along with other group facilitators share their experience with Buddhist practice, specifically offering practical teachings and instructions for our everyday, ordinary, lives.
Rank #1: Turning Towards the Truth.
Dave Smith talks about what it means to turn towards the parts of ourselves that we ordinarily avoid. He talks about how, as we begin to open ourselves to mindfulness practice, we begin to confront and can learn to embrace the underlying causes of dissatisfaction in our lives.
Rank #2: Mindfulness & The 3 Skills.
Andrew offers a summary of "what mindfulness is not" and then offers a definition and a set of skills for the practical development of the practice in our day-to-day lives.
Dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal and various guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center. Each talk illuminates aspects of the Buddha's teachings. The purpose is the same that the Buddha had for his teachings, to guide us toward the end of suffering and the attainment of freedom. To learn more about the Insight Meditation Center, visit our website at http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/.
Rank #1: The Four Noble Truths
Rank #2: Noticing The Mind
Bringing Dharma to Life
Rank #1: Practicing with the Brain in Mind.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. He’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.In this first part of the keynote address Rick presented at the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference, he explores the intersection between dharma practice and neuroscience. Rick explains the basic mechanisms of brain change, the power of mindfulness, how to activate the neural networks of self-compassion, how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to grow happiness and other inner strengths in your brain, and why our planet needs us to take charge of our Stone Age brains in the 21st century.This is part one of a two part series.Listen to part two: How to HEAL the Brain’s Negativity Bias.Episode Links:www.RickHanson.net
Rank #2: Where Science and Compassion Meet.
We’re joined this week by Dr. Kelly McGonigal, to discuss her work at Stanford University, where she is teaching compassion-based practices from the Buddhist tradition, taught in a way that pulls from scientific research and appeals to a secular sensibility.As part of her work with CCARE she shares some of her background with Stanford as well as her long-standing Buddhist practice, which pulls from both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. We close the discussion by exploring some of the difficulties with teaching meditation in a secular context, as well as some of the benefits that come through framing the teachings in scientific and psychological terms.Episode Links:www.kellymcgonigal.comThe Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It ( http://amzn.to/lcYMyR )The Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ( http://ccare.stanford.edu )Cheri Huber ( http://www.cherihuber.com )
Zencast is a weekly podcast of inspiring Buddhist Dharma talks for all people. Keywords: Zen, Buddhism, Buddhist, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Mindfulness, Meditation, Wisdom, Love, Peace, Stillness,Compassion.
Rank #1: Zencast 162 - Completeness by Gil Fronsdal.
Completeness/Perfection - Gil Fronsdal This teaching is given freely courtesy of Audio Dharma. Audio Dharma ; Insight Meditation Center ; Gil Fronsdal
Rank #2: Zencast 340 - Quiet Your Mind and Live Fully by Jack Kornfield.
Quiet Your Mind and Live Fully - Jack Kornfield This teaching is given freely courtesy of Dharma Seed. Dharma Seed; Spirit Rock ; Jack Kornfield
Joseph Goldstein has been a leading light for the practice of Insight and Loving Kindness meditation since his days in India and Burma where he studied with eminent masters of the tradition. In his podcast, The Insight Hour, Joseph delivers these essential mindfulness teachings in a practical and down to earth way that illuminates the practice through his own personal experience and wonderful story telling.
Rank #1: Ep. 03 - Merging Awareness and Expression.
Our thoughts and emotions have the unique ability to condition both our suffering and our well-being. A deeper investigation regarding the relative versus ultimate truths of our experience becomes crucial in learning to work more skillfully with these predominant aspects of our lives. A natural balance is necessary in the application of this deeper knowledge; to both prevent attachment to or avoidance of any one modality of thinking. This merging in awareness of our emptiness and our soulful expression is a profound step in the maturation of spiritual practice.
Rank #2: Ep. 41 - Free the Mind.
This week Joseph explores different ways of freeing the mind by understanding the habits of preference, the emptiness of thoughts and the seduction of "I am."
The Secular Buddhist is the official podcast of the Secular Buddhist Association, focusing on early Buddhist teaching and practice from a secular point of view. http://secularbuddhism.org
Rank #1: Episode 198 :: Gary Weber :: Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening.
Gary Weber joins us to speak about Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening.
Rank #2: Episode 229 :: Dave Smith :: Ethical Mindfulness.
Our friend Dave Smith returns to speak with us about his new book, Ethical Mindfulness.
Conversations with contemporary Buddhist leaders and thinkers
Rank #1: Mark Epstein: The Task Is Being You.
The Buddha had a prescription to end suffering—the eightfold path. But can the Western tradition of psychotherapy build upon these essential steps? Here, Buddhist psychotherapist and bestselling author Epstein talks with Tricycle contributing editor Amy Gross about how the two realms of wisdom view the idea of self as both problematic and helpful. Drawing from his new book, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, to discuss the ways meditation illuminates aspects of ourselves that we’re afraid or ashamed of, allowing us to let go of the identities that constrict us.
Rank #2: Mark Epstein: Buddhism and Psychotherapy.
In the debut episode of Tricycle Talks, contributing editor Amy Gross speaks with practicing psychiatrist Mark Epstein on Buddhism and psychotherapy. Epstein emphasizes that there is dukkha (suffering)in every place at every time, and that psychotherapeutic practices can help alleviate this suffering. Epstein's new book, The Trauma of Everyday Life, also explores this topic.
The Upaya Dharma Podcast features Wednesday evening Dharma Talks and recordings from Upaya’s diverse array of programs. Our podcasts exemplify Upaya’s focus on socially engaged Buddhism, including prison work, end-of-life care, serving the homeless, training in socially engaged practices, peace & nonviolence, compassionate care training, and delivering healthcare in the Himalayas.
Rank #1: Joan Halifax: Beginner’s Mind Weekend (Part 1) – Opening Talk.
The beloved Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki’s teachings have touched thousands of people and inspired their practice. Using Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind as a basis for this series, Roshi Joan Halifax, Wendy Johnson, Matthew Kozan Palevsky and Kigaku Noah Rossetter offer a rich context for Shunryu Suzuki’s life and teachings. To open our weekend exploring the seminal Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi Joan Halifax invites us to approach Zen like a “five year old kid standing in front of a Jackson Pollock painting.” What follows is a lively discussion about getting back to the basics and cultivating a beginner’s mind. Roshi Joan Halifax, PhDAbbot Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New... More
Rank #2: John Dunne & Joan Halifax: EMPTINESS AND COMPASSION: Shantideva and the Bodhisattva Practice (Part 1 of 10).
Shantideva’s A Guide to The Bodhisattva Way of Life is a foundational text that guides the reader through the development of bodhicitta, or the awakening of the heart-mind through a nondual perspective that embodies the wisdom of emptiness and compassion. To put it more simply, Roshi Joan Halifax asks, “What do you want to give away to […]
Rank #1: Barry Magid: Psychologically Minded Zen.
For this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, host Daniel Aitken speaks with Dr. Barry Magid, psychoanalyst, meditation teacher, and author of Nothing Is Hidden: The Psychology of Zen Koans. Barry has dedicated his life’s work to the integration of Western psychoanalytic psychology and Zen Buddhist practices. In this fascinating conversation, Barry discusses what he calls “top down” versus “bottom up” approaches to practice, and the difference between searching for peak experiences in meditation versus engaging in moment-to-moment vulnerability with oneself. He then offers illuminating insights on the pitfalls of viewing zazen as a “technique” versus zazen as a religious practice, or in other words, meditation beyond the framework of means-to-end thinking. Furthermore, Barry points out that our worst experiences in meditation are actually the most beneficial and that it is possible to discover the absolute in the most mundane aspects of ordinary life. The post Barry Magid: Psychologically Minded Zen appeared first on The Wisdom Experience.
Rank #2: Alan Wallace: Dzogchen and the Science of Mind.
In this episode of the Wisdom Podcast, recorded live as a part of the Wisdom Academy course Introduction to Dzogchen, we hear an interview, lecture, and Q&A with Alan Wallace, renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher. We hear how Alan’s spiritual path began and what drew him to dzogchen practice in particular. He describes his life in college and how he dropped out to study meditation intensively. He traveled to India where he met many great teachers, including the Dalai Lama, who became his root guru. He tells us about the years he spent in intensive meditation retreat and explains why he feels that he was “born at age 20.” After spending time in India he returned to college at Amherst and began studying physics under the guidance of Arthur Zajonc. Alan also tells us what drew him to shamatha practice and relays a teaching on how shamatha supports the development of bodhicitta. He tells of the pivotal experience he had while on a retreat with S. N. Goenka and reflects on why shamatha is so important across Buddhist traditions. Alan then tells the story of how the Buddha slipped into a state of mindfulness when he was only a child and comments on what this meant. Alan then gives an illuminating talk about dzogchen practice, touching on the conversation currently happening between science and Buddhism. He also teaches on the essential nature of the mind and how to truly and wisely observe the mind and naturally discover awareness. Finally, the Q&A with the live audience provides even more rich, eye-opening, and immediately applicable teachings to help you along the Buddhist path. The post Alan Wallace: Dzogchen and the Science of Mind appeared first on The Wisdom Experience.
Dharma offered by the Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Rank #1: Handling Strong Emotions.
The Retreat on Buddhist Psychology continues in Key West, Florida. The date is November 7, 1997. This is the sixth talk (96-minutes) offered as an audio recording below.Seed of anger. Mindfulness of anger. How do we practice with this energy of anger? How do we make peace with another in which we are angry? One method is to use the practice of deep looking. First, we generate our energy of mindfulness. Then we recognize our anger. Finally we look deeply into the nature of our anger. Teaching on the four mantras, deep listening, and loving speech. We can restore communication.Thay shares the text of a song he wrote to help us with our practice.It rains softly outside, and yet I feel the sadness and the sorrow coming up in me. Please go to sleep my little pain and let my in breath and out breath embrace you tenderly. I know you are there and I do my best to take good care of you. You know I am trying to plant and water the seeds of harmony and loving kindness everyday so tomorrow from the soil of my consciousness flowers of peace and joy and forgiveness will bloom for everyone. Please go to sleep my little knots. My little pain.With this practice there will be transformation and tomorrow we will be able to accept and love each other.How are we watering our store consciousness through our consumption? Are we intoxicating ourselves with seeds of craving and despair? Thay shares his excitement about mindfulness being applied in legislation (smoking) and in what we can buy in the supermarket (tofu). The five mindfulness trainings are a concrete practice to help us to become more mindful of our consciousness.We continue with a deeper teaching on the first aspect of meditation: stopping.In the concluding 15-minutes, we return to the teaching on the verses of consciousness. We are on verse 13 exploring inter-penetration.If you appreciate this teaching, please consider making a donation to support the ongoing efforts of the online monastery. Please make a note with your donation that it was because of this talk.
Rank #2: Happiness is Found in the Present Moment.
In this December 10, 2006 dharma talk from Lower Hamlet, Thay reflects on the 2005 trip to Vietnam followed by a teaching on mindfulness of walking and eating. The sangha is in the Annual Winter Retreat and the talk is 77-minutes.It was a warm winter at Plum Village in 2006 and Thay reflects on walking meditation on the grass and the leaves. We can enjoy every step we make on this planet. When a novice monk at the root temple in Vietnam, Thay did not know the practice of walking meditation. As a you don't no Dharma Teacher, Thay still did not find the time for waking meditation. But when he returned to the root temple in 2005, it was wonderful to practice walking meditation on the hills with over 900 monastics. What is important, there is no need to make any effort and the practice is perfect. Only you can produce this step in mindfulness and concentration. Thay shares of returning to Vietnam and of bringing the monastic sangha together in harmony. The happiness and the joy of they incorporating some of the Plum Village practices, such as practicing as a fourfold sangha and gender equity.Mindfulness is a mental formation - one of the fifty mental formations. When we are inhabited by the energy of mindfulness, we can have the eyes of the Buddha and the feet of the Buddha. We know how to generate the energy of mindfulness from our seed of mindfulness. Walking like a Buddha can happen right now. We don't have to force ourselves. It is a pleasure.Walking meditation is not a practice, it is an enjoyment. The best reason to do walking meditation is, because I like it! The same is true of sitting meditation. We don't force it, but we enjoy it. It is an act of love.Getting in touch with the food and our ancestors through eating meditation. Thay recalls his mothers cooking. A meal is a time to know who we are - through what we are eating and how we are eating. Eating can nourish our compassion. We can get in touch with the nature of reality. Are we eating in a way to nourish our compassion? We can get enlightenment just by eating. It should be a relaxing time, to eat as a sangha. To allow more time. For sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Plum Village tradition, eating is a deep practice. How?Mindfulness is the kind of energy that has the power of knowing what is going on. Mindfulness is a miracle. It is like a light that allows us to see things, and everyone has this light of mindfulness. Mindfulness is mere recognition; we don't try to grasp it. When mindfulness is there, everything will be different. Including your joy and your pain. And it is always for the better. When mindfulness is there, the Buddha is there.If you appreciate this teaching, please consider making a donation to support the ongoing efforts of the online monastery. Please make a note with your donation that it was because of this talk.
Kusala Bhikshu and his Urban Dharma; an American born Buddhist monk living in Los Angeles, California. Kusala shares his understanding of Buddhism in a simple, non-technical way through stories, humor and personal insights.
Rank #1: Finding Peace.
A talk on finding peace in this ever changing world of birth, death, growth and decay. This talk was given at True Yoga in Thousand Oaks, California in August of 2006.
Rank #2: Mindfulness Meditation.
A talk on Mindfulness Meditation given at "True Yoga" in Thousand Oaks California. My friend Ericka just moved her True Yoga studio down the street to a new home, with two workout areas and a very nice main room. This was my first talk in the new facility and I was asked to think about speaking twice a month instead of just once. I said yes, and should start the new teaching schedule soon. For more info on Ericka Bryant and True Yoga please visit: www.TrueYoga.com
The Insight Meditation Society’s Forest Refuge supports the practice of more experienced meditators on personal retreat. Our teachers provide guidance and support in insight and lovingkindness practices drawn from the Buddhist meditative tradition. Please visit dharma.org for more information.
Rank #1: Joseph Goldstein: Q&A.
(Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge)
Rank #2: Caroline Jones: The Brahma Viharas..
(Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge)