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Dharmatalk: Gathering in to a Single Point

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“There isn’t any phenomenon at all that isn’t teaching or preaching the Dharma“ Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Buddha taught that in order to cultivate Right Orientation, which is the second step on the Noble Eightfold Path, one must start with an intention toward renunciation, not generating any ill-will, and being a source of […]


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Dharmatalk: Embarking on the Noble Eightfold Path

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“Right View is not so far away“ Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Setting out on the Noble Eightfold Path, we begin with Right View. By developing an awareness of the roots of wholesomeness and unwholesomeness, we may orient ourselves toward proper conduct, skillful practice, and ultimately the cessation of suffering. The modern Zen practitioner […]


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Dharmatalk: Subitist and Gradualist Awakening

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“This precious me. My me. This has been an invention” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Continuing the discussion about the cessation of suffering, we examine two approaches toward awakening, the subitist, or sudden approach, and the gradualist one. Many Zen teachers, especially those using koans, assume the subitist approach. From a more gradualist perspective, […]


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Dharmatalk: The Cessation of Suffering

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“Unshakable is the liberation of my mind” ~ Shakyamuni Buddha Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The Third Noble Truth concerns the cessation of suffering. When Buddha gave his first sermon, he was sparing in his description of this Noble Truth in comparison to the three others, teaching that the cessation of suffering, also known as […]


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Dharmatalk: Letting Go of Clinging

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“Loss brings us to our senses. It actually gives us our life”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. In continuing the series of talks about the Four Noble Truths, we examine clinging from a traditional and a modern perspective. Craving to always be right, we may cling to fixed viewpoints and become rigid in our […]


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Dharmatalk: Seeking to Satisfy Dissatisfaction

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“When there really is just this, there is no place for thirst, or craving”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. We begin to address the Second Noble Truth: that the cause of suffering is craving, or Tanha in Pali, which literally means “thirst.” Seeking to satisfy the everyday pangs of thirst in our lives leads […]


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Dharmatalk: Developing Compassion with Equanimity

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“Suffering can be the door, or the path, to practice and training”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Continuing the discussion of the first of the Four Noble Truths: How can we transform our reactions to the various states of suffering (fear, grief, anger) that we experience on a daily basis? Develop compassion with equanimity. […]


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Dharmatalk: Aligning with Reality

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“Who is it who dies?”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The themes are: dukkha, dissatisfaction or suffering; Buddha’s instruction on illness and death; the eight worldly conditions; and the characteristics of existence. How have humans typically approached the problem of suffering? The role of practice at various levels of experience is examined. For the […]


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Dharmatalk: The Problem of Suffering

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“Buddha understands suffering so well”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. It begins with the story of Sujata who nourished Siddhartha Gautama with milk-rice under the banyan tree. The focus of the talk is the First Noble Truth—there is suffering. Cultivating the space of awareness through practice can help to free us from our attachment […]


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Dharmatalk: Buddha Was A Woman

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“Why does Buddha have to be a man?”  Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. It addresses the absence of women in most early Buddhist texts and explores the story of Mara who tries to prevent Siddhartha Gautama from awakening. There is also further discussion of the Middle Way, the Buddha’s first teaching, which can be […]


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