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Dharmatalk: A Lineage of Humility

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“… To be you, fully alive, that’s your greatest offering to the universe …” Description: A zen practitioner may spend decades studying under a teacher before they themselves can be authorized to teach. When our orientation toward needing outer things to be the way we want them shifts, through having released our grip on our separate […]


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Dharmatalk: Right Concentration

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“… start to experience the intrinsically fulfilling wellbeing of the lotus flower … permeated from its roots throughout the tips of its petals with the same cool water in which it thrives in perfect stillness …” “… Whatever needs to drop away drops away by itself …” Description: Final talk in the series on basic Buddhism. […]


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Dharmatalk: Bringing the Mind Home

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“… mindfulness … is a practice of becoming okay with what we have …” “… We have to let be, to let go …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The practice of mindfulness is not about adding something into our already busy lives that’s going to pick us up and make us feel better — […]


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Dharmatalk: The Process of Letting Go of Everything

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“… You can only see it when you are it …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Human beings tend to get constantly captivated by their “default mode network,” which can generate a continuous stream of internal commentary. To really be able to be present without an outward task: that is the basic meaning of the […]


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Dharmatalk: The Zone of Phenomena

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“… The principle of zen is: body and mind fall away …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Having reached the fourth aspect of mindfulness, which is the seventh fold of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is itself the fourth of the Four Noble Truths, we find that dharma gates are indeed countless. Buddha gave this, […]


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Dharmatalk: Dharmas within Dharmas

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“… We observe the unfolding of our awareness like a butterfly … opening up its wings …” “… Let the breath show itself to your awareness …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. In our exploration of the Four Noble Truths, we have seen how the Buddha keeps re-slicing the pie, going into the nature of our […]


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Dharmatalk: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

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“… Letting it be as it is, we have to drop the wish that it be otherwise …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. To achieve concentration in practice, one must have established the four foundations of mindfulness. Having ardent alertness, clearly comprehending all that arises within and around the body, its feelings, the mind, and […]


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Dharmatalk: Right Mindfulness

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“… bringing awareness back to the present moment whenever our minds wander …” “… Here, a person dwells, contemplating the body in the body …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The original sanskrit word smrti, which often gets translated as “mindfulness,” also means “remembering to be aware.” Modern culture offers us many ways to distract […]


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Dharmatalks: Cultivating Meditative Awareness

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“… In our right effort we are developing the capacity to work on the unwholesome …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Right effort in practice, the sixth fold in the Noble Eightfold Path, consists in working to diminish unwholesome states of mind or being. Likewise, the practitioner should work to cultivate states of mind that […]


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Dharmatalk: Right Livelihood

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“… It’s almost as if there’s no point practising unless we attend to how we’re living …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Buddha taught that when following the way of Right Livelihood, we should not engage in occupations that may promote harm. It isn’t always easy in today’s world to advance in a profession that […]


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