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Romanticizing the Buddha   RSS iTunes

An important part of understanding Dharma is understanding what is not Dharma. A great deal of American not-Dharma—what passes for Dharma but actually isn’t—comes from the thought of the early German Romantics.

Even though their names are little-known in America, their ideas have had an enormous influence on Americans attitudes about spiritual life. When approaching the Dharma, we tend to view it in light of these attitudes, which in some ways are congruent with what the Buddha taught, and in many ways run directly counter to it. This daylong course—through talks, readings, and discussions—focused on understanding Romantic ideas about religious life and inspiration, the transmission of these ideas through American thinkers such as Emerson and James, their influence on modern American Dharma, and the ways in which this influence has seriously distorted our idea of what counts as Dharma and where Dharma practice leads.


Romanticizing the Buddha (Part 1)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2014-04-26 1:54:13
Romanticizing the Buddha (Part 2)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2014-04-26 1:20:58
Romanticizing the Buddha (Part 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2014-04-26 1:34:06
Paths of Practice   RSS iTunes
Paths of Practice in the Buddha’s Teachings with Diana Clark

The concept of a path of practice is one of the central features of the Buddha’s teaching. In addition to the well-known Eightfold Path, the Buddha described a number of other models of the Buddhist path to the end of suffering. These different models are useful descriptions that describe the path of practice through different perspectives. Join us as we explore and discuss three important paths of practice depicted in three different suttas from the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya, MN). We will study the “Gradual Training” from the Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint (MN 27), the “Discovery of Truth” from the Cankī sutta (MN 95) and the “Practice that Makes One an [Arahant]” from the Greater Discourse at Assapura (MN 39). In addition to studying the paths themselves, we will explore the context in which the Buddha taught them, and the contexts in which they may be useful for modern practitioners. The day will include lecture and small group discussion.

Diana Clark has a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley. She practices and occasionally teaches at IMC.


Paths of Practice - Part 1
Diana Clark 2014-03-22 31:13
Paths of Practice - Part 2
Diana Clark 2014-03-22 22:15
Paths of Practice - Part 3
Diana Clark 2014-03-22 62:21
Paths of Practice - Part 4
Diana Clark 2014-03-22 66:06
How Empty is Emptiness   RSS iTunes

This workshop will explore ideas and experiences of emptiness. We’ll begin by considering Buddhist concepts of emptiness from early Buddhism through the later Mahayana and beyond. Then we’ll take a brief look at echoes of emptiness in later eastern and western philosophies and religions before examining emptiness in the work of contemporary artists and practitioners.

Central to the day will be investigation of our own experience and ideas of emptiness. Hopefully we’ll discover how emptiness is far from the quality of lack often ascribed to it, and how a such a transformed understanding may enrich our daily lives and well-being. The day will include teaching, discussion and sitting.


How Empty is Emptiness (Part 1)
Gay Watson 2014-03-15 1:25:09
How Empty is Emptiness (Part 2)
Gay Watson 2014-03-15 1:37:43
How Empty is Emptiness (Part 3)
Gay Watson 2014-03-15 54:53
How Empty is Emptiness (Part 4)
Gay Watson 2014-03-15 56:51
The Women around the Buddha   RSS iTunes
THE WOMEN AROUND THE BUDDHA: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON EARLY BUDDHIST HISTORY AND MODERN PRACTICE Presented by Rita M. Gross Early Buddhist history and the legendary lives of Siddartha Gautama are important for and fascinating to Buddhists of all orientations. However, in many accounts, the stories of the women central to the Buddha, especially his foster-mother and his wife, are obscured or forgotten. A great deal of Buddhist story-telling has grown to fill out our impressions about the lives of these women. We will focus especially on these stories in this daylong workshop. This focus will also allow us to explore how historical memories are created, the importance of creative story-telling to a living religious tradition, and changing ideas about gender in early Buddhism. The day will end with an exploration of how the implicit and explicit views of men and women appear in the stories and the practice of people practicing Buddhism in our modern world. Known as a warm, humorous and very clear teacher, Rita M. Gross teaches with a rare combination of academic and dharmic perspectives. She is internationally known for her innovative work on gender and religion. She also has extensive training and experience as a professor of comparative studies in religion and is a Buddhist Dharma teacher, appointed to that position by Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche.
The Women around the Buddha - Part 1
Rita Gross 2014-01-18 2:16:37
The Women Around the Buddha - Part 2
Rita Gross 2014-01-18 1:44:20
The Women Around the Buddha - Part 3
Rita Gross 2014-01-18 64:24
The Brahmaviharas   RSS iTunes
The Brahmaviharas—attitudes of unlimited good will, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity—are useful tools for counteracting unskillful mind states, such as ill will and resentment, and for developing all three parts of the path to the end of suffering: virtue, concentration, and discernment. This day-long course will use readings, talks, discussions, and periods of meditation to explore the uses and limitations of these attitudes in the context of the total path.
  • Handout used with these talks: Brahamavihara (PDF)

The Brahmaviharas 1
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2013-10-12 1:15:48
The Brahmaviharas 2
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2013-10-12 1:32:44
The Brahmaviharas 3
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2013-10-12 1:45:58
The Buddha's Teachings on Happiness   RSS iTunes
Bhante Piyananda has hundreds of stories to illustrate the Dhamma. In this daylong class, he will share the Dhamma of Family and Lay Life drawn from the Buddha’s teachings and 58 years as a monk, teaching and supporting countless families and lay practitioners.
The Buddha's Teachings on Happiness - Part 1
Bhante Piyananda 2013-08-03 1:37:21
The Buddha's Teachings on Happiness - Part 2
Bhante Piyananda 2013-08-03 1:20:41
The Buddha's Teachings on Personal Practice and the Public Good with Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark   RSS iTunes
The Buddha addressed the social, political, and economic challenges of his time through mythic stories containing lessons as relevant for us today as they were in his time.

During this day we will explore three discourses from the Long Discourses of the Buddha which discuss the role both government action and personal transformation have in the well-being of our society. In the background of our exploration will be exploring the uses of stories to convey spiritual teachings. The day will involve an interactive combination of lectures, discussion and creative engagement with the Kutadanta Sutta, the Cakkavatti-Sihanada Sutta, and the Agganna Sutta (Digha Nikaya 5, 26, and 27). These suttas can be found at http://tipitaka.wikia.com/wiki/Kutadanta_Sutta, http://tipitaka.wikia.com/wiki/Cakkavattisihanada_Sutta, and http://tipitaka.wikia.com/wiki/Agganna_Sutta.


Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 1
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 1:52
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 2
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 11:18
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 3
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 19:07
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 4
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 27:27
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 5
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 38:49
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 6
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 21:18
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 7
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 36:25
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 8
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 30:19
Sati Daylong: Personal Practice and the Public Good: Digha Nikaya Selections 9
Gil Fronsdal 2013-07-13 27:13
The Science and Practice of Compassion   RSS iTunes
What can science teach us about practice? This experiential workshop explores, through discussion, self-reflection, and meditation, insights into the process of cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others based on recent research on compassion training. Practices will include guided compassion meditations, gentle mindful movement, and simple breathing exercises
The Science and Practice of Compassion (Part 1)
Kelly McGonigal 2013-03-17 36:12
The Science and Practice of Compassion (Part 2)
Kelly McGonigal 2013-03-17 44:03
The Science and Practice of Compassion (Part 3)
Kelly McGonigal 2013-03-17 1:13:23
The Life and Teachings of the Buddha: An Introduction to Sutta Study   RSS iTunes
During this daylong we will be looking at short passages from the suttas to tell the story of the Buddha and to describe his essential teachings of the Dharma. A practical and experiential approach to sutta study will be given.
  • The Life and Teachings of the Buddha (PDF)

The Life and Teachings of the Buddha: An Introduction to Sutta Study (Part 1)
Jeff Hardin 2012-09-08 1:12:51
The Life and Teachings of the Buddha: An Introduction to Sutta Study (Part 2)
Jeff Hardin 2012-09-08 1:22:13
The Life and Teachings of the Buddha: An Introduction to Sutta Study (Part 3)
Jeff Hardin 2012-09-08 64:32
The Life and Teachings of the Buddha: An Introduction to Sutta Study (Part 4)
Jeff Hardin 2012-09-08 1:36:52
Introduction to Pali   RSS iTunes
A one-day introduction to the richness of the Pali language and its potential for complementing and enriching one’s meditative practice and deepening one’s relationship to the Buddha’s teachings. While the dhamma in its 84,000 parts lies in the heart and not on any printed page, the Pali language has been and remains a potent vehicle for those who would make use of it. Its texts are not only the closest approximations to the Buddha’s teachings in their original formulations, but also the concrete vestiges of those who have most thoroughly realized those teachings within their own body, speech, and mind. The workshop will incorporate both scholarly and experiential approaches as we learn, recite, and imbibe the Buddha’s teachings in their original wording and attempt together to evoke their living meaning.
Pali Workshop Part 1
Sean Kerr 2012-07-28 1:35:13
Pali Workshop Part 2
Sean Kerr 2012-07-28 1:14:42
Pali Workshop Part 3
Sean Kerr 2012-07-28 1:18:48
Pali Workshop Part 4
Sean Kerr 2012-07-28 53:16
Pali Workshop Part 5
Sean Kerr 2012-07-28 24:54
Papañca   RSS iTunes
When discussing the sources of conflict—inner and outer—the Buddha pointed to a type of thinking he called papañca. This term is often translated as “conceptual proliferation,” but a survey of how it’s discussed in the Pali Canon shows that it has less to do with the amount of thinking and more with the way thinking is framed. This daylong course will focus on understanding what papañca is, how it happens, when it has its uses, and how the need for it can eventually be overcome.
Introduction (Part 1)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2012-04-28 63:30
The Reading (Part 2)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2012-04-28 30:31
Reading - continued (Part 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2012-04-28 1:25:34
Reading - continued (Part 4)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2012-04-28 66:12
Spirit of the Buddha   RSS iTunes
During this daylong we will explore the spirit of the Buddha, characterized by kindness, creativity and questioning, through looking at discourses from the Pali Canon. We will use the prism of the eightfold path, as given in different suttas, to reflect on the path and develop it during the day. Together, we’ll cultivate some of the Buddhist meditation practices that were developed during and after the time of the Buddha. Through the use of such practices as questioning and mindfulness, we’ll reflect on each one of the eightfold paths to see what each means for us in our daily life.
Spirit of the Buddha - Part 1
Martine Batchelor 2011-10-29 38:49
Spirit of the Buddha - Part 2
Martine Batchelor 2011-10-29 51:57
Spirit of the Buddha - Part 3
Martine Batchelor 2011-10-29 34:53
Spirit of the Buddha - Part 4
Martine Batchelor 2011-10-29 67:46
Spirit of the Buddha - Part 5
Martine Batchelor 2011-10-29 1:13:39
The Basic Dynamics of Insight Meditation   RSS iTunes

Veneerable Analayo compares the three main insight traditions (Mahasi, Goenka, Pa Auk) and traces back similarities via the commentarial scheme of insight knowledges to a basic pattern of insight in the suttas.

Bhikkhu Analayo was born in Germany in 1962 and ordained in Sri Lanka in 1995. In the year 2000 he completed a Ph.D. thesis on the Satipatthana-sutta at the University of Peradeniya (published by Windhorse in the UK). In the year 2007 he completed a habilitation research at the University of Marburg, in which he compared the Majjhima-nikaya discourses with their Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan counterparts. At present, he is a member of the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, as a Privatdozent (the German equivalent to an associate professorship), and works as a researcher at Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan. Besides his academic activities, he regularly teaches meditation in Sri Lanka.


Dynamics of Insight of Meditation
Bhikkhu Analayo 2011-10-18 1:10:18
Protecting Oneself and Protecting Others Through Mindfulness   RSS iTunes
Based on the Acrobate simile in the Samyutta-nikaaya and its Chinese parallel Venerable Analayl discusses how mindfulness relates to developing oneself and at the same time taking care of others
  • Protecting Oneself and Others Slides (PDF)

Protecting Oneself and Protecting Others Through Mindfulness
  • Protecting Oneself and Others Slides (PDF)
Bhikkhu Analayo 2011-10-18 1:38:10
The Buddha’s Teaching on Loving-Kindness: A Mature Path to Awakening   RSS iTunes
In much contemporary Buddhist teachings, the paths of the heart are often relegated to second place behind the primacy of Wisdom on the path to awakening. In the earliest texts, however, the Buddha appears to consider the cultivation of kindness and compassion as a fully viable and equal path to awakening, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. This will be the premise of the morning’s discussion.
Metta as a Path to Awakening (Part 1)
John Peacock 2011-09-05 1:16:12
Metta as a Path to Awakening (Part 2)
John Peacock 2011-09-05 64:54
Buddhism Before the Theravada   RSS iTunes
The Buddha did not teach in a vacuum. His teachings were directed to those who shared the social world in which he lived. John Peacock, a British scholar who studies and translates in more than a dozen languages and is familiar with the philosophical environment of the Buddha’s day, maintains that by framing the Buddha’s teachings in their original context, it is possible to recover the original meaning of teachings that have been ignored and lost by later Buddhist schools—including the Theravada. This weekend class will examine many of the ways in which Buddhist practice was radically different from the Brahmanical and Upanishadic thinking of the time and, indeed, how it differs in substantive ways from much present day understanding of the Dharma. The exploration will detail the Buddha’s shift away from metaphysical thinking to a focus on internal experience and ethical activity. In the process there will be consideration of how the Buddha’s earliest teachings diverge from much of the western philosophical tradition, and often from what has become the traditional view of the Dharma today as well.
Buddhism Before the Theravada Part 1
John Peacock 2011-09-03 1:36:43
Buddhism Before the Theravada Part 2
John Peacock 2011-09-03 42:32
Buddhism before the Theravada Part 3
John Peacock 2011-09-03 1:53:13
Buddhism before the Theravada Part 4
John Peacock 2011-09-03 1:13:40
Buddhism Before the Theravada Part 5
John Peacock 2011-09-04 1:16:31
Buddhism Before the Theravada Part 6
John Peacock 2011-09-04 1:54:06
Socially Engaged Buddhism: Tradition, Innovation, and Contemporary Challenges   RSS iTunes

The Buddha guided us to study human experience carefully in order to develop the wisdom that brings liberation from suffering, and manifests as lovingkindness and compassion toward other beings and their suffering. In the last half-century, this basic approach has been extended, through what has been called “socially engaged Buddhism,” to responses to social issues. Socially engaged Buddhism has been articulated and embodied, both in Asia and in the West, by teachers and leaders such as Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Robert Aitken Roshi, and Joanna Macy. It has been expressed in a great variety of forms. Some have emphasized social service—working with those who are suffering or in need, developing compassionate programs and policies, bringing mindfulness into the workplace, or engaging in the helping professions. Others have connected their spiritual practice to attempts to end wars or oppression, change institutions, or address large-scale social, economic, political, cultural, or ecological issues. In this daylong, we combined periods of sitting and walking meditation with talks and discussion on four basic themes: (1) the roots of socially engaged Buddhism in the teachings of the Buddha, with a focus on those discourses relevant for social issues; (2) the history of socially engaged Buddhism, the forms that it has taken, and how it is both grounded in tradition and innovative (particularly in its connection with Western social justice traditions); (3) the nature of socially engaged Buddhist practices, how they might help constitute an engaged “path of practice” leading to both inner and outer liberation; and (4) some of the core issues and contemporary challenges related to socially engaged Buddhism.

  • Principles For Socially Engaged Buddhism by Donald Rothberg, Diana Winston (PDF)
  • Quotes On Socially Engaged Buddhism - Summary (PDF)
  • Quotes on Socially Engaged Buddhism (PDF)
  • Resources: Socially Engaged Buddhism (PDF)

Engaged Buddhism - Part 1
Donald Rothberg 2011-07-30 1:24:04
Engaged Buddhism - Part 2
Donald Rothberg 2011-07-30 68:58
Engaged Buddhism - Part 3
Donald Rothberg 2011-07-30 42:25
Engaged Buddhism - Part 4
Donald Rothberg 2011-07-30 26:31
Karma and Causality   RSS iTunes

The Buddha described only two of his teachings as categorical—i.e., as applicable across the board: the teaching on the four noble truths, and the teaching on the distinction between skillful and unskillful action. This second distinction is actually the more basic of the two, forming the framework for understanding all of this other teachings. This daylong workshop will focus on exploring the meaning of this distinction, its connection to the Buddha’s teachings on causality in general, and its implications for the practice: both on the cushion and in daily life.

The second part of the talk was not recorded.

Karma and Causality (Part 1)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2011-04-30 1:31:43
Karma and Causality (Part 2)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2011-04-30 0:00
Karma and Causality (Part 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2011-04-30 1:19:04
Day Long Exploration Of Dependent Origination   RSS iTunes
  • Mundane Dependent Origination
  • Trancendental Origination
  • Upanisa Sutta
  • Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving
  • and more

Dependent Origination Pt-1 Introduction and Q&A
Leigh Brasington 2011-03-19 66:31
Dependent Origination Pt2
Leigh Brasington 2011-03-19 31:18
Dependent Origination Pt3
Leigh Brasington 2011-03-19 69:46
Dependent Origination Pt4
Leigh Brasington 2011-03-19 1:10:25
Sutta Study: The Parinibbana Sutta: The Discourse On The Buddha's Last Day   RSS iTunes
One of the most important of the early Buddhist discourses is the one that narrates the last days of the Buddha's life. Knowing his death is approaching the Buddha gives some of his most significant and direct teachings.
Sutta Study: The Parinibbana Sutta Pt. 1
Gil Fronsdal 2011-01-21 1:17:45
Sutta Study: The Parinibbana Sutta Pt. 2
Gil Fronsdal 2011-01-21 1:18:03
Sutta Study: The Parinibbana Sutta Pt. 3
Gil Fronsdal 2011-01-21 59:37
Sutta Study: The Parinibbana Sutta Pt. 4
Gil Fronsdal 2011-01-21 30:27
Sutta Study: First Three Discourses   RSS iTunes

The entirety of the Buddha's teaching is encapsulated in the first three discourses he delivered after his enlightenment. In this day of study we covered all three suttas in detail, exploring how they weave together to inform each other and create a complete description of Dharma teaching and practice.

Course Materials:
  • Sutta Study: First Three Discourses Handout; (PDF)

Sutta Study: First Three Discourses (Part 1)
Richard Shankman 2010-08-06 1:28:01
Sutta Study: First Three Discourses (Part 2)
Richard Shankman 2010-08-06 1:32:25
Sutta Study: The Supreme Net   RSS iTunes
During this class we studied the Brahmajala Sutta, the first discourse from the Digha Nikaya. In this profound discourse, the Buddha describes sixty-two speculative views about the nature of the self and the world. All these speculative views are shown to lead away from freedom; the Buddha points to the craving and agitation that underlie them. Finally, the Buddha teaches the way out of the net of speculative views through the development of wisdom. A translation of this sutta can be found online at: Access to Insight
Brahmajala Sutta Course Handouts:
  • Brahmajala Supplemental Handout: PDF
  • Brahmajala Sutta Translation: Rhys Davids: PDF

Sutta Study: Brahmajala Sutta (Part 1)
Andrea Fella 2010-04-30 1:25:19
Sutta Study: Brahmajala Sutta (Part 2)
Andrea Fella 2010-04-30 66:16
Mindfulness and Concentration   RSS iTunes
Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration, together with Right Effort, form the concentration-aggregate of the noble eightfold path. Although these factors are often discussed separately, the Pali discourses show that the Buddha meant for them to form a unified practice. This course through talks, readings, discussions, and meditation explored what these factors means and how they can be brought together in a mutually supportive and nourishing way.
Mindfulness and Concentration Course Handouts: : PDF

Guided Meditation
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2010-04-17 31:54
Mindfulness and Concentration (Part 1)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2010-04-17 1:34:39
Mindfulness and Concentration (Part 2)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2010-04-17 1:16:34
Mindfulness and Concentration (Part 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2010-04-17 68:36
Mindfulness and Concentration (Part 4)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2010-04-17 33:51
Prison Chaplaincy by Paul Haller and Jacques Verduin   RSS iTunes
What does it mean to leave prison before you get out? What are the greater implications of teaching the experience of freedom not just as the other side of the gate but rather as a state of mind? This day-long training featured two dedicated professionals that aimed to share many years of service in the trenches of our prison system. The teaching addressed both specific questions related to Buddhist practice as well as how the dharma can be languaged and applied in practical ways to honor everyone's religious understanding. There was sharing of what language is conducive to teach meditation in prison, examples of exercises and discussion of prison related hindrances to practice. There was discussion on assembling a toolkit of useful applications of how the dharma informs violence prevention, skilful communication and conflict resolution. Paul Haller is a Zen Priest Co-Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He was the head of Zen Center's outreach program and has spent many years teaching meditation in prisons. He is on faculty at the Zen Hospice Project and at the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. Jacques Verduin is the founder and director of the Insight Prison Project, a non-profit that works in San Quentin State Prison. The project focuses on assisting prisoners in healing the pain that they lash out from by transforming the negative habit patterns that trip them up. IPP teaches 20 classes that serve 300 prisoners every week. Through its Insight Out Initiative trained former prisoners work in the East Bay School system to teach the skills that help prevent crime.
Prison Chaplaincy (Part 1)
Paul Haller 2010-01-29 1:35:12
Prison Chaplaincy (Part 2)
Paul Haller 2010-01-29 61:25
Prison Chaplaincy (Part 3)
Paul Haller 2010-01-29 1:13:28
Prison Chaplaincy (Part 4)
Paul Haller 2010-01-29 1:23:55
Deconstructing Buddhism   RSS iTunes

Based on an examination of early discourses found in the Buddhist Pali Canon, this class explored the question: "What did the Buddha teach that was distinctively and originally his own?" By differentiating the Buddha's Dhamma from the ideas of Indian religion and metaphysics that prevailed at his time this class sought to uncover a clearer sense of the Buddha's message and then considered what relevance it still has for people living in the modern world. The day was divided between talks, sitting meditation and discussion.

Stephen Batchelor was a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Korean Zen traditions. Known for his secular and agnostic approach, he teaches Buddhist meditation and philosophy worldwide. Author of the bestselling Buddhism without Beliefs, his most recent publication is Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.


Deconstructing Buddhism (Part 1)
Stephen Batchelor 2010-03-20 1:23:36
Deconstructing Buddhism (Part 2)
Stephen Batchelor 2010-03-20 34:26
Deconstructing Buddhism (Part 3)
Stephen Batchelor 2010-03-20 1:30:58
Deconstructing Buddhism (Part 4)
Stephen Batchelor 2010-03-20 39:05
Sutta Study: Fruits of the Contemplative Life   RSS iTunes
This class offered an in-depth study of an important discourse by the Buddha. In a dramatic narrative context, a king asks the Buddha about what benefits come from the religious life. The Buddha responds by describing the stages of Buddhist practice. The sutta is the second discourse in Long Discourses.
Samannaphala Sutta (Part 1)
Gil Fronsdal 2010-01-15 1:18:37
Samannaphala Sutta (Part 2)
Gil Fronsdal 2010-01-15 1:42:59
The Safety of the Island: Exploring the Nature of Nibanna   RSS iTunes
Beginning with an overview of the teachings on nibbana, Ajahn Amaro elaborated on definitions the teachings of 'non-self'. The afternoon addressed the essential themes of attending to the deathless, unsupported consciousness and the unconditioned and non-locality. He then discussed applications of the teachings to the Gradual Path, stream entry and the blessings of nibbana, followed by discussion.
Nibanna Course Handouts: (PDF).

Nibanna - The Island (Part 1)
Ajahn Amaro 2009-10-31 1:40:50
Nibanna - The Island (Part 2)
Ajahn Amaro 2009-10-31 1:40:52
Nibanna - The Island (Part 3)
Ajahn Amaro 2009-10-31 52:30
Introduction to Pali: Fred Porta and Baba Norihisa   RSS iTunes
This daylong class introduced the basics of Pali, the language of the Buddhist teachings in the Theravada tradition. Dr. Norihisa, a scholar of Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist texts, is on a one year term as visiting research fellow at Stanford to study Sanskrit Buddhist manuscripts and early Chinese translations. Dr. Porta is a lecturer at Stanford who, in addition to Pali language and literature, teaches Sanskrit, Greek and other classical language.
Pali Course Handouts:

Introduction to Pali (1 of 4)
Fred Porta 2009-08-22 54:45
Introduction to Pali (2 of 4)
Fred Porta 2009-08-22 1:19:14
Introduction to Pali (3 of 4)
Fred Porta 2009-08-22 1:42:15
Introduction to Pali (4 of 4)
Fred Porta 2009-08-22 21:53
Anatta: Selves and Not-Selves   RSS iTunes
The Buddha refused to state that the self exists or doesn't exist, yet he frequently used perceptions of self and not-self as skillful means in his teachings. This course, through readings, discusion, and meditation, explored the many meanings of 'self' in the Buddha's self strategies and not-self strategies for gaining freedom from clinging and suffering.
Anatta Course Handouts: (PDF).

Guided Meditation
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2009-05-02 30:43
Anatta (1 of 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2009-05-02 1:57:25
Anatta (2 of 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2009-05-02 63:46
Anatta (3 of 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2009-05-02 45:04
Samadhi: Exploring the Range of Teachings and Controversies on Concentration & Jhana   RSS iTunes
There is a wide range of views and opinions on the various concentration practices in Buddhism, and on how they relate to insight meditation practices. We compared different views, including controversies, and considered how these views can inform and enrich our meditation practice. The day included some meditation practice periods.
Samadhi (1 of 4)
Richard Shankman 2009-03-07 1:33:05
Samadhi (2 of 4)
Richard Shankman 2009-03-07 1:22:07
Samadhi (3 of 4)
Richard Shankman 2009-03-07 51:42
Samadhi (4 of 4)
Richard Shankman 2009-03-07 1:19:30
Resting in Emptiness: The Evolution and Transcendence of the Self Rick Hanson and Rick Mendius   RSS iTunes

The Buddha taught that not-self was one of the three fundamental characteristics of existence, alongside impermanence and suffering. In this workshop, we examined self - and its release - in light of Buddhism, evolution, and modern brain science; these perspectives inform each other, and together they offer powerfully practical tools for deconstructing the apparent self.

In this workshop, we covered:

  • Buddhist perspectives on the interconnectedness of all things, and thus the emptiness of any apparent thing - including the personal self
  • How awareness and self evolved in animals, including humans
  • The costs and benefits of me, myself, and I
  • The distributed, variable, conditioned – thus “empty” – nature of creating self in the brain
  • A poignant consideration of narcissistic wounds; Non-dual perspectives on the oneness of self and world
  • Brain-savvy ways to relax the sense of self, take things less personally, feel more at peace with the world, and rest in the spacious awareness in which self activates and then disperses

Slides for this workshop can be downloaded here (pdf format).

More information and resources are available at www.wisebrain.org.


The Evolution and Transcendence of the Self (1 of 4)
Rick Hanson 2008-10-04 1:16:43
The Evolution and Transcendence of the Self (2 of 4)
Rick Hanson 2008-10-04 1:19:57
The Evolution and Transcendence of the Self (3 of 4)
Rick Hanson 2008-10-04 51:37
The Evolution and Transcendence of the Self (4 of 4)
Rick Hanson 2008-10-04 2:34:07
Radical Dharma: The Buddha's Teachings on Views and Desire - Verses from the Atthaka Vagga   RSS iTunes

The Atthaka Vagga (the Octet Chapter) of the Sutta Nipata contains sixteen poems on the subject of non-clinging. These teachings offer a radical and challenging approach to the liberative teachings of the Buddha, focusing most specifically on the subject of clinging to views and desire.

These verses may well contain some of the earliest teachings of the Buddha, since there are other discourses within the Pali Canon that refer to these teachings, and the language of these verses is more arachic than that of other discouses in the Pali Canon.

During this daylong, we explored this ancient text from different perspectives: as an internally consistent teaching that proposes a radical path of non-clinging, without reference to any metaphysical belief system, and as a teaching contained within the larger body of Buddhist literature, highlighting some apparent contradictions between the two, and possible ways to reconcile them.

Several versions of the Atthaka Vagga are available freely


Radical Dharma: Atthaka Vagga - Views and Desire (1 of 4)
Andrea Fella 2008-09-13 54:20
Radical Dharma: Atthaka Vagga - Views and Desire (2 of 4)
Andrea Fella 2008-09-13 1:40:25
Radical Dharma: Atthaka Vagga - Views and Desire (3 of 4)
Andrea Fella 2008-09-13 63:52
Radical Dharma: Atthaka Vagga - Views and Desire (4 of 4)
Andrea Fella 2008-09-13 1:17:32
The Satipatthana Sutta - Four Foundations of Mindfulness   RSS iTunes
The teachings on the Satipatthana Sutta is known in English as The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This sutta contains the Buddha's basic set of instructions for Vipassana meditation. In it we find a step-by-step guide to Buddhist meditation that is both practical and direct. While the Satipatthana is wide ranging in its scope, it is very concise in its presentation. In this daylong class, Bhante Gunaratana discussed the various aspects of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Meditation on the body, on feelings or sensations, on mind states, and on mental objects.
Four Foundations of Mindfulness (1 of 4)
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana 2008-07-12 1:18:06
Four Foundations of Mindfulness (2 of 4)
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana 2008-07-12 20:21
Four Foundations of Mindfulness - Q & A (3 of 4)
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana 2008-07-12 1:16:15
Four Foundations of Mindfulness (4 of 4)
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana 2008-07-12 1:50:50
Buddhist Art as Buddhist Practice   RSS iTunes

Everyone is familiar with the image of the Buddha sitting in meditation. It is an icon which takes on the aesthetic of the culture which gave rise to it: from India to Tibet; from Japan to Southeast Asia. Most recently, we can see the influence of the Dharma in the art of the west.

The earliest Dharma images were of a wheel, an empty chair, a lotus. Later, images of the Buddha portrayed him most commonly as sitting in meditation. In Japan the dharma was inherent to the design of the tea house and in the practice of inkbrush painting. By the mid 20th century, the growing Western interest in the spirituality of the East began to influence American artists for whom pop art and abstract expressionism became a means of displaying both their understanding and practice of the dharma.

Joan DePaoli is an artist, art historian, author and lecturer, and is also a curator who, since 1970, has presented exhibitions of Buddhist art in both Thailand and the United States. The day was be devoted to reviewing how visual art has been used both to commemorate the Dharma and to facilitate its practice since the time of the Buddha. There was special attention given to the Dharma's substantial influence in contemporary modern art. In describing his own practice, 20th century artist Philip Guston said: "When you go into your studio to work, everyone is there, your friends, parents, teachers, then one by one they all leave. And when you're lucky, you do!"


Buddhist Art as Buddhist Practice (1 of 4)
Joan DePaoli 2008-01-12 53:45
Buddhist Art as Buddhist Practice (2 of 4)
Joan DePaoli 2008-01-12 1:32:24
Buddhist Art as Buddhist Practice (3 of 4)
Joan DePaoli 2008-01-12 58:29
Buddhist Art as Buddhist Practice (4 of 4)
Joan DePaoli 2008-01-12 66:44
The Neurology of Awakening by Rick Hanson, Ph. D. and Rick Mendius, M. D.   RSS iTunes

The latest brain research has begun to confirm the centrail insights of the Buddha. And it's suggesting ways you can help your brain to enter deeper states of mindfulness, quiet, and concentration. Suffering, joy, and freedom all depend on what happens within your nervous system. Skillful meditation practice thus means being skillful with your own brain.

This experiential workshop — led by a psychologist and a neurologist — offered user-friendly information about your brain and many practical methods to apply it to meditation practice. No prior background with meditaiton or brain science is necessary.


The Neurology of Awakening (1 of 5)
Rick Hanson 2007-12-01 59:05
The Neurology of Awakening (2 of 5)
Rick Hanson 2007-12-01 1:42:09
The Neurology of Awakening (3 of 5)
Rick Hanson 2007-12-01 38:36
The Neurology of Awakening (4 of 5)
Rick Hanson 2007-12-01 60:25
The Neurology of Awakening (5 of 5)
Rick Hanson 2007-12-01 1:13:25
Awareness is Not Enough   RSS iTunes

Steve Armstrong presents the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, who teaches that simply being aware of our experience is not sufficient for wisdom to arise. First we must understand how to practice correctly with the right attitude. Only then will wisdom and understanding arise out of practice.

The practice itself is an awareness of mind, inquiring into our experience with such questions as: What is the attitude I am practicing with? Is there a subtle defilement operating at the moment? What do I understand about my experience? Discovering the answers to these questions allows peace and happiness to arise in your heart.


Awareness of Mind (1 of 6)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-09 3:58
Awareness of Mind: Guided Meditation (2 of 6)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-09 34:35
Awareness of Mind (3 of 6)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-09 39:21
Awareness of Mind (4 of 6)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-09 8:30
Awareness of Mind: Guided Meditation (5 of 6)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-09 38:58
Awareness of Mind (6 of 6)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-09 62:30
Refined Knowledge, Subtle Wisdom   RSS iTunes

How we approach insight practice conditions what we discover. Coming to it for stress management brings one kind of result; seeking emotional intelligence and balance brings another. Buddhist insight (vipassana) practice was originally designed as a vehicle for liberation. To fulfill this potential, it helps to understand how it works as a practice of liberation.

One of the most profound teachers of insight practice in modern times was the Burmese teacher Mahasi Sayadaw. Most insight meditation taught in the world is derived from his teachings. This daylong class presented his teachings on the 'absolute view of reality' which is helpful for attaining liberation and as well as finding happiness in our busy lives. With refined knowledge of this view, we can realize for ourselves the subtle wisdom of the Buddha's liberation.


Refined Knowledge, Subtle Wisdom (1 of 5)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-08 44:07
Refined Knowledge, Subtle Wisdom (2 of 5)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-08 54:54
Refined Knowledge, Subtle Wisdom (3 of 5)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-08 57:08
Refined Knowledge, Subtle Wisdom (4 of 5)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-08 61:43
Refined Knowledge, Subtle Wisdom (5 of 5)
Steve Armstrong 2007-09-08 1:10:45
Not Two, Not Even "One": Non-Duality in Theravada and Zen Buddhism by Ajahn Amaro and Joseph Bobrow   RSS iTunes
Two teachers from the Thai Forest and Zen traditions explore the experience of non-duality in Buddhist practice and everyday life. Buddhist schools have diverse perspectives on non-duality: overlapping, complementing, and sometimes, through a playful exploration of differences, cross-fertilizing one another. A day of Dharma talks, meditation practice and dialogue.
Non-Duality - 5 Talk - (1 of 7)
Ajahn Amaro 2007-06-23 1:17:44
Non-Duality - 18 Talk - (2 of 7)
Joseph Bobrow 2007-06-23 57:09
Non-Duality - Morning Q and A - (3 of 7)
Ajahn Amaro 2007-06-23 33:17
Non-Duality - Afternoon Q and A - (4 of 7)
Ajahn Amaro 2007-06-23 31:09
Non-Duality - Afternoon Q and A - (5 of 7)
Ajahn Amaro 2007-06-23 43:29
Non-Duality - Meditation - Q and A - (6 of 7)
Ajahn Amaro 2007-06-23 45:27
Non-Duality - Q and A - Wrap Up - (7 of 7)
Ajahn Amaro 2007-06-23 51:56
Scouting the Terrain: Exploring Dependent Co-arising as a Guide to the Path   RSS iTunes
It stands to reason that a knowledge of the Buddha's map of the causes of suffering would give practical guidance in how to follow the path to the end of suffering. Among his most important teachings providing such guidance is that of Dependent Co-arising. By describing the conditions which give rise to suffering, Dependent Co-arising shows the way to the end of suffering. Through teachings, readings, discussion and meditation this day-long course focused on the important connections highlighted in Dependent Co-arising and their role in shaping the path of virtue, concentration, and discernment.
Sutta Text (PDF) | Audio Index (PDF)

Dependent Co-arising - Guided Meditation - (1 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 28:48
Dependent Co-arising - Introduction - Q and A - (2 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 21:15
Dependent Co-arising - Readings 1 to 2 - Q and A - (3 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 30:45
Dependent Co-arising - Reading 3 - Description and Analysis - (4 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 41:24
Dependent Co-arising - Readings 4 to 7 - (5 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 30:31
Dependent Co-arising - Reading 8 - Bodily Fabrication - (6 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 24:15
Dependent Co-arising - Readings 9 to 11 - (7 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 29:00
Dependent Co-arising - Readings 12 to 13 - Mental Fabrications - (8 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 28:39
Dependent Co-arising - Readings 13 to 23 - Consciousness - (9 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 38:52
Dependent Co-arising - Readings 24 to 28 - (10 of 10)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2007-05-05 23:11
Introduction to Buddhist Spiritual Care Steve Stuckey, Jaku Kinst, and Gayle Madison   RSS iTunes

Introduction to Buddhist Spiritual Care (Part 1)
Steve Stuckey 2006-11-11 45:26
Introduction to Buddhist Spiritual Care (Part 2)
Steve Stuckey 2006-11-11 38:41
Introduction to Buddhist Spiritual Care (Part 3)
Steve Stuckey 2006-11-11 1:13:43
Introduction to Buddhist Spiritual Care (Part 4)
Steve Stuckey 2006-11-11 1:33:32
The Life and Teachings of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu Santikaro   RSS iTunes
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu was one of the most influential Buddhist teachers in Thai history. As a forest monk he taught Buddhism as a practice of close alignment with the natural world. In this commemoration of his 100th birthday, we review his most significant contributions, the controversies that sometimes surrounded him, and how his teachings and social activism are relevant in today's West.
The Life and Teachings of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Part 1)
Santikaro 2006-10-14 1:16:09
The Life and Teachings of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Part 2)
Santikaro 2006-10-14 65:55
The Life and Teachings of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Part 3)
Santikaro 2006-10-14 1:14:13
The Life and Teachings of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Part 4)
Santikaro 2006-10-14 1:26:24
The Breath: A Vehicle for Liberation   RSS iTunes
  • Transcript: The Breath - A Vehicle for Liberation (PDF)

The Breath: A Vehicle for Liberation (Part 1)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2006-05-06 1:14:45
The Breath: A Vehicle for Liberation (Part 2)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2006-05-06 1:10:36
The Breath: A Vehicle for Liberation (Part 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2006-05-06 68:39
Seeing the Path: The Buddha's Teachings on Right View   RSS iTunes
Seeing the Path: The Buddha's Teachings on Right View" was offered by Leigh Brasington on November 13, 2004.
Right View (Part 1)
Leigh Brasington 2004-11-13 43:47
Right View (Part 2)
Leigh Brasington 2004-11-13 26:57
Right View (Part 3)
Leigh Brasington 2004-11-13 44:29
Right View (Part 4)
Leigh Brasington 2004-11-13 42:02
Right View (Part 5)
Leigh Brasington 2004-11-13 25:31
Right View (Part 6)
Leigh Brasington 2004-11-13 35:13
Right View (Part 7)
Leigh Brasington 2004-11-13 45:22
As Large as Life: Zen Koans for Everyday Practice   RSS iTunes

Zen Koans (Part 1)
Norman Fischer 2004-08-28 40:23
Zen Koans (Part 2)
Norman Fischer 2004-08-28 41:28
Zen Koans (Part 3)
Norman Fischer 2004-08-28 24:03
Zen Koans (Part 4)
Norman Fischer 2004-08-28 44:20
Zen Koans (Part 5)
Norman Fischer 2004-08-28 24:05
Zen Koans (Part 6)
Norman Fischer 2004-08-28 49:58
Zen Koans (Part 7)
Norman Fischer 2004-08-28 26:10
Iddhipada: The Bases for Success   RSS iTunes

Iddhipada - The Bases for Success (Part 1)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2004-04-24 60:33
Iddhipada - The Bases for Success (Part 2)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2004-04-24 63:39
Iddhipada - The Bases for Success (Part 3)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2004-04-24 51:49
Iddhipada - The Bases for Success (Part 4)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2004-04-24 43:54
Iddhipada - The Bases for Success (Part 5)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu 2004-04-24 65:46

 

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