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Recordings - Thursday Dharma Talks

I have been leading a regular Thursday evening Sangha since near the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, starting April 19, 2020. These talks are from that Sangha. Some of those talks were instructional, teaching meditation practcices. They can be found on the Meditation Instructions page.

2021

What the Buddha Taught
and How It Is Still Relevant Today
A Weekly Online Sangha

Karma and Rebirth - February 18
These two interrelated topics are some of the most difficult for western minds to understand. This talk aims to dispel many common misunderstandings and to explain what the Buddha taught.
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The Eight Pillars of Joy - Part 2 - February 11
This talked is based on the book The Book of Joy, a series of dialogues between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The last four heart or outer pillars are forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity.
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The Eight Pillars of Joy - Part 1 - February 4
This talked is based on the book The Book of Joy, a series of dialogues between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Te first four mental or inner pillars are perspective, humility, humor and acceptance.
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The Five Aggregates of Clinging - January 28
The Buddha's many teachings on the Five Aggregates of Clinging are one of the primary ways he tries to lead us to an understanding of not-self.
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The Simile of the Saw - January 21
This is based on a sutta (MN 21) where the Buddha uses a variety of stories and similes to explain how to practice right action and right speech.
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The Three Layers of Delusion - January 14
Craving and Aversion are relatively easy to notice and note, especially if the associated emotions and body reactions are strong. What about delusion? The problem is we are often too deluded to notice. Learning to recognize the varoius forms delusion takes is an important first step.
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The Benefits of Restraint - January 7
We don't often see the words "restraint" and "benefits" pair together. We usually think of restraint as something unpleasant, to be avoided. The Buddha lays out 5 benefits of restraint in the Dhammadayada Sutta - Heirs to the Dhamma.
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2020

Sutta Study
A Series of Talks Exploring the Majjhima Nikaya (MN) given during my regular Thursday evening Sangha in the summer of 2020.

Alagaddupama Sutta - MN 22, v13-14 - Crossing the Flood - June 25.
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Culavedalla Sutta - MN 44, v1-8
The Five Aggregates of Clinging - July 2
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Vatthupama Sutta - MN 7 - The Simile of the Cloth - July 9.
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Culasihanada Sutta - MN 11
The Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar - July 16
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Culadhammasamadana Sutta - MN 45
The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things - July 23
More Suffering or More Happiness?
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Sabbasava Sutta - MN 2
All the Taints - July 30
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Kalama Sutta - from the Anguttara Nikaya
Is That Right? - August 6
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Vitakkasanthana Sutta - The Removal of Distracting Thoughts - MN 20
I Can't Meditate, I'm Too Distracted! - August 13
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The Ten Paramis - The Path to Perfection
A series of five talks on the "perfections of the heart/mind" in the late spring of 2020..

Dana and Sila - Generosity and Virtue - May 21
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Renunciation and Wisdom - May 28
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Energy and Patience - June 4
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Truthfulness and Resolve - June 11
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Loving-Kindness and Equanimity - June 18
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Six Talks on the Four Noble Truths
These talks are from an on-line course I gave during the COVID-19 "stay at home" period, spring 2020.

The First Noble Truth - April 9
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The Second Noble Truth - April 16
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The Third Noble Truth - April 23
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The Fourth Noble Truth - Part 1
Wise Understanding and Wholesome Intention - April 30

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The Fourth Noble Truth - Part 2
Wise Speech, Wholesome Action and Right Livelihood - May 7

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The Fourth Noble Truth - Part 3
Wise Effort, Skillful Mindfulness and Right Concentration - May 14

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