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Part 3 of Donald Rothberg's practicing with conflict series. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/58399/

Donald Rothberg on how to practice wise (or right) speech. Skip the beginning and start listening at 23 minutes in. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/57251/

Donald Rothberg on practicing with conflict. We have two habituated reactions to conflict: avoidance or react automatically without control. Then he teaches the alternatives. 1: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/57928/ 2: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/58163/

JoAnna Hardy on the Four Noble Truths. This is a very approachable, grounded talk that explains the Four Noble Truths in simple English terms. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/549/talk/57704/

For those of you with a metta practice (a practice to develop warm friendliness / loving kindness), here's a great talk by Donald Rothberg about some of the practice's challenges: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/38697/

Traditionally three teachings are given about the sure heart's release (awakening), one being mindfulness. This talk discusses the other two, in particular the wisdom of integrity / inner beauty. By Kamala Masters https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/99/talk/57659/

Jack Kornfield on healing trauma. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/17446/ Also, if you want to learn more about trauma, read The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Tara Brach on the courage to love. The gateway to deep intimacy and love is through vulnerability, which requires courage. Part 1: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/56911/ and part 2: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/57078/

Eugene Cash on birth-and-death, Do Not Waste Your Life. My favorite quote: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." -Gandhi https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/68/talk/56372/

Here's a wonderful Dharma talk by Jack Kornfield, where he tells three beautiful stories about presence, love, purpose, meaning, and kindness: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/56171/

Tara Brach on realizing our deepest intentions. Deep intentions must: manifest our inherent potential, be embodied (or felt in the body), and relate to this moment right now. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/54310/

Byron Katie is coming to Spirit Rock in August for a day-long workshop. She's awesome, and the workshop will be wonderful. https://calendar.spiritrock.org/events/radical-wisdom/

Teja Bell on the three pillars of spiritual practice: generosity, ethics, and meditation. Teja doesn't give many talks; this is a rare treat. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/176/talk/55307/

Part 2 of Donald's talk on the habitual mind vs. the awake mind. This talk is primarily about how to work with thoughts. Deep wisdom in this one! https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/55546/

Donald Rothberg on the habitual mind vs. the awake mind, and how to practice with the habitual mind. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/55095/

Tara Brach will be in the SF Bay Area on Monday, April 22nd, her only 2019 West Coast appearance. Tickets are available here: https://www.cityboxoffice.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2558

Here's a wonderful book by Pema Chodron: The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness. It has a good balance between Buddhist concepts and practical, wise advice. https://www.shambhala.com/the-wisdom-of-no-escape-1713.html

Tara Brach on courageous presence, a willingness to be present with difficult experiences or personal "demons" and to hold them in acceptance and love. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/54703/

Here's a talk by Joseph Goldstein on non-self, which is an advanced but unique and liberating topic. Be careful not to attach to non-self, though! https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/54689/

Here's a beautiful talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, Life at Every Breath. It's a wonderful gift to hear such a gentle, loving and wise being teach meditation. This one is highly recommended. https://tnhaudio.org/2018/12/28/life-at-every-breath/

Jack Kornfield on inspirational leadership. He tells beautiful stories about Ram Dass, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Nainoa Thompson (a Hawaiian navigator) https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/18434/

Donald Rothberg has an epic 3-part series on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Topics: wisdom/understanding, love/metta, and integrity. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/54302/ https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/54478/ https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/54593/

Vinny Ferraro on the liberating aspects of the 5 hindrances - desire/grasping, aversion/rejection, sloth/torpor, restlessness/worry, doubt. Whatever we think is in the way of happiness/freedom is the path to happiness/freedom https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/215/talk/53820/

Vinny Ferraro on the liberating aspects of the five hindrances (desire/grasping, aversion/rejection, sloth/torpor, restlessness/worry, doubt). "Whatever we think is in the way of happiness/freedom is the path *to* happiness/freedom" https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/215/talk/53820/

Vinny Ferraro on the liberating aspects of the five hindrances (desire/grasping, aversion/rejection, sloth/torpor, restlessness/worry, doubt). "Whatever we think is in the way of happiness/freedom is the path *to* happiness/freedom" https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/215/talk/53820/

Vinny Ferraro on the liberating aspects of the five hindrances (desire/grasping, aversion/rejection, sloth/torpor, restlessness/worry, doubt). "Whatever we think is in the way of happiness/freedom is the path *to* happiness/freedom" https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/215/talk/53820/

Vinny Ferraro on the liberating aspects of the five hindrances (desire/grasping, aversion/rejection, sloth/torpor, restlessness/worry, doubt). "Whatever we think is in the way of happiness/freedom is the path *to* happiness/freedom" https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/215/talk/53820/

Vinny Ferraro on the liberating aspects of the five hindrances (desire/grasping, aversion/rejection, sloth/torpor, restlessness/worry, doubt). Whatever we think is in the way of happiness/freedom, is the way *to* happiness/freedom. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/215/talk/53820/

Vinny Ferraro is doing a day-long retreat in Santa Cruz. Vinny is a wonderful teacher. The day-long is offered freely with the request for donations if you're able. http://www.insightsantacruz.org/category/upcoming-events/

Jack Kornfield tells another story on acting with a loving and peaceful heart, in particular during the change of the seasons. The Marvelous Bodhisattva Vimalakirti: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/53882/

Real-talk from Tara Brach on authentic thanks giving, on Thanksgiving. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/53509/

Kittisaro on the alchemy of joy. "The primary misconception about the mind and body is the false view that the mind dwells in the physical body. [..listen to hear the rest...]” ~Buddha https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/101/talk/52326/

Another great talk by Jack Kornfield on how to live with a wise and peaceful heart, and how to extend compassion and love to all. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/37799/

Thanissara gives a beautiful talk on reclaiming the sacred, our deep connection to ourselves, other beings, and our Mother Earth. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/178/talk/52276/

Jack Kornfield tells the story of the Buddha's last teaching. The story is very mythical and Buddhist, supplemented by Jack's interpretations and meanings. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/52721/

Jack Kornfield on how to bring our meditation practice into the world with compassionate and loving action. This is a true gem. Skip the practice from 15:15 to 31:09. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/33628/

Tara Brach on rewiring for happiness and freedom. These two talks are wonderful explorations of a peaceful and loving heart. Part 1: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/52565/ Part 2: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/52678/

Tara Brach on healing depression. She explains the sources of depression, followed by how to heal. Part 1: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/51494/ and part 2: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/51611/

Jack tells the story of Nachakito, a story about transforming -- the type of transformation for those who want to start a quest for a new life. "I felt in need of a great pilgrimage, so I sat still for three days." - Kabir https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/51735/

Donald Rothberg on wise speech. Wise speech has four components: truthful, helpful, of a caring/kind intention, and appropriate (including having good timing). https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/49692/

Jack Kornfield is doing a day-long introduction to mindfulness meditation retreat on December 15th at Spirit Rock. This would be an amazing first day-long retreat! https://calendar.spiritrock.org/events/mindfulness-meditation-2018/

Kamala Masters on inner beauty and its deep connection and reliance on self respect and ethics. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/99/talk/51334/

Tara Brach on the power of prayer. As a former atheist I found this interesting. I learned prayer doesn't need to be a conversation with a divine being. Prayer can be as simple as wishing someone well. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/51725/

Tara Brach on acceptance and saying "yes." "The boundary to what we accept is the boundary to our freedom." Acceptance has many subtleties, which she covers well (eg around injustice and other wrongs) http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/51391/

Donald Rothberg on ethical practice, part 3. This talk expands on part 1 and 2 and discusses how to work with intentional or unintentional ill will: greed, hatred, and delusion. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/51100/

Donald Rothberg on ethical practice, part 2. This talk expands on part 1 and offers specific recommendations for how to bring ethics into your meditation practice and everyday life. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/50988/

Jack Kornfield on virtue and integrity, and how they are essential for the happiness and prosperity of all life, including ours. Jack also addresses the intersection between spirituality and politics. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/39515/

Vinny Ferraro, a teacher who I greatly enjoy, is teaching a silent 2-night retreat in Applegate, CA from September 7-9. This would be a great first silent retreat. https://www.againstthestream.org/applegate-retreat-2018/

Donald Rothberg shares how to practice ethics, and explains that mindfulness must be practiced alongside of ethics and wisdom. In Buddhism ethics ultimately boil down to not causing harm. This talk is part 1 of 3: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/50862/

A few posts ago I shared a talk from Jack Kornfield about Natchiketa. The talk focussed a lot on forgiveness. I transcribed one particular forgiveness story that has stuck with me ever since hearing it: http://alexlod.com/2018/07/12/forgiveness-in-the-vietnam-war/

A very special two-part series from Tara Brach on our basic goodness: how to find it within us, cultivate it, and how to find it in others. Part 1: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/50071/ and part 2: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/50278/

Jack Kornfield tells the story of a young boy, Natchiketa, about how to deal with difficulty. The three teachings are: forgiveness, courage (or liveliness/fire), and loving awareness. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/17178/

Tara Brach on ending hate and blame, and instead learning to grieve. This talk was given after the 2016 presidential election. My favorite quote: "Vengeance is a lazy form of grief." http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/38066/

Donald Rothberg on practicing skillfully with difficult experiences of body, heart, and mind, in the context of aging and dying http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/50546/

Another beautiful talk on patience, this time from Jack Kornfield. He shares his own struggles with impatience, and its importance in working to make the world a better place: notice impatience and study it. Talk starts at 37:00. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/44056/

Here's another great talk from Tara Brach. She introduces an incredible framework that helps us escape our self-critical minds: "real but not true." She also introduces the concept of mental maps, which is a very helpful metaphor. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/34535/

Another amazingly special talk from Jack. He introduces mindfulness but not in the "these are the benefits" way. He explains the deeper beauties of mindfulness, while telling beautiful stories of himself and others. A must listen. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/49845/

Here's a beautiful talk by Kittisaro on the deep connection we have with all things, our identity, and great mystery. Many beautiful stories are shared of the Buddha and Nelson Mandela. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/101/talk/47702/

Here's a fascinating video showing that consciousness can extend past death. This finding is very inline with Buddhism's answer to "who am I?" which is loving, compassionate awareness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnoIf2NwaRY

Jack Kornfield talks about mystery, uncertainty, beginner's mind, and our identity. This is a beautiful, deep talk. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/20046/

Here's a talk on the Power of Patience by Kamala Masters. This talk is phenomenal, with so many amazing gems. For example: "Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/99/talk/50082/

Here's a very special, 5-minute talk by Sam Harris on the importance of being present. The video content is not relevant, only the audio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3JzcCviNDk

Vinny Ferraro, a teacher I admire greatly, is doing a weekend-long silent retreat in September. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in dipping their toe into silent retreats. He's great, and it's short. https://www.againstthestream.org/applegate-retreat-2018/

Tara Brach on how to be a good listener. Part 1: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/49564/ Part 2: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/49661/

BuddhaFest is happening in Los Angeles June 1-3. The event has an epic lineup of speakers including Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, and others. https://www.buddhafest.org/

Jack Kornfield is doing a day-long retreat at Spirit Rock on May 20th. The topic is mindfulness meditation. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to deepen their practice. https://calendar.spiritrock.org/events/mindfulness-meditation/

Here's a beautiful Dharma talk by Kittisaro on the deep, core Buddhist teachings of awareness, impermanence, identity and emptiness (the good kind of emptiness) http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/101/talk/49114/

Thanissara gives a very special talk on reacting and the way mindfulness can train us to respond instead of react. My favorite teaching is around 23 minutes, about the six animals. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/178/talk/18424/

Kittisaro and Thanissara, two teachers who I greatly enjoy, are doing a day-long retreat at Spirit Rock this Sunday, April 1st. This will be very special. https://calendar.spiritrock.org/events/reclamation-of-the-sacred

Here's a beautiful talk by Kittisaro titled, "All Living Beings Are Our Family." In particular I enjoyed a story he shares towards the middle of the talk about Nelson Mandela. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/101/talk/49122/

Brian Lesage on sexual energy and intimacy. I found this talk interesting because it discusses a subject that is not commonly addressed in the Dharma talks I've listened to thus far. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/484/talk/49110/

Donald Rothberg on the "don't know" or "beginners" mind. This talk is a good reminder of the importance of listening with an open mind. He also explains how to practice being more open. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/48950/

Jack Kornfield on the garden of the heart -- what seeds will you plant? There’s a story in the middle about a former gang member that will bring you to tears. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/48859/

Joseph Goldstein on working with thoughts and emotions. He explains the misconception that thoughts are bad. Instead, thoughts are very natural. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/36772/

Thanissara, a former monastic, talks about the flickering mind in this great Dharma talk: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/178/talk/25618/

Howie Cohn talks about thoughts and identity in a great talk titled "You Are Not A Problem to be Solved" http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/82/talk/48424/

Eugene Cash tells the story of Gautama Buddha's life leading up to his awakening. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/68/talk/19285/

Tara Brach on working with trauma. This is a must-listen for anyone who has experienced trauma and still struggles with it: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/39632/

Great Tara Brach blog post, "When the News Makes Us Miserable: Remembering a Fuller Presence and Larger Truth" https://www.tarabrach.com/news-makes-us-miserable/

In this talk, Vinny connects straight with our hearts with gentle words on loving ourselves and being real. He also talks about his difficult past and how it helped transform him. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/215/talk/47962/

Eugene Cash, who teaches the SF Insight Sangha, is teaching an interesting day-long retreat on February 3rd: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discovering-reality-a-daylong-retreat-with-eugene-cash-tickets-41902654969?ref=ebtn

Tara Brach teaching about being lost in trance, and how to break out of the trance with RAIN (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nourish). She shares a number of tender, beautiful stories, too. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/48094/

Spirit Rock has two upcoming day-long retreats by teachers who I like very much (in addition to the Jack day-long I posted yesterday). Here they are: https://spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=5947 https://spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=5912

Jack Kornfield is doing a day-long retreat at Spirit Rock on Insight Meditation on Sunday, February 25th. https://spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=5908

Tara Brach introduces three gateways to peace and freedom (otherwise known as the three refuges). She talks about accomplishments and how they’re a false goal for happiness. The “if only” mind. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/48174/

Thich Nhat Hanh, a zen master and Buddhist teacher akin to the Dalai Lama, recently took part in a documentary called Walk With Me. It's a slow, beautiful, and at times abstract introduction to mindfulness. Available on Netflix and elsewhere. http://walkwithmefilm.com/

Tara Brach is giving a workshop in Seattle on compassion and wisdom that looks wonderful: http://facesconferences.com/seattle2018

Donald Rothberg talks about the winter solstice, times of darkness, light, and renewal. He also gives the two arrows teaching, which is a very core Buddhist teaching that I enjoy very much. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/48034/

A beautiful overview of the deep benefits of consistent mindfulness/insight meditation, by Jack Kornfield: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/21065/

This is part 2 of Tara's exploration into the trance of fear. My last update was about part 1. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/47884/

Here's a beautiful exploration into fear by Tara Brach. I highly recommend listening to this if you ever feel that you're lost in a trance of fear, where it's controlling you subconsciously. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/47882/

Great talk about equanimity (balance, non-reactivity, responsiveness). Donald introduces the concept and then talks about how to practice it. Primarily it is developed with mindfulness. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/47736/

Good overview of mindfulness of breath and how to develop Samadhi (centeredness or concentration). First half is a Dharma talk, then meditation, then Q&A. Teacher is a monastic. http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/101/talk/47641/

Dharma Bits is a list of mindfulness meditation resources that I love. I hope you enjoy them as well!

-Alex L


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