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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/

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 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/

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/

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/

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 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/

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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