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Here's a beautiful, insightful talk from 2005 by Thich Nhat Hanh on the true nature of things, including birth and death. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms6EylTW-2o (starts at 14 minutes)

Donald Rothberg on fear. Given in 2015, this talk is still extremely relevant today. Part 1: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/31756/ part 2: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/31808/

Tara Brach on working with fear, the physical body of fear, and also how to get unstuck from what she calls "worrier pose." This is a great pandemic resource. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/62568/

Here's a great talk by Donald Rothberg on dukkha and the end of dukkha in times of crisis, at the levels of formal meditation, day-to-day life, and social action. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/62575/

Here's a shorter talk by Donald Rothberg continuing on how to practice in daily life during the pandemic: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/62194/

I've been experiencing fear a lot during the pandemic. Here's a talk by Joseph Goldstein offering a lot of wonderful insights for how to work with fear: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/31369/

Here's an epic talk by Tara Brach on shame, healing, and transformation. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/62135/

Tara Brach on hope and the difference between egoic hope and spiritual hope, a hope that can hold our suffering and traumas and can free us: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/62099/

Sylvia Boorstein gives a beautiful talk (with video) on the political divide in the US and how to have a heart as wide as the world, for all beings: https://learn.lionsroar.com/courses/re-awaken-summit/lectures/17375433 (edit: now has a paywall)

Donald Rothberg on a Buddhist perspective to transform racism. Donald also includes fascinating racial history in America. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/62047/ and https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/62086/

Here's a collection of anti-racism resources from Tara Brach (talks, meditations, books, etc): https://www.tarabrach.com/racism

Howie Cohn with a great introduction to the four noble truths. https://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/82/talk/34766/

Another pandemic talk by Donald Rothberg focused on compassion and equanimity. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/61512/

Donald Rothberg shares a beautiful talk on practicing in the pandemic. First a talk, then Q&A. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/61421/ and https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/61422/

Tara Brach just published a "pandemic care package" made up of lots of helpful online resources: https://www.tarabrach.com/pandemic/

Tara Brach on facing pandemic fears with an awake heart. Talk: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/61259/ and meditation: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/61258/

Jack Kornfield and Paul Hawken on COVID-19 and climate change. Paul Hawken is the editor of the NYT best-selling climate change book, Drawdown. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/61058/

Meditation is beautiful medicine for fear and suffering, and especially needed now amidst COVID-19 fear and anxiety. Here are upcoming, free talks by Thich Nhat Hanh disciples. https://promo.lionsroar.com/free-summit-thich-nhat-hanh/

Beth Sternlieb on letting go of greed, hatred, delusion, letting go of self, and on understanding the the wisdom of dying. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/567/talk/60903/

Tara Brach on how to work with fear by awaking your heart and holding the fear in space and love. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/175/talk/60818/

Jack Kornfield on the life of the late Ram Dass, the Harvard professor turned LSD advocate turned spiritual teacher focused much on love and compassion. Climate change is covered, too. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/85/talk/60343/

Donald Rothberg on the transformative power of metta (translated as "loving kindness" or "kindness" or "friendliness") https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/60357/

Beth Sternlieb on compassion and community-focused metta (translated as "loving kindness" or "kindness" or "friendliness") https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/567/talk/60377/

Here's Sylvia Boorstein with a very humorous, deep talk on kindness being the only possible response when we hold all beings in our hearts with compassion: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/174/talk/60389/

Donald Rothberg on the 4th foundation of mindfulness, which is hard to concisely summarize. Generally it's: patterns and processes of experience, causes and conditions, wisdom, and responsiveness / action. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/17886/

Donald Rothberg on the 3rd foundation of mindfulness, thoughts and emotions: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/17773/ Look at his other talks around the same time for talks on the other foundations.

Thanissara on our spiritual and practical connection to Mother Earth and the duty we have as Earthlings to reconnect with and heal the Earth given today's planetary crisis. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/178/talk/59691/

Here's an amazing talk by Donald Rothberg on beginning again and listening to our deepest aspirations. My favorite parts are two quotes at 25:00, and a Gandhi story at 46:00 or so. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/58849/

Donald Rothberg on grieving the loss of his mother. The first half is about his mother. The second half, starting at 30 minutes, is about how he grieved. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/33004/

Here's a beautiful, deep talk by Eugene Cash on love, letting go, and the freedom of heart. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/68/talk/58592/

Donald Rothberg on how to transform the judgmental mind. He teaches full retreats on this topic. This talk summarizes the journey. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/55/talk/41264/

Here's a great talk by Thanissara, giving a great overview of the broader Insight/Vipassana practice, along with its benefits. https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/178/talk/26625/

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/

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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