Letting Go of Controlling: The Path of Freedom – Part 2

Letting Go of Controlling: The Path of Freedom – Part 2

While it’s natural to try to control our life experience, our chronic controlling cuts us off from presence and obscures the loving awareness that is our essence.  This series of talks explores how we can let go in four key domains of controlling: clinging to...
Letting Go of Controlling: The Path of Freedom – Part 1

Letting Go of Controlling: The Path of Freedom – Part 1

While it’s natural to try to control our life experience, our chronic controlling cuts us off from presence and obscures the loving awareness that is our essence.  This series of talks explores how we can let go in four key domains of controlling: clinging to...
Coming Home to True Refuge

Coming Home to True Refuge

While we habitually try to control our life, our true refuge—the source of peace, safety and freedom—is in the direct realization of reality itself. This talk explores three archetypal portals to true refuge—awareness (buddha), truth (dharma) and love (sangha.) With...
The Sacred Pause

The Sacred Pause

When we are lost in the trance of doing, our lives are on automatic, and contracted by sense that something’s wrong or missing. This talk explores the challenges of learning to pause, and the blessings that arise when we step out of our incessant mental and physical...
Finding True Belonging in the Midst of Stress

Finding True Belonging in the Midst of Stress

Our deepest longing is to feel our belonging to each other and all life. This reflection examines the primary forces that keep us trapped in a trance of separation. We then explore two powerful dimensions of spiritual practice that can undo trance and reveal the...
Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life

Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life

When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with raw feelings. The result is a trance – we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how...
How Do We Bridge the Divides?

How Do We Bridge the Divides?

The divides in our world can only exist if we humans are divided from our own full being and habituated to divides with others. In this reflection we explore bridging inner and relational divides as the grounds for evolving consciousness in our species and awakening...
Meditation: The Space of Loving Awareness (19:53 min.)

Meditation: The Space of Loving Awareness (19:53 min.)

This meditation begins by guiding us through a scan: opening to inner space and aliveness, then to outer space, and then continuous space, filled with the light of awareness. We explore how every experience belongs to this infinite awake space of our Being, and can be...
A Generous Heart

A Generous Heart

Our deep potential is to live from an awake, loving heart. This talk looks at how, with a kind and mindful attention, we can decondition habitual tendencies toward grasping and self-centeredness, and nourish the sense of connectedness and care that gives rise to...
Becoming Happier: A Conversation with Tara Brach and Arthur Brooks

Becoming Happier: A Conversation with Tara Brach and Arthur Brooks

The Dalai Lama regularly says that everyone wants to be happy, nobody wants to suffer. Arthur Brooks, in his new book on getting happier (co-authored with Oprah Winfrey) digs into the practical and science-based approaches that increase deep wellbeing. In this...
Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Yes to the Moment (18:50 min)

Meditation: Relaxing Back and Saying Yes to the Moment (18:50 min)

When we are stressed, our conditioning is to tighten our body. We tense against our moment-to-moment experience. This meditation is a powerful practice of de-conditioning this reactivity by learning to relax back into presence, and to respond to difficulty by saying...