Talks: Reflections on the Path

Downwind from Flowers

Downwind from Flowers

This talk reflects on ways that we can attend to nature--our inner body, the natural world and our relatedness to each other. Through these domains we can discover the impermanent flow of life, a gateway to pure Beingness and the healing to wholeness that arises from love.

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Awakening Through Conflict

Awakening Through Conflict

The wisdom of the Buddha can guide us not only in discovering inner freedom, but in healing that which divides us from each other. While conflict is inevitable--we are wired toward flight and flight when our needs are not met--it is possible to have our patterns of...

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Without Anxiety About Imperfection

Without Anxiety About Imperfection

The nature of being human is that we get caught in anger and judgment, hurt and fear. This talk explores what it means to be without anxiety towards this universal emotional conditioning as it appears in ourselves and others. Condemning imperfection binds our identity with an...

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Divine Abodes – Equanimity

Divine Abodes – Equanimity

Joy is an innate capacity, an expression of unconditional presence with life. Yet for many, it is blocked by our conditioning to grasp after life and to defend against loss. This talk explores how we can develop the selfless presence that allows for joy, and nourish that joy so...

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Divine Abodes – Joy

Divine Abodes – Joy

Lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equinimity, are natural expressions of our awakened heart. In this series of four talks, we will examine what arouses these qualities of a wise heart. Each talk will include guided reflections. Joy naturally arises from the heart space that welcomes all that is. This talk describes four pathways of discovering and inhabiting this intrinsic openness of Being.

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Divine Abodes – Compassion

Divine Abodes – Compassion

Lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equinimity, are natural expressions of our awakened heart. In this series of four talks, we will examine what arouses these qualities of a wise heart. Each talk will include guided reflections. Compassion naturally arises as we allow ourselves to be touched by suffering–our own, those we know, all beings. As we discover our shared vulnerability, the pain of separation dissolves and our hearts open to widening circles of belonging.

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Divine Abodes – Lovingkindness

Divine Abodes – Lovingkindness

Lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, are natural expressions of our awakened heart. In this series of four talks, we will examine what arouses these qualities of a wise heart. Each talk will include guided reflections. A key theme in cultivating lovingkindness is...

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Divine Abodes – Compassion

Freedom In the Midst of Fear – Part II

One understanding of the spiritual path is relating wisely to fear. Our conditioned reaction is to feel aversion to fear and do anything but simply experience it. We discover freedom when instead of reacting, we recognize and open to fear with a kind, committed presence. While...

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Divine Abodes – Compassion

Freedom In the Midst of Fear – Part I

One understanding of the spiritual path is relating wisely to fear. Our conditioned reaction is to feel aversion to fear and do anything but simply experience it. We discover freedom when instead of reacting, we recognize and open to fear with a kind, committed presence. While...

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Charla: Parte 1: Refugio en el Miedo

Charla: Parte 1: Refugio en el Miedo

Relacionarse sabiamente con el miedo es una de las formas de entendimiento del camino spiritual. Estamos condicionados a sentir una reacción de aversión hacia el miedo, y hacemos todo lo que podemos para no experimentar el miedo.  Si en vez de reaccionar, reconocemos y nos...

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The Undefended Heart – Healing Our World

The Undefended Heart – Healing Our World

Our dedication to not pushing anyone–or any part of ourselves–out of our hearts, serves the healing of our world. This talk includes a short guided meditation on opening to our human vulnerability and forgiving another person.

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Relaxed Attentiveness

Relaxed Attentiveness

While the heart of meditation is resting in open awareness, our conditioning to be distracted and reactive can keep us on the wheel of suffering. We awaken from trace by developing skillful ways of paying attention that create the environment for natural presence. This natural awareness, while sometimes hidden, is always here: It is our true home.

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The Undefended Heart – Healing Our World

The Three Characteristics: Part 3 – No Self

At the center of the Buddhist teachings is the understanding that the passing phenomena of this world--sounds, sensations, thoughts, bodies and minds--have no self at the center, no self as owner, and are not happening to a self. In other words, our familiar sense of self is an...

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The Undefended Heart – Healing Our World

The Three Characteristics: Part 2 – Impermanence

The Buddha taught that when our understanding of impermanence is direct and non-conceptual, it is liberating. By directly opening to the radical impermanence of all experience, including the truth of our own mortality, we discover the natural capacity to let go. With this “mind that clings to no thing” awakens wisdom, authentic spontaneity and a natural cherishing of life.

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The Undefended Heart – Healing Our World

The Three Characteristics: Part 1 – Unsatisfactoriness

The Buddha described three basic and interrelated insights into nature of reality that are revealed through a clear and deep attention. Called “the three characteristics,” these insights include dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), annicha (impermanence) and annata (selflessness or emptiness). In the first of this three week series of talks, we explore the meaning of dukkha, how we directly recognize the varied expressions of dukkha and it’s gift when met with full presence.

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Equanimity in the Face of Conflict

Equanimity in the Face of Conflict

This talk, given on the eve of a presidential debate, explores how we can awaken from the conditioning that turns us against ourselves and others. The guided meditation offers an opportunity to choose a place of conflict and reactivity with others, and discover what is possible...

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Inviting Mara to Tea

Inviting Mara to Tea

One of the great archetypal themes in the Buddha's life is facing Mara, the shadow side of greed, hatred and delusion. Rather than being seduced, fighting or running away, the Buddha simply recognized Mara's presence and invited him to tea. This talk and guided meditation...

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