Dharma Talks

Video teachings and discussions with contemporary Buddhist teachers

Dharma Talks Archive

Compassion, Love, and Healing in Times of War

Lama Rod Owens

In this series of talks, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens draws on the Buddhist teachings to help us enact an ethic of healing, especially as activists or allies of such movements as Black Lives Matter or gay marriage, so that we can live boldly instead of lashing out or shutting down.

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The Four Nutriments

Thich Phap Hai

The Buddha said that “all things exist on food.” We may pay attention to what we’re taking into our bodies physically—but do we pay attention to what we’re taking in mentally? Brother Phap Hai, a senior monastic disciple of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, explores the Buddha’s teachings on the four nourishments of life: edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness.

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Meditation Illuminated: Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science

John Yates (Culadasa), Matthew Immergut

Meditation is sometimes described as the process of getting to know your own mind. But during this familiarization, how do you know whether you’re making progress? In this online retreat, Culadasa (John Yates, Ph.D.), a teacher with over four decades of experience in the Tibetan and Theravada Buddhist traditions, offers a set of instructions for honing the mind that has helped many dharma students cultivate their meditation practice.

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The Heart Sutra: The Foundation of Understanding

Rev. Dosung Yoo

In this online retreat, Reverend Dosung Yoo, a minister in the Korean Won Buddhist tradition and a prominent translator of Korean Buddhist teachings, will lead you through a close reading of the Heart Sutra, providing a contemporary and practical guide to understanding this important text.

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Buddhist films and discussion for the Tricycle Community

Mindfulness and Murder

Mindfulness and Murder (Sop-Mai-Ngeap) is an award-winning feature film based on a series of murder mystery novels by former Bangkok Post writer Nick Wilgus. When a homeless boy living at the youth shelter run by a Buddhist monastery turns up dead, the Abbot recruits Father Ananda, a former policeman, to investigate the case. He discovers all is not well at this urban monastery in the heart of Bangkok.

Directed by Tom Waller


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Arts & Culture

Whirling Petals, Windblown Leaves

“It was unthinkable that a poem should get no reply.” This sentence from The Tale of Genji, Japan’s profoundly melancholy Buddhist novel written around the year 1000 by Murasaki Shikibu, marks the formalization of a particular approach to poetry. Poem responding to poem seems the basis of Murasaki’s worldview. Her book includes nearly eight hundred […]

By Andrew Schelling

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