Dharma Talks

Video teachings with contemporary Buddhist teachers

2020 Archive

Guidelines for an Ethical Life

Leslie Booker

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There is a tenderness that arises when we realize we belong to each other. That tenderness, embodied through sila, the Pali Buddhist term for ethics or moral conduct, manifests as a fierce showing up for one another grounded in the knowledge of how deeply our lives are intertwined. In this series, Insight teacher Leslie Booker investigates sila and the five ethical precepts as the foundation for all of our actions.

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Awakening the Fierce Feminine

Pamela Weiss

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Pamela Weiss, author of A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism, shares stories of Buddhist women who illuminate how feminine energy can support people in their practice. These often overlooked figures exemplify qualities cultivated on the Buddhist path and provide an important counterbalance to the historically patriarchal tradition.

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Concern without Panic

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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Threats to health and well-being can instill in us deep-seated feelings of anxiety and concern for our safety and that of those around us. In this Dharma Talk series, the Bön Buddhist master Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche teaches meditation practices that can help us respond to those emotions from a place of calm awareness instead of fear.

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Building a Strong Foundation: Four Guided Meditations

Lama Aria Drolma

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Join Lama Aria Drolma, a Tibetan Buddhist nun, to learn—or revisit—four meditation practices that form the building blocks of practice for many Buddhist traditions. Lama Drolma will provide ways to nourish our focus and non-reactivity, mindfulness of bodily sensations, and lovingkindness and compassion.

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Overcoming Difficult Emotions in a Chaotic World

Bhante Buddharakkhita

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The Buddha emphasized the need to cultivate an inner peace that is independent from external conditions. Bhante Buddharakkhita, who leads an emergent Theravada Buddhist community in his home country of Uganda, will guide us through mindfulness meditations for weathering the emotional storms of a turbulent world.

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Material and Spiritual Balance

Dr. Bokin Kim

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A central concern of Won Buddhism, one of only a few forms of Buddhism founded since industrialization, is finding the balance between our material and spiritual lives. Dr. Bokin Kim, a Won minister and President of the Won Institute Of Graduate Studies, offers teachings from her tradition.

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The True Person of No Rank: A Zen Story for Our Troubled World

Joseph Bobrow Roshi

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The 9th-century Zen master Linji Yixuan said, “There is a true person of no rank who is always coming and going from the portals of your face.” In this series, take a fresh look at the teaching of non-self with Joseph Bobrow, Roshi, as he explores how the teaching of “the person of no-rank” can help us bring forth our full humanity for the benefit of all.

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The Four Immeasurables: A Science of Compassion

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

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In this series, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard speaks of the four immeasurables as a “science of compassion,” showing the incredible power loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity have to transform our relationships with others.

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The Three Principles of Awakening

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

In Tibetan Buddhism, view, meditation, and action frame the path to enlightenment. In this series, Dawa Tarchin Phillips breaks down the way these three principles build upon each other to give rise to and stabilize direct experience of emptiness.

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Mindfulness of the Four Elements: Reconnecting with the World

Sebene Selassie

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In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha taught practitioners to contemplate the four elements—earth, fire, water, and air—as a foundation of mindfulness practice. Our Meditation Month teacher, Sebene Selassie, shows how this oft-overlooked practice of examining the elements as basic metaphors for experience can help us see our inherent connections to nature.

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Living the Lotus Sutra

Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin

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Nichiren Shonin taught that the essence of the Lotus Sutra is found by developing faith through chanting what’s called the daimoku (or the odaimoku), the sutra’s sacred title. Myokei Caine-Barrett, the first woman and the first Westerner to hold the position of bishop in the Nichiren Order of North America, leads us through daimoku practice.

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Digital Detox: Reclaim Your Mind From Social Media Addiction


Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—these sites and other social media platforms can be emotional minefields, and they eat up far more time than many of us are OK with. Triratna teacher Bodhipaksa offers five practices from the Buddha that we can use to break our e-addictions.

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