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The Foundation for all Abundance

  Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. What goodness do you sometimes forget or take for granted?

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Gratitude Is Not In The Words

  Gratitude is not in the words but in the heart, which expresses it. What meaning do you draw from these words? How does the heart express gratitude?

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Gratitude and Gladness

  Open to the sense of gratitude and gladness. Explore what these experiences are like and how it has the power to lift up your mood and your spirit.

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Hardwiring Happiness

  As people internalize experiences of gratitude, they gradually become less greedy, less driven to prove themselves. Learn to hardwire your happiness.

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How To Feel Safe, Content & Connected

  We have 3 overarching needs. Needs that help us be safe by avoiding harms, help us be content by rewards and help us be connected by attaching to others.

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Mind Like Fungi

  A very fascinating talk “A Mind Like Fungi” by Ajahn Amaro takes you into Buddhist perspective. It talks about the mind and body, the within and without.

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Sex, Violence And The State Of Grace

  Ajahn Amaro explains about spiritual discipline in fighting addiction. How sex, violence and the state of grace are intricately related.

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Impermanence As Uncertainty

  Ajahn Amaro teaches Buddhist wisdom discrimination is consciousness, nondiscrimination is wisdom, clinging to consciousness causes defilement, wisdom causes defilement, defilement causes birth and

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Working With Pain

  Ajahn teaches Buddhist wisdom on life’s difficulties. How pain is ever present in our life. And how we deal with it, work with it is the key.

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What Are We Doing Here?

  Ajahn shares wisdom about how the Buddhist teachings of enlightenment have a purpose in the world. Much about our own purpose.

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Gratitude

  Ajahn shares Buddhist wisdom about gratitude. How gratitude is a silent teacher in the Buddhist teachings but quite a persistent one.

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The Inner Committee

  Ajahn teaches Buddhist wisdom about different personas, roles, and characters. The so-called “Inner Committee” we listen to every day.

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From Difficulties To Freedom

  In this audible, Ajahn chants Buddhist teaching. It seemingly paves the way to freedom from a life bound of hatred and difficulty.

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Fear of Public Speaking

  Our perceptions are unreliable, subjective and impermanent. Ajahn teaches how different audience perceive, and why public speaking is terrifying.

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My Life As A Monk

  Ajahn shares about his life. His first contact with meditation in the Buddhist practice, and how that eventually lead him to monastic life.

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If You Truly Love Me, Don’t Create Me in Your Mind

  The kindest thing you can do to them whom you love is not to create them. Ajahn explains in Buddhist discipline how to truly connect with your loved ones.

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The Force of Harmony

  Ajahn explains each of us has a force to contribute to the environment. To do good and let go of the bad ways. And eventually, create harmony in the world.

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The Place of Acceptance

  Ajahn distinguishes loving kindness from liking and fundamental acceptance. We need to free the heart from restrictions as it’s the place of acceptance.

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Happiness of Renunciation

  A monastic life with renunciation of many things may not be perceived as a happy life. But Ajahn teaches that happiness does need to be simple.

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On Death – Questions and Answers

  This audible is a recording of the questions and answers about the topic of death. Ajahn gives answers in the Dharma practice.

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The Past Is A Closed Book, The Future Is A Complete Mystery

  Ajahn explains Buddhist teaching how to live in the present, in the now. That the past is a closed book, and the future is a complete mystery.

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Who Are You, Wanderer?

Jack Kornfield explains that our life is just but a moment of our journey. Who are we? We just wander striving to know our purpose.

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Poetry, Beauty And Art

In mindfulness, attention is inclusive of appreciating poetry, beauty, and art. Jack Kornfield explains that they are all integrated into our existence.

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Awareness And Intimacy

How do we bring awareness to our lives so as to fully embrace intimacy, both within ourselves and with others? Jack Kornfield offers this hour-long mindfulness talk on awareness and intimacy.

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Teachers And Cults

Jack Kornfield talks about teachers and gurus. He expounds the importance of independence or spirituality and truth; in order not to fall astray into cults.

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Karma and Intention

Gil talks about intention and karma. Part of the core of mindfulness is the appreciation of the present moment with intentions causing the choices we make.

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Big Flower, Small Flower

Gil Fronsdal talks about Acharias- women who have become gurus of the Buddhism teachings. He said the path of the Buddha leads to liberation.

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Seven Factors of Awakening

Gil Fronsdal talks about the seven factors of awakening. They are mindfulness, investigation, energy or engagement, joy, calmness, concentration, and equanimity.

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Contentment

Listen to Guided Meditation on Contentment audio by Gil Fronsdal. Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher for the “Insight Meditation Center” in Redwood City.

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Nature of Awareness

Guy Armstrong talks about the nature of awareness; mindfulness and consciousness being different properties. What about the word awareness?

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Metta: Near and Far Enemies

The practice of Metta is an exploration. How Metta is relevant in the unfolding of the Dharma? How the heart responds as we identify loving kindness.

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Keys To A Long Retreat

“Refrain from violence and work to end hatred” is a good way to reflect on during the long retreat. Attitude and simple living are the keys.

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Working with Difficult Emotions

Guy Armstrong discusses about the sufferings brought about by the emotional pain. Sadness, grief, all other difficult emotions, how you work with it.

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Karma and the End of Karma

Guy talks about Karma and the End of Karma. Why is it important to teach Karma? It is the science of happiness according to Buddhist teachings.

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Connection to Life

Guy Armstrong talks about connection to life. How the ego puts us into differentiating ourselves making us less connected to the whole of humanity.

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Working With Fear

The topic of working with fear shows the liberating power of the Dharma. Guy Armstrong says fear has haunted human development, but it can be uprooted.

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Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Guy Armstrong discusses the 7 factors of enlightenment. These are mindfulness, investigation, energy, rapture, calm, concentration and equanimity.

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Unentangled Knowing

Guy Armstrong says “unentangled” means preventing the tangling from happening. So unentangled knowing is the kind that prevents tangling from happening.

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The Power of Lovingkindness

The practice of Metta makes the heart more responsive. You’ll be surprised you don’t even need to learn Metta in order to show the power of loving kindness.

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Mindfulness of Breathing

Mindfulness of breathing is fundamental in Buddhist meditation. This is the 1st thing on mindfulness of the body; to be able to stay calm and concentrate.

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The Attitude In Awareness

Relax, observe, and allow. These 3 are the guidelines for the proper attitude in awareness meditation. Guy teaches to strike the balance in so-doing.

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Undoing Mental Knots

Anam Thubten explains that we all have the desire to be free from a troubled existence. And undoing of mental knots is central to Buddhist teaching.

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Impulse To Freedom

Anam Thubten urges us to find out about the thought of our impulse to freedom. A spiritual impulse which is a deep longing bigger than any other desires.

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What Is Your Original Face?

Anam Thubten leads us further in our longing to self-discovery. How awakening our consciousness reveals our original face.

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Go Inside and Ask: What Do I Want Most?

Anam Thubten gives insight about self-discovery. To ask what do I want most. That what we know ‘everybody wants happiness’ is not really entirely true.

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Surrendering to Life

Many people try to find the answer to the suffering of human life. In parallel, the entire Buddha’s teaching deals about human suffering.

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Loving Humanity and Melting the Ice

Anam Thubten teaches us to turn our attention into the world, to look into our heart. To love humanity and tells us to connect.

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Relaxing the Mind

If you can change your mind, you can change a lot of things in your life. Anam Thubten teaches to relax the mind in finding unconditional happiness.

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Melting Into Love

Anam Thubten urges us to melt into love. Our mind is like water. Its nature is to flow and pristine, however, it is usually frozen due to anger or fear.

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Sacred Fertilizer

Sacred Fertilizer- sometimes we need a powerful dose of challenges, tribulations, crisis such as loss of loved ones or unbearable feelings to awaken our Buddha nature.

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The Magic of Awareness – Talk

Anam Thubten talks about the gift of awareness and the hindrance of the ego. How this awareness can do magic in our unfolding.

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Embracing Each Moment – Talk

Anam Thubten talks about how embracing each moment ‘as it is’ leads to concentration and worry-free living vis a vis dwelling to past.

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No Self, No Problem

No self is an old concept in the Buddhist sutras. To Anam, we are no singular entity but more of multi-dimensional, if we look deep into our consciousness.

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Wise Effort

Marcia Rose talks about the 3rd factor of enlightenment: wise effort. Wise effort is so intricate to energy, i.e., ever present in every mental activity.

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Patience

Listen to Guided Meditation on Patience by Marcia Rose. With patience being the most important and necessary quality with mindfulness insight.

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Generosity

Marcia Rose talks about the seamless circle of the paramies of generosity. Paramies are the accumulated forces of purity within the heart and mind.

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Introduction to Seeing Drawing

Marcia Rose gives an exercise: introduction to seeing drawing as a form of meditative activity. “When we start to draw we begin to see.”

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Introduction to Drawing Yourself

Marcia Rose introduces the “drawing yourself” exercise. First is to draw a part of yourself, either the hand or the foot.

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Reflection on Monet Poem

Marcia Rose reflects on the Monet Poem: Monet refuses the Operation by Lisel Mueller. And another, Shoveling Snow With Buddha – Poem by Billy Collins.

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Boredom

Shaila Catherine talks about boredom as a hindrance to meditation. A hindering force that prevents us from being aware and awake from what is happening.

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Investigating Aversion and Anger

We don’t need to judge ourselves for being angry. In meditation practice, we see it and investigate it aversion or anger as suffering.

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Many Kinds of Thoughts

Shaila Catherine talks about Many Kinds of Thoughts. A liberated one will think what he wishes to and will not be controlled or seduced by various whims.

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Deep Peace

We all hunger for inner peace. Simple meditation practices can bring about a great depth of peace. Shaila guides you to look for deep peace within.

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Buddhism in Brief

There are 3 great vehicles of Buddhism. Vajrayana is the form we find in Mongolia and Tibet; the Mahayana is the form we find in China, Korea or Japan; another is the Theravada…

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Mindfulness of the Body

Shaila Catherine leads a guided meditation with an emphasis on the mindfulness of the body. The body is a wonderful resource for bringing our attention to the present moment.

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Listening Deeply

Kate Munding talks about the 5 precepts- a commitment to non-harming. Learn how listening deeply with compassion is a form of wise speech.

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Resting the Mind

Kate Munding talks about the natural tendency of resting the mind. That sometimes it’s not to feel bad about and that it’s part of being human.

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The Role of Motivation and Intention

“Everything rests on the tip of one’s motivation.” Kate Munding urges us to think if we truly live our lives as though it were true. Its role and intention.

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The Dharma of True Friendship

Kate Munding shares a story about how the Buddha advised on friendship; also shared her own story about the friendships she had when only a few were good.

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The Earth and the Buddha

The Buddha’s teachings are considered to be a path to freedom in the heart and the mind. And the earth represents delusions and illusions of life.

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This Precious Human Life

Kate Munding shares how we can make the little moments in life become a different experience. That preciousness of human life doesn’t only come with beauty.

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Letting In The Love

James Baraz explains that the relations we have, our connections are channels of positive energies that make us feel alive. Letting in love is to give.

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The Light & The Darkness

James Baraz talks about light and darkness. Greed, hatred, and delusion is the source of human despair and has gained so much power in our times.

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Mindfulness With Attitude

James Baraz shares that the first day of the retreat is a detox process. You will feel the resistance of sorts and how the attitude to mindfulness starts.

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The Tall Poppy and the Shrinking Violet

James Baraz describes the characteristics of the tall poppy and shrinking violet to oppression and benevolence. The mind can be arrogant and can be humble.

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Being a Sacred Warrior in These Tough Times

“I decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear!” said Martin Luther King. James Baraz describes the sacred warrior in these tough times.

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Trust

James Baraz talks about trust in relation to self-discovery. And how it relates to believing, and how it facilitates the opening of doors to Dharma.

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Heart Practices for Awakening Joy

James Baraz talks about how mindfulness is the tool to awaken the joy in life; how opening the heart lets many blessings to flow.

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Awakening Joy for Kids

Are you a parent who’s looking to pass on to the next generation, mindfulness? James Baraz offers this mindfulness talk on awakening joy for our kids.

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Peaceful Warrior in Modern Times

Hatred never ceases by hatred. James Baraz discusses how love is the only way to end hatred as we are called to be peaceful warriors in these modern times.

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Working With The Judging Mind

James Baraz talks about working with the judging mind on meditation practice. Sometimes the best ones who can perform deep meditation are the worse ones.

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Hatred Never Ceases by Hatred

Hatred does not cease from hatred; hatred ceases by love alone. This is an ancient and eternal law. James Baraz expounds how much we need love in the world.

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The Problem With Being a Good Meditator

James Baraz talks about the problem of being a good meditator. The conceit, anxiety, and restlessness clings and hides through the mask of accomplishments.

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Equanimity: Finding Balance In Difficult Times

James Baraz talks about pain and suffering in the world. We have the power to alleviate pain. Find balance in difficult times through equanimity.

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Practice as a Path of Happiness

James Baraz talks about how practice leads us to a path of happiness. By which the purpose of life is to be happy because we open up the gifts we have.

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The Importance of Appreciating our Benefactors

James Baraz tells a story about the importance of appreciating our benefactors. These mentors and inspirations should be considered streams of goodness.

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The Multiplication of Courage

James Baraz talks about the power of community. There is a kind with creativity or collective intelligence, and sometimes multiplication of courage.

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Surrender

Frank Ostaseski talks about seeing things in a new way. That to uncover what’s hidden we gradually remove the obstacles- such is surrender.

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Compassion With Attunement

Frank Ostaseski leads a meditation centering on compassion and attunement. He says compassion is an attunement to exactly where you are.

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Race, Racism, and Spiritual Practice

Donald Rothberg leads a meditation through a sensitive topic of race, racism and spiritual practice. Referencing to injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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