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Spiritual Journey

Donald Rothberg leads the spiritual journey meditation towards perfecting mindfulness. To look deeply to oneself takes more courage than the soldier on the battlefield.

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Practicing with Anger

Practicing anger is a crucial theme in practice. There are many reasons for anger being quite confusing and yet being challenging to working with anger when the need arises.

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Working with Transforming Judgment Mind

Donald Rothberg talks about working with transforming judgment mind. It talks about daily life and limiting factors and sometimes unconscious.

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Empathy: Its Nature, What Makes It Hard, and How to Develop It

Donald Rothberg talks about empathy: its nature, what makes it hard and how to develop it. Empathy is the ability to tune in to a person’s emotions, thinking, etc.

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Generosity and Gratitude

Donald Rothberg talks about the relationship between Generosity and Gratitude. It’s the spirit of giving is based on the feeling of Gratitude.

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Practicing with Darkness and Light at the Winter Solstice

In this meditation practice, Donald Rothberg talks about embracing the darkness and inviting in the light especially in this time of winter solstice.

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Bringing Wisdom and Love to All Parts of Our Lives

Donald Rothberg talks about a vision of bringing wisdom and love to all parts of our lives. In this meditation, he showed the letter from Birmingham Jail.

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Equanimity

Donald Rothberg discusses the nature of Equanimity, what are the challenges and difficulties, & why it is important. Equanimity is synonymous with balance.

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Forgiveness Practice

Forgiveness practice can be done in different ways. In cultures, it’s an interpersonal practice while in Buddhist practice, it’s more of inner or community.

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Transforming the Judgmental Mind

The judgmental mind works in a very selective manner. Donald Rothberg explores the nature of the judgmental mind and gives guidance to transform it.

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Patience and Perseverence

In this talk, Phillip Moffitt focuses on patience and determination. Patience is the willingness to start over while determination is starting over similar to perseverance.

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Emotional Chaos to Clarity

Emotional chaos comes to the mind, and what contributes to it is the mind’s clinging to what it wants to have. Clarity is how chose to relate to the chaos, not to rid of the chaos.

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Penetrating Equanimity

“Teach us to care and not to care, teach us to sit still.” This poem by T.S. Eliot greatly sums up what is the felt sense of equanimity. Equanimity is the culmination of the awakening factors.

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Good Fortune, Bad Fortune

Phillip Moffitt tells a story about fortune: good or bad and leads us to a liberating paradox of mindfulness. How believing the old paradox misleads us.

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Letting Go of Your Story

Phillip Moffitt leads a mediation to explore about our lives’ story. 1st is to acknowledge the absolute necessity of the narrative. Letting go is another.

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Reflections on the Splendor of Generosity

Phillip Moffitt explains there is joy in generosity. This particular meditation is to acknowledge the practice of compassionate generosity in mindfulness.

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Finding Possibility in All That Arises and Passes

Phillip Moffitt leads a themed meditation finding possibility in all that arises and (vanishes) passes. The breath, thoughts, feelings, anger and etc.

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Mood and Mindfulness

Phillip Moffitt explains mood and attitude are the hidden aspects that many fail to realize mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined and expounded later on.

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How Do We Relate to Time Itself?

The theme of this meditation is exploring our relationship with time. Everything is born in seasons of time. Cultures are time-based.

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Stories That People Will Say About Us

Sylvia Boorstein tells a story that leads to Siddharta, it deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery. We all have stories to share with people.

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Redemption

Jack Kornfield references to the “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King. That there is freedom in spirit and heart that leads to redemption.

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The Dragon and the 10 Gowns

Jack Kornfield talks about how Buddha teaches the transformation of suffering into joy. He then proceeds to tell the story about the dragon and 10 gowns.

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What Should I Think?

Sylvia Boorstein tells a story about an Olympic situation and brainstorms about “what to think?” in response to the situation, how we are limited by thinking normally.

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Mortality and the Poignancy of Life

Matthew Brensilver says that if we are unafraid of death, life would be more open. Further, he reflects on the poignancy of life and sorrows of departure.

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Nachiketa and the Lord of Death

Jack Kornfield tells the story of Nachiketa who puts his ego before him unafraid to face the Lord of Death. Was it courage? What can we reflect from this?

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Everything is Spiritual Practice

Sylvia Boorstein leads a spontaneous meditation and tells that the spiritual practice happens even when in community with others, so it’s everything.

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Miranda July & The Dharma

Matthew Brensilver reflects on the movie where Miranda July was an actress, playing the role of receiving emails from the future in a way that is Dharma.

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Seeing Anew

Jack Kornfield talks about seeing things in a fresh way or seeing anew. Perfect for beginners who are contemplating for contentment.

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How the Dalai Lama Did Not Say Something New

Sylvia Boorstein talks about how the Dalai Lama teaches the same old teachings, which is good! Expounds that what’s important people stick to ethics.

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Thinking

Matthew Brensilver talks about the importance of the ways of thinking. There are so many Buddhist teachings, valuable insights which work with thoughts.

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Right Concentration

Shaila Catherine quotes the Buddha, “concentration is to understand things the way it is.” When the mind is steady, it enables us to know things thoroughly.

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Lack of Continuity of Mindfulness and Concentration

Kate Munding reminds the importance of stillness in the practice of mindfulness and improves concentration especially in the world where there is a lack of it.

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Knowing & Stillness In Samadhi

Phillip Moffitt talks about knowing and stillness in attaining mindfulness. Enabling what is felt by the mind and having the mind move to the breath.

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Samadhi (Concentration) Practice

Donald Rothberg talks about the art of Samadhi practice. Samadhi (concentration) is the aim of the practice. It allows to know more and see with the mind.

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Insight Practice

Donald Rothberg teaches advanced meditative technology (just kidding). He talks about the 3 ways of seeing to aid in insight practice.

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Wise Concentration

Marcia Rose talks about wise concentration. It’s one of the 7 factors of awakening: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity.

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Tending Yourself, Tending The World

Jack Kornfield tells about tending to yourself and the world by caring for each other. He tells a story about a student desperate to get home to his Mom.

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Anxiety and Tranquility

When we experience anxiety, we feel a desire to escape the negative sensation and achieve tranquility. In this talk by Matthew Brensilver, you’ll learn about how this approach is backward: it’s being

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Right Livelihood & Redemption

Jack Kornfield talks about the mystery of human life and the topic of redemption in relation to having the right livelihood. How will you live if it’s short?

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What Makes Life Precious

Sylvia Boorstein talks about What Makes Life Precious. She starts with a story about what’s in the news and highlights difficult times as part of the Buddha’s teachings.

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Spirituality and Politics

Jack Kornfield leads a guided meditation about Spirituality and Politics. It’s a lengthy broadcast starting with a beautiful song you may want to skip the intro part.

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The Joy of Virtue

Jack Kornfield talks about Joy of Virtue or Happiness of Integrity. Relating virtue to morality without harming any form of life and respecting nature.

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I Would Have Wanted More, But I Never Wanted Other

Sylvia Boorstein brainstorms about “I would have wanted more, but I never wanted other.” She explains the power of choice that we have that leads us to where we should be.

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Developing Meditation Techniques

Ajahn Sumedho talks about developing meditation techniques. Keep concentrating on the breath and stop the wandering mind and bring about tranquility.

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Equanimity, The Sweet Joy Of The Way

Spring Washam leads a guided meditation on Equanimity: The Sweet Joy of the Way. Equanimity is the quality of mind beyond the uncertainties of the world.

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Taking Refuge In Diversity

Spring Washam talks about Dharma particularly about Taking Refuge in Diversity; how we can grow through difficulties and how we embrace all of creation.

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Love Is The Answer

Spring Washam talks about the topic Love Is The Answer. She also talks about opening the heart, freedom, and joy, having faith and trust over the journey of suffering.

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True Wisdom Of The Eagle And Condor

Spring Washam talks about the merging of wisdom and compassion: True Wisdom of the Eagle and Condor. How one grows in wisdom and compassion.

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The Camel Knows The Way: Reflections On Faith

Spring Washam talks about reflections on faith through the story of The Camel Knows The Way. The talk about faith is difficult, especially when you know you don’t know the way.

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Purification Through Love

Spring Washam talks about Purification Through Love which is actually Metta, Loving-kindness. She explains how Loving-kindness purifies the soul, how we are looking about it all our life only to find it

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Welcome Your Body Home

Spring Washam talks about the topic Welcome Your Body Home. It’s about the benefits of meditation, how the mind can heal the body through it.

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The Fierce Heart

Spring Washam talks about compassion- The Fierce Heart. There is a lot of suffering in the world, and all are called to help. Compassion compels us.

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Grief, Love and Groundlessness

Matthew Brensilver leads a guided meditation- Grief, Love and Groundlessness. When we choose to love, grief becomes a facet of life.

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Nowness Wholeness Allness Oneness

Rick Hanson talks about the four words- Nowness, Wholeness, Allness, and Oneness. Let go of the past, future, and present. Live the present without judgment.

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The Flowering of Compassion

Mark Coleman talks about the Flowering of Compassion. Mark explains we live in a world of heartful connectedness. The real path lies in loving-kindness

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You Are Not Your Fault

Wes Nisker talks about the topic You Are Not Your Fault. Wes explains that our existence is no accident, that we are all part of an intricate nature.

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Evolutionary Wisdom

Wes Nisker talks about Evolutionary Wisdom. Where am I going? Where did I come from? Who am I? Wes says the story of evolution is full of awe and wonder.

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It’s About Time

Wes Nisker does a little time travel (a talk on it’s about time). It’s about living in the moment, the importance of acknowledging impermanence.

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How To Be An Earthling

Wes Nisker talks about the topic How To Be An Earthling. Earthlings, what are we doing here? Wes explores our purpose and connection and making a difference.

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Evolving Together

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”-Dalai Lama. This talk is about Evolving Together by Wes Nisker. It’s about identity.

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Spiritual Bypassing

Frank Ostaseski talks about Spiritual Bypassing. True spirituality is not something high or mighty, it’s grounded. Frank talks more about Spirituality.

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Use Your Mind To Change Your Brain

Rick Hanson talks about using your mind to change the brain. According to studies on meditation, neurons improve and changes the brain.

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Perspective

Sharon Salzberg talks about Perspective. That there are so many possibilities for a shift in perspective. She further tells stories about how the world judges using a flawed perspective.

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Mindfulness At Work

Sharon Salzberg talks about Real Happiness at Work- Mindfulness at Work. Sharon talks about its impermanence and how we can achieve it with gratefulness and loving-kindness.

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Trust In Being The Knowing

Ajahn Sumedho talks about Trust in Being the Knowing. That intuitive intelligence may include both right and wrong at the same moment in a dualistic point of view.

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Talk: At Once Here and Disappearing

Frank Ostaseski talks about At Once Here and Disappearing. Life and Dharma is a package deal. He talks about the reality of death and transformation.

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How To Increase Loving Kindness

Sharon Salzberg talks about Metta- the Practice of Loving Kindness. The kind of loving kindness that does not select but wishes goodwill to all you know.

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Teachings on the Calligraphy of Thich Nat Hanh

Mark Coleman talks about the Calligraphy of Thich Nat Hanh. “I have arrived, I am home.” This is the profound teaching, arriving in love or in awareness?

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Equanimity and Faith

Sharon Salzberg talks about Equanimity and Faith. Equanimity is the evenness of mind, especially in difficult circumstances. Develop a mind that’s filled with so much love and resembles space.

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Life of Service

Mark Coleman talks about Life of Service. How wonderful and inspiring if the life of service we have is filled with compassion and loving-kindness.

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Me and We

Rick Hanson talks about Me and We, Autonomy and Intimacy. Autonomy is the inner strength of independence. It supports Intimacy to be happy and feel connected.

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Intimacy

Rick Hanson talks about Intimacy, how our experiences in childhood can impact our relationships later in life and what people can do to work with those issues as adults.

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Just One Thing

Rick Hanson talks about the topic Just One Thing. The basic idea is to focus on just one thing each week. Ultimately, it’s your choice to focus on either the negative ones or the positive ones.

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H.E.A.L. Steps to Happiness

Rick Hanson talks about HEAL Steps to Happiness. Taking in the good have 4 fundamental steps: Have, Enrich, Absorb, and Length.

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Self-Compassion Practice

Rick Hanson talks about Self-compassion Practice. It is easy to feel compassion towards others than to yourself simply because we don’t feel much concerned.

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Being For Yourself

Rick Hanson talks about Being For Yourself. To learn how to do this, we apply the wisdom from Buddhism and lessons from modern psychology and neuroscience.

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Using the Mind to Change the Brain

Rick Hanson talks about Using the Mind to Change the Brain, how the experiences leave lasting residues behind in the brain for better or worse, and how we can use this to teach the brain to become calmer,

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Gratitude

Rick Hanson talks about Gratitude. It’s a sort of a catchword for gladness, satisfaction, and fulfillment. These feelings are the core of happiness.

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Befriending Yourself

Rick Hanson talks about Befriending Yourself. This practice aims to cultivate the deep sense of being a friend to yourself. Firstly, take care of yourself.

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Build a Happier Brain

Rick Hanson talks about Building a Happier Brain. Happiness is more than a feel-good moment. It’s the foundation of physical health, longer lifespan, effectiveness at work, etc.

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Mindfulness of Aspiration

Sharon Salzberg talks about Mindfulness of Aspiration, not as a synonym of desire, but as a harnessing of our imagination, sense of daring, and boldness.

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Working with Addiction

Tara Brach talks about Working with Addiction. She started with the story of the Hungry Ghosts. Attachments and addictions are hooks that pull us away from awareness.

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Art Of Renunciation

Joseph Goldstein talks about The Art of Renunciation, goodwill, and compassion; these liberate you from afflictions of sense desires.

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Mindfulness, Addiction & Recovery 5/5

This is Part 5 of Kevin Griffin’s talk about Mindfulness Addiction and Recovery. He explores the recovery processes from addiction according to Buddhist teachings.

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Mindfulness, Addiction & Recovery 3/5

This is Part 3 of Kevin Griffin’s talk about Mindfulness Addiction and Recovery. He explores the recovery processes from addiction according to Buddhist teachings.

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Mindfulness, Addiction & Recovery 2/5

This is Part 2 of Kevin Griffin’s talk about Mindfulness Addiction and Recovery. He explores the recovery processes from addiction according to Buddhist teachings.

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Mindfulness, Addiction & Recovery 1/5

This is Part 1 of Kevin Griffin’s talk about Mindfulness Addiction and Recovery. He explores the recovery processes from addiction according to Buddhist teachings.

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Commitment, Attachment & Love

Jack Kornfield talks about Commitment, Attachment, and Love. Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

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Redemption

Jack Kornfield talks about the topic of Redemption. In the practice of loving awareness and compassion, redemption is bestowed by the power of moral conduct.

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Inspired Leadership

Jack Kornfield talks about Inspired Leadership. He takes inspiration from various different leaders like the King of Thailand and George Washington.

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