Podcast

158 – I See You, Mara!

Mara is “the personification of the forces antagonistic to enlightenment.” Mara wants to be feared. We tend to run from the things that we fear, but what happens when we stop running and we look at Mara and say “I see you, Mara!”
In this episode, I will share my thoughts about the interaction between the Buddha and Mara.

157 – This Is Because That Is

Dependent Origination is a Buddhist notion that is common among all schools of Buddhism. It’s the doctrine that states that all phenomena arise in dependence upon other phenomena. In other words, “this is because that is and this is not because that is not”. In this episode, I will share my thoughts about how this concept can be beneficial in our day-to-day lives.

156 – Circle of Skills

Within any given discipline, we all have a circle of skills. In order to grow the circle of skills, we need to do things that are just outside the circle and once we master a new skill, that circle grows. The key to safely growing the circle is to go slowly and not attempt skills that are too far outside the current circle we have. I believe this is also the case with how we can approach Mindfulness practice.

155 – The First Meditation

In this episode, I will talk about “The First Meditation” a story about an experience that Siddhartha (the Buddha) had when he was 9 years old. I believe this experience shaped his understanding of the importance of experiential vs intellectual understanding and I believe there are some good lessons to be learned by us as we hear this story.

154 – Taking The Long View

It can be easy to get caught up “in the thick of thin things” when our perspective is too narrow or zoomed in. When we take the long view, we learn to zoom out and see things from a different perspective. In this podcast episode, I will talk about taking the long view and also discuss the parable of the lute and the analogy of tuning the strings of an instrument.

153 – The Gift of Not Knowing

Zen Master Seung Sahn said “I do not teach Buddhism. I only teach don’t know.” The beauty of not knowing arises when we understand that reality is unknowable as a complete picture. First, because it’s always changing, and second, we are limited in our perspective in terms of space and time.

152 – A Liberated State of Mind

Liberation is not a destination we strive to reach, it’s a state of mind that is available to us right here and right now. When we fully understand the reality of emptiness, signlessness, and aimlessness, we become liberated from the type of thinking that has us trapped in the prison of our own mind.