Podcast

163 – Sticks and Stones

In this episode, I will talk about the story of Sundari, an ascetic who was killed in an attempt to frame Sidhartha and bring dishonor to him and his followers. How the Buddha handled this ordeal sheds light on the Buddhist approach to words and accusations.

162 – The Games We Play

The games we play…some thoughts about Right View. Thich Nhat Hanh says: “Our happiness and the happiness of those around us depend on our degree of Right View. Touching reality deeply — knowing what is going on inside and outside of ourselves — is the way to liberate ourselves from the suffering that is caused by wrong perceptions. Right View is not an ideology, a system, or even a path. It is the insight we have into the reality of life, a living insight that fills us with understanding, peace, and love.”

161 – The Backwards Law

The backwards law proposes that the more we chase after something, the more difficult it becomes to catch it and the more disappointed we feel. In other words, the harder we try, the less likely we are to succeed.

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.