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120 – Unconditional Joy

We normally think of joy as a reaction. Something happens and it causes joy to arise. That type of joy is conditioned. In Buddhism, unconditional joy is always there, covered or hidden by our conditioned mind (ideas and beliefs)....

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119 – Endings and Beginnings

As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new year, I thought I would share some thoughts regarding endings and beginnings from a Buddhist perspective and how these teachings can minimize our fear of...

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118 – Revisiting the Parable of the Raft

The Buddha said, “I will teach you the Dhamma compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto.” Everything in Buddhism, including Buddhism itself is a tool, a means to an...

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117 – Noble Silence

Noble Silence is a term attributed to the Buddha for his response to certain questions about reality. When it came to the big unanswerable questions, the Buddha was notably silent. In this podcast episode, I will discuss what Noble...

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116 – People Who Don’t Exist

We all have the tendency to make a picture of reality and of other people. It’s like we paint a portrait and then believe that this portrait is a 100% accurate depiction of the real person we painted and...

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115 – Unhooking Habitual Patterns

What are the things that hook us? In our quest to understand ourselves and to become a better whatever we already are, it’s extremely beneficial to be capable of recognizing our attachments and knowing what it is that hooks...

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114 – Beware of Falling Rocks

In this podcast episode, I will discuss the idea of attachment in relation to the Buddhist notion of groundlessness. I will discuss how our strong attachment to things can often cause more discomfort than the comfort we thought we...

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113 – Right Speech

How can we communicate more skillfully? In this podcast episode, I will discuss “right speech”, one of the points on the eightfold path. I will discuss three different communication styles: passive, aggressive, and assertive and share a communication formula...

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112 – The Importance of Community

In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Buddhist teaching of “taking refuge” and talk about the teaching of the three jewels. I will discuss in greater detail how I hope to build an online community where we can...

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111 – Resisting Our Demons

In this podcast episode, I will discuss the Zen Koan titled “The Real Miracle”. I will also share the story/teaching of Milarepa and the Demons he resisted in his cave and how that story can help us with our...

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