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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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151 – Observation and Action

Observation in Buddhist practice is an active thing, it’s not passive and it’s not a form of resignation. The skilled observer, observes precisely in order to be able to act more skillfully.

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150 – Buddha Nature

In this podcast episode, I share my thoughts about “Buddha nature” and what it means to me. I also share the story of the little rock in my backyard that had a Buddha painted on the rock. When the...

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149 – Firsts and Lasts

Every moment that arises is simultaneously the first time and last time that moment exists. I used to value moments based on their pleasantness or unpleasantness but now I see the beauty of the uniqueness of each moment. In...

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148 – The Dance of Life

I love thinking about life as a great song, with high notes and low notes and quiet pauses in between each note. I like to think of my relationship to this song as the dance of life. In this...

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147 – Dharma Cat

Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons even amidst circumstances or events that we don’t particularly find to be pleasant. In this episode, I will share the story of how we ended up with a 3-legged cat...

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