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If you would like to support the work I do, Please consider making a donation. https://www.paypal.me/satisila As a Dharma teacher, my primary focus of interest has been in early Buddhism. This being the oldest record of what the historic Buddha may have taught. These teachings have been well preserved in a body of text known as the Pali canon, which is the core focus of the Theravada tradition. Within this massive volume of work lies the message that has been left behind for all of us to exp ...
 
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In this episode, Andrew speaks on the topic of Awakening. Far from the ever-elusive state of bliss that we often think of when we hear the words awakening, enlightenment or nirvana, the Buddha was very clear that awakening is an on-going process of stepping out of reactivity through engaging with the eightfold path. Awakening isn't a special or pri…
 
In this episode, guest teacher Sister Clear Grace shares her personal experience of her path traveling in The Great Aspiration. The Great Aspiration is a van she calls her mobile monastery. In this talk she speaks on MN 4 Bhaya-bherava Sutta: Fear & Dread. About Sister Clear Grace: Venerable is a Buddhist Monk who received novice ordination in 2018…
 
In this episode, WH Facilitator, Don Givens, talks about the Three Refuges. These are core principles that we turn to for stability and support as we navigate the instability of trudging through life on life's terms. In a path that teaches of impermanence and the inconstancy of life, where can we find a solid ground to stand? The Buddha: representi…
 
Andrew continues the series on the Buddha's core teachings, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, speaking on the topic of the Second Noble Truth: Craving & Clinging. Although life is unpredictable and largely outside of the realm of our control, we can learn to meet these ups and downs with less reactivity, with less craving and clinging. …
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel discusses the refrain from the Satipatthana Sutta, "contemplating with a mind free from desire and discontent in regard to the world". Mikey further expands on this topic by introducing the five hindrances. The five hindrances are: greed, hatred, sloth, restlessness, and doubt.…
 
Andrew kicks off a series of talks on the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path, speaking on the first noble truth: dukkha! The first truth has often been misinterpreted as the Buddha making a claim that "life is suffering", but rather than a claim to be believed, the Buddha is offering a task to be put into practice centered around embracing the d…
 
In this episode, Andrew finishes off a series of talks on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, speaking on the Fourth Foundation: Mindfulness of Dhammas. He highlights the aspect of this teaching called the "Seven Awakening Factors". What do we need to cultivate in our search for more freedom in our lives? The Buddha says these seven qualities are …
 
Andrew continues a series of talks on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This is a 2600 year old teaching from the Satipatthana Sutta, which includes a comprehensive set of instructions on how to establish mindfulness in order to cultivate the liberating insights set out in the Buddha's teachings. This episode covers Mindfulness of the Mind, whic…
 
The second talk in a series on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. In this episode, Andrew discusses the Second Foundation of Mindfulness - Mindfulness of Feeling Tone. The Buddha instructs us to notice the reactivity that often arises around pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral feelings as a method of unhooking from the impulses of reactivity that o…
 
In this episode, Mikey Noechel offers a talk on practicing kindness and acceptance to the thoughts, feelings, and emotions which may be viewed as wrong, bad, or evil. Mikey offering a loving kindness meditation with the phrases: May you be at ease May you be at peace May you be kind and gentle with yourself May you be filled with loving kindness…
 
Andrew kicks off a series of talks given on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, beginning with mindfulness of body. Establishing mindfulness of the body serves as the foundation for stilling the mind and assisting in the development of mental clarity that brings about transformative insight into the three characteristics: the impersonal, impermane…
 
Dave zooms down with Tenzin Chogkyi. She has designed an online course for the Secular Dharma Foundation entitled Big Love: Cultivating the Four Immeasurables. (Heart Practices). Sign up here: https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/52/about Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi (she/her/hers) is a Buddhist monastic, activist and teacher of both Bud…
 
Andrew concludes a series of talks on the 10 Paramis (only 5 are listed on the podcast), which are the spiritual principles that serve as the foundation for the Buddha's teaching. In this talk, Andrew speaks on the topic of "equanimity", which means even-mindedness, balance, and non-reactivity. Equanimity is all about finding peace amidst the world…
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel offers a talk on the first foundation of mindfulness, mindfulness of the body. He presents specifically what is outlined in the Satipatthana Sutta. First foundation of mindfulness: Thus have I heard. At one time the Blessed One was living in the Kurus, at Kammasadamma, a market-town of the Kuru people. Then the Blessed…
 
In this episode, Andrew continues the series of talks on the 10 Paramis, discussing the topic of "Effort & Energy". It's said that the Buddha taught about effort more than any other topic in his Noble Eightfold Path, which is likely because of how essential it is for the development of wisdom and compassion, as well as the nuance of how to cultivat…
 
During this talk, Dave explores the four means of accomplishment. This teaching list is often associated with magical powers and is therefore disregarded by the various Buddhist Schools. However, it does show up on the list of 37 aspects of awakening. Lets take a look at it. This talk is comprised of 4 separate talks given over a month during the m…
 
In this episode Mikey Noechel offers a guided meditation on compassion for all beings. We begin with wishing compassionate phrases to a friend, then towards ourselves, then towards a neutral person, then a difficult person and finally to all beings everywhere. Compassion meditation phrases we use are: May you be open with the pain and difficulties …
 
From the recent, Wild Heart Spring Retreat, at Heartwood Refuge in North Carolina, Mikey offers a talk on "Happiness in the Here & Now" on the first night of the retreat. He speaks to the difference between "Hedonic Happiness" and "Genuine Happiness" and the importance of finding a type of contentment that comes from relating to the world with wisd…
 
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