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Intro to Buddhism

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Intro to Buddhism

Today we’ll touch on a bit of the early history of Buddhism and its context within ancient India, its social structure, and a little about some later developments. Thanks for watching!

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Vlog: Meditation and a Podcast

| July 20, 2017 | 2 Comments
Vlog: Meditation and a Podcast

On this vlog I’ll talk about the strange instructions that started me off meditating, and a great podcast I was just on. Hope you enjoy! Links in this video: The Workshed Podcast Insight Timer

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Buddhism’s Key Texts

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Buddhism’s Key Texts

Philosophies and religions the world over have key texts outlining their founders’ beliefs and aims. What are Buddhism’s key texts? Some mentioned here: Majjhima Nikāya trans. by Ñāṇamoli and Bodhi Dīgha Nikāya trans. by Walshe Aṅguttara Nikāya trans. by Bodhi Saṃyutta Nikāya trans. by Bodhi Dhammapada trans. by Fronsdal Sutta-Nipāta trans. by Saddhatissa Questions of […]

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What is “Dharma”?

| July 10, 2017 | 3 Comments
What is “Dharma”?

What does the word “dharma” mean in early Buddhism? We will look at several ways it’s used in the texts, and discuss its importance. For further information, see Rupert Gethin, “He Who Sees Dhamma Sees Dhammas: Dhamma in Early Buddhism”. Journal of Indian Philosophy, 2004.  

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Q&A: Secular Monasticism and Choppy Videos

| July 6, 2017 | 8 Comments
Q&A: Secular Monasticism and Choppy Videos

Mixing things up here, today we’ll get into questions from a couple of viewers. One involves whether there is room for a kind of deep secular Buddhist practice akin to monasticism, and another deals with the way I’ve been editing these videos. Please let me know your thoughts as well in the comments below!

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Dealing with the Five Hindrances

| July 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dealing with the Five Hindrances

The five hindrances get in the way of our meditation, and get in the way of living wisely. Here we will look at them and at methods for dealing with them skillfully, mostly from the early tradition. A good source for information on the hindrances in early Buddhism is Anālayo’s book “From Craving to Liberation […]

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Thoughts on the Three Refuges

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
Thoughts on the Three Refuges

Traditional Buddhists often take the “three refuges”. What are they and can they be understood in secular terms?  

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