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Our Stories: Are They Everything?

| January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Our Stories: Are They Everything?

We structure our lives through our stories, but in what ways can they lead us astray? We’ll look at how story is important using some comments by YouTube filmmaker Casey Neistat. Then we’ll look at the story of the Buddha, and the stories many of us use to understand our pasts and futures. Check out […]

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Knowledge and Wisdom: What’s the Deal?

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
Knowledge and Wisdom: What’s the Deal?

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Should our aim be to pursue one or the other? We’ll look at these questions in this video, and also discuss the role of contemporary skepticism and science. Check out my new Patreon page!

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What are the Four Noble Truths?

| January 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
What are the Four Noble Truths?

The Four Noble Truths are the heart of Buddhist philosophy, but they wouldn’t have been the first thing we encountered when learning the teaching. We will look at where they fit into the path, then each of the truths in turn, and finish with a different take on the teaching, as tasks or practices. Check […]

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Guardians of the World

| January 11, 2018 | 3 Comments
Guardians of the World

Two emotional states play a key ethical role in early Buddhism. We’ll look at these states that the Buddha called “the guardians of the world”, and discuss how awareness of them can help our practice and our life. Check out my new Patreon page!

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Considering Karma

| January 8, 2018 | 5 Comments
Considering Karma

Let’s consider karma. We’ll go over three problems with the Buddhist notion of karma. Then we’ll discuss how the Buddha defined the term, and how his usage was innovative and different in its time. We’ll see that there is a way to recover a useful sense of the term, so we can understand it in […]

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The Dalai Lama’s Secular Turn

| January 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Dalai Lama’s Secular Turn

Is the Dalai Lama a secular Buddhist? In two of his recent books he has outlined a universal, secular ethical program grounded in basic human values that are shared by believers and nonbelievers alike. We will take a look at these two books and discuss some of their conclusions and implications. Check out my new […]

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Why Be Generous?

| December 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why Be Generous?

Why be generous? The first subject the Buddha would typically discuss with lay audiences was generosity. We will look at the Buddha’s outward and inward advice: to whom one should give, and what reasons one should have for giving. Suttas mentioned in this video: The Archery Sutta (SN 3.24) Giving (AN 8.31) Giving (AN 7.52) […]

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