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From 1998 until the end of 2013, Phillip Moffitt gave a dharma talk to the Marin Sangha nearly every Sunday evening. Many of those talks, as well as some that were recorded at Spirit Rock are available for downloading from the dharmawisdom.org audio library. New talks are posted frequently, so check back often to hear recent ones.
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Audio Dharma Talks
November 12, 2011
Greed creates a wanting, grasping, attaching mind. The feeling of desire becomes so strong, it starts to dominate our mind. We become identified with what we want and suffering occurs. How do you know if you are caught in greed? Notice if you feel any “stickiness,” if you are stuck on the possibility of “more.”
November 12, 2011
What do you need to do to balance your greed? If you are a greed personality type, have you caused suffering for others? Greed can be conditioned by scarcity, gluttony, a sense of unworthiness, competitiveness, or a desire to fix. As greed matures and purifies, it can turn into more wholesome things such as a great desire for practice and liberation.
November 10, 2011
In his foremost teaching on mindfulness, the Satipatthana sutta, the Buddha recommended that in any given moment we cultivate awareness of what is happening both externally in our environment and internally in our body, and heart-mind. In this way we have more choices, instead of feeling like a puppet at the end of a string.
November 6, 2011
You may not be distinguishing between calm and equanimity in your practice. It’s skillful to be calm in your practice, and you certainly want to cultivate the ability to be calm. However, equanimity is a steady quality of the mind that can receive any experience without being overcome by it, even such emotions as anger, anxiety, or fear. It is through equanimity that you are able stay with and examine difficult mind states and learn to release them.
October 27, 2011
If tranquility represents a calm mind, equanimity is a balanced mind that is able to stay centered or return to center. Strong equanimity allows you to see life clearly.
October 25, 2011
The Three Wholesome Exchanges are needs or instincts you may have felt at one point in your life. Have you ever felt the need to be called forth by someone or something? Have you ever felt the need to be witnessed? Have you ever had the desire to share your blessings, knowledge or happiness with others? You can spread so much joy if you are awake enough to share your good fortune and you can see and accept the innate worth of others. (This talk focuses on the need to share what has been learned.)
October 16, 2011
Metta phrases such as “May you be safe from internal and external harm” need not be used to practice loving-kindness. It’s a practice of intention, not a results-oriented practice. Your intention to incline the heart to loving-kindness is what matters, with or without phrases.
October 9, 2011
The truth is that you will never be absolutely safe. All things change constantly, even what is most precious. You know that you and those you love will die, but not when or how. This is the angst of life, the price of being a conscious human being. It is not a flaw, although many people cannot let loose of seeing it in such a manner. It is just the way life is constructed. When your awareness of this vulnerability is triggered, you can be swept into panic, collapse into depression, or desperately try to distract yourself. One of the values of spiritual practice is that you are able to come to terms with this anxiety in a conscious manner. Your life becomes more integrated because you are no longer trying to deny or avoid what is true.
August 7, 2011
There IS a path that leads to the end of suffering.
The eight path factors or elements are often presented as three classifications of practice: panna or wisdom practices, which include right view and right intention; sila or virtue practices, which are right speech, right action, and right livelihood; andsamadhi or concentration practices, which include right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. There is a spiraling, dynamic quality to the Eightfold Path; each element enriches the others directly and indirectly.
May 8, 2011
The untrained mind will be motivated primarily by habits and reacting to what’s pleasant and unpleasant. When we object to the unpleasant we fall into aversion and clinging, making us much more miserable. Discover how objecting does not serve you.