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Audio Dharma Talks
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
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.
April 30, 2011
Move beyond your fear and learn to commit to maintaining the connection to a stable mind. Develop the mind so it’s not disturbed by disturbances.
Are you ready for a balanced, centered mind?
April 26, 2011
Explore how concentration directly affects your practice as a function of the mind, an essential part of the dharma, and an immediate felt experience.
April 24, 2011
In the course of your daily life, practice being aware of just one moment. This could be an inhale—one to three seconds of concentration. Or if you are stuck in traffic, simply notice your hands on the steering wheel. This will allow the mind to get used to being aware and bring you closer to an aim of vipassana practice: moment-to-moment mindfulness. Ask yourself: Am I awake or not in this moment?
April 10, 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 be witnessed.)
March 27, 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 be called forth.)
March 20, 2011
If you've never had the opportunity to study with Phillip in person, here is a way to experience one of his day-long retreats. Explore what inspires you to practice, regain trust in your own knowing, and discover ways to direct your attention.
March 13, 2011
In any given situation, it is easy for us to become deluded, which can cause suffering to others and ourselves. If we are going to deal with our delusion, it takes courage, practice, and a renunciation of something we are holding onto that feeds our misperception. If we acknowledge our delusion, reality may become clearer.