Integrating Buddha’s teachings in daily life with Phillip Moffitt


Integrating the Buddha’s teachings in daily life with Phillip Moffitt

“When a habitual preference is denied us, then we assume we’re unhappy, which may or may not be true.”

– Phillip Moffitt


In Buddhism, the word Dharma, or Dhamma, means ‘truth.’ It also refers to the teachings of the Buddha and the spiritual insights attained by practicing meditation. I teach a form of meditation called ‘mindfulness,’ which comes from the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Vipassana, or ‘insight,’ meditation. Over the past 20 years, I have taught meditation classes and retreats at Buddhist centers around the country and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where I am a member of the Teacher Council. In all my teachings, I offer guidance for living the Dharma in daily life.



Dharma Talks



Study Guides

Teachings by Topic

“The great benefit of practicing mindfulness is presence of mind within a storm of emotions.”
– Phillip Moffitt

Featured Teachings

Skillful Change

Awakening through the Nine Bodies

Upcoming Events

Trainings | Classes | retreats

    ONLINE: Nine Bodies Experienced Students’ Retreat: Exploring Concentration
    Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm

    Concentration, (samādhi), the collection and unification of the mind, was emphasized by the Buddha as one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. It can bring joy to your practice and lead to the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. There is wisdom in developing concentration (samādhi) as a skillful means; and, there is wisdom in exploring concentration as a phenomenon of a contented mind. In this online retreat, we will intentionally and systematically do both–developing concentration through specific meditative practices, drawing from instructions in the Anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) sutta, and exploring the experience of a collected and unified mind as a natural, mysterious, and beneficial phenomena.

    The retreat includes two detailed guided meditations per day, teaching sessions, and cohort (small group) practice meetings. Please note: for this retreat, each group may not see each teacher. The small group cohort meetings will be either Sat/Mon/Wed OR Sun/Tues/Thurs at the same time of day — either 1:30 or 3:15 PT. If you have unavoidable scheduling constraints with the small group times, please let us know on the intake form which you will receive a few weeks before the retreat begins.

    The retreat is not recommended for those experiencing acute grief or other strong mental challenges.

    This retreat is not a training to teach; attending this retreat does not in any way authorize teaching the Nine Bodies Insight practice method.

    ONLINE: Exploring Changes and Transitions for Men of All Ages
    Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – Feb 19 @ 4:00 pm

    In this everchanging life, one of the most complex challenges that men face is skillfully navigating the many transitions they face in the various stages of their lives. This is truer than ever because of the new expectations and demands that confront men.

    This weekend workshop focuses on how to effectively respond to changes related to being a man in the modern world. You will be offered a series of time-tested self-assessments and tools from the Life Balance Institute that are designed to give you clarity and insights about your specific situation. These tools have empowered countless individuals to step into greater alignment with what they truly care about in life.

    During this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

    • Identify the areas of your life that need attention.
    • Gain insights about your strengths and challenges in dealing with change.
    • Recognize habits of mind that undermine you and learn practices to disengage from their influence.
    • Clarify your values and intentions so you have a basis for making wise decisions.
    • Use our “Journey through Change Map” to orient yourself in your change.
    • Create a strategy for effectively navigating your change.

    Expect a weekend full of dynamic inquiry and the opportunity to learn essential life skills for meeting your changes and transitions with authenticity, confidence, and clarity. In the Life Balance Strategy approach, this is called “finding the path to well-being.”

    Schedule PT:
    Friday 2pm – 5:30 pm
    Saturday 9am – 5:30pm (lunch 12:30pm – 2pm)
    Sunday 9am – 4pm (lunch 12:30pm – 2pm)

    March Monthlong Retreat @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    Feb 25 @ 2:30 pm – Mar 25 @ 11:00 am

    An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of Insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.

    Books by Phillip Moffitt