Dharma
Wisdom

Integrating Buddha’s teachings in daily life with Phillip Moffitt

Dharma
Wisdom

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

“Gratitude is one of the most powerful practices for living the dharma in daily life.”

– Phillip Moffitt

About

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.

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“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

    Jul
    15
    Fri
    Changes & Transitions Workshop @ Esalen Institute
    Jul 15 @ 9:30 am – Jul 17 @ 4:30 pm

    The one constant in our lives is change and yet we often find ourselves ill-equipped to manage it skillfully. How well you navigate change has a direct impact on the degree of well-being, purpose, and satisfaction you experience on a day-to-day basis. If you are considering a big change, or are in one now, or are still feeling the effects of a past change, this workshop offers you the personal understanding and tools to set a well-considered course for the next phase of your life.

    During this weekend workshop, we will share principles about the nature of change in human lives and time-tested mindfulness practices that can help you move through times of change with more balance. Throughout the workshop, you will complete a series of self-assessments that are designed to give you clarity about your current situation and a sense of next steps.

    Change naturally brings up concerns, fears, and questions that can lead to confusion, lack of motivation, or poor decisions. In this workshop, we teach skills and strategies to effectively respond to the challenges of change such as:

    • Discover which areas of your life need attention, gain insights about your strengths and challenges in dealing with change, and begin to strategize about next steps.

    • Recognize habits of mind that undermine you and learn practices to disengage from their influence.

    • Identify your values and intentions so you have a basis for making wise decisions.

    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.

    Jul
    28
    Thu
    Online: Dancing with Life: The 12 Insight Practices of the Four Noble Truths
    Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – Jul 31 @ 4:30 pm

    The Four Noble Truths are the Buddha’s first teaching, which is said to contain the sum of all of his teachings. Based on one of the oldest Theravada texts, there is a rarely taught practice of utilizing the Four Noble Truths to attain Twelve Insights that bring freedom and well-being. These insights prescribe a radically different way for us, with all of our vulnerability and fear, to engage with life just as it is and find joy even in the midst of suffering.

    In this four-day retreat, we will explore each of the Four Noble Truths in depth and learn how we can apply the insights of this teaching to our daily lives. The goal of this retreat is to discover how the Four Noble Truths become the Four “Ennobling” Truths.

    Each day will have periods of sitting and walking meditation along with Dharma talks, discussion, and Q&A.

    Aug
    14
    Sun
    Concentration Retreat @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    Aug 14 @ 9:30 pm – Aug 24 @ 4:30 pm

    Concentration (samadhi), 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. Whatever your level of practice, you can improve your Insight Meditation (Vipassana) by strengthening your concentration skills. Your ability to concentrate will develop in response to the attention you give it. This retreat offers a series of techniques for staying on the meditation object for extended periods of time. We will explore the factors of concentration that lead to the deep absorption states known as jhana. You will also be given instruction for utilizing concentration during insight practice.

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