Dharma Talks

Studying the Dharma yields insights into the conditions that limit your experience of life. Listening regularly to audio Dharma talks can provide inspiration for integrating the Buddha’s teachings in daily life. The Dharma Wisdom audio archive contains more than 200 talks.

Emotional Resilience

Emotional Resilience

Mindfulness practice helps us develop resiliency, the capacity to recover from loss and trauma. By cultivating panna or wisdom, and by practicing compassion, loving-kindness, and reflection, we develop an attitude that supports our physical and emotional resilience.

Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

Why are new beginnings so difficult? How can an ending support a new beginning? Life is dynamic and thus challenges us continually to open to the new. Consciousness, the Brahma-viharas, and the Buddha’s teachings increase our capacity to live more fully.

Time and Death: Dealing with Darkness

Time and Death: Dealing with Darkness

In this talk given just before the winter solstice when nights are long, Phillip uses the outer darkness as an analogy for our inner darkness and examines how the darkness can serve us on the spiritual path.

Mastery in Meditation Practice

Mastery in Meditation Practice

As a memorial to his friend George Leonard, Phillip discusses Leonard’s work on mastery and examines it from a Buddhist perspective.

Getting Past Being Stuck

Getting Past Being Stuck

What can we do when we’re stuck in a relationship, a job, or any other area of our lives? Making “stuckness” the object of our meditation offers the possibility of shifting our experience from one of deadness and spinning to one where possibilities…

The Pervasiveness of Habitual Striving

The Pervasiveness of Habitual Striving

When we investigate suffering, we frequently find that striving is present, often in subtle and barely recognizable forms. The dharma is helpful in showing us if we are clinging as well as striving, a combination which worsens our suffering.

Steadiness of Mind

Steadiness of Mind

On the cushion and in practicing mindfulness in daily life, steadiness of mind is a vital skill. Steadiness of mind has different meaning at different levels of practice, but it can be cultivated all throughout your practice.

Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Seven Factors of Enlightenment

There are seven factors of enlightenment or qualities of mind that allow insight to arise. These factors can be cultivated both on the cushion and in daily life.

Reflections of Forest Refuge

Reflections of Forest Refuge

Phillip Moffitt offers his thoughts on his recent month teaching at the Forest Refuge as well as his own practice periods there.

Three Aspects of Equanimity

Three Aspects of Equanimity

Understanding and cultivating equanimity can greatly empower and enhance our sense of well being in our lives.

Dharma in Daily Life

Dharma in Daily Life

Knowing the principles of “Dharma” is not enough. Living the “dharma” in everyday life is essential to one’s practice.

The Roots of Delusion

The Roots of Delusion

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.

Nibanna in Daily Life

Nibanna in Daily Life

A dharma talk given by Lisa Dale Miller, MFT, at the Marin Sangha on February 27, 2011. This talk focuses on experiencing nibanna or “the deathless” in daily life primarily through the practices of paying attention and letting be.

At-Home Retreat with Phillip Moffitt

At-Home Retreat with Phillip Moffitt

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.

The Three Wholesome Exchanges

The Three Wholesome Exchanges

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?

How Long is a Moment of Mindfulness?

How Long is a Moment of Mindfulness?

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.

Not Objecting To What Is

Not Objecting To What Is

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.

The Eightfold Path

The Eightfold Path

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;

Exploring the Many Dimensions of Metta

Exploring the Many Dimensions of Metta

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.

The Three Wholesome Exchanges – Part 3

The Three Wholesome Exchanges – Part 3

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?

The Power of Equanimity

The Power of Equanimity

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.

Greed

Greed

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?

Overview of Satipatthana Sutta

Overview of Satipatthana Sutta

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.

Change in 4 Parts

Change in 4 Parts

In our saying “Happy New Year” one of the things we may be meaning is “This year, may you cease to be the cause of your own suffering.”

Pilgrimage to Asia

Pilgrimage to Asia

Phillip Moffitt shares with his students the details of his Feb. 2012 three-week spiritual journey to India and Thailand to visit his teachers.

Three Levels of Knowing

Three Levels of Knowing

To know something deeply, we must first gather information, realize the implications of the information, and then cultivate an understanding of the information that is deep enough so that we can create a temporary respite from suffering. This can also be described as...

Identifying Delusion

Identifying Delusion

Delusion comes from our persistence of something that is false or distorted, even if it’s only for a moment.

Downside of the Upside

Downside of the Upside

Are you at unease with good fortune? Do you have a fear of success? Are you nervous when you experience metta? Learn about the seven downsides of the upside.

Sacrifice of Love

Sacrifice of Love

As you do your spiritual work, you begin to stay more present, to fully receive the moment just as it is, and you experience more loving intentions – even towards difficult people – because you feel less separation.

The Dharma of Discouragement

The Dharma of Discouragement

Discouragement from your past and imaginings about how bad the future will be drain your energy and cause you to fail. When you embrace starting over as a practice, you focus instead on what you are doing right now and what you need to do or are failing to do.

Living Your Questions

Living Your Questions

Whether trying to make an important decision or investigate how you really feel about something, the dharma can help you deal with big life questions.

Reconciliation Practice

Reconciliation Practice

In this dharma talk given at the Insight Meditation Society experienced student retreat on April 17, 2013, Phillip responds to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Knowing that You Know Meditation

Knowing that You Know Meditation

Phillip delivered this guided meditation on knowing awareness at the Insight Meditation Society experienced student retreat on April 13, 2013.

Meditation on Sustaining Awareness

Meditation on Sustaining Awareness

Phillip gave this guided meditation on sustaining awareness at the Insight Meditation Society experienced student retreat on April 16, 2013.

Dharma Mix

Dharma Mix

In this satsang style meeting of the Marin Sangha, Phillip invited sangha members to suggest different dharma topics.