Contentment With the Present Moment

12/08/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

From this talk: “[Desire] means you are saying “no” to your present state. But now you said “yes.” You are content. That’s why your desire will disappear.”

Topics covered include subtle consciousness, the problem of dulling yourself down, desire, and leaving the world of thinking mind. With a question and answer period at the end.

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The Cessation of Hatred

12/06/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me. In those who harbor such thoughts, hatred will never cease. He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me. In those who do not harbor such thoughts, hatred will cease. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time. Hatred ceases by love. This is an old rule – from the Dhammapada

Topics covered include the freedom not to judge, the structure of negative emotions, the problem of “no” and “yes,” and an explication of the famous verses from the Dhammapada’s first chapter. With a question and answer period at the end.

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Beyond Traditions

12/28/12   Goa, India

From this talk: “You don’t have to become a so-called Buddhist. You don’t have to become the member of such and such an organization. You can always start from you.”

Topics covered include the similarity between Zen and early Buddhism, conflict between religious traditions, ancient methods and modern people, the unity of old  and new identity, and form and formlessness.

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Just Say Yes

12/28/12   Goa, India

From this talk: “Just saying yes to your present situation, finally your dissatisfaction has ended…that is the meaning of staying in the present moment.”

Topics covered include: habitual tendencies, freedom from external circumstances, contentment with the present moment, and the difference between “no” and “yes.”

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Body in the Body

12/27/12  pt.3 Goa, India

From this talk: “If you want to feel inside the body, you really have to let go of thinking mind.”

A brief talk followed by “inner body awareness meditation” instructions. This is the first part of Yamashita-sensei’s “One Dharma Method.”

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This will be the last podcast of 2014. Thank you for all your support and see you again in the new year.