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Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Dharma Talks
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Dharma practice is medicine for the mind -- something particularly needed in a culture like ours that actively creates mental illness in training us to be busy producers and avid consumers. As individuals, we become healthier through our Dharma practice, which in turn helps bring sanity to our society at large.
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2017-09-19 Ananda:The Man with the Questions 35:05
In this second talk in a lecture series on the Great Disciples, the speaker, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, talks about the contributions by Ananda to the Dharma. Because of his incredible memory, what we know in the Pali Canon today came mostly from Ananda's recollection of the Buddha's teachings. He described in detail who came to the Buddha, what were their question/problem, and how the Buddha addressed that particular question/problem. This is an important contribution to our understanding of how the Dharma was taught, because so much of it depended on who was asking what, and what kind of teaching was the best for them. Another debt that we owe Ananda is that he asked the Buddha questions that no one had asked. And Ananda's questions in turn sparked the Buddha to explain things or do things that he otherwise might not have explained or done.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
In collection The Great Disciples: People and Personalities in the Buddha's Community
2016-03-12 Dharma Talk - Exhortation 21:14
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Teachings from the Wilderness
2016-03-11 Guided Meditation 59:45
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Teachings from the Wilderness
2016-03-10 Opening Talk with Guided Meditation 1:20:36
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Teachings from the Wilderness
2015-03-18 The Art and Study of Practice 1:17:25
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2012-03-14 Lessons from the Kalama Sutta 28:31
The Kalama Sutta is most famous for its encouragement not to place total trust in traditions and texts, but it also encourages you not to place total trust in your sense of reason and preferences. So where can you place your trust? This talk focuses on the dilemma posed by the sutta's recommendations, and the way in proposes out of the dilemma.
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2010-03-18 Selves & Not-Self, Part III 39:37
One in a series of 3 talks: The Buddha viewed perceptions of self and not-self as a form of karma, or action. Thus the question is not, “Do I have a self?” or “What is my true self?” Instead, it is “When is it skillful to perceive a self, and when is it more skillful to perceive not-self?” This series of three talks will explore this last question. Part III explores the function of the perception of not-self as a means to true happiness.
New York Insight Meditation Center New York Insight 2010 Talks
2010-03-17 Selves and Not-Self, Part II 41:42
One in a series of 3 Talks: The Buddha viewed perceptions of self and not-self as a form of karma, or action. Thus the question is not, “Do I have a self?” or “What is my true self?” Instead, it is “When is it skillful to perceive a self, and when is it more skillful to perceive not-self?” This series of three talks will explore this last question. Part II explores ways in which a healthy, mature sense of self is essential to the practice.
New York Insight Meditation Center New York Insight 2010 Talks
2010-03-16 Selves & Not-Self, Part I 35:40
One in a series of 3 talks: The Buddha viewed perceptions of self and not-self as a form of karma, or action. Thus the question is not, “Do I have a self?” or “What is my true self?” Instead, it is “When is it skillful to perceive a self, and when is it more skillful to series of three talks will explore this last question. Part I explores the issue of why the Buddha refused to take a position on the question of whether or not there is a self.
New York Insight Meditation Center New York Insight 2010 Talks
2009-02-25 Noble Wealth 39:58
The inner quialities that provide wealth for the mind - a sense of freedom and security - regardless of outside conditions.
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center CIMC Wednesday Talks

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