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Tony Bernhard's Dharma Talks
Tony Bernhard
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2014-09-03 Precepts as Koans 58:32
Precepts are Koans and not rules to follow. An invitation to look within - insights of the heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-09-02 Ethical Practices in Cultivating the Dharma 47:04
This talk was given as a part of the series "Where Rubber Meets the Road: A Series on Mindful Living." Most of us come to the Buddhist practice because of meditation, and not for the precepts. In our Western culture, we have an antipathy to ethical practices. It sounds to us that ethics is about right and wrong, and rules of conduct that involve judgment. However, ethical practices according to the Buddhist understanding is an investigation to the cessation of suffering. In the Buddha's teaching of the Four Noble Truths, the fourth truth is the path that leads to the cessation of suffering. Three of the Eightfold Paths -- right speech, right action, and right livelihood -- deal with ethical practices. It's the way we live off the cushion; the way we live in interaction with other people. Notice that sila is a growth out of the Eightfold Paths, and the Eightfold Paths is the way of being without suffering. Notice also that sila consists of forms of practices, just like meditation, instead of commandments. So in our ethical practices, we ask ourselves, "What is the best action in the circumstances? What can I say or do that won't enhance suffering?" We investigate in our hearts in terms of understanding dukkha and the end of dukkha.
Insight Meditation South Bay - Silicon Valley
2014-03-26 Emptiness as a Path of Practice 63:08
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-03-19 Delusion 57:58
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-03-12 Quarrels and Disputes 65:53
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-03-05 It's All About Tanha 64:33
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-12-04 Right View 60:27
A lecture on right view
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-09-04 The Buddha's Four Teachings 65:15
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-08-21 The Worldly Dharma 62:36
*Please note that the talk begins approximately 8 minutes into the recording
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-03-20 Awakened Viewing 61:01
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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