Podcasts & Dharma Talks

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 90 – Healing Through Loving Awareness

How can we cultivate the qualities of mindful loving awareness? How do we listen to the pulse of the world? How do we listen to one another? Mindfulness becomes a gateway for our healing and liberation. This is a radical act. The Buddha said there is a healing that...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 88 – Realizing, Overcoming, Liberating

As you practice in Dharma you get a sense that the allowing of things is what brings freedom. In this episode, we begin with a reflection on the paradoxical course of awakening laid out by The Buddha in the Satipatthana Sutta. We look at the path of liberation offered...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 86 – Entering with an Awakened Heart

Even in the most difficult times, it is possible to see something much bigger. We need to be able to envision another world—a world that is not ruled as much by greed or hatred or fear. It won’t change until we envision this. What level do you want to dance on? As Ram...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 85 – Enlightenments

If the liberation of consciousness is the goal of spiritual practice, then why is it such a taboo to talk about actually reaching enlightenment in this life? We can unpack the concept of enlightenment by looking at the many enlightenments written about in Buddhist...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 84 – Tag Team Dharma with Sylvia Boorstein

A conversation with Sylvia Boorstein around taking the Bodhisattva vow and staying in touch with our Buddha nature as we navigate our journey of awakening. As you sit, the unfinished business of your life comes – you start to become mindful of the things that are held...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 83 – A Story of Inspiration and Wisdom

We have the capacity to see this world in an illuminated way, and yet we do not see the mystery and magic of it. There is a need to understand these ancient stories as not just historical. We keep telling them because they resonate in a different way in the heart and...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 82 – Respect for All

A number of the Buddhist texts begin with this phrase. ‘Oh nobly born, oh you who are the sons and daughters of the awakened ones, the Buddhas and the bodhisattvas. Do not forget who you really are, do not forget your true nature.’ They begin with this beautiful...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 81 – Fostering Creativity

It is one thing to study the texts or to do various practices or come on a retreat to learn the Dharma tradition, but the most important kind of communion is to experience it; to embody it and discover it in your own heart, mind and being. Of course, the essence of...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 80 – Big Sky Meditation

This week on the Heart Wisdom Podcast, we explore a particularly beautiful practice, known as the Big Sky Meditation, that guides us into a quality of presence that is entered through the doorway of sound. Enter the Big Sky (Opening) – Meditative practice comes alive...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 79 – Remembering Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist monk. He was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Respected and loved in his own country as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 78 – Nachiketa and the Lord of Death

We revisit the adventure from the Upanishads of Nachiketa and his odyssey to meet with the Lord of Death. We look at the wisdom to be gained through the examination of Nachiketa’s initiation into his journey of awakening. Nachiketa accepted this journey, what he did...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 77 – Path of Inner Development

As we reflect on the difficult and divisive time that the world finds itself in, let's look at the ways that inner development, through mindfulness and meditation practice, can enable us to form solutions to these challenges with compassion and equanimity. No matter...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 76 – The Three Gateways to Freedom

These teachings welcome you all, whatever particular body you were born into. Whatever your class or sexual orientation or race. The gates of the Dharma are open and inviting. Gate of Awareness (5:30) – The goal of mindfulness and meditation practice isn’t about...

Audio: Spirit Rock Mon. Night Talk on Mindful Loving Awareness

The invitation of mindfulness and loving awareness is really to be alive and present here on this earth and in this life in a wakeful and honorable, beautiful way that is given to us as human beings. And this is your gateway to freedom. It’s a birthright of all human...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 75 – Opening to Generosity

When we start to pay attention with mindfulness, we start seeing the illusion of separateness. This is also known as the small sense of self or the body of fear, what interferes with us seeing each other with the eyes of love and understanding. The outer developments...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 74 – The Heart of Compassion

Perfections of the Heart (Opening) – We reflect on the Buddhist teachings known as the Ten Paramitas, also known as the Ten Perfections of the Heart. We look at the importance of the Paramita of Metta (Loving-kindness) along the path of awakening and share a simple...

Jack Kornfield on “The Tim Ferriss Show” Podcast

Jack sat down with Tim Ferriss for his podcast The Tim Ferriss Show to talk about meditation, forgiveness, hang gliding and much more. Tim has been listed as one of Fast Company's “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune's “40 under 40.” He is a serial...

Jack Kornfield on Oprah’s “SuperSoul Conversations” Podcast

Jack sat down with Oprah on "SuperSoul Sunday" and answered the questions: What is Buddhism? How can it help your daily life? Is it a religion? And what does the statue we always see really represent? Jack discusses the steps involved in mindful living and offers...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 73 – The Garden of the Heart

Tending the Garden of the Heart (Opening) – Our mindfulness and meditation practice is a practice of gardening the heart. What can happen to the suffering in the world if we spread the seeds of compassion and love? "There are ways where we step out of the small sense...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 72 – Exploring the Eightfold Path

"In the ever-changing circumstance of the world – those outer circumstances are not what makes you happy. They will for a while, there is a certain kind of pleasure there, but the deepest happiness doesn’t come from outer circumstances. If we cling to greed, fear and...

Video: Recording the Mindrolling Podcast (#223) with Raghu Markus

If you tend your inner life by taking time to meditate and connecting with your body and heart, after a while your nervous system learns to settle down more and you can return to that place. From the place of stillness, you can see more clearly and you can love more...

Audio: The Joy of Virtue

Conscious conduct or virtue, means acting harmoniously and with care toward the life around us. For spiritual practice to develop, it is absolutely essential that we establish a basis of moral conduct in our lives. If we are engaged in actions that cause pain and...

Audio: The Generous Heart

To cultivate generosity directly is another fundamental part of living a spiritual life. Like meditation, generosity can actually be practiced. With practice, its spirit forms our actions, and our hearts will grow stronger and lighter. It can lead us to new levels of...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 69 – A Foundation of Resolve

Whether it shows outwardly or is held inwardly, we all inevitably will face difficulty and suffering in life. Adhiṭṭhāna, one of the 10 pāramitās or “perfections,” represents the bodhisattva’s resolve to become fully awakened regardless of the challenges. Adhiṭṭhāna...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 68 – Path of Joy

Through our various spiritual practices we are bearing witness to our human incarnation in a way that is unlike any other. We can find joy, even in the face of life’s greatest difficulties. The journey of awakening is one that lightens the heart and brings untold joy,...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 67 – Who Am I?

Loving-awareness allows a profound shift of identity from a small limited sense of self to one of spacious wisdom. Exploring questions about freedom and identity are at the core of Buddhist practice. Examine how these two themes are intertwined and look in the mirror...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 66 – Levels of Liberation

Without mindfulness, we exist in the cycle of living known as samsara. We examine how the different levels of mindfulness practice allow us to shed this fear-based way of being and live free of the trappings of delusion, greed and fear. Whether you are a long-term...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 64 – Mystery

While our true nature is like that of the Buddha, we still must honor our uniqueness and individuality. To come and meditate is to come and center ourselves. It's helpful to step out of the busyness of our lives and come back to the mystery of our own breath, our own...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 63 – The Perfection of Patience

Ingrained in most modern cultures is the idea that progress is about speed and growth. This mindset of “more, better, faster” can have a negative effect on our development and quality of life. Remember the rhythms of life that you were born into; return to them. Live...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 62 – Energy to Awaken

Inner development is needed to address some of our species biggest issues like warfare, racism, and addiction. To do this we must practice Right Effort to direct our attention and energy inward to affect the roots of these issues. We have an innate amount of energy,...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 61 – Letting Go

Letting go of our attachment and desire for control opens us to the vastness that this incarnation has to offer. How do we go about opening ourselves completely to life and love? The practice of non-attachment opens us to the vastness that life presents. Our suffering...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 60 – Vastness and Love

Explore the three-fold training in Buddhism which shows us the vastness and love within when we quiet ourselves. “When you live with integrity, when you speak what is true and you act in ways that do not cause harm, it changes your sense of self. You quiet yourself...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 59 – A Bodhisattva in the World

A Bodhisattva is one who has tread the path to freedom laid out by the Buddha and dedicates their life to sharing that with the world. On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack shows us ways to find the Bodhisattva within us all and the gateway to...

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