Podcasts & Dharma Talks

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...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 58 – Starting with the Fruit

Jack is joined by Frank Ostaseski to talk about rethinking our perspective on life and death and starting with the fruit of practice. “When you open yourself, you get it all. That is part of what it means to be a loving human being. To grow your capacity to be present...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 57 – Surprising Delights of Renunciation

Although it may be difficult to equate happiness and renunciation; Jack illuminates the complexity of renunciation, and where in our life we can already find this happiness. In Theravada Buddhism, one of the recipes for human happiness is known as the Ten Perfections....

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 56 – The Joy of Virtue

Virtue is one of the many qualities essential to the awakening of one’s true nature. Jack breaks virtue down to its most fundamental levels and shares the joy of virtue and living a life of integrity. Jack talks about the eternal qualities of awakening. Practicing...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 55 – Seeing Anew

By shifting our perspective on our own experience, we can better understand the world around us. Jack shows the importance of becoming the witness and seeing anew. What does it mean to see everyone and everything in a fresh light? Jack talks about the shift of...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 54 – The Seat of Awakening

On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack explores what it means to take the seat of awakening. Jack tells the story of the Buddha’s literal and figurative seat of awakening. The seat of awakening is the place from which our spiritual path begins. Jack prepares us for the...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 52 – Inspired Leadership

On this episode, Jack speaks about the different aspects of inspired leadership and how to cultivate them in our lives. Jack explores the natural perfections of the heart and how to listen to the leader inside you. We also hear three stories of inspired leadership...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 51 – Identity and Freedom

Jack delivers a talk on how identity leads us to suffer and shares the Buddha’s path towards freedom from that suffering. The Buddha’s teachings are a path to end suffering. Part of this is our identity, which is caused by our clinging to impermanence. Jack shares...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 49 – The Feminine in Buddhism

This week, Jack discusses the divine feminine along with the past and present roles of women in the Buddhist tradition. We each carry within us both the masculine and feminine nature. Jack explores the Buddha’s teaching on the matter and what it is to embrace them....

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 48 – Tending Yourself, Tending to the World

In light of the political “bread and circus” happening in America, leading up to the 2016 presidential elections, Jack shares stories and wisdom on the topic of tending ourselves and tending the world. “The one who awakens shines with a radiance of spirit. Come out...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 47 – Nobility and Love

On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack talks about leadership, nobility, and love. American presidents George Washington and Lincoln are used as examples of men who showed true nobility of heart. There is a sense of justice in their words and a kind of integrity to...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 46 – The Stories We Tell

Jack’s timeless wisdom leads the way as he responds to a handful of questions concerning some of the common struggles encountered on the human plane. How can we be present with difficult situations without indulging our emotions? The problem often lies more in the...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 45 – Stories from an Awakened Heart

Jack offers tales of tenderness that remind us of the qualities of faith and compassion which move us in the direction of freedom. What resources can we bring to a world of conflict that might allow us to live in the reality of the present with an openness and trust...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 44 – Attachment Revealed

To create and maintain appropriate boundaries we must first understand what it is as we are approaching attachment, commitment and love. Jack offers a definition and reinterpretation of attachment to represent more compassionate qualities such as commitment,...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 43 – Respect and Dignity

Mindfulness consistently returns us to a radical capacity for presence that can truly change our lives for the better. The natural freedom revealed through the quality of compassionate awareness is itself an act of respect. The understanding and integration of right...

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