Podcasts & Dharma Talks

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...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 42 – The Perfume of Dharma

A timely discussion about the rapid expansion of mindfulness practice and the importance and value in sharing our own stories for the well-being of others. Awareness, in all forms, is what brings us into the heart of our own...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 41 – Seeing Anew

A succinct reminder of the ever-present possibility to step out from the blinders of our ordinary perception, from the fear and anxiety of modern life, and to instead see with eyes of understanding. Through practice we begin to fully grok the necessity for and value...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 40 – Buddha’s Last Teachings

During the last year of his life, the Buddha imparted many teachings to his followers and future seekers on the path. Guidance for practice, and instructions for building and sustaining wise relationships were the focus of these final offerings. The power of mythology...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 39 – Emptiness and the Power of Love

An exploration of the ways in which the quiet mind and open heart lead to wisdom, depth, and love. Our practice itself is an act of Love that gives us the ability to be present for all of humanity. Our growing capacity to feel our joys and sorrows allows us to live...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 37 – Awakening is Always Possible

The possibility of awakening exists in every moment, and in every circumstance. Liberation comes not through suppression or by fighting against ourselves, but rather by resting where we are, at peace with the world as it is. We can all sense the potential for bringing...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 36 – The Ten Perfections

The Ten Perfections within Buddhism naturally arise in the stillness and steadiness of our practice. These qualities can be developed and applied in any situation and are extremely useful in bringing the path of awakening into everyday life. They are not meant to be a...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 35 – Wisdom & the Characteristics of Life

In embracing our humanity, we move into the pure awareness of our own true nature, learning to live wisely and discovering freedom and compassion regardless of circumstance. The path is not about attainment, but rather an opportunity to recognize the patterns of life...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 34 – Emptiness, Creativity and Joy

The beauty of the awakened mind and heart arises naturally when we can empty ourselves of the burden of identity. The reality of the present is all there is, and in fully embodying this understanding we move into an open and spacious realm of creative insight and...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 33 – Compassion as We Take Action

Here is a tender web of allegorical expression regarding our natural call toward compassionate action. We learn to not seek satisfaction in the results, but in the value, rightness and truth of the work itself. We can’t bring the rain, but we can offer to plant the...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 32 – The Fruits of Practice

In practice there is an invitation to shift from the real-time experiences to the spacious and open heart of wisdom, ease, and graciousness. Through dedication to our practice we begin to find the trust necessary to remain present no matter the circumstance. As this...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 31 – Loving Kindness

The mysterious quality we call Love involves stepping out of the body of fear and allowing something bigger to be born in us, all the while acknowledging and loving that smaller sense of self. Though we understand it to be our true nature, we must also recognize the...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 30 – Joys of The Awakened Heart

In meditation and in our spiritual life there grows a kind of trust in our capacity to open, to change, and to transform no matter the circumstances we face. The shift of identity comes in recognizing that the smaller sense of self is not who we really are. The...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 29 – Freedom and The Way It Is (Part 2)

Jack continues his discourse on the nature of the freedom that is our true being. It does not arrive through the rearranging of circumstance or the discipline of self-improvement, but in the acknowledgment and allowing of all of life’s movements. The aim is not...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 28 – Freedom and The Way It Is (Part 1)

Freedom is not found in certainty, but in the wisdom that comes from seeing and embracing life as it is. Jack explores the different ways that freedom can be embodied and fully represented through the nobility of Spirit that is born into every being. When we uncover...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 27 – The Power of Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is the journey of renewal, an opportunity to shift and broaden our perspective of the world around us. Through this active form of spiritual practice we are able to step out of the smaller envelope of identity in order to witness and embrace more of life’s...

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