Podcasts & Dharma Talks

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 108 – A Steadiness of Presence

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 108 – A Steadiness of Presence

In this episode we explore how the outer developments of humanity must be met with an inner development of consciousness. We talk about how meditation isn’t the place to get something, it’s a place to let things go and bring an openness to what you discover. In...

Being Well Podcast with Dr. Rick Hanson – S3, Ep. 75

Being Well Podcast with Dr. Rick Hanson – S3, Ep. 75

On this episode we explore: Jack’s experience as a young man traveling to become a monk in Southeast Asia. The nature of awakening and ways to perceive reality. Meditative states, and the goal of meditation. Secular vs. non-secular applications of mindfulness. Turning...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 104 – The Fertile Darkness

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 104 – The Fertile Darkness

In this dharma talk, we discuss why the winter solstice is the perfect time to start anew and let what truly matters in your heart come into the light. You can play with awareness itself, and with a lens of the heart you can start to see the beauty in everybody. We’re...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 103 – Right Livelihood and Redemption

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 103 – Right Livelihood and Redemption

  In this dharma talk, we discuss how to bring loving-awareness to all our actions in life as we tie together the concepts of Right Livelihood and redemption. Right Livelihood is considered a part of the way to enlightenment most simply because it’s very hard to...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 102 – The Wisdom of the One Who Knows

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 102 – The Wisdom of the One Who Knows

What aspect of ourselves has been with us before our first breath and is the last to go when we die? In this podcast we discuss the timeless witness that is always with us and how spiritual practice opens us to rest in this seat of awareness. The One Who Knows, in the...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 101 – The Dragon and the 10 Gowns

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 101 – The Dragon and the 10 Gowns

In this dharma talk, we examine how to be in this human incarnation and navigate the river of impermanence. There’s a way in which we get enchanted by the world, by its needs, by what we’re supposed to be, by all the obligations that we have. We start to see that life...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 100 – Love & Impermanence with Mark Coleman

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 100 – Love & Impermanence with Mark Coleman

In this dharma talk, fellow teacher Mark Coleman joins me for an exploration of ways that we can harmonize with impermanence by meeting change with an open heart. Yes, we are practicing meditation to reduce stress and become calm and focused. More than that though, we...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 99 – Planting Beautiful Seeds

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 99 – Planting Beautiful Seeds

In this dharma talk, we examine  the seeds of lovingkindness and awareness that we plant through mindfulness and meditation practice. There is something in us that longs for a deep connection – with ourselves, with the world around us and with one another. The...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 97 – The First Noble Truth

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 97 – The First Noble Truth

In this episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, we explore the concept of dukkha (suffering), which is the Buddha’s First Noble Truth, and how we can open our hearts to all the joy and suffering of our incarnation. There’s a whole, huge category of dukkha, that is the...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 96 – An Homage to Goenka

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 96 – An Homage to Goenka

In this special episode of the Heart Wisdom Podcast, we honor the life and wisdom of my early Vipassana teacher, S.N. Goenka. In every generation, there are a few visionary and profound masters who hold high the lamp of the Dharma to illuminate the world. Like the...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 95 – Poetry in Dharma with Alison Luterman

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 95 – Poetry in Dharma with Alison Luterman

Poet Alison Luterman joins me and we take turns reading poetry and talking about the power of words and creativity. Alison Luterman is a poet, essayist and playwright. Her books include the poetry collections Desire Zoo, The Largest Possible Life, and See How We...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 94 – The Dharma of Climate Change

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 94 – The Dharma of Climate Change

How do we live with climate change? How do we practice with it? How do we respond to it? In this talk we explore our deep connection to the natural world. We look at climate change through the lens of the Four Noble Truths.   Artwork: Flame-Shadow

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 93 – Mindfulness, Identity, and Incarnation

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 93 – Mindfulness, Identity, and Incarnation

This talk begins with a reflection on identity and the strangeness of being human in this particular incarnation. We investigate the different aspects of mindfulness, differentiating between mindfulness of attention and mindfulness of the vast mystery of life. We live...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 91 – Living with a Peaceful Heart

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 91 – Living with a Peaceful Heart

Equanimity is the willingness to be in life, but to be spacious and open, to have a vast perspective and say, "Yes, here I am, showing up, caring and loving, but I’m not in control of this game." When we stop even for a moment, when we meditate, when we take a walk in...

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 90 – Healing Through Loving Awareness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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