Dharma Talks

Video: How We Keep Our Mind, How We Steady Our Heart

Video: How We Keep Our Mind, How We Steady Our Heart

This is a time when the veils have been lifted—with the pandemic, climate change, & calls for justice we see that we are not separate. When we meditate from a place of “don’t know mind,” not clinging to our view of what we think is supposed to be right, we start to see that our heart is big enough to hold it all.

Video: Listening with the Heart Dharma Talk

Video: Listening with the Heart Dharma Talk

What these divisive times call for more than anything else is an ability to listen with the heart. The Buddha explained that if the members of a society come together and listen to each other in harmony and with respect for one another, they will prosper and not decline.

Video: Suffering Is Not the End of the Story

Video: Suffering Is Not the End of the Story

Suffering is not the end of the story. We can get lost in our suffering. But we can also be witness to bravery and the possibility of life. Mindfulness can help us live wisely amidst difficulties.

Video: The Peaceful Heart

Video: The Peaceful Heart

This dharma talk explores how the combination of compassion and equanimity can give rise to a peaceful heart even in times of turmoil and great change.

Video: Timeless Teachings in a Time of Pandemic

Video: Timeless Teachings in a Time of Pandemic

In this dharma talk, we discuss these 7 teachings of Atisha, the eleventh-century Indian sage: Explore the nature of timeless awareness. Don’t be swayed by outer circumstances. Be grateful to everyone. Consider all phenomena to be dreams.

Video: Courage in Our Difficult Time

Video: Courage in Our Difficult Time

The value of our harshest difficulties is how honestly they cause us to question, how they intensify our courage and bring alive our deepest inner purpose, how they reawaken our soul’s task on earth. In willingly facing the unknown, we offer trust in a greater...

Video: Calm, Clarity, Compassion

Video: Calm, Clarity, Compassion

This is an excerpt of a talk Jack Kornfield gave with environmentalist Paul Hawken on March 2, 2020 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on how to stay grounded and steady as we navigate the spread of the Coronavirus and other challenges.The need for the Dharma is...

Audio: Mindful Loving Awareness

Audio: 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...

Audio: The Joy of Virtue

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

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...

Audio: Love Dharma Talk

Audio: Love Dharma Talk

When you meditate, the game is to sit and let the mind quiet, tend the heart, and begin to listen to life itself. The question is not the future of humanity but the presence of eternity.

Video: Love Dharma Talk

Video: Love Dharma Talk

This is the last talk of ten. Throughout 2017, Jack spoke about the ten paramis, or perfections of a buddha: generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, right effort, patience, truthfulness, resolve, equanimity, and loving-kindness. The effort in our own lives to...

Video: Right Effort

Video: Right Effort

Throughout 2017, Jack spoke about the ten paramis, or perfections of a buddha: generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, right effort, patience, truthfulness, resolve, equanimity, and loving-kindness. The effort in our own lives to develop these paramis should not...

Video: Living a Full Life

Video: Living a Full Life

Jack Kornfield and Frank Ostaseski discuss what it means to live a full life during a Monday night dharma talk at Spirit Rock. "In any moment, we can be truly present, loving and free. This is our birthright—no one can imprison our spirit. "When you practice insight...

Audio: The Bodhisattva Dharma Talk

Audio: The Bodhisattva Dharma Talk

“We are not separate, we are interdependent,” declared the Buddha. When the world is seen with the eyes of a bodhisattva, there is no I and other—there is just us.

Audio: Vastness and Love Dharma Talk

Audio: Vastness and Love Dharma Talk

With a spacious heart, we can remember the bigger picture. What would it feel like to love the whole kit and caboodle—to make our love bigger than our sorrows.

Video: Wise Leadership

Video: Wise Leadership

The qualities of leadership taught by the Buddha are: generosity, integrity, non-harming, steadiness, sacrifice, patience, inclusiveness, vision, trust and loving awareness.

Video: What Makes a Wise & Just Society?

Video: What Makes a Wise & Just Society?

How can we mindfully navigate this life? The outer developments of humanity must be matched by inner developments. At this time, we are, as the first chairman of the joint chiefs of staff [Omar Bradley] said, "a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants." There is a...

Video: Seeing Anew

Video: Seeing Anew

Meditation can help us release old habits of mind and see life in a new way.

Video: Generosity Dharma Talk

Video: Generosity Dharma Talk

  Notice how love, generosity, flexibility, ease, and simplicity are natural to us. These states are important to notice. They give us trust in our original goodness, our own Buddha nature. To reawaken our sense of abundance, Buddhist psychology offers deliberate...

Audio: The Ten Perfections Dharma Talk

Audio: The Ten Perfections Dharma Talk

Contemplating the perfections of the Buddha (such as generosity, morality, concentration, loving-kindness, and wisdom) and investigating the ways in which he developed these qualities may serve as an inspiration to our own practice.

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