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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on The Five Clinging Aggregates and Dhamma talk that introduces the ninth week’s study of  Karma and Rebirth. This was recorded on February 18, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on Dependent Origination and Dhamma talk that introduces the ninth week’s study of  The Five Clinging Aggregates. This was recorded on February 11, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a dhamma talk on fear and anxiety arising during meditation. When meditation is practiced within the framework of the Eightfold Path the context of the Four Noble Truths brings understanding and guidance. This talk was recorded on February 16, 2017, in Clinton, New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of my Wednesday Dhamma Stream class on the Sundari Sutta. The Sundari Sutta teaches the wisdom of developing restraint despite what may be occurring in the world. This is a particularly relevant teaching for what is occurring in the world today.

A related article is here: https://crossrivermeditation.com/sundari-sutta-the-liberation-of-restraint/

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on The Five Clinging Aggregates and Dhamma talk that introduces the ninth week’s study of Karma and Rebirth. This was recorded on February 14, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

 

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on Dependent Origination and Dhamma talk that introduces the ninth week’s study of  The Five Clinging Aggregates. This was recorded on February 7, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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Post Election Mindfulness is an excerpt from our Saturday morning Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey, on February 4, 2017. A question was asked regarding the turbulence following the recent presidential election about maintaining a calm and well-concentrated mind during these quickly changing times.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the Three Marks of Existence and Dhamma talk that introduces the eighth week’s study of Dependent Origination. This was recorded on February 4, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of a Dhamma talk that explains the twelve causative links of  Dependent Origination. This was recorded on January 31, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the Three Marks of Existence and Dhamma talk that introduces the eighth week’s study of Dependent Origination. This was recorded on January 31, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the concentration factors of the Eightfold Path and Dhamma talk that introduces the seventh week’s study of the Three Marks of Existence. This was recorded on January 28, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the virtuous factors of the Eightfold Path and Dhamma talk that introduces the sixth week’s study of the concentration factors of the Eightfold Path. This was recorded on January 21, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the concentration factors of the Eightfold Path and Dhamma talk that introduces the seventh week’s study of the Three Marks of Existence. This was recorded on January 17, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the wisdom factors of the Eightfold Path and Dhamma talk that introduces the fifth week’s study of the virtuous factors of the Eightfold Path. This was recorded on January 14, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the virtuous factors of the Eightfold Path and Dhamma talk that introduces the sixth week’s study of the concentration factors of the Eightfold Path. This was recorded on January 10, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on The Four Noble Truths and Dhamma talk that introduces the fourth week’s study of the wisdom factors of the Eightfold Path. This was recorded on January 7, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on the wisdom factors of the Eightfold Path - Right View and Right Intention, and Dhamma talk that introduces the fifth week’s study of Right Speech, Action, and Livelihood, the virtuous factors of the Eightfold Path. This was recorded on January 3, 2017, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Dhamma talk that introduces the third week’s study of the Four Noble Truths. This was recorded on December 31, 2016, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on The Four Noble Truths and Dhamma talk that introduces the fourth week’s study of Right View and Right Intention, the wisdom factors of the Eightfold Path. This was recorded  on December 27, 2016 at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of our Saturday morning Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on Shamatha-Vipassana meditation and Dhamma talk that introduces the second week’s study of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This was recorded on December 24, 2016, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Dhamma talk that introduces the third week’s study of The Four Noble Truths. This was recorded on December 20, 2016 at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of our Tuesday evening Truth of Happiness Dhamma study sangha discussion on Shamatha-Vipassana meditation and Dhamma talk that introduces the second week’s study of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This was recorded on December 13, 2016, at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of a Dhamma talk and sangha discussion that introduces the Buddha’s teachings. It includes a brief history of the Buddha and an overview of his Dhamma. This talk was presented at the Introductory class for our 2016 Truth of Happiness Sangha Dhamma study on December 10, 2016 at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

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This is a recording of a Dhamma talk and sangha discussion that introduces the Buddha’s teachings. It includes a brief history of the Buddha and an overview of his Dhamma. This talk was presented at the Introductory class for our 2016 Truth of Happiness Sangha Dhamma study on December 6, 2016 at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Vitakkasanthana Sutta, the sutta on the relaxation of thoughts. The importance of understanding what it means to take refuge in the Buddha, his Dhamma, and a well-focused sangha is also discussed, as well as the reason why our retreats on not taken in total silence.

This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded during the morning session of our one-day retreat at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on  December 4, 2016.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Yasa Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches the importance of seclusion for meditation practice. This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on November 29, 2016. This talk concludes with Metta intentional meditation.

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This is a second dhamma talk on the Nidana Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches the importance of being mindful of actions to recognize and abandon the Three Defilements of Greed, Aversion, and Deluded Thinking, all rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Right Intention and Right Thinking. This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on November 19, 2016. This talk concludes with metta intentional meditation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Kaccayanagotta Sutta. This sutta is a teaching on Right View and also a clear explanation of the common misunderstandings of “emptiness” and non-duality

 

This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on November 15, 2016. This talk concludes with Metta intentional meditation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Chavalata Sutta. This sutta teaches the importance of Right Intention and the four levels of effective Dhamma practice.

This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on November 12, 2016. This talk concludes with metta intentional meditation.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Samadhi Sutta. This sutta teaches the importance of using shamatha-vipassana meditation to deepen concentration and the skillful application of concentration.

This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on November 5, 2016.

This talk concludes with metta intentional meditation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Wisdom of developing restraint. This is the first of two talks on the Wisdom of Restraint.

This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on November 1, 2016. This talk concludes with Metta intentional meditation.

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This is the second of two dhamma talks on the Wisdom of developing restraint. 

This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on November 5, 2016. This talk concludes with Metta intentional meditation.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a recording of a Dhamma talk on the Seven Factors of Enlightenment presented at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown NJ onOctober 29, 2016. 

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This is a dhamma talk on the Nidana Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches the importance of being mindful of actions to recognize and abandon the Three Defilements of Greed, Aversion, and Deluded Thinking, all rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Lakkhana Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches the importance of Right Action, and by extension, all eight factors of the Eightfold Path.This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on October 22, 2016. This talk concludes with Metta intentional meditation.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Malunkyaputta Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches Malunkyaputta what questions are fit to answer and what questions are  distractions from the goal of the dhamma. This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on October 18, 2016. 

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This is a talk on the Kalama Sutta where ethe Buddha answers a question from the Kalamas regarding how to know a useful Dhamma from other teachings. Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation. Peace.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Saddhamma Suta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches Kassapa how false Dhamma’s arise. This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on October 11, 2016. Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation. Peace.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Agati Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches how to not lose the way to constant distractions from the goal of the dhamma.This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on October 11, 2016. This talk concludes with metta intentional meditation.

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Rahulavada Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches his seven year old son the proper application of mindfulness. This talk includes Sangha Q&A and discussion and was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey on October 8, 2016.

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This is a Dhamma talk on the simile of a swift pair of messengers that the Buddha used to teach Shamatha-Vipassana meditation.

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This is a Dhamma talk on Karma and Rebirth. Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation.

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In The Sambodhi Sutta - The Wings of Self-Awakening the Buddha teaches the importance of admirable friends in supporting self-awakening.

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In the Sabbasava Sutta the Buddha teaches the ending of mental fermentations through appropriate, or refined mindfulness.

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In the Buddha Sutta the Buddha describes the difference between himself and those that follow the Eightfold Path: “The Tathagata (the Buddha) the rightly self-awakened one is the one who teaches the path previously unknown. His disciples follow the path and afterwards become awakened from the path.


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This is a talk on the Rohitassa Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches Rohitassa that he could not achieve awakening by seeking outside of himself.

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This is a talk on the Pali Canon and how the direct teachings of the Buddha have been authentically maintained for 2,600 years.

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In the Vitakkasanthana Sutta — the sutta on the relaxation of thoughts — the Buddha teaches that the refined mindfulness developed through the Eightfold Path brings a relaxed and peaceful quality of mind.

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In the Akankha Sutta - Wishes Granted the Buddha addresses the  assembled sangha on the wish to be helpful to others.  He teaches that having a mind inclined to compassion and wisdom is noble. The Buddha also teaches that developing awakening within The Eightfold Path carries responsibilities of behavior and Dhamma practice. 

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