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This a recording of a Dhamma talk on Paradox and the Dhamma. This was recorded in Upper Black Eddy, PA, on March 22, 2017. 

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 a recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. My Dhamma talk and our Sangha discussion is the Assutava Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches the relationship between Dependent origination and The Five Clinging Aggregates.

This talk was recorded on March 21, 2017. A Video of this class is on my Video Archive page and on my Youtube channel.

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 a recording of our Saturday Morning Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on March 11, 2017. Following a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana Meditation, my Dhamma talk and our Sangha discussion is on the Sallatha Sutta, the sutta on the two arrows. The Sallatha Sutta is a key teaching as it clearly explains what for many is a confusing aspect of the Dhamma.

A related article is here: The Sallatha Sutta

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 talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time. This talk is on the Sambodhi Sutta - the sutta on the Wings to Self-Awakening.  A related article is here: https://crossrivermeditation.com/the-sambodhi-sutta-the-wings-of-self-awakening/

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com.

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This a recording of our Saturday Morning Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on March 11, 2017. Following a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana Meditation, my Dhamma talk and our Sangha discussion is on the Saddhamma Sutta, a sutta on false Dhammas.

A related article is here: The Saddhamma Sutta

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com.

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This is a recording of my Wednesday Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time. This talk is on the purpose of the Buddha’s  teaching - to develop lasting peace and happiness. A related article is here: https://crossrivermeditation.com/buddha-taught-happiness/

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 a recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. Following a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana Meditation, my Dhamma talk and our Sangha discussion is the Thicket of Views in modern Buddhism and the difficulties that often follow from adapting the Buddha’s direct teachings to fit conditioned views.

This video was recorded on March 7, 2017.

A Related Article is here: Modern Buddhism - A Thicket Of Views

Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com.

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This a recording of our Saturday Morning Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. Following a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana Meditation, our sangha discussion is on The Five Hindrances and my talk introduces this week’s study of The Ratana Sutta.

Included in my talk is a reference to the Kalama Sutta and how ignorance of the Buddha’s teachings and a misunderstanding of true refuge often leads to continued suffering. Two of the references are to modern Buddhist lineages both intentionally developing a Buddhist practice that is a clinging together of many different and often contradictory teachings that only obscures and continues ignorance of the Buddha’s direct teachings.

This video was recorded on March 4, 2017. This class is part of a series from our 2016/2017 Truth of Happiness Dhamma Study based on my book The Truth of Happiness. Information on the book and personal Dhamma study is here: https://crossrivermeditation.com/

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 importance of developing contentment and gratitude in Dhamma practice. This talk was presented in Clinton New Jersey on March 2, 2017. A related article is here: https://crossrivermeditation.com/contentment-and-gratitude-in-practice/

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 talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time. This talk is on the Kalama Sutta.In the Kalama Sutta the Buddha addresses greed, aversion and deluded thinking directly as a way of pointing out how other teachings fail to directly address the defilements, and in many cases inadvertently promote deluded behavior.

A related article is here: https://crossrivermeditation.com/the-kalama-sutta-a-refined-dhamma/

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 The Five Hindrances and Dhamma talk that introduces the eleventh week’s study of  The Three Refuges. This was recorded on February 28, 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 Karma and Rebirth and Dhamma talk that introduces the eleventh week’s study of  The Five Hindrances . This was recorded on February 25, 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 my Wednesday Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time. This talk is on the Bahiya Sutta.The Bahiya Sutta teaches developing mindfulness of what is occurring moment by moment without attaching an ignorant view of self.

A related article is here: https://crossrivermeditation.com/the-mindfulness-of-bahiya/

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 Karma and Rebirth and Dhamma talk that introduces the tenth week’s study of  The Five Hindrances. This was recorded on February 21, 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 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/

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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. 

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 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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