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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 20,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Saturday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is the seventh in a series of talks on the meaning of Jhana. This talk will be on the Atthakanagara Sutta. In this sutta, Ananda teaches the householder Dasama the single quality the Buddha taught that supports awakening.

“As concentration (Jhana) deepens their mind is unbound, spacious, free of the confining yoke of ignorance. They are imbued with unlimited goodwill., with compassion, with empathetic joy, his mind resting in equanimity.” (Atthakanagara Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/atthakanagara-sutta-the-single-quality-for-awakening/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 18, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Thursday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is on a poem from the Theragatha. In this poem the awakened monk Sumangala describes the great freedom developed through Right Meditation.

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/sumangala-freedom-through-jhana/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Theragatha. In this poem, the awakened monk Sumangala concisely describes  the quality of an awakened mind through Right Meditation practiced as part of the Eightfold Path.

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/sumangala-freedom-through-jhana/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 16,  2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Tuesday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be the sixth in a series on the meaning of Jhana - levels of meditative absorption. This talk will be the on the Rahogata Sutta. Prior two the Dhamma talk on the Rahogata Sutta we had a discussion on Jhanna and recognizing deeper levls of Meditative absor[tion and related topics.  In the Rahogata Sutta, the Buddha teaches that feelings of pleasure, pain, or ambivalence, when perceived through a mimd rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths will fabricate what is experienced in a way that reaffirms ignorance and continues stress.

“When a Dhamma practitioner’s effluents have ended, passion has been calmed, aversion has been calmed, delusion has been calmed.” (Rahogataa Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/rahogata-sutta-ending-fabrications-through-jhana/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 13,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Saturday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is the fifth in a series of talks on the meaning of Jhana. This talk will be on the Jhana Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches those in attendance on the meaning of Jhana and offering encouragement of the profound benefits gained from Right Meditation.

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/jhana-sutta-meditative-absorption-mind-and-body-united/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 11, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Thursday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is on the Kimsuka Sutta. In the Kimsuka Sutta, the Buddha uses the metaphor of a Swift Pair of Messengers to emphasize the importance of Right Meditation.

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/swift-pair-messengers-shamatha-vipassana-pali-canon/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Theragatha. In this poem, the awakened monk Dhammika shows the importance of a well-practiced and authentic Dhamma practice and the protection from worldly entanglements provided.

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/dhammika-pure-protection/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 9,  2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Tuesday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be the fourth in a series on the meaning of Jhana - levels of meditative absorption. This talk will be the second talk on the Samādhaṅga Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches Five Factors of Concentration that relate directly to four levels of Jhana or meditative absorption. This sutta is remarkable in the scope of underlying Dhamma referenced.

“Thus, from establishing this Five-Factored Concentration they enter and remain free of the defilements of greed, aversion, and deluded thinking. They are mindful of their release through direct experience right here and now.” (Samadhanga Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/five-factors-of-concentration-the-samadhanga-sutta/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 6,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Saturday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is the third in a series of talks on the meaning of Jhana. This talk will be on the Samādhaṅga Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches Five Factors of Concentration that relate directly to four levels of Jhana or meditative absorption. This sutta is remarkable in the scope of underlying Dhamma referenced.

“Thus, from establishing this Five-Factored Concentration they enter and remain free of the defilements of greed, aversion, and deluded thinking. They are mindful of their release through direct experience right here and now.” (Samadhanga Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/five-factors-of-concentration-the-samadhanga-sutta/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 4, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

On the first Thursday of each month our class will be an introduction to meditation and mindfulness as the Buddha teaches meditation and mindfulness.

Here is an article for those new to meditation and mindfulness or new to the direct teachings of the Buddha: https://becoming-buddha.com/new-visitors/

Here are introductory videos and talks:  https://becoming-buddha.com/introduction-to-the-buddhas-dhamma/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Therigatha. In this poem, Upacala teaches how she has overcome suffering by establishing refined mindfulness and gaining insight into impermanence, not-self, and suffering through developing to its culmination the Eightfold Path.

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/upacala-defeats-mara/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 2,  2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Tuesday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be the second in a series on the meaning of Jhana - levels of meditative absorption. Tuesday's talk is on the Jambali Sutta. The Jambali Sutta is another sutta on the proper use of meditation - to engage with Shamatha-Vipassana [1] meditation to increase concentration. Jhana means meditative absorption and, though not in a practical sense strictly defined, each of the four levels of meditative absorption, or deepening concentration, can be, and should be mindfully observed.

“Their minds are enraptured with release from ignorance. They do grow confident and steadfast and well-established in the breaching of ignorance. For them, the final cessation of self-identification can be expected.” (Jambali Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/the-waste-water-pool-jambali-sutta/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 29,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Saturday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is the first in a series of talks on the meaning of Jhana. This talk will be on the Samadhi Sutta which shows the proper use of Shamatha-Vipassana meditation practice within the broader framework of the Eightfold Path.

“How does the development of concentration lead to peace and calm here and now? When properly engaged in Shamatha-Vipassana meditation one is withdrawn from sensuality and unskillful mental qualities. They enter and remain in the first jhana,  delight and pleasure born of withdrawal and accompanied by focused thought and insight. (Samadhi Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/samadhi-sutta-the-purpose-and-practice-of-concentration/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 27, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Thursday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is on the Yuganaddha Sutta Ananda which teaches that those that achieve lasting peace and happiness do so by developing shamatha & vipassana (tranquility & insight) in tandem.“Friends whoever achieves the unbound state (enlightenment, free of bondage to sense desires) does so by means of one of four paths” (Yuganaddha Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/yuganaddha-sutta-tranquility-and-insight-in-tandem/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Theragatha. In this poem, Rahula, the Buddha’s son, describes the effects of his awakening. 

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/rahula-the-buddhas-son-unbound/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 25, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Tuesday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Gilana Sutta. There are seven factors of enlightenment taught by the Buddha that are to be cultivated and developed further for awakening to be realized. In the Gilana Sutta, the Buddha teaches Sariputta’s brother Cunda these seven factors.

“These seven factors of enlightenment are carefully taught by the Buddha and all seven are cultivated and fully developed by one awakened. These seven factors of enlightenment bring perfect understanding, full realization, and Nibbana.”  (Gilana Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/seven-factors-of-enlightenment/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a recording of the first session from our Becoming Buddha Foundations Of Mindfulness And Meditation Fall 2018 Retreat at Won Dharma Center on September 20, 2018.

This talk includes my introduction to our reatet including an outline of the most skillful use of time spent on retreat. Retreats based on a clear understanding of the  scope and purpose of the Buddha’s Dhamma avoid the extreme view that would result in denial of the senses necessary for skillful mindfulness such as the common practice of forced silence which leaves no opportunity learn or to engage directly in the Eightfold Path.

Retreat is a time to disentangle from worldly events through the investigation and integration of the Eightfold Path. One of the Seven Factors of Awakening is investigation of the Dhamma as taught in the Satipatthana and Anapanasati Suttas, and many others. Forced silence is not a factor of awakening for obvious reasons.

Direct investigation of the Buddha’s Dhamma first requires listening to the Dhamma from a teacher who has actually studied the Dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. This teacher would then avoid adapting, accommodating, or embellishing the Dhamma from their knowledge gained from studying and integrating the Dhamma. Once the Dhamma is heard then it becomes possible integrate what is learned through the use of the Six-Sense Base generating the immediate visceral experience of the Dhamma during retreat.

By engaging in any extreme practice such as forced silence there is no opportunity for direct investigation of the Dhamma. Integrating the Buddha’s Dhamma requires the actual experience of mindfully engaging in all factors of the Dhamma through the use of the Six-Sense Base.

My talks and our Sangha discussions are on the Nagara Sutta and the Loka Sutta. In the Nagara Sutta the Buddha's tells of his awakening experience and the clear path for all to awaken. The Loka Sutta describes his view of the condition of the world, then and now, and what must be done to “leave the world behind.”

There are videos of our Spring 2018 retreat sessions available here:
https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-2018-retreats/

Information on our future retreats is available at Becoming-Buddha.com.

All of these talks are based on the suttas included in my book Becoming Buddha, Becoming Awakened.

If you find benefit from this recording, and to support future recordings, please consider a donation at Becoming-Buddha.com

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a recording of the second session from our Becoming Buddha Foundations Of Mindfulness And Meditation Fall 2018 Retreat at Won Dharma Center on September 21, 2018.

My talk and our Sangha discussion is on the Paticcasamuppada Sutta, the primary sutta on Dependent Origination.

There are videos of our Spring 2018 retreat sessions available here:
https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-2018-retreats/

Information on our future retreats is available at Becoming-Buddha.com.

All of these talks are based on the suttas included in my book Becoming Buddha, Becoming Awakened.

If you find benefit from this recording, and to support future recordings, please consider a donation at Becoming-Buddha.com

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a recording of the third session from our Becoming Buddha Foundations Of Mindfulness And Meditation Fall 2018 Retreat at Won Dharma Center on September 21, 2018.

My talk and our Sangha discussion is on the Satipatthana Sutta, the primary sutta on establishing mindfulness of what is occurring first on our meditation cushions, and then applying mindfulness to the entire Dhamma. This is the appropriate use of mindfulness as the Buddha taught mindfulness. As an introduction to the Satipatthana Sutta, I give a brief talk on the Bahiya Sutta where the Buddha teaches an impatient Bahiya the proper application of the refined mindfulness that develops from practicing the Buddha’s Dhamma.

Videos of our Spring 2018 retreat sessions are available here:
https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-2018-retreats/

Information on our future retreats is available at Becoming-Buddha.com.

All of these talks are based on the suttas included in my book Becoming Buddha, Becoming Awakened.

If you find benefit from this recording, and to support future recordings, please consider a donation at Becoming-Buddha.com

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a recording of the fourth session from our Becoming Buddha Foundations Of Mindfulness And Meditation Fall 2018 Retreat at Won Dharma Center on September 21, 2018.

My talk and our Sangha discussion is on the Anapanasati Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha's uses the example of senior teaching monks to show how to apply meditation and mindfulness to a complete Dhamma practice. The Anapanasati is not  instruction for meditation. It is instruction on what an informed Dhamma teacher teaches and what they avoid. The mindfulness of a Buddha is to be mindful of what is present and, as important, what is not present. This sutta is a description of how to incorporate meditation and mindfulness within an authentic Dhamma practice. By maintaining the focus presented here one avoids the frivolous embellishments to meditation and mindfulness that has developed since the Buddha’s passing.

Videos of our Spring 2018 retreat sessions are available here:
https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-2018-retreats/

Information on our future retreats is available at Becoming-Buddha.com.

All of these talks are based on the suttas included in my book Becoming Buddha, Becoming Awakened.

If you find benefit from this recording, and to support future recordings, please consider a donation at Becoming-Buddha.com

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a recording of the fifth session from our Becoming Buddha Foundations Of Mindfulness and Meditation Fall Retreat at Won Dharma Center on September 22, 2018.

My talks and our Sangha discussions are on the Dhammacakkappavattana and Anatta-Lakkhana Suttas. The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta is the Buddha's very first teaching where he established developing profound understanding of Four Noble Truths as the context and purpose of his Dhamma.

Everything the Buddha would teach during his forty-five year teaching career was taught in the context of The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta and informed by the Paticcasamuppada Sutta, the primary sutta on Dependent Origination.

The Anatta-Lakkhana Sutta is the second teaching of an awakened human being where the Buddha teaches how to recognize and abandon “selfing” or “I-making” as the ultimate goal of the Dhamma - to empty oneself of self-referential wrong views rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths. These first two suttas referred to here and the following Fire Discourse are considered the “Cardinal” discourses or the three most primary and important sutras and the singular focus of insight - Vipassana - gaining insight into Three Marks of Existence. It can be seen that Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta speaks to Impermanence and ending all wrong views and the Anatta-Lakkhana Sutta explains how self-referential views arise in ignorance of Four Noble truths which forms the basis for developing attachments to impermanent objects, events, views, and ideas. The following discourse, the Fire Discourse speaks to the third mark of existence of Dukkha arising from the passion for continued self-establishment.

Videos of our Spring 2018 retreat sessions are available here:
https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-2018-retreats/

Information on our future retreats is available at Becoming-Buddha.com.

All of these talks are based on the suttas included in my book Becoming Buddha, Becoming Awakened.

If you find benefit from this recording, and to support future recordings, please consider a donation at Becoming-Buddha.com

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a recording of the sixth session from our Becoming Buddha Foundations Of Mindfulness and Meditation Spring Retreat at Won Dharma Center on September 22, 2018.

My talk and our Sangha discussion is on the the Fire Discourse and the Mgga-Vibhanga Suttas. The Fire Discourse uses the example of fire-worshippers, a common cult of the time, to teach how the flames of passion arise from ignorance of Four Noble Truths resulting in ongoing confusion, deluded thinking, and suffering. It is the preoccupation with Dukkha that provides the intentional distraction necessary to continue to ignore ignorance. When seen in the context of Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths it becomes clear that it is the preoccupation with Dukkha that has obscured the Buddha’s Dhamma and allowed for the many contradictions to the authentic Dhamma prevalent in Modern Buddhism.

The Magga-Vibhanga Sutta is the Buddha's thorough analysis of the Eightfold Path leaving no ambiguity as to the singular path he taught, and why.

Videos of our Spring 2018 retreat sessions are available here:
https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-2018-retreats/

Information on our future retreats is available at Becoming-Buddha.com.

All of these talks are based on the suttas included in my book Becoming Buddha, Becoming Awakened.

If you find benefit from this recording, and to support future recordings, please consider a donation at Becoming-Buddha.com

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a recording of the seventh and concluding session from our Becoming Buddha Foundations Of Mindfulness and Meditation Spring Retreat at Won Dharma Center on September 23, 2018.

My talks and our Sangha discussions are on the the Kaccayanagotta Sutta and the Bhaddekaratta Sutta. The Kaccayanagotta Sutta is a concise teaching on profound Right View and Dependent Origination. The  Kaccayanagotta Sutta teaches the ultimate understanding of Refined Mindfulness - to be mindful of what is present and, as importantly, what is no longer present.

The Bhaddekaratta Sutta concludes our retreat with a teaching on establishing refined mindfulness and recognizing that each each day of authentic Dhamma practice is an auspicious day.

Videos of our Spring 2018 retreat sessions are available here:
https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-2018-retreats/

Information on our future retreats is available at Becoming-Buddha.com.

All of these talks are based on the suttas included in my book Becoming Buddha, Becoming Awakened.

If you find benefit from this recording, and to support future recordings, please consider a donation at Becoming-Buddha.com

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Thergatha. In this poem, Yasadatta shows the foolishness of debating the Dhamma rather than actually practicing a Buddha’s teachings.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/yasadatta-hearing-true-dhamma/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 18, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Tuesday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta is the very first teaching ever presented by the Buddha. It occurred a few weeks after Siddhartha Gotama awakened and gained full human maturity - complete understanding of the human life experience.

“This is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that brings vision and direct knowledge, that leads to calm and to self-awakening and Unbinding..”  (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/dhammacakkappavattana-sutta-four-noble-truths/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 15,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Yasa Sutta. The Yasa Sutta shows the importance of dismissing praise, even in very subtle ways, for developing the Dhamma. It also shows how seeking external validation for Dhamma practice will lead to further distraction and confusion

“Nagita, then there are those well-established in seclusion who receives food, clothes, shelter, and recognition from a group. Knowing the benefit of seclusion and restraint no disturbance will arise in them. .”  (Yasa Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/the-yasa-sutta-freedom-from-entanglements/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 13, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is on the Arahant Sutta. The Arahant Sutta is an article on a very succinct teaching where the Buddha describes awakening, or full human maturity, that is remarkable in its simplicity and straightforwardness:

“And when one has seen the five clinging-aggregates as they really are, the arising and the passing away, understanding the attraction and the distraction,.. (Arahant Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/awakening-single-paragraph/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Therigatha. In this poem, Sujata describes a chance encounter with the Buddha and her subsequent awakening.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/bhikkhuni-sujatas-final-knowledge/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 11, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Tuesday Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Bhaddekaratta Sutta. The Bhaddekaratta Sutta teaches the importance of being mindfully present of life as life unfolds. Everything the Buddha taught during his forty-five-year teaching career was taught in the context of developing understanding of Four Noble Truths and release from clinging to self-referential views rooted in ignorance of these four truths.

“To develop an auspicious day remain present with your life as your life occurs. Do not chase the past or project your thoughts to the future. Remain free of entanglements with the world and mindful of what is occurring. Be mindful of impermanence and uncertainty. Those that do so will have an auspicious day. So says this Peaceful Sage.”  (Bhaddekaratta Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/the-bhaddekaratta-sutta-mindfulness-of-what-is-occuring/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 8,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the  Kuta Sutta. In the Kuta Sutta the Buddha teaches Anathapindika the importance of protecting one’s mind through restraint. Anathapindika was a wealthy businessman and early benefactor of the Buddha and the original Sangha.

“Just as when a house is poorly roofed the house is unprotected. The beams, the walls, the floors, all become soggy. This house is an uncomfortable and disappointing abode…” (Kuta Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/kuta-sutta-a-good-roof/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 6, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

On the first Thursday of each month our class will be an introduction to meditation and mindfulness as the Buddha teaches meditation and mindfulness.

Here is an article for those new to meditation and mindfulness or new to the direct teachings of the Buddha: https://becoming-buddha.com/new-visitors/

Here are introductory videos and talks:  https://becoming-buddha.com/introduction-to-the-buddhas-dhamma/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Theragatha. In this poem, Subhuti describes in concise and profoundly sublime detail the quality of an awakened mind.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/subhuti-a-comfortable-abode/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 28, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Agantuka Sutta. In the Agantuka Sutta, the Buddha uses the metaphor of a common residence to show that the Eightfold Path is a true refuge for anyone seeking to develop the profound understanding of the nature of stress and suffering, gain insight into There Marks Of Existence, and abandon all views rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths.

“In this way, anyone who cultivates and methodically practices the Noble Eightfold Path will, with direct knowledge and profound wisdom, comprehend phenomena to be comprehended, abandon phenomena to be abandoned, experience phenomena to be experienced, and develop phenomena to be developed.” (Agantuka Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/agantuka-sutta-for-all-who-reside-in-the-dhamma/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 1,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the  Vitakkasanthana Sutta. In this sutta, the Buddha teaches that the refined mindfulness developed through the Eightfold Path brings a relaxed and peaceful quality of mind.

“… this is a person with mastery of thought sequences. This person thinks what they want whenever they want and does not think what is unskillful. This practitioner has severed craving and has brought an end to suffering and stress.”  (Vitakkasanthana Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/the-vitakkasanthana-sutta-the-relaxation-of-thoughts/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Therigatha. In this poem Sona comes to the Dhamma late in life and quickly develops profound understanding of key elements of the Dhamma including Five Clinging Aggregates, Three Marks Of Existence, restraint at the Six-Sense-Base, meditative absorption, and a penetrative understanding of Four Noble Truths.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/sona-a-mother-of-ten-awakens/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 28, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Nagara Sutta. The Nagara Sutta is remarkable in its simplicity in describing Dependent Origination in a practically applied way. In this sutta the Buddha clearly shows how ignorance of Four Noble Truths and of The Three Marks of existence “originates” the process that all manner of disappointment, unsatisfactoriness, distraction, and suffering - in a word Dukkha - is “dependent” on.

“Monks, prior to my awakening, when I was an unawakened Bodhisatta, I thought I could continue to divide my thinking. I continued thinking intended on sensuality, ill will and harmfulness and thinking intended on renunciation, good will and harmlessness.”

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/the-nagara-sutta-the-buddha-describes-his-awakening/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 25,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the  Kummu Sutta. The Kummu Sutta uses metaphor to show how the Dhamma is a protection against the mindlessness that arises from unrestrained desire and the peace and happiness that develops directly through restraint.

“Just as a jackal hovers around hoping for a meal, Mara hovers continuously hoping to create confusion, delusion, and disappointment by contact with the eye, or the ear, or the nose, or the tongue, or the body, or through the intellect.” (Kumu Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/kumma-sutta-the-tortoise/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a poem from the Therigatha. The Therigatha preserves 73 poems of elder nuns and is the nihth section in the Khuddaka Nikāya.

A Related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/vimala-a-courtesan-unbound/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 21, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Bhikkhuvaga Sutta. In the Bhikkhuvaga Sutta, the Buddha teaches the importance to develop the virtuous factors of the Eightfold Path of Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood to recognize and abandon unskillful thoughts, words, and deeds. The concentration developed through Shamatha-Vipassana meditation supports the refined mindfulness that brings the ability to guard the six-sense base.

“Skillful is restraint at the body, skillful is restraint is speech, skillful is restraint in thought. Restraint in all experiences is skillful. One restrained in the world is free from confusion, delusion, and disappointment.” (Bhikkhuvaga Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/bhikkhuvaga-sutta-to-a-monk/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 18,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the  Sundari Sutta. The Sundari Sutta  teaches the unending peace gained through developing the Eightfold Path. This sutta is a perfect example of the timelessness of the Buddha’s Dhamma. This sutta and mindful restraint are particularly relevant in our ever-increasing divisive political and social climate. Refraining from reaction or striking back at injustice directly is shown to very quickly diffuse conflict while preserving a calm and peaceful mind.

“One always suffer in ignorance

who lie about events

As does the one who claims innocence

when guilty.

These are acting without skill

and suffer in this life and beyond.”

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

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 16, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion is on the the Aparihani Sutta. In this sutta, the Buddha teaches four qualities to develop to remain focused on developing the Dhamma.

“Having developed four qualities a Dhamma practitioner cannot lose the way and is free of clinging to views. When one has fully integrated the Eightfold Path they are…” (Aparihani Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/arapihani-sutta-not-losing-the-way/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on a verse from the Theragatha. The Theragatha preserves 264 poems of elder monks and is the eighth section in the Khuddaka Nikāya.

A Related article are here: https://becoming-buddha.com/mahakala-the-corpse/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 14, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Pamadaviharin Sutta. In this sutta, the Buddha teaches the importance of developing dwelling in refined mindfulness. Modern life encourages constant engagement with the world and in many subtle ways discourages restraint. Many today feel overwhelmed by the demands of life and the busy-ness of their lives.

“And how does one dwell in mindfulness? When a Dhamma Practitioner dwells in restraint with eye, with nose, with the ear, with the tongue, and with the body, the mind is not agitated or distracted by mental fabrications.” (Pamadaviharin Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/pamadaviharin-sutta-dwelling-in-mindfulness/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 11,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Pamadaviharin Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches the importance of developing dwelling in refined mindfulness. Modern life encourages constant engagement with the world and in many subtle ways discourages restraint. Many today feel overwhelmed by the demands of life and the busy-ness of their lives.

“And how does one dwell in mindfulness? When a Dhamma Practitioner dwells in restraint with eye, with nose, with the ear, with the tongue, and with the body, the mind is not agitated or distracted by mental fabrications.” (Pamadaviharin Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/pamadaviharin-sutta-dwelling-in-mindfulness/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on the liberation that is developed through following an authentic Dhamma. An authentic Dhamma is a dhamma taught by the Buddha. This talk follows my recent talks on the Dhamma-Viharin Sutta and the Dhammannu Sutta.

Related articles are here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-viharin-sutta-dwelling-in-the-dhamma/

https://becoming-buddha.com/dhammannu-sutta-one-with-a-sense-of-the-dhamma/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 7, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Dhammannu Sutta.  Similar to last Saturday’s talk on the Dhamma-Viharin Sutta, in the Dhammannu Sutta the Buddha teaches  what it means to be “one with a sense of the Dhamma.”

“A disciple who is one with a sense of the distinctions of individuals disapproves of those that do not practice the true Dhamma in accordance with the Dhamma and they praise are those that do practice the true Dhamma in accordance with the Dhamma, who themselves have a sense of the Dhamma and a sense of the meaning of the Dhamma.” (Dhammannu Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhammannu-sutta-one-with-a-sense-of-the-dhamma/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Saturday morning Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 4,  2018. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Dhamma-Viharin Sutta. In the Dhamma-Viharin Sutta, the Buddha is teaching that engaging with the Dhamma through intellectual study alone will not develop cessation of craving after and clinging to views ignorant of Four Noble Truths, and the confusion and suffering that follows. ”

“Whatever a teacher should do out of sympathy for you and seeking your welfare, I have done for you. Over there are roots of trees and empty dwellings. Don’t be mindless, don’t fall into regret.  Practice Right Meditation and develop meditative absorption. “ (Dhamma-Viharin Sutta)

A related article is here:  https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-viharin-sutta-dwelling-in-the-dhamma/

Each Saturday class will have a thirty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on August 2, 2018. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

On the first Thursday of each month our class will be an introduction to meditation and mindfulness as the Buddha teaches meditation and mindfulness.

Here is an article for those new to meditation and mindfulness or new to the direct teachings of the Buddha: https://becoming-buddha.com/new-visitors/

Here are introductory videos and talks:  https://becoming-buddha.com/introduction-to-the-buddhas-dhamma/

Each Thursday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is my Wednesday Dhamma talk posted by noon on the direct teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. These talks will be posted by noon Eastern US time.

My Wednesday Dhamma talk will be on the Nidana Sutta. In the Nidana Sutta, the Buddha focuses on recognizing and abandoning the Three Defilements of greed, aversion, and deluded thinking. All three of the defilements are rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths and the resulting ongoing self-referential “I-making.”

“One who has developed wisdom and ended ignorance, this individual abandons greed, aversion, and delusion, and experiences Clear Understanding and lasting peace and happiness.” (Nidana Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/the-nidana-sutta-ending-the-defilements/

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is a live stream and recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on July 31, 2018. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

My Dhamma talk and our sangha discussion will be on the Upaddha Sutta. In the Upaddha Sutta the Buddha emphasizes a common theme present throughout his Dhamma. When the context and purpose of the Buddha’s Dhamma is understood, it can clearly be seen that who and what one associates with will determine their life’s experience.

“Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, and admirable camaraderie, is the whole of a Dhamma practitioner’s life.” (Upaddha Sutta)

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/upaddha-sutta-an-admirable-sangha/

Each Tuesday class will have a twenty-minute Shamatha-Vipassana meditation followed by my Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion and conclude with Metta intentional meditation.

An audio-only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: https://becoming-buddha.com/becoming-buddha-podcast/

A video of our classes is available here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-stream-videos/

Here is the archive for all of my Dhamma articles and talks: https://becoming-buddha.com/dhamma-articles-and-talks-archive/

If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation: https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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