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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 November 18, 2017. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

This is the fourth of four talks on the meaning of awakening in the context of Four Noble Truths.  “As soon as this knowledge & vision of mine was truly pure, then I did claim to have directly awakened to the right self-awakening unexcelled in the cosmos. Knowledge & vision arose in me: 'Unprovoked is my release. This is the last birth. There is now no further becoming.”

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

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

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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 November 11, 2017. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

This is the third of four talks on the meaning of awakening in the context of Four Noble Truths.  In the Samyutta Nikaya 56.11[1], Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Truth in Motion, The Buddha describes awakening very simply and directly:

•The noble truth of dukkha has been comprehended.

•The noble truth of the origination of dukkha has been abandoned.

•The noble truth of the cessation of dukkha has been experienced.

•The noble truth of the way of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha has been developed…Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/awakening-to-four-noble-truths/

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

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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 November 4, 2017. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

This is the second of four talks on the meaning of awakening in the context of Four Noble Truths.  In the Samyutta Nikaya 56.11[1], Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Truth in Motion, The Buddha describes awakening very simply and directly:

•The noble truth of dukkha has been comprehended.

•The noble truth of the origination of dukkha has been abandoned.

•The noble truth of the cessation of dukkha has been experienced.

•The noble truth of the way of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha has been developed…Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/awakening-to-four-noble-truths/

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is the first of four talks on the meaning of awakening in the context of Four Noble Truths. Awakening To The First Noble Truth is to fully comprehend the nature of Dukkha. In the Samyutta Nikaya 56.11[1], Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Truth in Motion, The Buddha describes awakening very simply and directly:

•The noble truth of dukkha has been comprehended.

•The noble truth of the origination of dukkha has been abandoned.

•The noble truth of the cessation of dukkha has been experienced.

•The noble truth of the way of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha has been developed…Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/awakening-to-four-noble-truths

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 at 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 November 16, 2017. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

This is the third of series of three talks on the Eightfold Path. This talk is on Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Meditation, the concentration factors of the Path.

"A true and effective Dhamma practice must incorporate these three trainings. Which three? The training in heightened virtue, the training in heightened concentration, the training in heightened discernment (wisdom)." [Anguttara Nikaya 3.88]

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/eightfold-path-wisdom-virtue-concentration/

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

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

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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 November 9, 2017. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

This is the second of series of three talks on the Eightfold Path. This talk is on Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood, the virtuous factors of the Path..

“It is for the full comprehension, clear understanding, ending and abandonment of suffering that the Noble Eightfold Path is to be cultivated. When the mind is inclined towards the Dhamma, the disciple of the noble ones gains a sense of the goal, gains a sense of the Dhamma, gains joy connected with the Dhamma. In one who is joyful, rapture arises. In one who is rapturous, the body grows calm. One whose body is calmed experiences ease. In one at ease, the mind becomes concentrated... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/eightfold-path-wisdom-virtue-concentration/

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This is a live stream and recording of our Thursdasy evening Dhamma class from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on November 2, 2017. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

This is the first of series of three talks on the Eightfold Path. This talk is on Right View and Right Intention, the wisdom factors of the Path.

“It is for the full comprehension, clear understanding, ending and abandonment of suffering that the Noble Eightfold Path is to be cultivated.... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/eightfold-path-wisdom-virtue-concentration/

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

 

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from November 15, 2017. This talk is on developing Contentment and Gratitude in Dhamma practice. Contentment with what occurs brings gratitude for human life and deep appreciation for the simple and profound understanding developed through the Eightfold Path. At its most basic, contentment and gratitude merge into a singular quality of mind free of desire.

By integrating all eight factors of the Eightfold Path into our lives, we put aside desire and aversion, further developing contentment and gratitude. A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/contentment-and-gratitude-in-practice/

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

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

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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 November 14, 2017. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

This talk is on the Meghiya Sutta, a sutta on Five Qualities of mind supporting awakening.

In the Meghiya  Sutta, the Buddha teaches Meghiya five qualities that bring awakening, or full human maturity. Meghiya, having taken refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Buddha’s sangha and living as a monk for a reasonable amount of time, finds himself still troubled by three unwholesome qualities of mind.

“Meghiya, when your mindfulness is not fully refined, still immature, there are five qualities that develop full maturity and the cessation of troubling qualities of mind.” A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/the-meghiya-sutta/

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

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from November 8, 2017. This talk is on the Buddha’s Dhamma of Mindfulness and the refined mindfulness developed through the Eightfold Path. Throughout the Buddha’s teaching he emphasized developing Refined Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the quality of mind that brings insight to the Buddha's teaching.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/a-dhamma-of-mindfulness/

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

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

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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 November 7, 2017. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

This talk is on the Sabbasava Sutta, a Sutta on mental Fermentations,

“When a Dhamma practitioner has abandoned the fermentations through understanding, restraint, proper using, tolerating, avoiding, destroying, and developing, this one has severed all craving and clinging and has ended all fetters through Right Understanding of conceit, of I-making. This one has ended all confusion, delusion, and unsatisfactory experiences.... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/the-sabbasava-sutta/

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

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

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from November 1, 2017. This talk is on the Buddha’s teaching on developing lasting happiness.

The Sallatha Sutta - The Two Arrows, is a key teaching as it clearly explains what for many is a confusing aspect of the Dhamma. In the teachings on what it means to awaken to The Four Noble Truths, the Buddha states that awakening is “understanding stress and unhappiness, abandoning the cause of stress and unhappiness, experiencing the cessation of stress and unhappiness, and developing the Eightfold Path leading to the cessation of stress and unhappiness.”

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/sallatha-sutta-the-two-arrows/

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

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

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This is a recording of my Dhamma Talk and Sangha discussion from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 31, 2017. This talk is on the Sundari Sutta, a Sutta on the liberation of practicing restraint, In the Sundari Sutta the Buddha teaches that through restraint developed through the Eightfold Path any conflict can be resolved while maintaining a mind of peaceful equanimity.

“Those unrestrained, with no knowledge of the truth, sling arrows at others, like one at war. Those who have developed restraint through the (Eightfold) Path know to dismiss this foolishness and maintain a calm and peaceful mind.... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/sundari-sutta-the-liberation-of-restraint/

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This Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 26, 2017and is on the Culavedalla Sutta. The Culavedalla Sutta is a teaching presented by the nun Dhammadinna to her former husband, also a member of the Sangha. The Buddha praised Dhammadinna as one of the most knowledgeable nuns of the Sangha.

“Visakha, the Buddha teaches that self-identification is established by clinging to form, by clinging to feeling, by clinging to perception, by clinging to fabrications, and by clinging to consciousness. These five clinging-aggregates are the self-identification taught by the Buddha…Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/the-culavedalla-sutta/

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from October 25, 2017. This talk is on the Buddha’s teaching on developing lasting happiness.

The Five Clinging-Aggregates are the Buddha’s teachings on what constitutes the mental/physical form that appears to be the self. The Five Clinging-Aggregates are the impermanent components that, through clinging, cause the appearance of an individual form.

Dependent Origination (Dependent Co-arising) teaches understanding of the ongoing process of 12 causative links that establish and maintain delusion, confusion, and the underlying unsatisfactory experience of life.

The Buddha teaches what is fit for attention while maintaining the context of The Four Noble Truths: “Understanding Stress, Understanding the Origination of Stress, Understanding the Cessation of Stress, Understanding the path leading to the cessation of Stress. As one attends appropriately in this way, three fetters are abandoned in him: identity-view, doubt, and grasping at precepts & practices.”

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/dependent-origination-the-five-clinging-aggregates/

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

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This is one of seven recordings from our fall 2017 retreat at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY from October 19th to October 22nd. This talk is on the Nagara Sutta.

Our retreats are structured by the Buddha’s dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Our retreats are a refuge form the world but not a retreat from the Dhamma so we avoid the asceticism of forced silence. Right Speech and the entire Eightfold Path provide the framework and guidance to develop the Buddha’s Dhamma. This how the Buddha taught - to develop the framework of the Eightfold Path in order to recognize and abandon ignorance of Four Noble Truths - to empty oneself of ignorance.

One of the first “rules” the Buddha established with the original sangha is that when gathered as a sangha to only discuss his Dhamma and have the Dhamma guide their moment-by-moment lives. In this way every moment that unfolds is an immediate opportunity to develop and establish the teachings of an awakened human being. Avoiding asceticism of any kind and guided by the Eightfold Path, the mindful interaction of our sangha during retreat develops the Dhamma as originally intended.

As you listen to these seven recordings notice the lighthearted laughter that is present throughout the talks and discussions, and the insight into the Three Marks Of Existence that is apparent from the sangha questions and comments. This lighthearted laughter is an expression of the joy developed from understanding the absurdity of maintaining ignorant views and the realization of the Buddha’s simple and direct teachings.

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is one of seven recordings from our fall 2017 retreat at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY from October 19th to October 22nd. This talk is on the Meaning Of Becoming.

Our retreats are structured by the Buddha’s dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Our retreats are a refuge form the world but not a retreat from the Dhamma so we avoid the asceticism of forced silence. Right Speech and the entire Eightfold Path provide the framework and guidance to develop the Buddha’s Dhamma. This how the Buddha taught - to develop the framework of the Eightfold Path in order to recognize and abandon ignorance of Four Noble Truths - to empty oneself of ignorance.

One of the first “rules” the Buddha established with the original sangha is that when gathered as a sangha to only discuss his Dhamma and have the Dhamma guide their moment-by-moment lives. In this way every moment that unfolds is an immediate opportunity to develop and establish the teachings of an awakened human being. Avoiding asceticism of any kind and guided by the Eightfold Path, the mindful interaction of our sangha during retreat develops the Dhamma as originally intended.

As you listen to these seven recordings notice the lighthearted laughter that is present throughout the talks and discussions, and the insight into the Three Marks Of Existence that is apparent from the sangha questions and comments. This lighthearted laughter is an expression of the joy developed from understanding the absurdity of maintaining ignorant views and the realization of the Buddha’s simple and direct teachings.

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is one of seven recordings from our fall 2017 retreat at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY from October 19th to October 22nd. This talk is on Dependent Origination And The Phena Sutta Five Clinging Aggregates.

Our retreats are structured by the Buddha’s dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Our retreats are a refuge form the world but not a retreat from the Dhamma so we avoid the asceticism of forced silence. Right Speech and the entire Eightfold Path provide the framework and guidance to develop the Buddha’s Dhamma. This how the Buddha taught - to develop the framework of the Eightfold Path in order to recognize and abandon ignorance of Four Noble Truths - to empty oneself of ignorance.

One of the first “rules” the Buddha established with the original sangha is that when gathered as a sangha to only discuss his Dhamma and have the Dhamma guide their moment-by-moment lives. In this way every moment that unfolds is an immediate opportunity to develop and establish the teachings of an awakened human being. Avoiding asceticism of any kind and guided by the Eightfold Path, the mindful interaction of our sangha during retreat develops the Dhamma as originally intended.

As you listen to these seven recordings notice the lighthearted laughter that is present throughout the talks and discussions, and the insight into the Three Marks Of Existence that is apparent from the sangha questions and comments. This lighthearted laughter is an expression of the joy developed from understanding the absurdity of maintaining ignorant views and the realization of the Buddha’s simple and direct teachings.

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is one of seven recordings from our fall 2017 retreat at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY from October 19th to October 22nd. This talk is on the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta Four Noble Truths.

Our retreats are structured by the Buddha’s dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Our retreats are a refuge form the world but not a retreat from the Dhamma so we avoid the asceticism of forced silence. Right Speech and the entire Eightfold Path provide the framework and guidance to develop the Buddha’s Dhamma. This how the Buddha taught - to develop the framework of the Eightfold Path in order to recognize and abandon ignorance of Four Noble Truths - to empty oneself of ignorance.

One of the first “rules” the Buddha established with the original sangha is that when gathered as a sangha to only discuss his Dhamma and have the Dhamma guide their moment-by-moment lives. In this way every moment that unfolds is an immediate opportunity to develop and establish the teachings of an awakened human being. Avoiding asceticism of any kind and guided by the Eightfold Path, the mindful interaction of our sangha during retreat develops the Dhamma as originally intended.

As you listen to these seven recordings notice the lighthearted laughter that is present throughout the talks and discussions, and the insight into the Three Marks Of Existence that is apparent from the sangha questions and comments. This lighthearted laughter is an expression of the joy developed from understanding the absurdity of maintaining ignorant views and the realization of the Buddha’s simple and direct teachings.

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is one of seven recordings from our fall 2017 retreat at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY from October 19th to October 22nd. This talk is on the Anatta Lakkhana Sutta.

Our retreats are structured by the Buddha’s dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Our retreats are a refuge form the world but not a retreat from the Dhamma so we avoid the asceticism of forced silence. Right Speech and the entire Eightfold Path provide the framework and guidance to develop the Buddha’s Dhamma. This how the Buddha taught - to develop the framework of the Eightfold Path in order to recognize and abandon ignorance of Four Noble Truths - to empty oneself of ignorance.

One of the first “rules” the Buddha established with the original sangha is that when gathered as a sangha to only discuss his Dhamma and have the Dhamma guide their moment-by-moment lives. In this way every moment that unfolds is an immediate opportunity to develop and establish the teachings of an awakened human being. Avoiding asceticism of any kind and guided by the Eightfold Path, the mindful interaction of our sangha during retreat develops the Dhamma as originally intended.

As you listen to these seven recordings notice the lighthearted laughter that is present throughout the talks and discussions, and the insight into the Three Marks Of Existence that is apparent from the sangha questions and comments. This lighthearted laughter is an expression of the joy developed from understanding the absurdity of maintaining ignorant views and the realization of the Buddha’s simple and direct teachings.

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

Thank You. Peace.

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This is one of seven recordings from our fall 2017 retreat at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY from October 19th to October 22nd. This talk is on the Fire Discourse.

Our retreats are structured by the Buddha’s dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Our retreats are a refuge form the world but not a retreat from the Dhamma so we avoid the asceticism of forced silence. Right Speech and the entire Eightfold Path provide the framework and guidance to develop the Buddha’s Dhamma. This how the Buddha taught - to develop the framework of the Eightfold Path in order to recognize and abandon ignorance of Four Noble Truths - to empty oneself of ignorance.

One of the first “rules” the Buddha established with the original sangha is that when gathered as a sangha to only discuss his Dhamma and have the Dhamma guide their moment-by-moment lives. In this way every moment that unfolds is an immediate opportunity to develop and establish the teachings of an awakened human being. Avoiding asceticism of any kind and guided by the Eightfold Path, the mindful interaction of our sangha during retreat develops the Dhamma as originally intended.

As you listen to these seven recordings notice the lighthearted laughter that is present throughout the talks and discussions, and the insight into the Three Marks Of Existence that is apparent from the sangha questions and comments. This lighthearted laughter is an expression of the joy developed from understanding the absurdity of maintaining ignorant views and the realization of the Buddha’s simple and direct teachings.

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is one of seven recordings from our fall 2017 retreat at Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY from October 19th to October 22nd. This talk is on the Kaccayayanagotta Sutta And Kalama Sutta.

Our retreats are structured by the Buddha’s dhamma as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon. Our retreats are a refuge form the world but not a retreat from the Dhamma so we avoid the asceticism of forced silence. Right Speech and the entire Eightfold Path provide the framework and guidance to develop the Buddha’s Dhamma. This how the Buddha taught - to develop the framework of the Eightfold Path in order to recognize and abandon ignorance of Four Noble Truths - to empty oneself of ignorance.

One of the first “rules” the Buddha established with the original sangha is that when gathered as a sangha to only discuss his Dhamma and have the Dhamma guide their moment-by-moment lives. In this way every moment that unfolds is an immediate opportunity to develop and establish the teachings of an awakened human being. Avoiding asceticism of any kind and guided by the Eightfold Path, the mindful interaction of our sangha during retreat develops the Dhamma as originally intended.

As you listen to these seven recordings notice the lighthearted laughter that is present throughout the talks and discussions, and the insight into the Three Marks Of Existence that is apparent from the sangha questions and comments. This lighthearted laughter is an expression of the joy developed from understanding the absurdity of maintaining ignorant views and the realization of the Buddha’s simple and direct teachings.

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a recording of my Dhamma Talk and our Sangha discussion on the Malunkyaputta Sutta - a sutta on maintaining focus on the dhamma from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 24, 2017. The Buddha consistently refused to answer anything that would prove to be a diversion from the goal of the Eightfold Path, or would only reinforce ignorance.

“I do not answer these questions as they are not fundamental with the goal. They do not develop disenchantment, dispassion, with calming, with unbinding, with direct knowledge, with awakening. This is why I do not answer these questions...Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/malunkyaputta-sutta-staying-focused/

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from October 18, 2017. This talk is on the Buddha’s teaching on developing lasting happiness.

The Buddha did not teach an all encompassing “Dharma” where all paths labeled “Buddhist” would develop what the Buddha describes as “awakened”: Unbound or Released from clinging to self-referential views. The Buddha was not concerned with presenting a scientifically provable dhamma. He did not teach a dhamma that was impossible to understand and develop. He taught a singular and well-focused Dhamma accessible to all who would develop it.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/buddha-taught-happiness/

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 at https://becoming-buddha.com/support-john-and-becoming-buddha-com/

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This is a recording of my Dhamma Talk and Sangha discussion on the Vitakkasanthana Sutta - The Sutta Relaxation of Thoughts from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 17, 2017. In the Vitakkasanthana Sutta - the sutta on the relaxation of thoughts — the Buddha teaches that the refined mindfulness developed through the Eightfold Path brings a relaxed and peaceful quality of mind.

“…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.... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/the-vitakkasanthana-sutta-the-relaxation-of-thoughts/

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This Saturday’s talk and sangha discussion is on the Anatta Lakkhana Sutta, the sutta on The Not-Self Characteristic. The Anatta-Lakkhana Sutta explains how a wrong view of self arises and how the interrelationship between this wrong view of self within an ever-changing environment results in ongoing suffering.

"When they find estrangement, passion fades out. With the fading of passion, they are liberated. When liberated, there is knowledge that they are liberated. They understand: 'Birth is exhausted, the integrated life has been lived out, what can be done is done, of this there is no more beyond.,, Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/anatta-lakkhana-sutta-the-not-self-characteristic/

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This is a Dhamma talk recorded at CrossRiver MeditationCenter in Frenchtown New Jersey on October 12, 2017. There were a few newcomers at this class and my talk is an introduction to meditation and mindfulness in the context of the Buddha’s Dhamma.

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from October 11, 2017. This talk is on the five common hindrances to awakening taught by the Buddha.

Hindrances or distractions will arise. They will have no permanent effect on your practice if you persevere. Hindrances are recognized mind states to be aware of. Be with them as dispassionately as possible. As long as you continue with your practice, hindrances will arise and subside until they no longer are a part of your conditioned thinking.

By putting aside resistance to meditation practice you will strengthen your resolve and begin to diminish your mind's natural tendency to resist the quiet and spacious mind developed by a true and effective meditation practice.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/hindrances-practice/

 

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This is a recording of my Dhamma Talk and Sangha discussion on Samadhi And Jhanas - Concentration And Absorption from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 10, 2017. The Samadhi Sutta shows the proper use of Shamatha-Vipassana meditation practiced within the broader framework of the Eightfold Path. The jhanas are not to be taken as mind states to achieve. The jhanas are simply an explanation of different levels of concentration.

“Friends, these are the four qualities that are developed from concentration. 

“Those who understand The Three Marks of Existence, 

For whom there are no disturbances, 

Free of desire, at peace, 

This one has abandoned confusion, delusion, and disappointment.... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/samadhi-and-jhanas-concentration-and-absorption/

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This Saturday’s talk and sangha discussion is the senenth of a series on Karma And Rebirth.
A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/karma-and-rebirth/

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This Dhamma talk and Sangha discussion was recorded at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 5, 2017and is on the subject of fear arising during meditation and how this relates to anatta - wrong views of self. This was an appropriate talk as there was a newcomer at class. A brief introduction to Shamatha-Vipassana meditation within the broader framework of the Eightfold Path precedes tonight’s talk.

“Visakha, your clinging-mind has demanded too many answers and your question will lead to only more confusion and suffering. The Buddha’s path, the Eightfold Path culminates in unbinding. Is this not enough…Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/fear-meditation-anatta/

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from October 4, 2017. This talk is the third of three talks on the meaning of becoming as the Buddha teaches becoming. One can either ignore ignorance and continue to become rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths or develop the Dhamma and become awakened.

 

There is much confusion as to the meaning of “becoming.” Due to this confusion, great license is taken in interpreting what is meant by becoming as taught by the Buddha. This confusion and the following misapplication of the Dhamma can be avoided by simply looking at the Buddha’s own words from three sutta’s - the Loka, Bhava, and Mula Sutta’s

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/shunyata-three-discourses-on-emptiness/

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This is the third of three talks on Shunyata - Emptiness from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on October 3, 2017. Rather than attempt to establish a self in everything (clinging to impermanent objects, events, and ideas) or to crave for establishment of self in discrete, impermanent phenomena, or conceptual “dharmas,” both extreme views, the Buddha taught emptiness as a way of describing that followers of his Dhamma should be empty of clinging to objects, events, views, and ideas, and should not attach any notion of self into, or onto, the impermanent phenomenal world.

“What is not present is understood as empty of what is not present. Whatever remains is understood as what is present - in what is seen there is only the seen, in what is heard there is only the heard, in what is cognized there is only what is cognized. “So, Ananda, this is (final) entry into emptiness which is in accord with reality and is undistorted and pure... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/shunyata-three-discourses-on-emptiness/

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A live stream of our Saturday morning Dhamma class on September 30 2017 from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

 

This Saturday’s talk and sangha discussion is the sixth of a series on Karma And Rebirth.

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/karma-and-rebirth/

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A live stream of our Thursday evening Dhamma class on September 28, 2017 from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

 

Thursday's class in Frenchtown is on the Ratana Sutta. Nearly all schools of Buddhism refer to "The Triple Refuge" or taking refuge in “The Three Jewels.” Refuge is a place or state of mind that is a protection or a shelter from hardship or danger. Refuge is a place or state of mind that is a source of comfort and peace.

True refuge is found in:

1. The Buddha
2. The Dhamma
3. The Sangha

“"There is no more precious jewel than the teachings of the Buddha, the Dhamma. Understanding this brings true liberation and freedom.”…Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/ratana-sutta-true-refuge/

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from September 27, 2017. This talk is on the meaning of becoming as the Buddha teaches becoming. One can either ignore ignorance and continue to become rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths or develop the Dhamma and become awakened.

There is much confusion as to the meaning of “becoming.” Due to this confusion, great license is taken in interpreting what is meant by becoming as taught by the Buddha. This confusion and the following misapplication of the Dhamma can be avoided by simply looking at the Buddha’s own words from three sutta’s - the Loka, Bhava, and Mula Sutta’s

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/shunyata-three-discourses-on-emptiness/

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This is the second of three talks on Shunyata - Emptiness from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 26, 2017. Rather than attempt to establish a self in everything (clinging to impermanent objects, events, and ideas) or to crave for establishment of self in discrete, impermanent phenomena, or conceptual “dharmas,” both extreme views, the Buddha taught emptiness as a way of describing that followers of his Dhamma should be empty of clinging to objects, events, views, and ideas, and should not attach any notion of self into, or onto, the impermanent phenomenal world.

“What is not present is understood as empty of what is not present. Whatever remains is understood as what is present - in what is seen there is only the seen, in what is heard there is only the heard, in what is cognized there is only what is cognized. “So, Ananda, this is (final) entry into emptiness which is in accord with reality and is undistorted and pure... Read More: https://becoming-buddha.com/shunyata-three-discourses-on-emptiness/

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A live stream of our Saturday morning Dhamma class on September 23 2017 from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. The stream begins every Saturday at 8:30 AM Eastern US time.

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

 

This Saturday’s talk and sangha discussion is the fifth of a series on Karma And Rebirth.

A related article is here: Karma And Rebirth

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A live stream of our Thursday evening Dhamma class on September 21, 2017 from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. The stream begins every Thursday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

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

Thursday's class in Frenchtown is on the Sambodhi Sutta. In the Sambodhi Sutta the Buddha teaches the importance of admirable friends and other specific requirements in supporting self-awakening.

“For when one understands impermanence, clinging to anatta, to not-self, is abandoned. Understanding not-self uproots conceit. Unbinding arises in this moment.”…Read More

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from September 20, 2017. This talk is on the meaning of becoming as the Buddha teaches becoming. One can either ignore ignorance and continue to become rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths or develop the Dhamma and become awakened.

There is much confusion as to the meaning of “becoming.” Due to this confusion, great license is taken in interpreting what is meant by becoming as taught by the Buddha. This confusion and the following misapplication of the Dhamma can be avoided by simply looking at the Buddha’s own words from three sutta’s - the Loka, Bhava, and Mula Sutta’s

A related article is here: https://becoming-buddha.com/shunyata-three-discourses-on-emptiness/

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This is the first of three talks on Shunyata - Emptiness from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey on September 19, 2017.

Rather than attempt to establish a self in everything (clinging to impermanent objects, events, and ideas) or to crave for establishment of self in discrete, impermanent phenomena, or conceptual “dharmas,” both extreme views, the Buddha taught emptiness as a way of describing that followers of his Dhamma should be empty of clinging to objects, events, views, and ideas, and should not attach any notion of self into, or onto, the impermanent phenomenal world.

“What is not present is understood as empty of what is not present. Whatever remains is understood as what is present - in what is seen there is only the seen, in what is heard there is only the heard, in what is cognized there is only what is cognized. “So, Ananda, this is (final) entry into emptiness which is in accord with reality and is undistorted and pure... Read More

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This Saturday’s talk and sangha discussion is the fourth of a series on Karma And Rebirth.

A related article is here: Karma And Rebirth

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This a recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey from September 14, 2017.

This talk is on the Yasa Sutta. This short sutta teaches that developing the wisdom of the Buddha will bring the ability to avoid self-aggrandizing and the distraction that occurs from creating a "Dhamma" practice that is dependent on external entanglements as its theme.

“"Then there are those that cling to a group and takes food, clothes, shelter, and recognition from the group and becomes enamored with the group. They do not establish seclusion and will not end distraction…Read More

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This is my Dhamma talk streamed live every Wednesday at 12 noon eastern US time from September 13, 2017. This talk is on the Yuganaddha Sutta - Tranquility and Insight In Tandem.

An audio only version of this video is available at my podcast archive: Becoming Buddha Podcast

A mind of contentment and gratitude is developed by acceptance and awareness of who and what we are as life occurs. It is only conditioned mind that creates the sense that we should be different than we are, and that our life experience should be different than it is.

A related article is here: Yuganaddha Sutta Tranquility and Insight In Tandem

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A live stream of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class on September 12, 2017 from Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey. The stream begins every Tuesday at 7:15 PM Eastern US time.

Each 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: Becoming Buddha Podcast

Tuesday's class in Frenchtown will be on the The Sallatha Sutta, the sutta on the two arrows. This sutta is a key teaching as it clearly explains what for many is a confusing aspect of the Dhamma. In the teachings on what it means to awaken to The Four Noble Truths.

In this sutta the Buddha states that awakening is “understanding stress and unhappiness, abandoning the cause of stress and unhappiness, experiencing the cessation of stress and unhappiness, and developing the Eightfold Path leading to the cessation of stress and unhappiness.”... Read More

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Greeting Friends, I’m John Haspel

This a recording of our Saturday Morning Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey from September 9, 2017.

This is the third of a series of talks and sangha discussion on Karma And Rebirth.

A related article is here: Karma And Rebirth

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This a recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey from September 7, 2017.

My Dhamma talk and our Sangha discussion is on the Nidana Sutta. In the Nidana Sutta, the Buddha focuses on recognizing and abandoning the Three Defilements of greed, aversion, and deluded thinking. A related article is here: The Nidana Sutta

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This a recording of our Tuesday evening Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey from September 5, 2017.

My Dhamma talk and our Sangha discussion is the second of two talks on the Assuttava Sutta. In this sutta the Buddha teaches Dependent Origination in relation to the Five Clinging Aggregates and the difficulty in clinging to mental fabrications.

A related article is here: Assuttava Sutta

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This a recording of our Saturday Morning Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey from September 2, 2017.

This is the second of a series of talks and sangha discussion on Karma And Rebirth.

A related article is here: Karma And Rebirth

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This a recording of our Thursday evening Dhamma class at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey from August 31, 2017.

My Dhamma talk and our Sangha discussion is on The Anusota Sutta - Going WIth The Flow. The Anusota Sutta is another concise and remarkable sutta that shows how often the Buddha’s original teachings as preserved in the Pali Canon are simple and practical advice on staying focused within the framework for the development of lasting peace and happiness, the Eightfold Path.

A related article is here: Anusota Sutta

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