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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

This talk concludes with metta intentional meditation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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This is a talk on understanding the interrelationship between Anicca, Anatta, and Dukkha, the three marks of existence.

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In the Upajjhatthana Sutta the Buddha teaches that there are five subjects that should be mindfully considered as part of developing release from clinging. All of the Buddha’s teachings are presented in the context of developing understanding of the first noble truth, “there is dukkha,” and release from the second noble truth, “clinging originates dukkha."

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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.

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This is a talk on the concentration factors of the Eightfold Path. 


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In the Cula-Saccaka sutta the Buddha is confronted by Saccaka, a follower of Nigantha Nataputta, the local leader of a Jain sect. Saccaka is accompanied by a group of approximately five hundred Licchavis. The Licchavis were a society ruled by a religious oligarchy. Saccaka was a well respected Jain teacher known for using intense philosophical rhetoric and debate to show his superior knowledge.

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In the Maha-Assapura Sutta the Buddha teaches the assembled monks and nuns that being known as “contemplatives” and identifying as contemplatives does not fully describe the qualities of one following the Eightfold Path.

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The Sankhitta Sutta - A Monk's Concise Teaching recounts the teaching given to a monk who was eager to develop the Buddha’s teaching in seclusion. Notice that the Buddha did not advise the monk that what he was asking was not possible or that he should incorporate practices that are common today but likely a distraction to developing cessation of confusion, delusion, and an unsatisfactory life experience.

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It is the cultivation of moment-to-moment mindfulness of the Eightfold Path that develops release from clinging and a mind of lasting peace. Release from clinging is the condition that the Buddha described as awakened, and a mind of lasting peace is the quality of mind of an awakened human being. 

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This is a dhamma talk on the Khema Sutta, the Sutta on unanswered questions . 

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This is a dhamma talk on the seven factors to be developed that brings enlightenment. 

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This is a dhamma talk on The Culavedalla Sutta and the formation of a self-referential ego personality.


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This is a talk on Dependent Origination and how conditioned thinking maintains ignorance.

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This is a Dhamma talk on the Sundari Sutta, the sutta on te liberation of practicing restraint. Related articles by John Haspel to all Dhamma talks are at CrossRiverMeditation.com. If you find benefit from this talk please consider a donation. Peace.

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This is a dhamma talk on the Anusota Sutta and how to avoid following foolish paths. 

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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.”

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This talk is on the Buddha's first discourse known as the Dhammacakkappavatthana Sutta. This is when the Buddha taught The Four Noble Truths for the first time. A related article is here: The Four Noble Truths

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This is a talk on the use and meaning of metaphor in the Pali Canon.

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