Brightening Agents: 7 Enlightenment Factors

Brightening agents to cleanse the mind of hindrances. A talk given during Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts Monastic Retreat at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Centre in 2013. 

One Inalienable Right

We can free our hearts from suffering. A talk given during Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts Monastic Retreat at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Centre in 2013. 

Boundless Metta in Difficult Times: A Guided Meditation

We can develop boundless quality of Metta in difficult conditions. A guided meditation during Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts Monastic Retreat at Insight Meditation Society Retreat Centre in 2013.

The Buddha’s Positioning System – BPS: Truth Coordinates for Daily Life Practice

The Buddha gives us coordinates to guide us in our practice, to get our bearings in this world so that we can realize what we are carrying and where we are going. We have the gift of mindfulness, the gift of wisdom or the…

Grow in the Master’s Way

Learn how to cultivate the Master’s Way by dedicating mind and body to the path that leads to purification of mind. With time and patience, the hindrances will fall away and the clarity, serenity, and joy of the Dhamma will be revealed. A talk…

Satipaññā and Refuge to the Rescue

How can we avoid the pitfalls that Mara sets for us on the path? Develop Sati (mindfulness) to act as a gatekeeper that can recognize the earliest signs of delusion, ill will, and greed. At the same time, cultivate paññā, wisdom and sharp discernment…

Friendship With the Lovely

The Sārāņīya dhammas are conciliatory qualities of harmony, friendship, and good will in community. Sārāņīya can also mean remembering our true refuge, shelter, and protection. We gain peace and happiness in life especially when we face difficulties in relationships with ‘sārāņīya’ qualities of loving-kindness,…

This is Not Beyond Our Doing

We can bear witness to each others’ suffering by recognizing genuine spiritual friends or kalyānamitta who share our values and our desire for awakening. Spiritual friends can help us identify our individual pitfalls and support our letting go of these obstacles. It is a…

Be the First to Forgive

This unique journey takes us through a spiritual MRI of mindful, radical investigation. Scanning the mind, we see our entrenched mental habits and the root causes of our suffering; and we develop the courage to forgive, to be patient, discerning, and compassionate. Resilient at…

I Give You My Bread

We all experience the five hindrances in our practice – greed, ill will, anxiety, dullness, and doubt. Applying continuous and vigilant attention to identify these obstacles as they arise, remove them in their tracks. Follow up with astute mindfulness to prevent them from assaulting…