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Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Dharma Talks
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Dharma practice is medicine for the mind -- something particularly needed in a culture like ours that actively creates mental illness in training us to be busy producers and avid consumers. As individuals, we become healthier through our Dharma practice, which in turn helps bring sanity to our society at large.
2005-09-24 Faith & Doubt 1:18:39
Truths of the observer require you simply to observe things and try to figure them out. Truths of the will, which cover relationships are skills, are things you have to bring into being or they never become a reality. In this area faith, confidence, and conviction make all the difference.
Metta Forest Monastery
2005-09-09 Death 60:13
Coming to terms with the inevitability of your own death and the death of those you love. If you wait until the time of death in order to think about these things, it's a huge shock. This is one of the reasons the Buddha has you contemplate if before death.
Metta Forest Monastery
2005-09-06 Committee Mind 63:51
Using the analogy of the 'committee mind' to free yourself from the tendency to identify with every thought that comes into the mind; using the breath as a secure place to extract yourself from the committee discussions and gain a new perspective on them.
Metta Forest Monastery
2005-08-21 Skillful Emotions 61:00
The path involves learning how to marshal various emotions--grief, joy, desire, disgust, gladness, dispassion--some of which are normally regarded as negative. But they have their uses, so learn how to cultivate them all along the way. Without these emotions, the practice doesn't go anywhere. With them it can take you to release.
Metta Forest Monastery
2005-08-12 The Body 1:19:04
Awareness filling the body is the foundation of your meditation. It provides a sense of solidity throughout the interactions of life, and ultimately is the means for encountering the Deathless.
Metta Forest Monastery
2005-08-07 Suffering 1:20:07
The mind is always creating thought worlds that make us suffer. To get beyond this suffering, you have to confront the fears that force the mind to keep creating these worlds.
Metta Forest Monastery
2005-07-05 Breath By Breath 8:40
Learning a patient approach to breath meditation.
In collection Breath Meditation Series
2005-07-04 Guided Meditation 30:19
Guided breath meditation, step-by-step through the body.
In collection Breath Meditation Series
2005-06-13 The Wheel Of Dhamma 17:12
The Four Noble Truths as a guide for dealing with experience so as to put an end to suffering.
In collection Up For The Challenge Series
2005-06-07 In-Line With The Dhamma 17:40
The problem with delusion is that it's always threatened by reality. If you learn to admit reality, act in-line with the way things actually are, then there's nothing threatening.
In collection Up For The Challenge Series

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