Talks, Meditations, Chants

In 2016 at the urging of the Satsang students, I began recording talks. Talks are organized under topics, and audio quality varies, especially during group discussions. For recordings from closed groups, like Teacher Training workshops you were a part of, contact me.

[I’m reorganizing the talks, and they’re now going to be in blog posts for easier searching. Here’s the new page. They’re still organized by topic and series.]

Buddhist Basics

Going for Refuge to the Buddha, Dhamma, & Sangha (1.24.17)

(Refuge Pūja chanting is at the bottom of the page)


The Nervous System & Trauma Physiology in Meditation & Yoga

1. Meditation: Orientation, Body Posture, Pleasure (6.6.17)

Trauma Basics: Fight, Flight, Freeze (6.6.17)

2. Meditation: Mettā (Loving Kindness) for a Benefactor, with the breath (6.13.17)

Trauma Basics: Activation-Deactivation (6.13.17)

3. Meditation: 3 Important Spectra/Qualities to Track (6.20.17)

Trauma Basics: Tracking States of Activation-Deactivation (6.20.17)

4. Meditation: Orientation to the here-and-now (6.27.17)

Trauma Basics: Working with the Past, the Trauma-Privilege Spectrum (6.27.17)


The 5 Ethical Precepts (sīla), in the order I gave the talks:

3. Not misusing sexuality (6.23.16)

2. Not taking that which is not offered (7.14.16)

4. Not misusing speech (7.21.16)

5. Not misusing intoxicants (7.28.16)

1. Not causing harm (8.4.16)


The Noble Eightfold Path (ariyo aṭṭhaṅgiko maggo) of practice:

The section on Wisdom (pañña)

1. Right (or Wise) View (sammā-diṭṭhi ) (2.28.17 on Suffering and 3.7.17 on Karma)

2. Right Intention (sammā-sankappa) (3.14.17)

The section on Ethics (sīla)

3. Right Speech (sammā-vācā) (3.21.17)

4. Right Action (sammā-kammanta) (4.4.17)

5. Right Livelihood (sammā-ājīva) (4.11.17)

Summary: Wise Action as choices that condition States (4.18.17)

The section on Meditation (samādhi)

6. Right Effort (sammā-vāyāma) (5.2.17)

7. Right Mindfulness (sammā-sati) (5.9.17)

A reflection while out walking with my baby, thinking out loud through the idea “Mindfulness as Moral Law”, and why a certain popular teaching might be Wrong View (8.3.16)

8. Right Meditation/Integration (sammā-samādhi) (5.23.17 on Stillness and 5.30.17 on nibbāna)


The 10 Perfections (pāramī) to cultivate on the path:

1. Generosity (dāna) (9.1.16)

2. Ethics (sīla)

[See talks on the 5 Precepts, above, also “Mindfulness as Moral Law”, below.]

3. Renunciation (nekkamma), in 2 parts (9.15 & 9.29.16)

4. Wisdom (pañña)

[See the Eightfold Path and 3 Characteristics talks.]

5. Effort (viriya)

[See talk on Right Effort in the Eightfold Path.]

6. Forbearance (khanti) (10.27.16)

7. Truth (sacca) (11.29.16)

8. Resolve (adiṭṭhāna) (1.3.17)

9. Loving kindness (mettā) (9.8.16)

10. Equanimity (upekkhā) (1.10.17)


The 3 Characteristics (tilakkhaṇa) of all conditioned things:

1. Impermanence (anicca) (8.11.16)

2. Unsatisfactoriness (dukkha) (8.18.16)

3. Selflessness (anattā) (8.25.16)


Other talks, most recent first

On purification, trauma, and the Nervous System (3.28.17 at Insight Meditation South Bay)

On male oppression, after Eric Shaw’s anti-feminist FB storm (2.21.17)

On romantic love and attachment (2.14.17)

On the “mind-body connection” in yoga & meditation, a talk at Haas Business School (2.14.17)

On mettā as Universal Love, and renunciation, as supports for tolerance (1.31.17)

On karma and white privilege (1.17.17)

On self-judgment and its relationship to kamma/karma and Selflessness (anattā) (12.13.16)

After the Ghost Ship fire, on grief and mourning (12.6.16)

The teaching of the 6 Realms as a metaphor for privilege (7.7.16)

A classical teaching on why it’s so hard to let go, called “the gratification, the danger, and the escape” (6.30.16)

After the Orlando nightclub attack (6.16.16)

Mindfulness means intimacy (Vajrapani retreat 2015)


Meditation Instructions

Audio of the short meditation instructions I give at the beginning of Satsang. After the instructions, which are around 10 minutes, sit as long as you like in silence.

Samādhi: Stilling body, stilling mind (5.30.17)

Samādhi: Concentration at the nose tip (5.23.17)

External and internal awareness (5.2.17)

Breath practice, gentle prānāyāma (4.18.17)

Stability, mindfulness of state (4.11.17)

Orientation through the senses (3.28.17 at Insight Meditation South Bay)

Observing change like a river (3.14.17)

For beginners (3.7.17)

Mind as Mirror (2.28.17)

Non-effort, stillness (2.21.17)

Intimacy (2.14.17)

Basics (1.31.17)


Chants

The one-line chant we do at the end of the Satsang meditation period:

lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu
oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ

Refuge Pūja: chanting the Refuges and Precepts at Satsang

(with intro talk 5.30.17)

(2.28.17)

(1.31.17)


More coming, including guided meditations and other chants. If there’s something you want me to speak or record on, let me know.

These teachings are the fruit of my practice and study, and all that is correct in them has its roots in the wisdom of my teachers and the texts, primarily the Pāli Canon of the Theravāda Buddhist lineage as expressed in Western Insight Meditation, the Thai Forest Tradition, and the Burmese vipassanā lineages. Where the talks cross into trauma theory, they are indebted to the teachings of Steven Hoskinson, Stephen Porges, and Bessel van der Kolk, and where they cross into social justice and anti-oppression material, to my teachers and peers in that study, including Larry Yang, Gina Sharpe, Zubin Shroff, and many others. All errors in my teaching of each of these fields are my own, and please let me know if you hear any.

Blessings for your practice.