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In this episode, Andrew discusses many facets of "Wise Effort"-- the sixth factor of the eightfold path. He talks about the importance of "resolve" and having a strong commitment to spiritual practice. He also details the nuance of developing a "gentle approach" to investigating mind states during meditation, and the difference between discernment …
 
Andrew discusses the 4th factor of the Buddha's eightfold path, "Wise Action". In order to bring better clarity to discerning the skillfulness and appropriateness of our behavior, we must first look at Wise View and Intention as a way to challenge the distortions of perception and the aspirational principles that should be guiding our decisions; th…
 
Borrowing the title, "No Self, No Problem", from author Chris Niebauer's most recent book, Andrew discusses the Buddha's teaching on Anatta, the teaching of "not-self". What happens when we learn to take the mind less personally & see the present sensory experience unfold without identifying with feelings, perceptions, or thoughts as self? We find …
 
“People have suffered in one place, so they go somewhere else. When they have suffered there, they run off again. They think they are running away from suffering, but they are not. It goes with them. They carry suffering around without knowing it. If we don’t know suffering, then we can’t know the cause of suffering. If we don’t know the cause of s…
 
Why do we keep doing things that cause suffering in our lives? Usually, it's because those destructive habits temporarily provide us with comfort, even though they don't serve our long-term wellbeing. When we practice letting go of destructive habits or thoughts, there is often a fear of losing the temporary relief that those thoughts and behaviors…
 
Recorded live in Nashville, TN! Asked to introduce Zen and share his own personal journey Dave goes bare bones honest with a talk about giving up and giving in to disillusionment and the liberation that comes when the bottom drops out on life and reality turns out to be nothing like what you asked for. Dave drops some history with Zen's beginnings …
 
Andrew offers an overview of two fundamental aspects of the Buddha's teachings on meditation - non-reactive awareness (clear seeing) & skillfulness (wise responding). Meditation practice entails both the ability to step back from automatic perceptions and impulses & the ability to respond wisely to meet life on life's terms. In this talk, Andrew de…
 
In this talk, Andrew discusses "The Five Hindrances". These are 5 frequently occurring mind states that obstruct clarity & often lead to reactivity in our lives. Andrew talks about how to view the hindrances as a pathway into practice rather than an obstacle to practice, as well as discussing some skillful ways to work with these commonly occurring…
 
In this episode, Andrew provides and overview of the Buddhist View and Practice of Equanimity. How can we learn to come to terms with things the way that they are, rather than how we want them to be? Mindfulness help us to make space for the dis-ease of our lives by resting in compassionate awareness and helps us to make space for the joy in our li…
 
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