9/30/2012 – Aversion: The Second Hindrance

Margaret guided our reflections on the various aspects of the hindrance of Aversion, from mild to extreme.  The talk by Joseph Goldstein, from which she used some excerpts, can be found at




9/23/2012 – Greed: The first Hindrance

Anne began our series on the Five Hindrances, by focusing on Greed.  Among other resources, she drew on a talk by Joseph Goldstein, using selected excerpts (minutes 1-10, 14:30-27:10, and 34:30-44:29).  You may find the entire talk at http://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/96/294.html

If you are interested in further exploring the topic, Anne recommends you might want to listen to this talk by Gil Fronsdal.  http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/1402.html

9/16/2012 – Sound of Silence

Today Michael introduced the technique of listening to the Sound of Silence, using a talk by Ajahn Sumedho.  The portion we listened to begins at minute 13.40 of this link.


We also discussed and explored Ajahn Sumedho’s encouragement to look at each arising object of consciousness intuitively and holistically to see “the way it is.”  He speaks of this often, and one good place to listen is talk on “Getting to the Root of the Problem.”


9/2/2012 – Enlightenment, Advaita Style

Sam guided our reflections on Enlightenment this Sunday, framing them with a talk by James Baraz.

The talk offers a presentation of non-Buddhist perspectives on enlightenment through stories and quotes of Advaita (non-dualistic) teachers such as Ramana Maharshi, Poonjaji, Eckhart Tolle, and Adyahshanti. . . . The talk ends with a brief guided meditation.


(This talk is third in a series of four on Enlightenment from the point of view of different traditions, for which go to dharmaseed.org > teacher > James Baraz > Select from James Baraz’s talks dropdown menu > Enlightenment 1, 2, 3, &4