|Midwestern Dhamma Refuge
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This study program was developed for the Lawrence Insight Meditation Community (Kansas), with the help of friends in La Crosse, WI, and elsewhere. It includes new & old talks, readings, and references to other web resources. If you wish to reflect on these teachings with others, please do so through the Buddhadasa listserve.
- Suffering & the Quenching of Dukkha (mp3, 6.4 mb)
- Suffering, Quenching, & Conditionality (mp3, 7.6 mb)
- Your Most Pervasive Forms of Dukkha & Craving? (mp3, 6.2 mb)
- Abandoning Craving & Realizing Quenching (mp3, 6.1 mb)
- Making Nibbana Relevant (mp3, 6.6 mb)
- The Path is a Middle Way (mp3, 6.0 mb)
- Path as Training (mp3, 4.5 mb)
- The Dawning of the Noble Path (mp3, 6.4 mb)
- Dhammacakkappavatana Sutta & discussion (being edited)
(part 1 - part 2)
Nibbana for Everyone, Ajahn Buddhadasa
The Four Noble Truths, Ajahn Sumedho
This small book is an excellent example of how to investigate and practice with the ariya-sacca. Highly recommended throughout this series.
Santikaro gave a talk on the structure of the Four Noble Truths and using them as our Framework for Studying Buddha-Dhamma (mp3, 9.9 mb).
Recent reflections by Santikaro on the busyness so many of us grumble about used the 4 Noble Truths as the framework for inquiry (mp3 here).
More Four Noble Truths (various places, times & formats)
We will explore the 2nd noble truth in depth & detail following the example of the Buddha's own inquiry into the conditions of dukkha in the months preceding the Great Awakening.
- Dukkha Depends on Birth & Becoming (mp3, 4.9 mb)
- Ego-Birth Arises from Clinging & Craving (mp3, 6.0 mb)
- The Experiential Nexus: Feeling & Contact (mp3, 4.7 mb)
- Guided Meditation on Sense Media & Contact (mp3, 7.5 mb)
- Advice for On-going Practice (mp3, 1.1 mb) ... Guide Questions (html)
- The Experiential-Perceptual-Cognitive Process (mp3, 7.1 mb)
- Guided Meditation on Vedana (Feelings) (mp3, 6.7 mb)
- Comment on Vedana ... goes with preceding (mp3, 1.4 mb)
- What Are We Embodying?
- The Concocting of Consciousness by Ignorance
The Buddhist path is meant to be comprehensive, encompassing lifestyle, ethics, service, compassion, and wisdom. All of these are understood as trainings, tools for transforming a self-centered life into selflessness. Integrating it all are the variety of practices considered citta-sikkha, training of the mind-heart-consciousness. This series will explore this variety and their application to our lives. (Topics listed here are not necessarily in the order we will get to them.)
- Four Home Bases (MP3 7.2 mb, 31:33 min)
what do we come back to re-ground & re-center ourselves in mindfulness?
- Rich Vocabulary (MP3 7.5 mb, 32:44 min)
Buddhism has a rich language for discussing meditation; familiarity with the basic terms is clarifying.
- Stuff (MP3 6.6 mb, 29:20 min)
What are our favorite ways of distracting & disturbing?
- Developing Skillful Antidotes (MP3 6.4 mb, 28:08 mins)
A method (with examples) for working with the stuff of session
- Thought Training 1: Reflections & Recollections (MP3 4.6 mb, 20:18 mins)
Believe or not, learning how to think clearly & critically is important in Buddhism. Dhamma is designed for investigation.
Guided Meditation: Five Subjects for Frequent Reflection (MP3 4.6 mb, 28:28 mins)
- More Recollections:
Buddhanussati - Recollection of the Buddha's Virtues (Introductory Talk (4 mb, 17:32 mins) | Guided Meditation (5.3 mb, 23:16 mins) | Text)
Upasamanussati - Recollection of Peacefulness (Introductory Talk (mp3, mins) | Guided Meditation (mp3, mins) | Text)
- Dwellings Greater than our Petty Egos: Seeing through and abandoning egoism, self-centeredness, and the sense of self is a lifelong practice. In addition to the insights that dissolve the sense of self, we cultivate expansive wholesome attitudes that foster more transparency of self.