Dharma Talks

The Violence We Do To Ourselves With Over-Work




Robert provided some book and video references during this talk.


            “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”

Thomas Merton

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/195973.Conjectures_of_a_Guilty_Bystander)


Joanna Macy Video: The Story of the Shambhala Warriors                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fVqrFNIRAc


No Hard Feelings, by the Avett Brothershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agc1gc6jqVE


"Over whatever you have to do, even if it be very urgent and demands great care, I would not have you argue or be agitated.  For rest assured , everything you do, be it great or small, is but one eighth of the problem, whereas to keep one’s state undisturbed even if thereby one should fail to accomplish the task, is the other seven-eighths. So if you are busy at some task and wish to do so perfectly, try to accomplish it—which constitutes one eighth. If, however, in order to accomplish your task you would inevitably be carried away and harm yourself or another by arguing with him, you should not lose seven for the sake of preserving one-eighth."

St. Abba Dorotheus, of the Desert Fathers

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Duration: 2:10:03 Type: video
Frank Leder: Skillful Response to Challenging Times

Frank Leder is the founder of the TouchLife School of Massage in Europe. Frank is a direct descendant of Ruth Denison and is a teacher in her lineage in Europe. He speaks with wisdom and love about dealing with these difficult times using our Dharma skills.

Sunday, December 17, 2017 Duration: 2:02:52 Type: video
The Brahma Viharas, with Jim Dalton

JIm shares about the four Brahma Viharas, the Four Abodes Of The Gods.

These are four emotional states that are impermanent, but are immeasurable in the sense they have no boundries. These are immeasurable states of mind that have to be renewed consciously. Through practice, we can access these expansive states. They are the opposite of our normal contracted ego defense states of mind, which pull us in and tighten us. These are states of mind that are places in the metaphorical sense. An abode is a place you return to like you return home.... You can use a simple phrases to help you get to these places.

(JIm gives a brief summary of his talk at the very beginning of the video through timestamp 05:00:00. The actual Dharma talk begins at timestamp 01:09:50)

Sunday, November 19, 2017 Duration: 2:04:28 Type: video
The Precepts: Natural Laws that Lead to Happiness and Freedom

The Five Precepts provide cognitive and behavioral guidelines that allow us to live together in harmony. They are not commandments in that we are quite free to experiment and see what happens when we do not follow them. They are consciousness raising vehicles that help us to see the natural consequences that arise whenever we act based in greed, hatred and delusion. A life lived in accord with the precepts will result in a mind that tends toward concentration, ease and tranquility which is its own reward. That ease also contributes to our ability to feel more and more safe in the world and to relax and feel safe. This softening leads us in the direction of compassion, love and awakening too our interbeing with all of life. - Robert Beatty

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Duration: 2:10:10 Type: video
The First Noble Truth: Waking up to Suffering: Talk 1 Eightfold Path

(The Dharma talk begins at Time Stamp at 1:16:00)




Sunday, September 10, 2017 Duration: 2:01:34 Type: video



"I sat here on the floor holding Joanna Macy's hands, and tearfully....I said I'm getting bit caught in a depresion and hopelessness with what's happening in the world.... Well, what if it's true that the end of human existence on the planet is happening? Wouldn't that then inspire and call you to be grateful, profoundly grateful, for being alive at this time, so that the end has love, compassion, and nobility? And you can use this as the ground of your awakening?" - Robert Beatty

(NOTE: The Dharma talk begins at TimeStamp 01:17:51)

Sunday, September 3, 2017 Duration: 2:13:54 Type: video
Gary Sanders-Sangha Sunday, July 9, 2017 Duration: 2:09:27 Type: video
7 Enlightenment Factors: Gregory Maloof

Buddha prescribed the development of Seven Mental Capacities as an antidote for suffering. They are Mindfulness, Investigation, Energy, Rapture, Concentration and Equanimity. Gregory Maloof's presentation is thorough, clear, engaging, humorous and practical.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Duration: 1:08:08 Type: video
Father's Day and Forgiveness

On the occasion of Father's Day. Remembering that your father was an ordinary, flawed human being who plays or played the difficult role of father. - Robert Beatty

Sunday, June 18, 2017 Duration: 45:28 Type: video
Open Questions

Does life exist forever
“Something within that seems eternal”
What is Intuition
Childhood abuse and Trauma
Your Person-Ality is yours for life.
Learning to love it.
Road Rage
Kate Wolf Song “Give Yourself to Love”
Closing with kids

Robert Beatty

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Duration: 51:47 Type: video
Impermanence and Vulnerability

In the wake of the Hate Crime murders of two good samaritans on the Max in Portland this reflection is upon the first characteristic of existence: Anicca. Everything is contingent, unstable, and unpredictable. How can we live in such a world? How can we dare to love and connect with each other given the instability? - Robert Beatty

Sunday, May 28, 2017 Duration: 2:07:35 Type: video
Dave Smith

Dave Smith speaks about Dharma, trauma and being fully honest with oneself.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 Duration: 2:12:56 Type: video
Jesus and the Buddha at Easter

Jesus transformed to the Christ on the cross. Siddhartha became the Buddha under the Bodhi Tree. The Great Story of Creation and awakening of which we are part. Relative and Absolute reality - Robert Beatty 

Sunday, April 16, 2017 Duration: 2:02:36 Type: video
4/9/17 - Gary Sanders Sunday, April 9, 2017 Duration: 2:05:02 Type: video

Robert Beatty

Sunday, April 2, 2017 Duration: 2:06:30 Type: video
Dharma and Politics: "I have no Enemies"

Thank You Sunday - Ceremony for Kate retiring.

Talk begins at 1:19
Song "I have no Enemies by The Avett Bothers. Politics and Dharma. How to face the realities of polarization, anger, hopelessness and fear. Enemy imaging in the mind.
Bhikku Bodhi coined the term "Conscientious Compassion" You dive deeply into realizing the suffering of someone who is the victim of oppression and discover that there is pain and anger. This anger is not rooted in the unwholesome, but actually in compassion. One must open to and embrace this anger and not let it act out or be repressed into depression and hopelessness. Instead it results in a loving compassionate and potent movement in the direction of acting to alleviate the suffering. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Duration: 2:09:58 Type: video
Q and A

Difference between awareness and thinking, Awareness and Mindfulness, Bare attention - Robert Beatty

Sunday, March 19, 2017 Duration: 2:05:29 Type: video
Jim Dalton on Right View, Right Intent Sunday, March 12, 2017 Duration: 2:03:21 Type: video
Curiosity and Questions

Robert Beatty

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Duration: 2:06:03 Type: video
Pleasant and Unpleasant Driving the World

Vedena: The second foundation of mindfulness, offers the doorway to being free from the desire to always change something - Robert Beatty

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Duration: 2:11:59 Type: video