Dharma Talks

Gregory Talk: On Doubt

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:08:00.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:35:44, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018 Duration: 02:07:57 Type: video
Love-Based Activism: The 12 Steps of Dependent Origination As A Model for Skillful Action

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:03:25.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:39:25, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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(Below are poems and quotes and interesting highlights from the Dharma talk.)

 

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A Ritual to Read to Each Other

By William E. Stafford

If you don't know the kind of person I am
and I don't know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the
           world
and following the wrong god home we may miss
           our star.
 
For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of
          childhood
storming out to play through the broken dike.
 
And as elephants parade holding each
          elephant's tail,
but if one wanders the circus won't find the
          park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.
 
And so I appeal to a voice, to something
         shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should
         consider—
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the
dark.
 
For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to
          sleep;
the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —

should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

 

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The unexamined life leads to a fate. The examined life leads to a destiny.

(Based on the quote by Carl Jung: "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.")

 

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"The I that I know does not know enough to know that it does not know enough."

From the book, Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves, By James Hollis

 

 

Sunday, July 1, 2018 Duration: 02:02:52 Type: video
Refugees, Compassion and Engaged Dharma

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:02:35.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE WHEELCHAIR RAMP FUND AT TIME STAMP 00:44:15, AND A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:50:45.

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THE SONG ROBERT AND KIRSTEN SANG IS AT TIME STAMP 01:17:08

"DEPORTEE" (BY WOODY GUTHRIE)

The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting
The oranges are filed in their creosote dumps
They're flying 'em back to the Mexico border
To take all their money to wade back again
Goodbye to my Juan, farewell Roselita
Adios mes amigos, Jesus e Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane
All they will call you will be deportees

My father's own father, he waded that river
They took all the money he made in his life
It's six hundred miles to the Mexico border
And they chased them like rustlers, like outlaws, like thieves
The skyplane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon
The great ball of fire it shook all our hills
Who are these dear friends who are falling like dry leaves?
Radio said, "They are just deportees"
Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?
Is this the best way we can raise our good crops?
To fall like dry leaves and rot on out topsoil
And be known by no names except "deportees"

Sunday, June 24, 2018 Duration: 02:12:08 Type: video
Father: Forgiveness, Gratitude and Accepting Reality

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:10:45.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:55:15, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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NOTE: ROBERT READ BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING PIECES DURING HIS DHARMA TALK

 

 "My father was the second oldest of seven children. His smother died of a brain tumor when he was seventeen. His father, a violent alcoholic who had beaten his wife, promptly abandoned the children.  The younger ones were placed in foster care or in the Catholic Home for Working Boys. My dad kept track of them all, hoping to bring them together under one roof someday. He never did.

 "My grandfather held an inexplicable grudge against my father. He would mail Dad postcards from seaports around the world that read, “Dear Jim, I’m alive, no thanks to you.” Toward the end of his life, my grandfather lived on the street in New York City. My dad paid the owner of a flophouse my grandfather frequented to make sure his father always had a meal and a bed. My grandfather died in that flophouse, of tuberculosis, sometime in the thirties.

"My father did not tell me these stories until I had kids of my own. By then I was mad at my dad because his own drinking had made out home a scary place for me as a child. I was mad at my mom because she’d been so passive, hardly ever getting out of bed. I was mad at my brother for leaving home and never looking back. I was mad at my sister for being everyone’s favorite. I felt the world owed me one big apology.

"My mom had plenty of time to apologize as she lay dying, but she didn’t. My dad didn’t apologize for his drinking, but he did get sober; that was apology enough for me. It was a pleasure to listen to him hum a tune as he stood on a ladder in my house, making electrical repairs for me and the kids.

"I am older now and have learned what a mistake it is to wait around for people to apologize. A wise person once said that holding on to anger is like eating rat poison and expecting the rat to die.

"No longer do I look down on people who offend me, extending forgiveness from my lofty perch. I understand now how limited we all are by circumstances, time place, history and luck. We humans are a frail lot; compassion seems to be the only thing that saves us."

 

-- Kathy Kelly, Florence Mass. The Sun, February 2005 --

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A Father and Daughter

she wakes up to the sound of crying.
muffled in the darkness.
she takes tentative steps to the room upstairs.
its her father.
bottles on the floor,
cigarette in his hand, the room is subdued, smokey.
she turns to leave, as silently as she walked in,
he whispers 'i'm sorry'
tears flow freely, streaking her cheeks
she runs to hug him.
four years later, and theyre still hugging.
they still cry together
but now they can laugh together
take trips together
play cards together,
friends as well as family.
they live in a small brown house,
it was so cold
so empty.
she still cries on her own
so does he.
he has a son who can't be with him,
who feels guilty for loving him
a wife that despises him,
but a daughter who can't live without him.
he's her rock,
her saviour,
her knight in shining armour.
she is the light of his life,
the apple of his eye,
his second chance,
his path to redemption.

-- Elsa Brooks --

Sunday, June 17, 2018 Duration: 02:05:42 Type: video
Stages of Enlightenment; Transforming Desire and Aversion

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:17:25

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 01:00:35, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018 Duration: 02:14:12 Type: video
Enlightenment and Awakening: What is Insight Meditation?

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:06:40.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:53:09, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018 Duration: 02:08:26 Type: video
Community Wisdom - Sangha Members Share How Practice Helps Them In Day-To-Day Life

NOTE: THE QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:08:10.

THE Q & A IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:43:00, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018 Duration: 02:03:00 Type: video
Strengthening The Fragile Ego With Meditation

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:05:10.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:47:10, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018 Duration: 02:08:44 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
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"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