Dharma Talks

Life is Difficult: The 5 Hindrances and The Sense of Self

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:09:44.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:49:50, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018 Duration: 02:06:54 Type: video
Changes (Thoughts on Impermanence)

 

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:05:45.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:39:54, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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THE FOLLOWING ARE A SONG AND POEMS ROBERT SHARED DURING HIS DHARMA TALK..............

Bottle of Wine

 

(New Yorker Magazine, Aug. 6 & 13, 2018 issue)

 

By Carl Dennis

 

I like to park a few blocks from the house of my hosts

And walk with my bottle of wine the tree-lined streets,

Anticipating the dinner with friends that awaits me.

A bottle of wine showing not only that I’m grateful

To be included but that I’m eager to do my part,

To offer a gift that won’t survive the evening,

That says I’ve set aside the need for transcendence

And made my peace at last with living in time.

Soon we’ll welcome the evening with a toast.

Soon we’ll be toasting it in farewell

As it starts on its journey into the near past

And then the far. Do the houses I’m passing

Regard me as a creature about to vanish

Into the realm of shadow while they have resolved

To hold their ground? But the bottle I’m carrying

Shows how the past can enhance the present.

The grapes it was made from were plucked and pressed

Seven years ago in a vineyard in Burgundy

According to customs already in place for generations

By the time these houses moved from the realm

Of blueprints and estimates into brick and wood.

The bottle will testify that traditions once honored

Are being adhered to still, with patience, with pride.

And if the past is present this evening, isn’t the future

Present as well in the thought that the ritual

I’m helping to pass along will prove enduring,

That however much the world around it may alter,

Guests will still perform it in eras to come?

I hope I feel their presence in spirit

Under these trees later this evening

As I walk back to my car with empty hands.

 

    Carl Dennis published his most recent book of poems, “Night School,” this year.

 

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Changes (By Carol King)

Gordon Lightfoot

Sit by my side come as close as the air

Sharin' a memory of grey

And wander in my words

And dream about the pictures that I play

Of changes

Green leaves of summer turn red in the fall

To brown and to yellow they fade

And then they have to die

Trapped within the circle time parade

Of changes

Moments of magic will glow in the night

All fears of the forest are gone

For when the morning breaks

They're swept away by golden drops of dawn

Of changes

Passions will part to a warm melody

As fires will sometimes turn cold

Like petals in the wind

We're puppets to the silver strings of souls

Of changes

Your tears will be trembling now we're somewhere else

One last cup of wine we will pour

I'll kiss you one more time

And leave you on the rolling river shore

Of changes

 

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 Thus should you look upon this changing world.

All component things are impermanent.

All component things are subject to dissolution.

See all of this world

As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,

A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,

A flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream

 

Buddha

 

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The Time of Our Lives

 By Tony Taccone

 

This, then, is what we are given.

 

ten or twenty thousand days

wherein we watch

a billion leaves

born then blush, fall

turn to earth, to silt,

to ash so soft

it will not bear a name.

 

from this black dust

we make our things, clothes

shelter, jewlelry

fiction--

 

stories in which

we seek conclusion,

our highest

and most dangerous invention.

 

for this culling of days

this harvest of dust

gathers meaning only

by our watching, our being,

 

our sensation of

what is forever being given—

that our bodies

are really only leaves seeking light

 

loved at last

by the wind

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018 Duration: 02:07:56 Type: video
Doyle Talk: How to Meditate Before Meditating

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:00:07.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY DOYLE) AT TIME STAMP 00:37:02, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018 Duration: 02:03:17 Type: video
Questions and Answers

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:16:40.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:54:20, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018 Duration: 02:15:18 Type: video
Kate Talk: Against The Stream - Being on the Dharma Path

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:00:55.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:36:10, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018 Duration: 02:03:05 Type: video
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
Visiting Teacher: Jason Siff - How to Work With Thoughts During Meditation

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:09:55.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY ROBERT) AT TIME STAMP 00:46:30, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 Duration: 02:05:07 Type: video
Skillful Means: Awareness of Everything in Meditation

NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:25:05.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY ROBERT) AT TIME STAMP 00:54:02, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018 Duration: 02:01:52 Type: video
Happiness: The Four Kinds of Happiness

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 00:53:15, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018 Duration: 02:16:14 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