Dharma Library

Explore teachings from our previous Sunday Sangha sessions with our Dharma Library

Dharma Library

Explore teachings from our previous Sunday Sangha sessions with our Dharma Library

Self and Not-Self: Who (What) are You?

With Eugene Cash Recorded : October 25, 2020

This talk explores classic Buddhist teachings about anatta: self and not-self as well highlighting how other traditions and modalities recognized self and what it means to be free from self. We investigate self and not-self through spiritual, poetic cultural and personal perspectives.

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Practice as a Way of Remembrance

With Caverly Morgan Recorded : October 18, 2020

Many are referring to this time as apocalyptic. Fair enough. It can seem as though everywhere we turn a dismantling of some sort is in the works. While we might intellectually feel able to embrace the change upon us, for many it can be easy to fall into overwhelm, hopelessness, even despair. What do the…

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Meeting Grief with Love

With Oren Jay Sofer Recorded : October 4, 2020

Amidst so many changes and so much loss this year, many of us are grieving. We may be grieving the loss of a loved one, of our own health, of a job, or even a way of life. Come gather in community to explore how we can meet our grief with tenderness, create space to…

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Compassion is a Political Act

With Vimalasara Mason-John Recorded : September 20, 2020

This session is invitation for white practitioners and others to join Vimalasara in a discussion on the theme of liberation, the central tenet of Buddhist teachings. No one is liberated until we are all liberated. What if we made explicit that Black Lives Matter was part of the Bodhisattva vow? How would that impact our…

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Dharma Practice as Play, or, There is no Path until you Walk It!

With Leela Sarti Recorded : September 13, 2020

In our troubled world dharma practitioners sometimes become earnest. But beings learn and develop through play, and to play we have to be fluid in mind, heart and body. Play fertilizes the human spirit and makes us feel a sense of belonging. Welcome to a session exploring dharma practice as original play and creativity.

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Dharma, Sex, Intimacy and Covid

With Martin Aylward Recorded : September 6, 2020

We are more physically isolated during these days of Covid. Less physical contact, less access even to each others smiles beneath the masks we wear to care for each others’ health. Contact and intimacy are deeply important to humans, and in this session Sangha Live founding and guiding teacher Martin Aylward explores different forms of…

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Love and Resiliency

With Lama Rod Owens Recorded : August 30, 2020

The world is unsteady and chaotic. We find ourselves struggling in a pandemic that has completely disrupted our lives. Many of us are being confronted with the reality of death in a way we thought we never would. In the face of all this, it is hard to maintain our physical and emotional balance. Resiliency…

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The Dharma of Homecoming in Times of Fear

With Lama Rod Owens Recorded : July 26, 2020

Maya Angelou once wrote: “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” James Baldwin reflected: “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” In The Wiz, Stephanie Mills sang: “When I think of home I think of…

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Restorative Stillness Even During Turbulent Times

With Ronya Banks Recorded : July 19, 2020

“Enter into the stillness inside your busy life. Become familiar with her ways. Grow to love her, feel [her] with all your heart and you will come to hear her silent music and become one with Love’s silent song.” ~Noel Davis You can tap into inner stillness and tranquility regularly during your days, even during…

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Integrity – A Bridge Over Troubled Water

With Ulla König Recorded : July 12, 2020

In challenging situations, we can lose our ground. Not knowing what to rely on, we are liable to reactivity, either withdrawing or lashing out. Fear and anger are very human reactions to what we perceive as injustice or threat. While there is no need to condemn us for experiencing them, our hearts might yearn for…

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Natural Wisdom

With Brian Dean Williams Recorded : July 5, 2020

In the modern world, it’s easy to forget our intimate connection with all of life. But with recent global events and movements, we’ve been both confronted and inspired by the deep impact our actions have on one another. From a Buddhist perspective, being aware is our true nature. What role might the natural world play…

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Liberation through the Heart (Citta Vimmuti)

With Dave Smith Recorded : June 28, 2020

Most people associate Dharma practice with the concept of Wisdom. Here, the idea is that we need to “know” something that we don’t already know. For English thinking minds this can become very problematic and can turn our practice into a cognitive or intellectual endeavor. With the earliest teachings of the Dharma we see that…

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The Power of Change

With Ulla König Recorded : June 21, 2020

We wish for change. The time of the old is up. Its structures, habits and perspectives have lost their appeal. We sense the potential for something fresh to start. We can witness change. Feel victimized or beaten by it. Or find ways of empowerment and respond with wisdom. Meditation, mindfulness and reflection provide the tools…

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Being Real Together

With Thanissara Recorded : June 14, 2020

Let’s pause. How are you doing in this time as all is showing up for reckoning at the same moment? Take some kind breaths, and have a moment of compassion for your self, others, and for it all. In today’s session let’s pause quietly, recalibrate, and check in. 

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Not Clinging to Anything in the World

With Eugene Cash Recorded : May 17, 2020

These words, spoken by the Buddha in the Satipatthana Sutta, point us to the potential for awakening inherent in mindfulness practice. Even now, in the midst of the pandemic of Covid-19, we can explore what it means to live a life of love, commitment and authenticity as we discover the freedom of not clinging to…

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Comfortable with Discomfort: How to be a Bodhisattva

With Justine Dawson Recorded : May 10, 2020

Our current situation is giving us great practice with discomfort. whether we’re experiencing small inconveniences or significant disruption. Dharma teaches us that this very discomfort is a gateway to realization. Once our efforts to soothe or transcend run dry, we gain the opportunity to develop insight, freedom, and true bodhisattva compassion. Compassion that is at…

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How to Find Equanimity Amidst Upheaval

With Caverly Morgan Recorded : May 3, 2020

We are deeply habituated to seek equanimity as if it’s a state to be found. In times of crisis, stakes are high. We try harder. The more desperate we feel, the more effort we put in. In this striving, we forget to ask: “Who is it that’s striving?” This question isn’t about finding the right…

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The Procurement of Kindness and Sanity

With Jill Satterfield Recorded : April 26, 2020

Jill writes: “We all possess the capacity to be very aware of our internal landscapes of body, heart and mind. And fortunately, with practice, we can tend to what we see, feel and know as it all arises in the moment, rather than days, months or decades later. It sure saves a lot of pain…

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Embracing Uncertainty – Practice During Crisis

With Ronya Banks Recorded : April 19, 2020

“The truth is that you will never be absolutely safe. All things change constantly, even what is most precious. This is the angst of life, the price of being a conscious human being.” – Phillip Moffitt As a spiritual practitioner, you learn to see and accept “uncertainty” as a fact of life – even during…

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