Talks

Dharma Seed Talks

Please select a speaker to listen to the respective talk on the Dharma Seed site (dharmaseed.org).

 

Buddhist Geeks Interview

We were recently interviewed by Vince Horn at BuddhistGeeks. It was a lot of fun talking with Vince about the “Jedi Warrior Training” the yogis described experiencing at the New Years 2009 retreat.

Part 1: BG 159: Mastering the Jhanas  Transcripts

Part 2: BG 160: The Jedi Mind Training of Concentration  Transcripts

Theravada Dhamma Society Talk

at the Request of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw

In November, 2009, we were invited by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw to give a talk to the Theravada Dhamma Society, a Burmese Buddhist community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below is a hotlink to the talk in two parts (as the talk was 2 hours long.) This talk is a good condensed overview of the samatha practice as it is presented in the lineage of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw.

Samatha Practice Overview Part 1

Samatha Practice Overview Part 2

 

Monthly Practice Group Dharma Talks

These talks, recorded at the January-May, 2008 monthly sitting group, describe the jhana meditation practice as presented in the tradition of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw. This samatha practice leads to purification of mind and the development of powerful concentration that can lessen suffering and and increase the joy of being. To listen or download in MP3 format, please click on the hotlink below each talk, which will take you to the Archive.com website where these talks are stored. The talks build on each other, so it is helpful to listen to them in the order they were presented.

Talk #1

Overview of the Jhana Practice

Includes:  The three stages of practice (Sila, Samatha, Vipassana); The Buddha’s practice of the jhanas; Why do this practice?; and an overview of the path of practice as taught by Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw; meditation instructions. Please also download the accompanying Practice Chart from the hotlink below, which accompanies the audio.

Talk #1 – Overview of the Jhana Practice
 
Length of talk: 43 minutes | File size: 29.3 MB
Click here to download the Practice Chart that accompanies this talk

Talk #2

The Three Types of Concentration, and the Territory from the First Sit to First Jhana

Includes: What is concentration? The three types of concentration (momentary, access and absorption) and the differences between them; the progression of practice from your first sitting all the way through entering first jhana; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #2 – The Three Types of Concentration, and the Territory from the First Sit to First Jhana
 
Length of talk: 48 minutes | File size: 33 MB

Talk #3

How the Jhana Factors Neutralize the Hindrances, and Concentration Practice as Purification of Mind

Includes: Jhana factors overview; how hindrances relate to jhana factors; the role of sila / wholesomeness in this practice; how concentration practice leads to purification of mind; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #3 – How the Jhana Factors Neutralize the Hindrances, and Concentration Practice as Purification of Mind
 
Length of talk: 1 hour 14 minutes | File size: 50.7 MB
Click here to download the Jhana Factors / Hindrances Chart that accompanies this talk

Talk #4

Skillful Effort

Includes: intention; surrender; persistence; Yin and Yang; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #4 – Skillful Effort
 
Length of talk: 1 hour 22 minutes | File size: 56.3 MB

Talk #5

Actions that Support Practice; The Five Jhana Masteries; “Psychic Powers”

Includes: silence, breathing, timing, resolves; the masteries required in completing a jhana and moving on to the next; and what is meant by “psychic powers” and whether they are necessary; meditation instructions; and Q&A.

Talk #5 – Actions that Support Practice; The Five Jhana Masteries; “Psychic Powers”
 
Length of talk: 1 hour 22 minutes | File size: 56.3 MB