Recent Dharma Talks

In the midst of a four day retreat in Raleigh NC, we had a day of mindfulness, welcoming additional practitioners for sitting, walking, dharmatalks, and a transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. These two talks are from that day, Saturday, September 9th 2017.

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“Inner Stability and Freedom” retreat with Deep River Sangha, at the St Francis Prayer Center near Greensboro, NC. May 26-29, 2017. Heartfelt gathering in a beautiful and peaceful Center. Practitioners came from sanghas all over North Carolina and even a few from Knoxville, TN. We took a lot of time to practice calm and silence, with the teachings emphasizing an understanding of the inner life of feelings and thoughts and how our practice can be used to transform and heal our suffering.”


“When Cloud Turns to Rain” retreat with Blooming Lilac Sangha, at Mercy Spirituality Center in Rochester NY. November 10-14 2016. Many of us found this retreat “well-timed” in order to process the collective unrest of the recent election. Deep settling, calming, and looking deeply together, we found resilience, inspiration and healing. On our third day we practiced walking meditation to the nearby grave of Susan B Anthony, singing “No-coming, No going” with her. How wonderful it is to be the continuation of such strong and compassionate spiritual ancestors.


“Letting Go and Cultivating Inner Light” New England Retreat at Green Acre, ME. October 20-23 2016 With Richard Brady and Michael Ciborski. Great retreat with more than 70 folks from many sanghas coming together to turn inwards in the Autumn season. We had the great joy to be joined Fern Dorresteyn for the final talk and questions/answers session.


Afternoon talk from a sitting with the joyful Greensboro NC Sangha – Deep River! Sept 25 2016
Lovely to be with you again this year.


Talks from the Fall retreat 2016 in North Carolina hosted by the Raleigh CML
This was our first gathering for a weekend retreat. Deeply nourishing. We met at the Avila Retreat Center outside of Raleigh, (named after one of my favorite Saints, Theresa of Avila). On Saturday, we welcomed many friends for a Day of Mindfulness inserted in the middle of the retreat.


Talks from MCPS Indianola Retreat in WA 2016
On the shore of the Salish Sea, looking across the waters at Mt. Rainier, the first 5 talks are from the weeklong segment, and the last 3 are from the family segment on the weekend.


Talks from Honey Locust Sangha Spring Retreat in Omaha, NE 2016
We sat and walked and shared in lovely practice around the theme of Caring for Self and Earth


Talks from Houston MPC Fall Retreat 2015, TX
35 of us gathered to practice at the American Bodhi Center in Hempstead, representing sanghas from Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas TX. The title was:
Alive and Well: The Way of Happiness and Freedom

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An Evening with the Deep River Sangha in Greensboro, NC October 11 2015
What a joyful practice with a warm and welcoming community. It brought happiness to sit, sing and share with you all.

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Talks from Beginners Mind Spring Retreat 2015, Boise ID

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Talks from “As a Wave, As Water” Retreat at Indianola, WA 2015

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Talks from “Learning to Live Deeply” Retreat at Lake Doniphan, MO 2014

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Talks from Open Way Sangha Spring Retreat at Flathead Lake, MT 2014

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Talks from Salt Marsh Sangha Spring Retreat in Eastville, VA 2014
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Panel Discussion in Montpelier on Buddhism in Daily Life – April 3 2014


Talk at Deer Park Monastery, CA on March 23 2014
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Talks from MorningSun
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