15: Stopping Dangerous Slides in Mental Health

A discussion based on the question (paraphrased and generalized)… ‘How do I stop escalating negative mental behaviors from tipping over to the point where they make it hard to function?’

12: Practicing With Pain | Discussion

A Dhamma discussion based on the question… “How can we be more aware of identifying with thoughts of me and mine when the body is experiencing chronic pain that is crippling and then adds more pain (2nd arrow).? I do practice when calm, but some days the entire body starts up and the mind melts…

12: So the Dhamma Might Last | Ovāda

This ovāda discusses some of the historical trends that led to the decline of Buddhism in India. It discusses some of the causes of this decline and how we can abandon them in our own practice.

11: Questionable Ultimate Reality | Discussion

A Dhamma discussion based on the question… “Would it be possible to talk about Buddhism’s conventional and ultimate truths? “As I understand it, conventional truth is how most people experience the world, and the ultimate truth is seen when doing correct Vipassana meditation. And practitioners well versed in Abhidhamma will understand between the two truths….

10: Difficult Places to Exercise | Ovāda

This ovāda discusses the importance of developing in areas that are difficult. Areas of weakness can remain hidden. However, sometimes slight, changes in circumstances bring them to light. It can be important to practice in ways such that expose one’s weaknessess, so they can be overcome.

8: Diversifying the Risk of Work

A Dhamma discussion based on the question (paraphrased and generalized)… “I realize how attached I am to my work. I need it for income, but would like to approach it differently. Do you have any advice?”

7: Maintaining Health Over Longer Practice Periods | Discussion

A Dhamma discussion based on the question (paraphrased).. “These days, there’s a lot of talk about how the mind and body are interconnected, and a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. If you’re sitting in meditationfor seven or eight hours a day, how do you maintain your health?”

6: Ovāda — Navigating the Human Element

This ovāda discussed how, although meditation is primarily internal, practicing also requires us to navigate the human element. It discusses some of the reasons the human element is important and gives some strategies for navigating it.