5 Minute Dharma Podcast
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105 From Buddhism to Humanism
If not Buddhism, what? Here is the story of my discovering of an evidence based worldview that is true to science, true to reason, and true to reality. The alternative is called Humanism.
104 Why I Am No Longer a Buddhist
It is my desire to live an evidence based life, to have evidence based beliefs. But Buddhism has a number of beliefs that are without evidence. Is it fair to reject these and still call yourself a Buddhist? Here is my answer.
083 Liberation Not Happiness
Seeking liberation and not happiness is the topic of this episode. In the last episode I talked about how to be happy. By happiness I meant a stable sense of serenity and contentment. But there are several mistakes that we can easily make. The biggest...
082 How to Be Happy
How to be happy is the topic of this episode. Happiness is one of those words that means many things to many people. To some people happiness is a pleasant or enjoyable feeling. That kind of happiness is impermanent and not worth pursuing. No, the...
081 Save Yourself
Saving yourself is the topic of this episode. As our Sutra says, you are to be your own refuge, with the Dharma as your guide. Buddhism teaches that, if you are going to be saved, you are going to have to save yourself. Of course, salvation here means...
080 Walking Meditation
Walking meditation is the topic of this episode. If you do sitting meditation for about an hour, you know that the legs get stiff. In order to continue your meditation practice, you need to learn to do walking meditation. It allows us to extend our...
079 Proving Buddhism
Why Buddhism is provable is the topic of this episode. There are two things a lot of people avoid talking about, and that is politics and religion. My background and education is in Religion, so I talk about it a lot. All religions have things that...
078 Practicing to Perform
Practicing mindfulness in order to perform mindfully is the topic of this episode. One of the reasons we meditate every day is to develop mindfulness. Meditation is called a practice, because it is something we repeatedly do so that we become better...
077 Befriending Yourself
Becoming your own best friend is the topic of this episode. As the Buddha taught, no one is dearer to you than yourself. We should extend the love we already have for ourselves, toward others. Why? Because they are just as valuable and worthy of...
076 The Four Wishes
The four wishes of loving-kindness meditation is the topic of this episode. In the last episode I taught you how to do loving-kindness meditation using four phrases. This meditation will both build up your concentration and help you develop...
075 Loving-kindness Meditation
Loving-kindness meditation is the topic of this episode. Metta is the Pali word that is here translated as Loving-kindness. There is no one word that catches the fullness of the Pali word. Metta has two root meanings, one means “gentle” and the other...
074 Why I Chose Buddhism
Why I chose Buddhism is the topic of this episode. As you probably know, I used to be a Christian minister. After being a Christian for over two decades, I came to the conclusion that Jesus was just a man and just a teacher. The Buddha was also just a...
073 The Mindful Revolution
The Mindful Revolution is the cover title of the latest issue of Time Magazine, and it is the topic of this episode. Time reports that “we’re in the midst of a popular obsession with mindfulness as the secret to health and happiness.” We can see signs...
072 Original Goodness
Original goodness is the topic of this episode. The first principle of Buddhist psychology is seeing the inner nobility and beauty of all human beings. Christianity begins with original sin, while Buddhism begins with original goodness. The very...
071 Food As Medicine
Viewing food as medicine is the topic of this episode. To regard food as medicine has deep roots in Buddhism. Not only is it mentioned in the Mahayana Sutra I just quoted, but it has a long history in monasticism. It is the fourth contemplation of the...
070 Mindful Eating
Eating mindfully is the topic of this episode. Here we have the Buddha’s weight loss plan, eat mindfully and in moderation. He explains that mindful eating has the benefits of better health and longer life. But mindful eating also has the advantage of...
069 Resistance to Meditating
Resistance to meditating is the topic of this episode. Meditation and ethical behavior is so valuable, that a single day so lived, outweighs a hundred years without it. Meditation is the central practice of Buddhism, and it one of its greatest gifts...
068 Dealing with Difficult People
Dealing with difficult people is the topic of this episode. You can’t live in this world very long, before you run across difficult people. Difficult people tend to produce annoyance in others by their words or actions. But as Buddhists, we can...
067 The Benefits of Being Alone
The benefits of being alone is the topic of this episode. Loneliness is not the same as being alone. For many, the holiday season can be a lonely time of the year. While everyone seems to be getting together with loved ones, many are alone. They just...
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