5 Minute Dharma Podcast
027 What is Engaged Buddhism?10/30/13
In this episode we want to explain what Engaged Buddhism is and clear up a few misconceptions. Thich Nhat Hanh is credited with coining the term “Engaged Buddhism.” But there are a number of misconceptions about Engaged Buddhism. Many think of Engaged...
026 Buddhism and Politics
In this episode we want to explore the relationship between Buddhism and politics. The Dictionary defines politics as “the complex or aggregate of relationships of people in society.” politics is about relationships. Politics is really about how we...
025 Reading the Buddhist Sutras
In this episode we want to help you in reading the Buddhist Sutras. Almost every religion has their sacred scriptures. Buddhism is no different. The Buddhist scriptures or sacred texts are called Suttas in Pali and Sutras in Sanskrit.
024 How to Become a Buddhist
In this episode we want to explain how to become a Buddhist. I am a Buddhist. But what does that mean really? A Buddhist is someone who practices the religion based on the Buddha’s teachings. So how does one become a Buddhist?
023 The Three Jewels
In this episode we want to explore the meaning of the Three Jewels. The Three Jewels refers to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. They are the central focus of inspiration and devotion for Buddhists. They are the three things that Buddhists take...
058 Just 3 Breaths
Explaining to you how to do a simple breathing meditation is the topic of this episode. You know about the benefits of meditation, but do you meditate? What excuses do you use? I don’t have enough time. I’m uncomfortable sitting … Continue reading →
057 What is Right View?
Explaining the meaning of Right View is the topic of this episode. Right View is the view that is conducive to awakening. Right View is one of the steps in the Noble Eightfold Path. But it’s important to realize that … Continue reading →
056 Spiritual Growth
Spiritual growth and spiritual maturity is the topic of this episode. By spiritual growth I am talking about one’s personal and spiritual evolution. Spiritual growth is much like physical growth. We start off dependent and unskilled, and grow to be …...
055 Accepting Yourself
Knowing and accepting yourself is the topic of this episode. Accepting yourself sounds like good advice. But you may find it much harder than you may first realize. Accepting yourself requires that you first know yourself. You can’t accept yourself …...
054 Dealing With Pain
Dealing with pain through meditation is the topic of this episode. The wise say that pain in life is inevitable, but suffering is not. Pain is caused by what happens to you, suffering is your mind’s response to it. Your … Continue reading →
053 Do Not Judge
Not judging others and not judging yourself is the topic of this episode. Not judging sounds like pretty good advice. bet you can name a number of friends and relatives that you wish would stop judging you. But this message … Continue reading →
052 Buddhist Parenting
In this episode we want to talk about what is means to be a Buddhist parent. Parenting is not a task or a duty, it should be looked on as a spiritual discipline. a practical way to practice the Dharma. … Continue reading →
050 The Perils of Lay Practice
In this episode we want to explore the perils of lay practice. When Buddhism began, it began as a monastic movement. It was expected that those who were really serious about following the Buddha’s teachings would become monks and nuns. … Continue...
049 The Solitary Buddhist
In this episode we want to talk about the Solitary Buddhist. We live in a society where the loner is feared and ridiculed. Those who are socially withdrawn as labeled as odd, strange, or worse. But if the truth be … Continue reading →
048 Love and Marriage
In this episode we want to talk about love and marriage. The simple fact is that more than half of all marriages end in divorce. And I would guess that at least half of those, that don’t end in divorce, … Continue reading →
047 The Law of Karma
In this episode we want to explore the meaning of the law of karma. Scholars who study Buddhism believe that karma is fundamental to the Buddha’s whole view of life. Karma is, in fact, the lynchpin the holds all the … Continue reading →
046 What is Right Livelihood?
In this episode we want to explore the meaning of Right Livelihood. Right Livelihood is one of the steps in the Noble Eightfold Path. Right Livelihood means appropriate livelihood, livelihood that is skillful and wise. Right Livelihood is making a …...
045 Embrace Your Suffering
In this episode we want to explain what it means to embrace your suffering. Four Noble Truths are the foundation of Buddhism. The complete system of the Buddha’s teaching are outlined in the Four Noble Truths. Today I want to … Continue reading →
044 Positive Right Action
In this episode we want to explore the meaning of positive Right Action. Right action is one of the steps in the Eightfold Noble Path. For lay people this is basically covered by the Five Precepts. The Five Precepts tell … Continue reading →
043 Homosexuality and Buddhism
In this episode we want to deal with homosexuality from a Buddhist perspective. Homosexuality is one of those hot button issues that polarises people. This is partly because homosexuality is considered a sin in some religions like Christianity. It is...
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