5 Minute Dharma Podcast
101 Just Do It08/29/14
Overcoming aversion, procrastination, and the feeling of being overwhelmed is the topic of this episode. Buddhism teaches that attachment and aversion are the cause of suffering. Many of us don’t like doing homework, chores, or even our jobs. These...
100 I Am Your Guru
Teachers and gurus is the topic of this episode. Welcome to episode 100. The 5 Minute Dharma launched on December 3, 2012 and has seen tremendous growth. 5 Minute Dharma is one of the fastest growing Buddhist podcasts. But I … Continue reading →
099 Center and Anchor
Centering and anchoring is the topic of this episode. In the Dhammapada, verse 33, we read that, “The mind is wandering and unsteady, difficult to guard, hard to restrain.” I am sure you have experienced this yourself, if you have … Continue reading →
098 Sexual Misconduct
Sex and lust is the topic of this episode. First, you have to understand that the ideal in Buddhism regarding sex is complete abstinence. That’s why Buddhist monks are forbidden from sexual relations of any kind. But lay Buddhist are … Continue...
097 Alcohol and Addiction
Alcohol and addiction is the topic of this episode. By the time I was 17, I had already had four father and three mothers. The pain of rejection led me to start drinking. The CDC reports that “At least 38 … Continue reading →
096 Thoughts Create Feelings
Thoughts creating how we feel is the topic of this episode. The Buddha said in the Dhammapada: “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” Many times we don’t realize how much our thoughts affect our … Continue reading →
095 Buddhist Marriage
Guidelines and advice for having a Buddhist marriage is the topic of this episode. In Buddhism, marriage is considered a personal and individual concern. Therefore it is not considered a religious duty or a sacrament. Rather, it is a considered …...
094 Let Go to Meditate
Letting go of ideas and expectations in meditation is the topic of this episode. As one meditation teacher points out, “Meditation ought to decrease the drivenness of our lives, not make it worse.” But many times, how we approach meditation … Continue...
093 Independence to Interdependence
Growing from independence to interdependence is the topic of this episode. Every year in the United States, on the 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day. It is a day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July … Continue...
084 The Art of Listening
The art of listening is the topic of this episode. Listening is loving. Listening demonstrates love and is, in fact, love in action. When a person invests the time and energy in truly listening to us, we know that they … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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...
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