5 Minute Dharma Podcast
103 Buddhist Counseling09/12/14
Buddhist counseling is the topic of this episode. Becoming a Buddhist doesn’t solve all your problems. We all struggle with personal issues and personality flaws. Buddhist counseling is the process of helping another person do two things: Apply the...
102 Love and Non-Attachment
Love and non-attachment is the topic of this episode. The second Noble Truth of Buddhism teaches that attachment is the cause of suffering. But does that mean that we shouldn’t be attached to our spouse, our parents, our children, our … Continue...
101 Just Do It
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 →
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...
066 Gift Giving
Gift giving is the topic of this episode. Christmas time is usually seen as a time of giving. The reality is, that it is more about exchanging gifts, than it is about giving them. This is easily seen when someone doesn’t receive a gift, they are...
065 Living the Dharma
Living the Dharma is the topic of this episode. Living the Dharma simply means walking the Eightfold Noble Path, which can be summed up in the Three Trainings, Ethical Conduct, Mental Discipline, and Wisdom. But the practical application is where we...
064 An Attitude of Gratitude
An attitude of gratitude is the topic of this episode. It’s hard to imagine, two days that are next to each other, that are so different in spirit than Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Thanksgiving we gather with family and friends and give thanks for...
059 Ignorance and Apathy
Ignorance and apathy is the topic of this episode. “In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.” Although we need more than just information to really wake up. The world as we know it is changing, and at an … Continue reading →
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 →
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