5 Minute Dharma Podcast
105 From Buddhism to Humanism03/27/15
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.
103 Buddhist Counseling
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 country, our...
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 wouldn't be here without...
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 been meditating for...
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 permitted to have...
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 million adults in the US drink too much.” So I...
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 emotions. Once you start becoming...
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 a...
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 actually...
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 4, 1776,...
092 Two Ways of Relating
The two ways of relating to the circumstances of life is the topic of this episode. Situations and events happen to us all the time. We have two basic ways of relating to them. We can be reactive or observant. The Buddha way is the way of observation...
091 Growing Old Gracefully
Growing older gracefully is the topic of this episode. This weekend I will turn 50 years old. In 5 years I will be able to get the senior discount at IHOP. Am I old? I don’t feel old. In a society that looks at old age with disdain and disrespect, we...
090 Here and Now
Living in the here and now is the topic of this episode. Where are you? Let me be a little more specific. Where are you mentally? Where is your mind? Where are your thoughts? What are you thinking about? We have the ability to travel through time and...
089 Podcast Returning
I want to start by saying how much I appreciate the outpouring of love and support I have received since I announced I was ending the podcast. I never knew how much the podcast meant to you. I am not sure I can adequately express how your messages...
088 Podcast Ending
have good news and bad news. Let’s begin with the bad news. 5 Minute Dharma Podcast is coming to an end. I want to thank you for listening and for your emails of encouragement. Now let’s get to the good news. I am starting up another podcast, called...
087 Accepting Responsibility
Accepting responsibility for our failures and mistakes is the topic of this episode. Responsibility means being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power or control. Responsibility is the ability to respond, rather than...
086 Buddhism As Psychology
Buddhism as psychology is the topic of this episode. In his book The Universe in a Single Atom, the Dalai Lama stated, "if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of...
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