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The Four Foundations of Love

April 21st, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

hungry ghosts & angry demons: recovery retreat talk 1

April 17th, 2019

talk on the damaged relational patterns that underlie addictive and compulsive behaviors, along with a guided meditation that addresses these wounds to the human psyche. 

hungry ghosts & angry demons: recovery retreat talk 2

April 17th, 2019

talk on relationship between core shame and addiction and building self-esteem in recovery

Balancing the Bilateral Brain

April 10th, 2019

30 minute talk followed by 30 minute guided meditation.

Soothing Guided Meditation (with relaxing ambient music)

March 29th, 2019

30 minute guided meditation with relaxing ambient music

Fulfillment in Life

March 27th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation. (Recorded at the last meeting at 302 Bowery; Tuesday evening meeting moving to Williamsburg Brooklyn.)

Self-Soothing in Triggering Social Settings

March 20th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation exploring self-soothing techniques.

Relationships: Tools For Establishing a Secure Bond

March 13th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

Entering the Bardos: The Hidden Wisdom of Buddhist Mysticism

March 6th, 2019

Note: Due to a recording malfunction only an abridged version of the meditation's was recorded

hacking your brain: neurotransmitters, hormones and using meditation to cultivate states of well-being

February 11th, 2019

34 minute talk + 25 minute meditation

On Releasing Resentments and Processing Anger

February 6th, 2019

Talk exploring the underlying two keys to address frustration and outrage, taking adaptive actions, and finally starting the process of forgiveness. 

SAD: Seasonal Depression and Processing Dispiriting Moods

January 30th, 2019

Talk on seasonal depression and mood shifts, followed by a meditation to process difficult emotional states of being.

Understanding and Addressing Catastrophizing Thoughts and Hypochondria

January 23rd, 2019

Talk exploring unconscious psychological factors contributing to intrusive ideations and methods to address these cognitions, both in the short and long term.

Being Triggered: Why It Happens And What to Do About It

January 16th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation; the talk presents an overview of early buddhist and contemporary clinical insights into the psychology processes underlying the sudden switch from a safe and confident state into a hypervigilant, survival mode; the meditation explores self-soothing during triggered states, and de-activating triggering individuals.

Climbing the Ladder of Well-Being – The Psychological Processes Underpinning Helping Others Skillfully

January 9th, 2019

Talk and Guided meditation on the three nervous system states and neural correlates underpinning helping others skillfully, without being dysregulated via emotion contagion.

Reflecting on a Renewed Sense of Purpose for a New Year

January 1st, 2019

Recorded December 31 2018 in Brooklyn NY, from 11pm to just before midnight (after which the sangha chanted the Buddhist refuges and precepts).

Safe vs Alert vs At Risk: How Our Nervous System Influences How We Think, Act and Perceive Others

December 19th, 2018

34 minute talk and 26 minute guided meditation on the theme.

Developing Awareness of Feelings as a Way to Transform Ingrained Behaviors

December 12th, 2018

30 minute talk and 29 minute guided meditation on transforming ingrained behaviors and perceptions through developing a sustained awareness of underlying feelings.

Loosening the Grip of False Perceptions Through Skillful Acts of Non-Compliance

December 5th, 2018

Dharma talk and guided meditation exploring the theme. Hour long episode.

the myth of self-improvement vs the healing journey of self-care

November 27th, 2018

A talk summarizing the Buddha's insights into one of the most pernicious catalysts of suffering, why self-improvement regimes invariably leave us disappointed and often with even more damaged states of inner esteem, and the psychologically sound practices to process emotional wounds.

Social Discomfort: What Behaviors Exacerbate and Alleviate Interpersonal Awkwardness

November 21st, 2018

Talk and Guided meditation exploring alleviating social anxiety

Imagination and Creativity in Meditation as a Form of Self-Therapy

November 14th, 2018

26 minute talk + 28 minute guided meditation developing creative visualization practice
Also: Join us for our last retreat of the year!

Surviving Toxic Relationships with Narcissists and Sociopaths

November 14th, 2018

35 minute talk + 24 minute guided meditation on developing a secure base
And join us for our last retreat of the year! 

How to Transform Unpleasant Memories into Useful Stories

October 31st, 2018

Talk and Guided Meditation

Two Talks and Meditations from 2018 Dharma Punx Retreat on Secure Attachment

October 31st, 2018

Talks and guided Meditations from the October 25 - 28 Won Dharma Retreat on Secure Attachment

Unlearning Fear: Reviewing neural processes underlying fear and meditation strategies to alleviate avoidance coping

October 25th, 2018

Talk and guided meditation on the process of overriding fear through visualization process.

Cultivating A Spiritual Path to Survive Shitty Times

October 17th, 2018

33 minute dharma talk followed by 29 minute guided meditation on the theme

Healing Core Shame By Developing Self-Worth and Confidence While in a Meditation Practice

October 10th, 2018

Talk on the concept of core shame, what causes it, how it leads to self-doubt, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, vulnerability and avoidant coping patterns, and a guided meditation demonstrating how to alleviate core shame in practice.

How to Understand and Alleviate Those Distressing Thoughts

October 4th, 2018

30 minute talk followed by guided meditation on the theme

Self-Retreat: On the Transformative Power of Emotions

October 4th, 2018

Extended talk on the efficacy of emotions followed by meditation exploring the theme. Recorded September 28 2018 at Garrison Institute

The Emotional Wounds Underlying Envy & Jealousy

September 26th, 2018

28 minute talk + 28 minute guided meditation

A Basic Process for Making Difficult Decisions

September 23rd, 2018

30 minute talk + 30 minute guided meditation where we practice making a difficult decision

Core Feelings, Defensive Impulses and Resilience

September 12th, 2018

39 minute talk followed by 25 minute guided meditation on themes introduced in the talk.

The Social Brain and Shaping One’s Self to Achieve Acceptance from Others

September 5th, 2018

33 minute talk, 27 minute guided meditaiton practicing the tools described in the talk

Five ways to Use Attention in Meditation to Reduce Agitation & Build Distress Tolerance

August 29th, 2018

33 minute talk + 30 minute meditation reviewing different techniques

What Hides Behind the Curtain

August 22nd, 2018

25 minute talk + 25 minute meditation which further investigates the theme.

Addiction. Attachment. Dharma. Recovery.

August 15th, 2018

36 minute talk, 27 minute guided meditation on the theme.
This talk expands on ideas found in the clinical books of
Addiction as an Attachment Disorder' by Philip Flores,
'Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self' by Allan Schore

Along with these other studies:
Caspers, K. M., Troutman, B., & Spinks, R. (2006). Attachment as an organizer of behavior: implications for substance abuse problems and willingness to seek treatment
Padykula, N.L. & Conklin, P. (2010). The self-regulation model of attachment trauma and addiction. Clinical Social Work Journal
Reis, S., Curtis, J. & Reid, A. (2012). Attachment styles and alcohol problems in emerging adulthood
Schindler, A., TSack, P. M., Kustner, U. & Eckert, J. (2005). Attachment and substance use disorders.
Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction’ (2008) Gabor Mate
Substance Abuse and Insecure Attachment Styles: A Relational Study Yasmin Borhani University of California, Irvine
Research by Thorberg and Lyvers (2006)


Live in Berlin, August 9 2018

August 12th, 2018

Talk given at Akazienzendo in Schoneburg Berlin.

the repair of emotional wounds and core shame in meditation practice

August 1st, 2018

32 minute talk + 26 minute guided meditation on the theme.

The Fear of Insignificance, Transcendence and the final process in Buddhism, Atammayata

July 25th, 2018

33 minute talk + 27 minute guided Atammayata meditation

The Whys & Hows of Setting Boundaries with Foolish People

July 12th, 2018

34 minute talk, 26 minute guided meditation

Defining Depression and Alleviating the Intrusive Thoughts That Trigger Relapses

July 12th, 2018

27 minute talk followed by 30 minute meditation

Each of us is a crowd: Defensive Sub-Personalities and the Wounded Child

July 5th, 2018

31 minute talk, 29 minute meditation exploring the theme.


June 28th, 2018

37 minute talk, 27 minute meditation, followed by brief addendum

Standing Up to Bullies Without Freezing: Using Spiritual Tools to Protect Ourselves

June 20th, 2018

28 minute talk, 27 minute meditation practicing the concepts + brief conclusion. 

Invitation to a Spacious and Open Mind

June 14th, 2018

33 minute talk + 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

NO BIG IDEA - Don’t Believe the Hype

June 7th, 2018

25 minute talk followed by 30 minute guided meditation

Sometimes All You Need Is a New Perspective (or A Different View)

May 30th, 2018

32 minute talk • 27 minute guided meditation on the theme • thanks for listening

Mending Important Relationships with Mindful and Mirroring Dialogue Strategies

May 23rd, 2018

34 minute talk followed by 26 minute meditation related to the theme.

Remember to check out the six part, filmed Dharma Punx NYC series now showing at: learn.tricycle.org/courses/feeling-secure-in-an-unstable-world

Talk on Core Shame and Low Self-Esteem, With Inner Child Meditation Exploring How to Ease Old Emotional Wounds

May 16th, 2018

27 minute talk +30 minute guided meditation exploring the topic, including exploring how the brahma viharas can heal early emotional wounds.