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Peak Experiences, Ego Transcendence and Self-Actualization: Some Tools and Insights from Transpersonal Psychology and the Human Potential Movement

November 20th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation about Transpersonal Psychology integrated the spiritual and transcendent aspects of buddhist practice within the framework of therapy.
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Self Integration: Understanding the separate states of the psyche

November 14th, 2019 · Comments

Although our sense of is that we inhabit a singular, unified self that changes little across time, in fact all humans experience a wide multiplicity of self-states, ie traits, capabilities, perceptions and behaviors that differ from one situation to the next. This talk explores the origins of self-states and how to gain a greater sense of self-acceptance through connecting with these states in meditation practice.
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Alleviating Distress: Buddhist and Contemporary Insights Into the Two Kinds of Suffering in Life

November 6th, 2019 · Comments

Dharma talk on the difference between inevitable pain and avoidable suffering, along with a guided meditation on the theme.
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Repairing Attachment Wounds in Adults: A Summary of Five Practices

October 30th, 2019 · Comments

An overview of attachment patterns in adults, followed by a review of ways to address damaging relational issues.
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Contemplation of One’s Mortality Meditation to Clarify Our Purpose in Life

October 30th, 2019 · Comments

The mindfulness of mortality, Maraṇasati in Pali, is a 2,500 year old Buddhist meditation that provides a manner in which we can usefully and serenly contemplate the inevitabilities of old age, sickness, death and loss; the practice employs these reflections to discern our most authentic purpose in life, condusive to establishing one's highest sense of self-worth.

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Interacting Skillfully with Irrational People

October 24th, 2019 · Comments

Dharma talk on a variety tools to emotionally regulate angry, depressed, triggered, shut down individuals. Meditation follows that explores some of the talk's themes.
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Addressing Work Related Anxiety

October 17th, 2019 · Comments

Dharma talk on the underlying psychological structures resulting in chronic work related anxiety and guided meditation on the theme.
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Thoughts on Setting Boundaries and Stating Needs

October 9th, 2019 · Comments

Talk, meditation and guided reflection on the theme.
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Orienting Practice: Locating Safety Cues in Stressful Situations, Talk and Guided Visualization

October 2nd, 2019 · Comments

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Stop Making Sense: Retrieving the Felt Experience Before All Conceptualization and Meaning Making

September 19th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.
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Addressing Learned Helplessness, Fatalism, Resignation

September 11th, 2019 · Comments

31 minute talk followed by 29 minute guided meditation.
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Resilience, Bouncing Back From Setbacks and Going with the Flow

September 4th, 2019 · Comments

Dharma talks and guided meditation on the theme.
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Procrastination, Perfectionism & Avoidance Coping: What Makes Us Drag Our Feet And How To Move Forward

August 21st, 2019 · Comments

33 minute talk, 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

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Killing the Buddha: Infatuation with Big Ideas and the Fetishization of “The One Who Knows”

August 14th, 2019 · Comments

39 minute talk and 28 minute guided meditation

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A Balanced Nervous System: Stress vs Shut Down vs Wellbeing

August 8th, 2019 · Comments

34 minute talk, 30 minute guided meditation addressing both stress and tiredness

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Preoccupation: Addressing the fixation on unreliable relationships that distract attention from embracing our life and moving forward.

July 31st, 2019 · Comments

33 minute talk on preoccupation followed by 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

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Making Sense of Life: Processing Emotional Events & Attachment Wounds Through Storytelling

July 24th, 2019 · Comments

30 minute talk + 30 minute guided meditation on the theme.

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Taking Inventory: Reviewing the Quality of Our Actions Without Beating Ourselves Up

July 17th, 2019 · Comments

32 minute talk, 27 minute meditation on the theme

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Repetition Compulsion: The Tendency to Wind Up in Unhealthy Interpersonal Dynamics, and How to Address These Patterns with Somatic Mindfulness

July 10th, 2019 · Comments

33 minute talk and 28 minute guided meditation on the theme

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Attaining Trascendent & Altered States of Consciousness

July 4th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation on the psychology of transcendent states and how to attain them without using psychoactive substances.

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Emotions: How Are They Made & Can They Be Changed?

June 28th, 2019 · Comments

A talk giving an overview of some fascinating new insights regarding the theory of emotions and affect regulation, focusing on the work of Lisa Feldman Barrett. The talk explores how these ideas fit into the core teachings of the Buddha, followed by a meditation exploring new techniques in regulating emotions.

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managers, firefighters and exiles—Different Parts of the Self

June 19th, 2019 · Comments

32 minute talk + 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

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Upgrading Your Mind’s Operating System

June 15th, 2019 · Comments

35 minute talk • 25 minute guided meditation on the theme

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Unseen Costs: How Social Media & Text Based Communication Contribute to Emotional Isolation

June 4th, 2019 · Comments

talk and guided meditation on the theme

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Self-Transcendence

May 29th, 2019 · Comments

31 minute talk + 29 minute guided meditation on the theme

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Alleviating Loneliness

May 22nd, 2019 · Comments

Dharma talk and guided meditation on the theme.

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Getting Unhooked • How To Uncover the Nonconscious Complexes Underlying Current Struggles

May 8th, 2019 · Comments

Dharma talk + meditation exploring the theme.

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Dharma 101: Understanding the Four Noble Truths

May 1st, 2019 · Comments

Celebrating 2,500,000 downloads of dharmapunxnyc talks with a focus on a foundational insight of the Buddha's teachings.

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Connecting with Our Unmet Needs & Deepest Longings

April 24th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

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The Four Foundations of Love

April 21st, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

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hungry ghosts & angry demons: recovery retreat talk 1

April 17th, 2019 · Comments

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. 

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hungry ghosts & angry demons: recovery retreat talk 2

April 17th, 2019 · Comments

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

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Balancing the Bilateral Brain

April 10th, 2019 · Comments

30 minute talk followed by 30 minute guided meditation.

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Soothing Guided Meditation (with relaxing ambient music)

March 29th, 2019 · Comments

30 minute guided meditation with relaxing ambient music

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Fulfillment in Life

March 27th, 2019 · Comments

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

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Self-Soothing in Triggering Social Settings

March 20th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation exploring self-soothing techniques.

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Relationships: Tools For Establishing a Secure Bond

March 13th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

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Entering the Bardos: The Hidden Wisdom of Buddhist Mysticism

March 6th, 2019 · Comments

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

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

February 11th, 2019 · Comments

34 minute talk + 25 minute meditation

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On Releasing Resentments and Processing Anger

February 6th, 2019 · Comments

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

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SAD: Seasonal Depression and Processing Dispiriting Moods

January 30th, 2019 · Comments

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

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Understanding and Addressing Catastrophizing Thoughts and Hypochondria

January 23rd, 2019 · Comments

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

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

January 16th, 2019 · Comments

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.

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

January 9th, 2019 · Comments

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

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Reflecting on a Renewed Sense of Purpose for a New Year

January 1st, 2019 · Comments

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

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

December 19th, 2018 · Comments

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

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Developing Awareness of Feelings as a Way to Transform Ingrained Behaviors

December 12th, 2018 · Comments

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

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

December 5th, 2018 · Comments

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

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

November 27th, 2018 · Comments

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.

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Social Discomfort: What Behaviors Exacerbate and Alleviate Interpersonal Awkwardness

November 21st, 2018 · Comments

Talk and Guided meditation exploring alleviating social anxiety

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