Audios and Videos


The following, from the Buddhasasana Podcast, are Dhamma talks, audio courses, and readings by Bhikkhu Cintita, available also in iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.

Rethinking the Satipaṭṭhāna (current series)

This is a detailed discussion of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta (MN 10), on the “foundations of mindfulness” or “mindful observation,” with a new understanding of what is at the heart of this important teaching. Supplementary materials are available HERE.

Internal analysis. We take a closer look at internal analysis described in the satipatthana refrain, its logic and its function. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 10, 5/20/2022)

Investigating the elements of the Body. We take up contemplation of elements, and consider to what extent we are examining something imagined as opposed to something imagined in the body contemplations. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 9, 5/13/2022)

Contemplation of bodily organs. We take up contemplation of body parts and contemplation of elements. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 8, 5/6/2022)

Contemplation of bodily actions. We investigate impermanence with respect to actions of the body. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 7, 4/29/2022)

Contemplation of postures. We take up the second satipatthana exercise, also among the body contemplations, and deepen our understanding of internal analysis. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 6, 4/22/2022)

Contemplation of breath. We take up the first of about twenty satipatthana exercises, and the first of the body contemplations: contemplation of breath. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 5, 4/15/2022)

The toolbox. We begin reading the Satipatthana Sutta and introduce toolbox of mental faculties we are asked to maintain in the practice of Satipatthana.  (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 4, 4/8/2022)

On effort and mindfulness. We discuss the role of right effort and right mindfulness in the Satipatthana. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 3, 4/1/2022)

From understanding to concentration. We discuss the role of right understanding and right samadhi in the Satipatthana. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 2, 3/25/2022)

The context of the Satipatthana. We introduce the art of mindful observation and discuss the place of satipatthana in the noble eightfold path. (Rethinking Satipatthana, talk 1, 3/18/2022)

A Culture of Awakening


Fourteen episodes, please click on image.

Talks on the Buddhist Path


Twelve talks, click on the link.

The Buddha’s Method

The Buddha’s Method: insubstantial and conditional. (Second of two talks) The Buddha’s methodology furthermore involves regarding the world as both insubstantial and conditional. (7/30/2021)

The Buddha’s Method: practical and subjective. (First of two talks) The Buddha clarifies an explicit methodology which is nonetheless often overlooked by students of the Dharma. Much of this has to do with the practical and experiential orientation of the Dharma. (7/23/2021)

A history of emptiness

The teaching of emptiness is often considered to be an innvation of Nagarjuna or of the Prajnaparamita Sutras. However this important teaching had been expounded by the Buddha many centuries before, but has become obscured. But how? (7/16/2021)

Talks on Dependent Co-Arising


Twenty-five talks, click on the image.

Talks on the Buddhist Life


Twelve talks, click on the image.

Samadhi talks


Four talks, click on the image.

Was the Buddha a biologist?

“If consciousness were not to descend into the mother’s womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?” “No.” The most common traditional interpretation of this famous passage (from DN 15) is that consciousnessis travels into the womb to unify with the fetus of name-and-form at con­ception. I argue that this interpretation is untenable.

Empathy talks


Three talks, click on image.

Mindfulness, where Dharma meets Practice


How I became a Buddhist

Smart but not wise, I took up Buddhism as a rather step-by-step process of rational exploration. That is, until it swept me up to reveal things rather unanticipated.

What did the Buddha think of women

WomenTwo talks, please click on the image.

Understanding the aggregates

The aggregates are a foundational teaching of the Buddha, but they are rarely properly understood. This talk shows how to identify all the aggregates in your own experience and explains their role in contemplative practice.

What is the Buddha-Sasana? 

The Buddha-Sasana is Buddhism as a living tradition, something that evolves, spreads to new lands, dies out in old lands, rather than Buddhism as the Dharma, which is much more static. A key question for the Buddha seems to be is how well the Buddha-Sasana would retain the authenticity of the Buddha-Dharma.

The story of my ordination

A narrative account of BC’s 2009 bhikkhu ordination in Burma. This story appears in his 2012 book, Through the Looking Glass, which can be found under “books” on this site.

The beauty queen

This talk examines three simles for mindfulness, two of the Buddha’s and one of my own, and discusses how our meditation needs to venture beyond the breath.

The seven factors of awakening

An oft neglected causal chain of factors described by the Buddha that arise one by one in meditation practice and link mindfulness and concentration.

The ‘trinsic motivation sermons

IntrinsicMotivationFour talks, please click on the image.

Interview with Bhikkhu Cintita: Sitagu Sayadaw, the coup and Burmese Buddhism (1/5/2022)


Please click on the image.


Video course: Mindfulness, where Dharma meets practice


Six videos, click on the image.

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