Audios and Videos


These are from the Buddhasasana Podcast, Dhamma talks, audio courses, and readings by Bhikkhu Cintita.

MDP – Living in virtue (1/2). In this third talk in the “Mindfulness, where Dharma meets Practice” series, we look at the mindful practices of precepts and generosity, as means of becoming harmless and of benefit in a Buddhist life.

MDP – Living in mindfulness (2/2). In this second talk in the “Mindfulness, where Dharma meets Practice” series, we look at the noble eightfold path, the basic instructions to keep in mind in our practice, and look more deeply at the role of Right Mindfulness and mindful observation (satipatthana).

MDP – Living in mindfulness (1/2). In this first talk in the “Mindfulness, where Dharma meets Practice” series (MDP), we consider Buddhism as a skill. Dharma is the instructions, practice is living according to those instructions. Mindfulness is keeping those instructions in mind, remembering them.

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? – part two. Last week’s talk demonstrated the exemplary support the Buddha provided to women’s practice. This week we will look at a controversial text, describing with the origin of the nun’s sangha, that at first sight seems to paint a starkly contrasting picture of the Buddha.

What did the Buddha think of women? – part one. Buddhism is not widely known as a religion of gender-equality. But the early the discourses show repeatedly that the Buddha had the deepest kindness and respect for women, as particularly evident in his treatment of the nun’s Sangha.

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

The wonder of intrinsic motivation. This talk is on the importance of doing things for no particular purpose, in Life and in Buddhist practice. It is largely based on evidence from modern experimental psychology, which closely resonates with traditional Buddhist teachings, and which demonstrates that increased well-being, satisfaction, proficiency, understanding and creativity results when we let go of goals.

The blunder of extrinsic motivation. We show how Buddhism predicts the mental and spiritual downside of extrinsic motivation (striving toward personal advantage) in terms of its ethical quality. The antidote is the development of virtue.

The thunder of intrinsic motivation. This deals with how to encourage intrinsic motivators in our live, how to “follow your bliss,” to make our projects more satisfying and meaningful. Projects include hobbies, career, education marriage and religion. The importance of faith and devotion in all of these is discussed.

Out from under extrinsic motivation. ‘Trinsic motivation sermon 4. Our practice has a social foundation, as taught by the Buddha. Social conditions are the primary way we are oppressed by extrinsic motivatons. This talk discusses how we get out from under these conditions.

Video course: Mindfulness, where Dharma meets practice

This five-hour course is about Dharma, practice, and how they intersect in mindfulness. It is a nutshell introduction to Buddhism based almost exclusively on the earliest Buddhist sources, which are the historical basis for all of the diverse later schools of Buddhism. In spite of its conciseness, it provides a comprehensive overview of the range of Buddhist practice and understanding and contains practical advice on how we can integrate Buddhist practice into busy modern lives. Related materials, including the textbook of the same name, can be found HERE.

0. Introduction.

1. Living in mindfulness.

2. Living in virtue.

3. Living in devotion.

4. Living in wisdom.

5. Living in the midst.

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