Aug 22

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 you, you literally saved the podcast from ending. Thank you. Today I want to take a few minute to talk about teachers and gurus, beginning with myself.

Outline:
Introduction
I. A Koan I Came Up With
II. What to Look for in a Teacher
III. You are Responsible for Your Life
Conclusion

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Aug 15

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 any length of time. We get lost in the drama of daily life and easily become unmindful. It sometimes seems so difficult to stay calm and peaceful. In the next few minute I want to talk about a technique to help you center and anchor yourself in the present moment.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Center Yourself by Following Your Breath
II. Anchor Yourself by Feeling Tension in Your Body
III. Use Mental Noting to Help You Center and Anchor
Conclusion

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Aug 08

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 sex with a partner they are committed to. The only restriction is laid out in the third precept of the Five Precepts of Buddhism. The precept says, “I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.” In the next few minute I want to discuss refraining from sexual misconduct.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Sex Will Never Ultimately Satisfy the Desire for Sex
II. Becoming Mindful of Our Sexual Energies
III. Learn to Restain Your Sexual Energies
Conclusion

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Aug 01

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 am not the only person to turn to alcohol to drown out their pain. I want to spend the next few minutes talking about alcohol and addiction.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Let Us Look at the Fifth Precept
II. Getting Drunk is a Choice
III. How to Overcome the Addiction to Alcohol
Conclusion

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