Jul 18

095 Buddhist Marriage

Guidelines and advice for having a Buddhist marriage is the topic of this episode. In Buddhism, marriage is considered a personal and individual concern. Therefore it is not considered a religious duty or a sacrament. Rather, it is a considered a secular affair, a social convention designed to promote family life. Buddhists follow the civil laws of their government regarding marriage. I want to spend the next few minutes talking Buddhist marriage.

Outline:
Introduction
I. General Guidelines for a Buddhist Marriage
II. Practical Advice to Husbands
III. Practical Advice to Wives
Conclusion

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Jul 11

094 Let Go to Meditate

Letting go of ideas and expectations in meditation is the topic of this episode. As one meditation teacher points out, “Meditation ought to decrease the drivenness of our lives, not make it worse.” But many times, how we approach meditation actually hinders our meditation. We need to learn to let go of these ideas and expectations that hinder our ability to just truly be in meditation. They harass us like an angry swarm of bees. In the next few minutes I want to share with you four things to let go of so you can meditate freely and joyfully.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Let go of the right way to meditate
II. Let go of the idea of fixing ourselves
III. Let go of the expectation to accomplish something
IV. Let go of the sense of obligation
Conclusion

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Jul 04

093 Independence to Interdependence

Growing from independence to interdependence is the topic of this episode. Every year in the United States, on the 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day. It is a day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. It is commemorates the transition from dependence to independence. In our personal life we also go through this process. We grow from dependence on our parents and others to independence. I want to spend the next few minutes talking about the path of maturity that takes us from dependence to independence, and then finally to interdependence.

Outline:
Introduction
I. First, we all begin our path to maturity in dependence on others.
II. Second, we need to learn to be independent.
III. Third, independence is not the final step in maturity, interdependence is.
Conclusion

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Jun 27

092 Two Ways of Relating

The two ways of relating to the circumstances of life is the topic of this episode. Situations and events happen to us all the time. We have two basic ways of relating to them. We can be reactive or observant. The Buddha way is the way of observation and deep looking. I want to spend the next few minutes talking about the difference of these two ways of relating to events and situations.

Outline:
Introduction
I. Our Natural Response is to React
II. Shift from Being Reactive to Being Observant
III. Know How to Make the Shift
Conclusion

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