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5 Minute Dharma

A weekly five-minute podcast that seeks to give people practical Buddhist wisdom for everyday life.

Jul 9, 2020

In this episode, we discover what right intention is. The Buddha said, “And what is right intention? It is the intention of renunciation, goodwill, and harmlessness. This is called right intention” (SN 45.8). Right intention is the intention directed as renunciation, goodwill, and compassion. Wrong intention is the...


Jul 3, 2020

Before we can move on to the second component in the Noble Eightfold Path, which is right intention, we must first understand karma. Karma is the foundation for all Buddhist thought on morality. The Buddha said, “It is intention that I call karma*. For after making a choice one acts by way of body, speech, and mind”...


Jun 26, 2020

In this episode, I will argue that the Buddha taught rebirth. Now he was either right about rebirth, or he was wrong. First, let us be clear about the fact that the Buddha taught rebirth. On the night of his awakening, the Buddha said, “I recollected my many kinds of past lives, with features and details. This was the...


Jun 19, 2020

The Noble Eightfold Path has eight aspects to it, one is “right beliefs” (SN 56.11). Today I want to clarify why beliefs are important. I think a lot of confusion exists about beliefs because most people are not clear on what they are. A belief is a claim that is accepted as true, which then becomes a rule of...


Jun 12, 2020

The Buddha taught that there are two kinds of right beliefs. He said, “And what are right beliefs? Right beliefs are twofold, I say. There are right beliefs that are affected by distortions, having the attributes of good deeds, and results in worldly acquisitions. And there are right beliefs that are noble,...