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5 Minute Dharma

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

Aug 8, 2020

The Buddha said, “And what is right effort? It’s when a practitioner generates enthusiasm, tries, makes an effort, exerts the mind, and strives so that bad, unskillful qualities don’t arise…. so that bad, unskillful qualities that have arisen are given up…. so that skillful qualities that have not arisen do...


Jul 31, 2020

The Buddha said, “Now this is the noble truth of the path that leads to the ending of suffering. It is simply this noble eightfold path, that is: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right meditation” (SN 56.11). The Buddha said,...


Jul 24, 2020

The Buddha said, “And what is right action? Avoiding killing living creatures, stealing, and sexual misconduct. This is called right action” (SN 45.8). The Buddha said, “a noble disciple gives up killing living creatures…. a noble disciple gives up stealing…. a noble disciple gives up sexual misconduct…. a...


Jul 17, 2020

The Buddha said, “And what is right speech? Avoiding speech that’s false, divisive, harsh, or nonsensical. This is called right speech” (SN 45.8). The Buddha said, “Mendicants, speech that has five factors is well spoken, not poorly spoken. It’s blameless and is not criticized by sensible people. What five? It...


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...