Usually recorded talks and lectures, you’ll find any video or audio recording here.

Every other rights struggle that we have seen—disability rights, gay rights, women’s rights—all come from the efforts of the black civil rights struggles. […] It is black people who have been the perfectors of democracy.

Textual fundamentalism requires texts.

A sober analysis of the militant history—and future—of extra-planetary geopolitics.

A beautiful music video about the passing of time.

These classic recordings give a thorough and dense overview of current, orthodox Theravada doctrine.

I had this sureal sense of vertigo where I felt like I was constantly teetering over the edge of something that I didn’t understand. The entire town was built on top of bombs.

Bhikkhu Bodhi encourages us, in this age of globalization, to recognize our shared Buddhist heritage and to bridge the gaps between the Buddhist schools which time and physical distance have created.

Early in the history of Buddhism, some monastics decided to stress the good merit of ostentatious donation to the Sangha. This early “prosperity theology” offered mercantile lay Buddhists an apologia for materialism and expansionism that profoundly reshaped Buddhism, Asia and the World.

if you’re present, but not too present—available, but not intrusive—if you can create an environment for somebody where you’re available and interested, then this stuff will come up when it’s ready.

Yeah, we’re locked up in ideas
We like to label everything
Well, I’m just gonna do here
What I gotta do here
‘Cause I gotta keep myself free

A cautionary tale about how hard it is to rise from the bottom to the top–and why the American school system, despite its best efforts, continues to leave an extraordinary amount of talent on the table.

slender citrine lip onto which I place, gently, this first handful of hair

Five classic lectures by Faraday on the physics of a candle, restaged by the “Engineering Guy” YouTube Channel.

An excerpt from an interview on Chinese Pure Land making the point that while we tend to think of Mahayana Devotionalism as a separate sect, historically it was seen rather as an optional practice available to all Buddhists.

A talk giving a comprehensive overview of Buddhist practice, based on MN 2 (the Sabbāsava Sutta).

That tree doesn’t need to be more than the tree. A tree just needs to be a tree. But our society always asks us to be more, right? Can’t we just be a human? Can we just be who we are?

Ajahn Brahm gives a talk on how to achieve harmony in real life, where we all-too-often meet difficult people.

A short introduction to the Dhammapada, from Gil Fronsdal’s 2008 translation, read by the author.

A lonely temple, nestled in the mountains of central Taiwan, says goodnight.

Are there such things as “evil beings” in Buddhism?

A Mennonite minister demonstrates how to balance austerity with compassion.

An overview of the Buddhist life and path, and what it really means to “go forth” into freedom.

We manifest our humanity, we are most fully human, in learning.

The not-so-public parks of Los Angeles, CA.

People usually think that happiness comes from chasing after the senses. Ven Hong Ci gives a passionate argument against this default way of being in the world, and encourages us to guard our senses if we want real happiness.

today’s rich are far less materialistic, but a far greater threat to equality

A talk delivered at the Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka on the importance of symbols in Buddhism.

Bill Porter revisits the hermits of the Zhongnan Mountains 25 years after his first trip.

This is the kind of inquiry one has to make for oneself. We call that, “biting into the mango.”

in the past two decades, as the Chinese economy has grown by leaps and bounds, the People’s Republic of China has begun to play an increasingly assertive role in mainland and maritime Southeast Asia

A treatise on love in all its forms, a fairy tale coming-of-age story, and also one of the best musicals of all time.

Quantum nondeterminism and relativity haven’t yet been fully unified into a single theory of everything, but taken together they do say quite a lot about the nature of time and the relationship between consciousness and material reality.

the majority of its residents have to extract groundwater to survive. And it’s causing the city to sink.


A series of Dhamma talks delivered to series beginners over the course of a few months in 2009. The talks give a penetrating introduction to the essence of the teachings and are recommended for all.

Those in power keep authority through the fair, impartial, and sympathetic application of justice. Where there is no justice, there is no legitimacy. Where there is no legitimacy, there will be no peace.

There’s a huge amount of it that’s positive! I’m not so surprised that there are negative attitudes towards women depicted in early Buddhist literature, because this is an ancient civilization with traditional values. So, the negativity doesn’t surprise me. But all the positivity does.

But one day your body’s gonna say, “No, I can no longer do it.” Your body becomes old, sick or incapacitated. You cannot do anything. Then, people may think about killing themselves, right? But if you have peace from meditation, then you don’t need the body. Whatever happens to the body doesn’t bother you. You can still have peace and happiness directly. You don’t need a medium like the body and the things that the body consumes to make it happy. All you need is mindfulness to calm your mind, to stop your mind.

But it’s not easy. Mindfulness doesn’t come easily but it’s not impossible. You just have to concentrate on your effort to be mindful

A community of American Chinese Buddhists honors their past master by replicating one of his signature feats.

How mindfulness took over the board room, and how the board room took over mindfulness.

A short documentary about Wat Pah Pong featuring rare footage of Ajahn Chah himself.

An engaging lecture at Spirit Rock on using text critical methods and personal practice to narrow in on an understanding of early Buddhist meditation practices.

Ajahn Brahm discusses the Buddha’s qualities and tells some stories from his time as a monk in Thailand.

We’re already geo-engineering the planet, we’re just doing it accidentally and badly

What is the “otherwise” of modernism in Mongolia and Inner-Asia?

One of the toughest interviews I’ve ever had.

An artistic music video about the infinite scale of saṃsāra.

An excellent walk-through of the classical Indian philosophies of language: from the Sanskrit grammars of Panini and Patanjali, to Brahmanical realism, Buddhist scepticism, and Jain agnosticism.

To understand Buddhism, one must understand the tension between the knowledge of impermanence and the love of the Dharma. This sense of loss has defined Buddhism from the Buddha’s Parinirvana through to the present day.

A young teacher is assigned to Bhutan’s most remote school.

The text jumps inside me and helps. me. out.

So, when you’re studying Buddhism, what are you studying?
I know the answer. I’m studying me.
I’m studying me.

I have arrived, I am home
In the here, in the now
I am solid, I am free
In the ultimate, I dwell

An introduction to carnism and a discussion about the importance of mindfulness in living ethically.

There’s always something we can do to progress towards Awakening. And it’s something that has benefits all along the way.

This is thousands and thousands of times more important than my own life.

Don’t try to be someone else

Bhikkhu Bodhi shares with the Abhayagiri community his favorite section of the Dhammapada: verses 110–115.

Ajahn Brahm tells us all the secrets of life: from how to find a partner to getting what you really want.

An incredible music video, perfectly capturing the world-weary feeling of saṃvega.

Set aside all the social norms we have, the expectations we have about who animals are or what is appropriate to do for animals and just ask: What would you do—what do you think the right thing to do is—if you saw an animal suffering?

A heartfelt and spellbinding talk on meditation practice and expectations.