This is a talk I gave at Midcontinent Public Library. This was done virtually without a live audience. I am going to do an in person class with Midcontinent at some time in the future. They have a lot of great educational videos on their YouTube Channel and I’ll post the link below. You should check them out.
I did a series of daily talks during the Covid-19 lockdown.
I wanted to do something during this crisis, something to try to help others (and myself). At first I thought it might be too ambitious to give talks every day, but I made it work and I’m pretty proud of the series. I had intended for it to end right at the end of the lockdown here in Kansas City, but the lockdown has been extended.
I’ll try something else next. Putting out this material has been good as far as giving me something to do, bringing something positive into the world when so many people are struggling with what’s going on.
What’s a Bodhisattva? A Bodhisattva is someone who is trying to unleash their potential for mindfulness and compassion. We’re on the Bodhisattva path because we’re trying our best.
This text “the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva” is a concise text written by a Tibetan teacher in the 14th century named Tokme Zangpo. It’s a summary of how we should behave as we are on the path to awakening. It’s like a list of 37 tips to help keep us on track.
Going through these every day has been enormously meaningful and helpful to me. I want to teach a class on this text at some point and I’m hoping an opportunity for that will appear.
So, I am sharing all of the videos here.
You don’t have to watch all of these and you don’t have to watch them in any order.
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In this talk I explore a fundamental Buddhist teaching called “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness”. Can being mindful of our bodies, feelings, thoughts, and the world around us help us to live in a better way? I think so.