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In Buddhism, this human realm is considered the world of desire. The human mind endlessly desiring. But to be caught in the cycle of desiring is not freedom. It is the path of suffering. Because desire leads to craving, to wanting, to needing, to attaching, to grasping, and that is where suffering arises.

In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner gives simple steps to get out of this endless cycle. Step one, understand what craving is wishing you. Step two, be mindful of it and name it when it arises. Step three, what is the mind state that is causing you to crave? Realize there is a quality of mind that is underneath this movement towards needing something. And we can ask ourselves “How do I take care of that afflictive emotion?”


In this talk, Dharma Teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares with us early teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Before he does, Fred reviews the last few talks from the Dharma of Scrooge, and Beginning Anew. He encourages us to continue to begin anew, again and again. And shows us that this is how we heal and transform, right here and now by simply returning to our aspiration and intention and begin anew.

Thich Nhat Hanh tells us "If you want a peaceful world, become a peaceful person." Fred continues to ask us “how can we take personal responsibility to become that which we want the world to be?" How can our sangha manifest as a community of resistance in order to heal and transform the individual and society?”


In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner explains the importance of becoming mindful of what we consume and how it affects our mind. Using the Buddha's teachings on the Four Nutriments, he explains how we are constantly feeding not just our body, but our minds as well. If we look deeply at what we are taking in through the senses, as well as what we are ruminating on, and even what intentions we hold for our day, we will see a clear correlation between what we consume and how we feel. The more we become attuned to the connection between consumption and mind-states, the more we can shift to consuming that which helps us have healthy bodies and healthy minds.


In this Dharma talk, Fred Eppsteiner relates the story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from Dickens', "A Christmas Carol." Through this story, Fred explains how we can all transform the suffering we experience from living a life devoted to self into a happy, meaningful life filled with love and compassion for others.

In this talk, Dharma Teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares with us the story of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and why it is at the center of Buddhism. And how there is no real true Buddhism without this awareness of Enlightenment. Because the whole stream of Buddhist teachings going back to the Buddha and continuing through all the great teachers and masters for 2,600 years all comes from Siddharatha’s Enlightenment.


In this talk at the Tampa Center, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner teaches us the Four Forces found in Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva's chapter on Diligence in order to energize our daily practice.

"... it is through the four forces of aspiration (a keen interest in the Dharma), self-confidence or steadfastness (whereby one does not go back on what one has begun), joyfulness (whereby one takes pleasure in what one is doing), and relinquishment (when this is called for), that we will be able to discard the three kinds of laziness and enhance our diligence. These four forces must in turn be supplemented by two kinds of strength: first, the earnest implementation of the principle of adopting and rejecting and, second, the control of one's body and mind."

~Kunzang Pelden's "The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech"


The path of Dharma practice and meditation isn’t always a smooth journey. Even as our mindfulness and self awareness grows, our progress on the path may be impeded by factors such as self doubt, wrong views, unresolved personal issues, or other obstacles. Seeing and skillfully overcoming these challenges will enable us to reap the fruits of our spiritual journey: a mind that is awake, clear, compassionate and wise.

In this talk from the three-day on-line retreat "Getting Unstuck: Meeting the Challenges of Practice", Fred shares with us how to identify common obstacles and investigate the places where we get stuck. Fred teaches us how to let go of wrong assumptions about ourselves and practice, release self-defeating behaviors and ineffective strategies, and energize our practice with new commitment, self-awareness and diligence.


In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares and comments on the Buddhist approach to life which is very needed today. It’s not a philosophical or religious approach, but has to do with the unfolding of life, society, and the sustaining of our planet.

Fred shares with us the Buddha's teachings from the Kalama Sutta. In the Kalama Sutta the Buddha has given us a template for life. The Buddha has given us tools based on direct observation and direct experience. Fred encourages us to ask ourselves "Are we willing to accept the facts? Who do we believe? With so many saying so many different things, how can I know what to believe? How do we know what is true?"

Are we willing to check ourselves against reality? Do I live in reality, or in my interpretation of reality? Do I base my life on the facts?

We need to have a willingness to live in reality. We can ask ourselves, in my own life, how much do I operate from reality over beliefs? We need to touch reality and life deeply and directly.


In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares with us teachings from the Order of Interbeing found in Thich Nhat Hanh's book "Interbeing: The 14 Mindfulness Trainings of Engaged Buddhism."

According to the Charter of the Order of Interbeing, the aim of the Order is to make Buddhism relevant to our own time. It's members study, experience, and apply it in a versatile and effective way in their own life and that of society. They have the aspiration of a bodhisattva to help others.

The Charter lists four principles as the foundation of the Order: nonattachment from views; direct realization on the nature of interdependent origination through mindfulness and meditation; appropriateness; and Skillful Means.

Fred examines and explains each of these principles while showing us how they can become relevant for our very life here and now healing the collective pain of America.



In this talk, Dharma teacher Fred Eppsteiner shares with us the meaning and significance of a Wisdom Retreat.

Retreat is a time of concentrated investigation into the nature of mind - of reality. It has many aspects: meditations to stabilize and calm the discursive mind; meditations to analyze the mental and sensory continuum; meditations to directly experience the mind nature; meditations to completely rest the mind. Retreat is disciplined experience so that our ordinary habits do not take over and it is rhythmic so that the work of mindfulness, concentration and insight can continue to be refined day after day.

Since the time of the Buddha, countless teachers have pointed out the innate simplicity and spontaneous wisdom of our true mind. Unfettered by conditioning and emotional reactivity, this mind has the capacity to guide and support us naturally in living an awakened life. Utilizing the pith direct teachings of Gyaltsap Rinpoche (1871-1926), a modern master of the Great Perfection tradition, during this five day retreat, Fred guided participants into the world of the Buddha Mind and show how to integrate this understanding into daily life.

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