Way of Compassion Dharma Center

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By: John Bruna

Traditional Buddhist teachings that are practical and relevant for everyday life in the modern world.

Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 15 - The Seven Forms of Arrogance
#15
Last Friday at 3:00 PM

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna discusses various forms of arrogance and shows how these mental factors are harmful to ourselves and others. He also offers a perspective about the subtle differences of self-importance versus self-value which gives clarity on how we can feel good about our achievements and virtues we are cultivating without needing to exaggerate or be boastful. This episode was recorded on July 3rd, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 14 - The Mental Affliction of Anger
#14
07/08/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna gives an in-depth teaching on the root affliction of anger. He describes the Buddhist view of anger as a very destructive mental state for us, and how it also leads to harmful behaviors toward others. John finishes this session by encouraging us all to practice patience which is one of the direct and most powerful antidotes to anger. This episode was recorded on June 26th, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 13 - Aspiration Versus Affliction
#13
07/05/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna gives a very helpful teaching to clarify the differences and grey areas of aspiration versus attachment. He describes scenarios that may be a subtle form of attachment that actually serve as a temporary motivator for our journey to Enlightenment. This teaching goes right to the heart of one of the common misperceptions that, in the Buddhist view, desire is the root of suffering. This episode was recorded on June 19th, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 12 - The Six Root Afflictions
#12
07/03/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna continues his commentary on the text "Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron. John gives clarity on how to identify mental afflictions and how specifically misperception, anger, and attachment impact our experience. This episode was recorded on June 12th, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 11 - The True Origins of Dissatisfaction
#11
06/26/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna gives a commentary on the true origins of dukkha or dissatisfaction. John talks about how our habits, driven by misperception, can be quite sneaky in that they may seem to bring happiness, when in reality they are the very causes of our suffering. This episode was recorded on June 5th, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 10 - Four Attributes of True Cessation
#10
06/24/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna gives a teaching on the four attributes of the Third Noble Truth: true cessation. By using this model of understanding, John clarifies the meaning of Nirvana as complete freedom from all mental afflictions rather than temporary states of bliss and non-conceptuality achieved by concentration practices. This episode was recorded on May 29th, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 09 - Four Attributes of the Second Noble Truth
#9
06/10/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna gives a teaching on the 4 attributes of the Second Noble Truth, as presented in the text “Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature,'' by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron. John discusses the various ways ignorance, craving and karma create suffering in our lives. He emphasizes the important point that these conditions are temporary and that we have the ability to change our situation by eliminating the causes for suffering and creating the causes for happiness.  This episode was recorded on May 22nd, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 08 - Summary of the First Noble Truth
#8
05/30/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna continues teaching on the 16 attributes of the Four Noble Truths, as presented in the text “Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature,'' by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron. John summarizes the attributes of true dukkha by explaining how we misperceive ourselves, things and events. He offers everyday examples of using ethics, concentration and wisdom to unravel these misperceptions and engage more realistically in our experiences. This episode was recorded on May 8th, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 07 - Four Attributes of the First Noble Truth Continued
#7
05/20/2024

In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna continues teaching on the 16 attributes of the Four Noble Truths, as presented in the Text “Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron. This episode focuses on the second attribute of the First Noble Truth; the unsatisfactoriness of conditioned existence. John makes important distinctions between temporary pleasures and inner lasting happiness, so that we can relate to the conditions of this life in healthy ways and direct our energies toward true sources of happiness.  This episode was recorded on May 1st, 2024.

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Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature 06 - Four Attributes of the First Noble Truth
#6
05/08/2024

In this session, spiritual director John Bruna begins teaching on the 16 attributes of the Four Noble Truths, as presented in the Text “Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron. He discusses the truth of impermanence and explains how understanding and accepting impermanence can relieve much suffering in our lives. This episode was recorded on April 24th, 2024.

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