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Traditional Buddhist teachings that are practical and relevant for everyday life in the modern world.
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In this session, John Bruna provides an introduction to the Four Noble Truths. This is the first teaching in a series of teachings and guidance on the Four Noble Truths as presented by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This teaching took place on January 19, 2022.Welcome to the Way Of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
In this session, our spiritual director, John Bruna,  provides guidance and commentary on the opening remarks of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in the text the Four Noble Truths. John also discusses the importance of recognizing dissatisfaction and its true causes which provide the foundation for making a deep radical change to be free from suffering. This teaching took place on January 26, 2022. Welcome to the Way Of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
First Noble Truth; Types of Suffering. In this session, our spiritual director, John Bruna,  provides guidance and commentary on the second and third types of suffering based on The Four Noble Truths by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This teaching took place on February 2, 2022. Welcome to the Way Of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
In this session, our spiritual director, John Bruna, offers guidance on the difference between causes and conditions within the Buddhist worldview. John brings a clarity to the material aspect of true causes and the potentials that exist within these material causes. He then finishes the teaching with advice on purification and Tonglen practice during Losar. (Tibetan New Year). This teaching took place on March 2nd, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna offers an introduction to the laws of causality called karma, and mental afflictions called kleshas. He speaks specifically about the affliction of concealment and how it impacts our lives. John finishes the session with suggestions on purification practice as a method to grow wisdom. This teaching took place on March 9th, 2022. Welcome to the Way Of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion, offers continued guidance on the text "The Four Noble Truths" by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. In this session, John illustrates the relationship between karma and kleshas, and how our actions of body, speech, and mind plant seeds for our future experiences. John also describes indefinite karma, and the four stages of karmic actions. This teaching took place on March 16th, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion, continues to offer commentary and guidance on the Second Noble Truth the true causes of suffering. John talks about the relationship between karma and the subtle mental continuum. He discusses how our actions plant seeds for our future circumstances and how ethical living is the foundation for all spiritual practice. This teaching took place on March 23rd, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org. If you would like to stay connected and access additional offerings, please join our free online community using this link: Way of Compassion Dharma Center CommunityMay you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Foundation, offers final commentary on the second noble truth, highlighting the primary causes and secondary causes (conditions) for mental afflictions to arise. John also discusses the relationship between karma and consciousness as presented by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the text The Four Noble Truths. This teaching took place on March 30th, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, Spiritual director of the Way of Compassion foundation continues to offer commentary and guidance on the text "The Four Noble Truths" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  In this session, John moves into the Third Noble Truth, known as the truth of cessation. He talks about how understanding emptiness and dependent origination is the key to cutting through the root of suffering. John explains the Middle Way view as well as conventional and ultimate reality. This teaching took place on April 6th, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, Spiritual Director of the Way of Compassion Foundation, continues to offer commentary and guidance on the text "The Four Noble Truths" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  In this session, John offers teachings on emptiness by focusing on how things are dependently originated. He speaks about the Buddhist worldview that the roots of suffering are cut with the realization of emptiness. This teaching took place on April 13th, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
Spiritual director John Bruna discusses foundational aspects of the Mahayana Path including renunciation and great compassion. He shares practical methods for cultivating stable equanimity that acts as the momentum towards Bodhicitta. John finishes the discussion with a clear description of the two accumulations of spiritual merit and wisdom. This teaching took place on May 4th, 20222.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, Spiritual Director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, offers practical guidance on the six perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom. John expands on the Bodhisattva path as described in the text "The Four Noble Truths" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This teaching took place on May 11th, 20222.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Foundation, offers commentary and guidance on the Vajrayana path as described in the final section of the text "The Four Noble Truths" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. John highlights differences between the Sutrayana and Vajrayana paths, while describing more fully the prerequisites and commitments one would engage in. This teaching took place on June 8th, 20222.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, offers commentary and closing remarks of the text "The Four Noble Truths" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. John speaks about the transformation that can occur by deeply understanding and practicing the 4 Noble Truths. He also addresses the importance of combining Shamatha and Vipashyana practice for taming, training, and transcending the mind. This teaching took place on June15th, 20222.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, comments on a public talk given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. John begins by encouraging the study and practice of the Three Principal Aspects of the path. He unpacks His Holiness's comments that we all have the inborn right to be happy and to avoid suffering. John then goes on to explain that despite our best efforts we often create our own suffering. He also brings up an interesting dynamic of human intelligence and how it can help us cultivate genuine happiness but can also work against our pursuit of well-being. This teaching was given on June 22nd, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna celebrates His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday by unpacking a talk he gave on compassion. John speaks about the urgency for us to apply these teachings, recognizing many of our great teachers are reaching old age.  John speaks about the wisdom of understanding how people are conditioned, and that we can benefit by separating people from their behaviors. He speaks on compassion as a fundamental to our nature, and the importance of cultivating this quality in our hearts and minds. This teaching was given on July 6th, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
John Bruna, Spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, continues his commentary on compassion. John speaks about the many ways that compassion shows up in our lives and offers valuable understanding of the differences between compassion and empathy. John also speaks about how living in reality (wisdom) is such a powerful way to alleviate suffering. This teaching was given on July 13th, 2022.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.
This is the first of three sessions.  Our spiritual director, John Bruna,  introduces the topic of equanimity, a balanced and composed mind that is able to recognize the value in all people and situations. In this session, John highlights the benefits of cultivating perspective and clarity in daily life with all of its ups and downs. Welcome to the Way Of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
This is the second of three sessions.  Our spiritual director, John Bruna, continues the exploration of equanimity in daily life.  Many practical examples are given to bring an understanding of the truths of impermanence and interdependence. Welcome to the Way Of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
This is the last session of a three-part series.  Our spiritual director, John Bruna, wraps up the exploration of equanimity by focusing on how each moment, situation and person in our life can bring meaning and purpose by how we engage with them. The last half is a Q&A dialogue with the retreat attendees.Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering. 
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