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Avoiding a Thicket of Views

In this talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on August 20, 2023, Subodha discusses the growing dichotomy between religion and science in…

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Trading Aging for the Ageless

In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center on July 16, 2023, Subodha reflects on getting older and the maturity that we often…

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Ven. Thich Thien-An and Three Essentials of the Path

In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 3/19/23, Subodha shares his thoughts on Ven. Thich Thien-An’s legacy as the…

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Mistakes and What Comes After

A Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 1/15/23. Subodha shares a story from the Pali Canon about two monks who…

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Defining True Happiness

A Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 12/18/22. Subodha shares lessons from the Pali Canon on what constitutes true happiness…

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Breathing and Mental Seclusion

A Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 11/13/22. Subodha shares thoughts on living a quiet life in the forest being…

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Dhamma for the Real World

A Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 10/23/22. Subodha discusses what it means to practice the Buddha’s teachings in our…

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Mindfulness and Other Treasures

A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 6/5/22. Subodha shares his experience of practicing meditation while sick and severely short…

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Resolutions for the New Year

A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 1/2/2022. Subodha shares the Yoga Sutta (AN 4:10) and the four burdens of…

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Simplicity and Contentment

A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 12/12/21. Subodha reflects on the importance of simplicity and contentment on the path…

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Dealing with the Five Hindrances in Troubled Times

A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles Sunday Zoom service on 9/12/21. Tragedies large and small are discussed, including the attack…

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Happiness: The Opposite of Suffering

A Dharma talk given at the IBMC Sunday Service on Zoom, 6/20/21. The Buddha’s lessons on developing path factors to a reliable happiness and transcend…

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Paving the Path with the Five Aggregates

A Dharma talk at the IBMC Zoom Sunday Service. Subodha talks about the five aggregates not as an objective description of a human being, but…

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How to Know You Are Making Progress on the Path

A Dharma talk at the IBMC Sunday service on Zoom, 4/25/21. Subodha discusses the Devadaha Sutta (SN 22:2) as a good summary of the path…

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Falling in Love with Meditation

Subodha gives a talk at the IBMC on 2/14/21, Valentine’s Day, about falling in love with meditation and entering into a committed relationship with Buddhist…

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Fear and Terror in the Wilderness

A Dharma talk at the International Meditation Center Los Angeles Zoom Sunday service on 11/29/2020. Subodha discusses the fear and anxiety that he felt being…

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Integrity in the Face of Ambiguous Loss

A Dharma talk at the IBMC Zoom Sunday service on 10/18/20. Subodha talks about the importance of being honest and upright about our practice, even…

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Is Meditation Onepointedness?

Subodha, still staying socially distant at home, shares his views on meditation. He specifically addresses the absorptions (jhanas) and ekaggata (stillness of mind) in regard…

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Enjoying the Silence at Home

Subodha gives an informal talk in his home on 5/21/2020. He discusses the importance on cultivating an enjoyment for silence, solo retreating at home, and…

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Bonus Episode: Guided Breath Meditation 2

This guided meditation was recorded via Zoom on 4/14/2020 for the University of the West Chaplaincy Club and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This meditation is…

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Bonus Episode: Guided Breath Meditation

This guided breath meditation was recorded live via Zoom on 3-31-2020 for the University of the West Chaplaincy Club and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The…

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Special Episode: Covid Chronicles Part One

In this special episode recorded on 3/21/2020, Subodha is accompanied by his wife Christina. They discuss many topics including right effort, the eight-fold path, meditation,…

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Keeping the Five Faculties in Tune

A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 2/16/20. Subodha discusses the Five Faculties with a special focus on the second…

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Not Self and Santa Claus

A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 12/15/19. Subodha discusses how he learned the truth about Santa Claus not existing…

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Special 2019 Announcements

There are some changes in store for Suburban Dharma in 2019, including a new RSS feed, new recording equipment, production software, and upcoming guided meditations…

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The Problem with Mixing Drugs with the Dharma

At Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society on 8/19/18, Subodha discusses a recent news story about psychedelic drugs and Buddhist practice and his belief that…

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