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Cross River Meditation Center

The Human Buddha’s Restored Dhamma

Ending Ignorance of Four Noble Truths

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Upcoming Dhamma Class Schedule and Suttas:

Wise Restraint – Understanding Dispassion – A Structured Study (May 14 – August 24)

“In what is seen, there is only the seen” Bahiya Sutta, Udana 1.10



We suggest two Jhana meditation sessions a day using the recordings linked below  to continually reinforce the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as your Jhana practice.

Please keep in mind, two Jhana sessions per day of shorter sessions rather than one long Jhana meditation session, when practiced consistently, will be more effective in deepening your concentration

We offer two opportunities each week to join our Sangha and hear our teachers present the words of the Buddha. Siddartha Gotama, the historical Buddha, a self-awakened, fully mature human being, spent the last forty-five years of his life teaching a simple and direct Dhamma, free of magical thinking. These teachings have been restored by John to their original intent and purpose: to have a profound experiential understanding of Four Noble Truths and to develop a calm and peaceful mind.

CRMC Doors open 1/2 hour prior to class start. Zoom room opens 15 minutes prior to class start.
Prioritizing your Dhamma practice and to avoid class interruptions, relax and join us for Sangha prior to class start.
Our Sangha Thanks You.

Join us as often as you are able while gently holding in mind the unique opportunity we offer at BBCRMC.

When first encountered, the verbiage and structure of Dhamma practice can seem confusing. All of our teachers are available to you with questions you may have. Please feel free to contact anyone at anytime. We want you to discover a gentle and direct path to awakening and we are all here to help- just ask: BBCRMC Dhamma Teachers

Above all, do not judge yourself or this peaceful and harmless Dhamma. Begin now to understand that every moment of human life is impermanent and so impersonal. When distracted or stressed, keep in mind that what is a source of stress is not part of your identity or a true representation of life: all things arise and pass away.


Guided Jhana Meditation
Jhana Meditation Instruction 111123 PDF
Karaniya Metta Sutta PDF
Jhana Meditation Review / Structured Study

The first two recordings below should be listened to consistently as they describe  the proper context for developing Jhana within the framework and guidance of the Noble Eightfold Path. The second recording below reinforces the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Below the first player are Guided Jhana Mediations With Context that incorporates much of what is presented in the first two recordings.

Guided Jhana Meditations W/ Context



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CRMC Doors open 1/2 hour prior to class start. Zoom room opens 15 minutes prior to class start. Prioritizing your Dhamma practice is an aspect of Right Effort; and to avoid class interruptions, please join your Sangha, relax and Take Refuge prior to class start.

Your Sangha Thanks You.

Tuesday 7:15 PM In-Person and Live-Streamed 

Saturday 8:30 AM In-Person and Live-Streamed 

We Live-Stream Our Dhamma Classes as a convenience for those who are unable to join us in-person due. 

How To Join Our Sangha Via Zoom

Our Live-Stream will begin 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start to allow for time to sign in and join our sangha.

A password is required to enter our Live-Stream “room.” The password is bbcrmc WITHOUT CAPS.

Our classes can be joined on your computer through the Zoom app here:  https://zoom.us/j/9083919079

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or through your IOS device here: Zoom IOS App

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We look forward to sharing the Buddha’s restored Dhamma with you. Peace.

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Essays and Commentary on the Buddha’s Dhamma, Modern Dharmas, and a World Aflame


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These are essays and commentary on the timelessness of the Buddha’s Dhamma and the appropriate application of this Dhamma amidst the fabrications, contradictions, and distortions of modern Buddhism, New-Age philosophies, and ever-changing and often chaotic worldly events. 

The necessity of clearly describing and understanding the contradictions between what an awakened human being actually taught and the adaptations, accommodations, and embellishments attached to a Buddha’s pure Dhamma is the central theme for teachers and practitioners of his Dhamma. 

Recognizing and abandoning the compulsion for following fabricated views of self in relation to the people and events of life is the true vipassana or true and useful introspective insight into Three Marks Of Existence. It is the fabricated relationship between wrong views of self and the people and events of ordinary human life that is to be recognized and abandoned as Wise DShamma Practitioners. For most of human history, the establishment of non-physical, non-human realms as the resolution for the confusion and suffering internet in human life has been the primary strategy minds rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths cling to maintain ignorance. 

Siddartha Gotama awakened to the profound understanding that it is individual and institutionalized views of self and the people and events of the world are rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths. He described the results of human ignorance in the Loka Sutta as ” a world aflame with the fires of passion (for continued self-establishment).”

Awakening or developing full human maturity by recognizing and abandoning all foolish and immature views rooted in this specific ignorance while developing a profound understanding of Four Noble Truths is the sole purpose of a Buddha’s Dhamma. Any religious, spiritual, or philosophical belief that resolves in a speculative, magical, and non-human self-existence is contrary to what the Buddha taught. 

It is through clinging to these fabricated views that continue this specific ignorance. Powerful and subtle strategies are continually fabricated and established as “spiritual practcie.” Now, this “practcie” itself becomes the distortion from understanding these Four Noble Truths. This is practicing ignorance. This practice continues to perfectly entrench one in fabricated wrong views of self.

It should not surprise or distress the well-informed Dhamma practitioner that it is individually held and collectively-supported fabricated views that is at the root of stress and suffering. 

Siddhartha Gotama awakened to the profound understanding that it is ignorance of Four Noble truths that results in all manner of confusion, greed, aversion, and ongoing deluded thinking. This manifestation of ignorance in the world is known as Dukkha, or stress and suffering. Recognizing and abandoning the individual fabricated views resulting in Dukkha is the Dhamma.

Fabricated views used to legitimize religions, Buddhist “lineages,” and spiritual or philosophical concepts are as common and widespread now as they were during the Buddha’s time, perhaps even more so.

Developing the Buddha’s Dhamma as originally presented abandons all magical views and establishes an awakened human being in this present life.

For a complete understanding of what the Buddha actually taught, please read “Foundations Of The Buddha’s Dhamma” further below.




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Linked below are ten Structured Studies developing deep and profound understanding of key themes of the Buddha’s Dhamma. Providing a structure to developing the Dhamma avoids the grasping-after all things loosely-labeled “Buddhist” of modern Buddhism-By-Common-Agreement prevalent today

The True Vipassana Dhamma Study is focused on the key theme of the Buddha’s Dhamma and the purpose of true Vipassana – skillful introspective insight into The Marks of Human Existence.

The Buddha taught a simple and straightforward method of understanding the truth of lasting peace and happiness. The path leading to lasting peace and happiness is The Eightfold Path. Jhana meditation is one factor of The Eightfold Path.

The Local Knowledge – Uncommon Dhamma Study includes lesser-known suttas revealing the profound though entirely practical depth of an awakened human being’s Dhamma.

The Dhammapada Structured study includes all 26 charters of the Dhammapada restored to its original intent and clear focus.

The Truth of Happiness Dhamma Study provided a comprehensive foundation for authentic Dhamma practice.


A Noble Dhamma Practice Structured Study
A skillful introduction and comprehensive explanation of The Noble Practice
with two introductory Suttas and individual Suttas for each of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

Eightfold Path Structured Study

Eightfold Path Structured Study (2024)

True Vipassana, True Introspective Insight Structured Study

Jhana Meditation – Mind and Body United – The Buddha’s Meditation

Dhammapada Structured Study

Local Knowledge – Uncommon Dhamma Structured Study

Truth Of Happiness Structured Study

Karma, rebirth, and Intentional Becoming Structured Study

Wise Restraint Structured Study – Understanding Dispassion


These suttas show the importance of developing Right Meditation as taught by the Buddha. Jhana Meditation is the only meditation method taught by the Buddha. he taught Jhan for one reason: To deepen concentration. It is from a well-concentrated mind that supports the refined mindfulness necessary to hold in mind the Eightfold Path as the framework and ongoing guidance for authentic Dhamma practice.

Right Meditation – Jhana Meditation


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To continue to develop and share the Buddha's timeless wisdom and preserve the legacy of our friend and teacher John Haspel, we offer weekly classes, both online and in person, both residential and local retreats, and our website with its extensive video and audio archive.  None of this would be possible without your support and donations. 

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