Becoming Buddha
Becoming Awakened

Ending Ignorance of Four Noble Truths

Cross River Meditation Center
207 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, New Jersey
John Haspel, Founder, Dhamma Teacher
Matt Branham, Founder, Dhamma Teacher, Board Chair, MAcOM, LAc

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

About BBCRMC - What We Teach and Practice

Becoming Buddha Cross River Meditation Center preserves and presents a human Buddha’s Dhamma initially recorded as the second book of the Pali Canon, the Sutta Pitaka. Our practice is informed from over 300 curated suttas restored by John to their original intent and practical focus. Our practice is empty of imagined "insight", magical thinking, mystical grasping-after, and unfounded speculation.

Our teachers and students remain focused on these suttas to develop a direct mindful experience of establishing a well-concentrated, supple, and conflict-free mind through the Eightfold Path. It is the Eightfold Path that Siddartha Gotama taught over the last forty-five years of his life with the sole purpose of abandoning self-inflicted stress and suffering through ending ignorance of Four Noble Truths.

BBCRM Calendar/Schedule | Directions | Live-Stream


Dhamma Class Schedule
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Dhamma Class Schedule
All Times Eastern Us

Tuesday 7:15 PM In-Person and Live-Streamed
Thursday 2:15 PM Live-Streamed Only
Saturday 8:30 AM In-Person and Live-Streamed

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

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Cross River Meditation Center
207 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, New Jersey

BBCRMC Sangha Guidelines - Patimoksha

Patomoksha means "towards liberation." These guidelines support a well-informed and well-focused Sangha and establish the most effective environment for Dhamma Practice always focused on liberation from ignorance.

  • Becoming Buddha Cross River Meditation Center is a true Refuge from the chaos in the world and ideological contradictions and foundational confusion prevalent in modern Buddhism-By-Common-Agreement.
  • Our practice is framed by the Eightfold Path which establishes a skillful balance of Jhana meditation, Sutta study, Sangha participation, and daily individual Dhamma practice.
  • When gathered for Dhamma class we refer only to the Buddha’s Dhamma as restored by John and presented by our teachers.
  • When gathered as a Sangha we accept responsibility for maintaining the gentle integrity of our Sangha.
  • When gathered as a Sangha we are free of grasping after magical, mystical, and speculative concepts and fabricated experiences.
  • When gathered as a Sangha we practice Wise Restraint. Questions or confusion about verbiage or arising from comparisons to other modern Buddhist practices, modern Buddhist teachers, or what they are teaching are not a part of our Dhamma classes or Sangha discussions and should be addressed directly to our teachers outside of Dhamma class.
  • Individual class suttas are linked in our newsletter for home study prior to class. 

As a general rule, wise Dhamma practitioners incorporate the following five precepts as a basis for personal behavior:


  • Refrain from killing or taking life. Act with goodwill and loving-kindness. This includes abandoning character assassination and hate speech typically arising from gossip and idle chatter.
  • Refrain from stealing or taking what is not freely given including taking or manipulating others' emotions. All-ways be generous.
  • Refrain from false, unnecessary, misleading, harmful, or impatient speech. Speak with kindness, honesty, and mindfulness.
  • Refrain from sexual misconduct or using sex in a selfish or harmful manner. Be content and giving.
  • Refrain from the use of intoxicants so to be mindful and thoughtful.

Our classes are appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators and our sangha is welcoming and supportive. A typical class begins with Jhana meditation followed by a Dhamma talk and sangha Q&A and discussion. We close meditation classes with a five-minute guided Metta intentional meditation.

If you are new to meditation and mindfulness or to the direct teachings of the Buddha, please visit For New Visitors.

We request a $20 donation for our classes. All are always welcome regardless of donation.

Please arrive a few minutes early.

Thank You for your mindfulness in supporting our well-informed and well-focused Sangha!
BBCRMC Dhamma Teachers

Current Tuesday / Saturday Structured Study
The Dhammapada – Concise Dhamma Instruction

Upcoming Tuesday / Saturday Structured Study
Karma, Rebirth, and Intentional Becoming

Siddartha Gotama And His Dhamma: Practical and Effective Right View

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.


Becoming Buddha CRMC Structered Studies


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Linked below are five 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. 

Becoming Buddha Cross River Meditation Center’s
Structured Dhamma Studies


Right Meditation - Jhana Meditation

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.


The Buddha’s Dhamma Flow Chart
Dependent Origination & Four Noble Truths

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