Dhamma Articles And Talks Archive

This is the complete archive of all Dhamma articles and talks on Becoming-Buddha.com, organized with most recent class’ first.

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BBCRMC True Vipassana Retreat Book

These are the most recent talks on this subject. As of December, 2019, There are more than 600 Dhamma talks on this and other teachings of the Buddha in my audio and video archives:  Becoming Buddha Cross River...

Local Knowledge – Uncommon Dhamma

The title “Local Knowledge – Uncommon Dhamma” refers to the profound depth of knowledge that supports the useful and skillful understanding that is developed by those with “local knowledge” of what the Buddha actually taught.

Rahogata Sutta – Ending Fabrications Through Jhana

In the Rahogata Sutta, the Buddha teaches that feelings of pleasure, pain, or ambivalence, when perceived through a mimd rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths will fabricate what is experienced in a way that reaffirms ignorance and continues stress…

Hindrances To Awakening – Two Suttas

Another word for hindrances is obstacles. These five hindrances are self-imposed obstacles commonly employed in a subtle and often unnoticed (strategically ignored) internal strategy to continue to ignore ignorance of Four Noble Truths…

Released From Affliction – Khajjaniya Sutta

The Khajjaniya Sutta is a profound teaching on the confusion and suffering that follows from clinging to speculative views rooted in ignorance of Four Noble Truths. The Buddha’s described the personal vehicle for ongoing stress and suffering as “Five Clinging Aggregates.”

Acting To Awaken – Karma Sutta

Karma (Pali: Kamma) is the central theme of the Dhamma. It is the abstract definition of the practical experience of Five Clinging-Aggregates within Thee Marks Of Existence…

Dependent Origination And Conditioned Mind

All of human life is anicca, impermanent and uncertain. Life in the phenomenal world is ultimately unsatisfactory, dukkha, due to life’s inescapable qualities of impermanence and uncertainty. Arising from a wrong view of life in the phenomenal world, an impermanent and insubstantial “self” is formed…

Salvation-Free Buddhism

Why An Awakened Human Being Abandoned Religion For a complete understanding of the Buddha's Dhamma referenced herein within the scope and context intended, please read "Foundations Of The Buddha's Dhamma" on our Home Page: Becoming-Buddha.com. Clinging to a belief in...

Poems From The Heartwood

Haiku and  Free-Form Poetry From John and The Becoming Buddha Cross River Meditation Center Sangha (Click On Title)   My Friend Sid True Refuge Ig-Noble Truths Tough (Self)-Love Four Personal Space Becoming (Awakened Bahiya Something Horrible, Something Wonderful...

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BBCRMC Teaching Staff

On February 23, 2020 Jennifer Seiz, Matt Branham, Ram Manders, and Kevin Hart completed our first Becoming Buddha Cross River Meditation Center's Teachers Training. During our ceremony acknowledging this auspicious event they took refuge in a human Buddha, his...

Knowing True Refuge – Three Suttas

Knowing True Refuge Two suttas consistently misunderstood, misquoted, and misapplied in modern Buddhism are the Ratana and Kalama Suttas. The common occurrence of adapting, accommodating, and embellishing what an awakened human being actually taught only continues...

Khanda Sutta Five Clinging-Aggregates

The Five  Clinging-Aggregates are the Buddha’s description of the ongoing personal experience of ignorance of Four Noble Truths and the stress and suffering that follows this initial condition. 

Ratana Sutta – True Refuge

Nearly all schools of Buddhism refer to “The Triple Refuge” or taking refuge in “The Three Jewels.” Refuge is a place or state of mind that is a source of comfort and peace…

Online Forum Comments

These are comments of mine from online Buddhist forums. My intent here is not to disparage other dharmas. My intent is to provide clarity to what an awakened human being actually taught as preserved in the second book of the Pali Canon, the Sutta Pitaka…

Rahula – The Buddha’s Son – Two Suttas

These are two suttas referencing Rahula, the Buddha’s son, who was born just before Siddhartha he left his home seeking understanding. Now seven years later, the Buddha teaches his seven-year-old son a profound lesson in mindfulness. The second sutta has Rahula describing the results of his own awakening some years later.

Fire Discourse Attachments to Passion

About one month after the Buddha’s first two discourses, he presented The Fire Discourse to approximately 1,000 followers. Upon hearing this short discourse, most of those in attendance awakened…

Simsapa Sutta A Handful Of Leaves

“This is what I teach. I teach these things because they are related to my Dhamma and they support the principles of a life integrated with the Eightfold Path. These things that I teach lead directly to disenchantment, to dispassion…

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Sources

My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website Dhammatalks.org, as well as the works of Acharya Buddharakkhita, Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain contextual relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.


Becoming-Buddha.com and Dhamma articles and recordings by John Haspel are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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