Other Resources: Dharma Talks, Books, Websites

Listen to Dharma Talks/Podcasts on line
There are many ways to stay connected to the practice of mindfulness. Listening and studying the Dharma is just as important as the formal practices of seated, walking and eating meditation.
Listening to Dharma Talks is also a great way to stay connected to the practice and deepen your understanding of Mindfulness. Here are a list of the ones we listen to:

  • Dharmaseed.org– various talks from many different meditation teachers and mindfulness retreats. A great source of information and includes meditations.
  • Tara Brach – a wonderful teacher and Buddhist Psychotherapist. She has Dharma Talks and guided meditations.
  • Audio Dharma – Gil Fronsdal is the lead teacher and a great, wise guide of this practice. There are various teachers that give Dharma talks as well as guided meditations.

Books on Mindfulness practice
There are many books on this practice as follows:

  • Mindfulness in Plain English – Bhante Gunaratana – a great book and easy read. He makes the practice easy to understand and he also goes into depth about Clear Seeing and Compassion practice.
  • The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield – This is a favorite! It was one of the first books It is written for the lay person and easy to understand. Jack is an experienced, funny and compassionate teacher of this practice. He compares Buddhist Psychology to Western Psychology (so for those of us who are therapist it’s a fascinating read). He also shares stories of people on retreat, their struggles and how this practice can help us free the mind and heart.
  • True Refuge by Tara Brach – She is wise, funny and writes in a way that touches the heart. Tara is/was my mentor when I first started this practice. Her books are written with a compassion woven throughout the stories and as she explains how this practice frees our minds and hearts.
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach – her first book and the written in the same spirit as above.
  • Loving Kindness, A Heart as Wide as the World and Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg – a wonderful, down to earth teacher of Loving Kindness Meditation. She primarily teaches Loving Kindness Meditation and is wise and funny in her approach.
  • Awakening Joy by James Baraz – He gives tips, stories and meditations on how to connect with joy which is a part of what we are learning to open to in this practice. He also has a great sense of humor and you can listen to his Dharma Talks by doing a Google Search.
  • Buddha’s Brain by Dr. Rick Hanson – he is a Neuropsychologist and a Mindfulness teacher and leads retreats on understanding how this practice actually changes the brain in a way that is life changing. He also has Dharma talks that you can subscribe to through ITunes.