Other Sites

San Francisco Zen Center - Dharma Talks
Welcome to the San Francisco Zen Center's online library of Dharma talks. The talks listed here were given at City Center, Green Gulch Farm, or Tassajara as part of a public dharma talk.


Access to Insight - The Pali Canon
The Pali canon forms the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism which scholars generally agree contains the earliest surviving record of the Buddha's teachings.The Pali canon is a vast body of literature: in English translation the texts add up to thousands of printed pages. Most (but not all) of the Canon has already been published in English over the years. Although only a small fraction of these texts are available on this website, this collection can be a good place to start.


Metta Forest Monastery
Metta Forest Monastery is a meditation monastery in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition. Founded in 1990 by Ajaan Suwat Suvaco, it has been under the direction of Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Ajaan Geoff) as abbot and meditation teacher since 1993. The Monastery is outside of Valley Center, California at the end of a road in an avocado orchard surrounded by the mountains.


Deer Park Monastery
A practice center in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Check their calendar for weekly Day of Mindfulness Practice. Deer Park is located in Escondido, CA. 


Seeking Heartwood
I’ve been driving all over America in my old Honda, going from meditation center to meditation center, monastery to monastery, and teacher to teacher.  I’ve spent my waking life participating in Buddhist communities, studying ancient texts and modern commentaries, cultivating kindness and contemplation, and filming everything I can.

Dharma Seed
Welcome to Dharma Seed, dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of Theravada Buddhism in modern languages. Explore and take nourishment from these heartfelt teachings.

 

Audio Dharma - All Dharma Talks
This site is an archive of Dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal, Andrea Fella and various guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. Each talk illuminates aspects of the Buddha's teachings.The purpose is the same that the Buddha had for his teachings, to guide us toward the end of suffering and the attainment of freedom.

 

Zen Center of San Diego
Zen Center San Diego is an independent organization whose intention is to support the practice of awakening. The center provides an environment where people can learn and practice Zen meditation, as well as how to cultivate clarity and equanimity within the high-speed confusion of everyday life.

 

Prison Minfulness Institute
Our mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development

Suggested Reading/Listening: Introduction to Buddhism

The following resources are suggested for getting a basic understanding of Buddhist concepts, history, Buddhist schools of thought, as well as different styles of meditation. The purpose of this is not to steer you to a particular Buddhist school of thought or meditation style, only to give you an idea of what is out there. There is MUCH more than is what is offered on this short list. You are encouraged to explore on your own what you personally feel most comfortable with; a style and a practice that will enrich not only your own life, but the lives of those who come in contact with you as well.

Books
1. Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh - Life and Teaching of Gautama Buddha
2. The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh - Commentary on Heart Sutra
3. The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche - Basic Human Goodness
4. The World of Tibetan Buddhism by The Dalai Lama - Overview of Tibetan Buddhism
5. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki – A Classic Introduction to Zen
6. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki - Simply Zen
7. Lotus in the Stream by Master Hsing Yun (Translated by Tom Graham) - Excellent and Simple
8. Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith and Philip Novak – Introduction to the History of Buddhism
9. Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodron – Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Practice
10. A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield – Kind & Gentle
11. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa – Another Classic
12. Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Songyal Rinpoche – Tibetan Practice in Everyday Life
13. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
14. The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
15. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron
16. Dharma Punx by Noah Levine - A Punk Rock Kid Turned Buddhist
17. Against the Stream by Noah Levine – Buddhism Basics and the Path of Recovery