Lectures

These lectures, given by Thanissaro Bhikkhu at various meditation centers and about 40–60 minutes long on average, provide a systematic and focused explanation—and Q&A—on selected Dhamma themes.

2019

  • Right View Comes First
    • October 1st, 2019 | Duration: 48 min | Insight Meditation South Bay
    • Ajaan Geoff reviews the Four Noble Truths as the categorical teaching of the Buddha—true and always beneficial. He describes the duties that enable us to fully understand and comprehend them and how the three characteristics—Dukkha, Anicca, Anatta—are used in support of these duties and this understanding.

  • Skill in Questions (Part 1/3)
    • September 28th, 2019 | Duration: 105 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
    • For the purpose of putting an end to suffering, the Buddha divided questions into four types: those that deserve a categorical answer, those that deserve an analytical answer, those that deserve that the person asking the question be cross-questioned, and those that deserve to be put aside. To know where a particular question falls within these categories, he said, is a sign of discernment. This day-long course looked at how the Buddha himself applied this scheme to the questions that other people asked him and to the questions he asked himself during his search for awakening. The purpose is be to gain a deeper understanding of the Buddha’s teachings by seeing what kinds of questions they were and were not intended to answer, and to gain a better sense of what kinds of questions we should be asking ourselves to guide our practice.

2018

  • Equanimity
    • November 6th, 2018 | Duration: 20 min | Pacific Hermitage (White Salmon, WA)
  • Refuge
    • September 26th, 2018 | Duration: 44 min | Insight Meditation South Bay

2017

  • Wisdom over Justice
    • September 18th, 2017 | Duration: 46 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Papañca (Part 1)
    • April 28th, 2012 | Duration: 64 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Papañca (Part 2)
    • April 28th, 2012 | Duration: 31 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Papañca (Part 3)
    • April 28th, 2012 | Duration: 85 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Papañca (Part 4)
    • April 28th, 2012 | Duration: 66 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Five Aggregates
    • April 23rd, 2012 | Duration: 39 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Lessons from the Kalama Sutta
    • March 14th, 2012 | Duration: 29 min | Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
    • The Kalama Sutta is most famous for its encouragement not to place total trust in traditions and texts, but it also encourages you not to place total trust in your sense of reason and preferences. So where can you place your trust? This talk focuses on the dilemma posed by the sutta's recommendations, and the way it proposes out of the dilemma.

2011

  • Quality of Metta
    • May 1st, 2011 | Duration: 41 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)

2010

2009

  • Faith and Ardency
    • May 4th, 2009 | Duration: 51 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Generosity
    • May 3rd, 2009 | Duration: 45 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Anatta (Part 1)
    • May 2nd, 2009 | Duration: 117 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Anatta (Part 2)
    • May 2nd, 2009 | Duration: 63 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Anatta (Part 3)
    • May 2nd, 2009 | Duration: 45 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Noble Wealth
    • February 25th, 2009 | Duration: 40 min | Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
    • The inner qualities that provide wealth for the mind—a sense of freedom and security—regardless of outside conditions.

2008

  • Wealth
    • October 5th, 2008 | Duration: 43 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)

2007

2006

2005

  • Heedfulness
    • May 1st, 2005 | Duration: 43 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • War on Karma
    • April 25th, 2005 | Duration: 52 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Heedfulness
    • February 2nd, 2005 | Duration: 83 min | Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
    • Heedfulness—the Buddha's final teaching—provides the context within which his other teachings on the path should be undestood.

2004

  • Happiness
    • April 19th, 2004 | Duration: 50 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Anger
    • February 4th, 2004 | Duration: 91 min | Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
    • Approaching anger skillfully, both by developing a proper understanding of it and by using the many tools that can be used to keep the mind from being overcome by it.

2003

  • Five Aggregates
    • March 29th, 2003 | Duration: 247 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)
  • Holding on
    • March 24th, 2003 | Duration: 41 min | Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA)

2002

  • Untitled
    • February 6th, 2002 | Duration: 87 min | Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

2001

  • Dhamma Talk
    • February 14th, 2001 | Duration: 71 min | Insight Meditation Society