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5 Minute Dharma

26 EpisodesProduced by Jay N. ForrestWebsite

5 Minute Dharma is a weekly five-minute podcast that seeks to give people practical Buddhist wisdom for everyday life. Following closely the Theravada tradition and the Pali Canon, Dr. Forrest gives you a reliable guide to the transforming truths of the historical Buddha.About the HostDr. Jay N. For… read more

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Dhammapada Introduction

September 21st, 2020


This is an introduction to the Dhammapada, an important Buddhist scripture found in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali canon (Tipitaka). The Dhammapada is …

The Metta Sutta

September 11th, 2020


The Buddha said, "May all beings be happy and secure, may their hearts be wholesome.... Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of …

Translating the Buddhist Scriptures

September 4th, 2020


The Buddha said, “The venerables agree on the meaning but disagree on the phrasing. But the venerables should know that this is how such agreement on …

Heaven and Hell

August 28th, 2020


Did you know the Buddha taught about heaven and hell? The Buddha said, "Some enter the womb; evil-doers go to hell; the good go to heaven; those free from worldly desires attain nirvana" (Dhp 126 Radhakrishnan).

Right Meditation

August 21st, 2020


The Buddha said, “And what is right meditation? It’s when a practitioner, quite secluded from sensual pleasures, secluded from unwholesome qualities, …

Right Mindfulness

August 14th, 2020


The Buddha said, “And what is right mindfulness? It’s when a practitioner meditates by observing an aspect of the body or an aspect of feelings or an …

Right Effort

August 8th, 2020


The Buddha said, “And what is right effort? It’s when a practitioner generates enthusiasm, tries, makes an effort, exerts the mind, and strives so …

Right Livelihood

July 31st, 2020


The Buddha said, “Now this is the noble truth of the path that leads to the ending of suffering. It is simply this noble eightfold path, that is: …

Right Action

July 24th, 2020


The Buddha said, “And what is right action? Avoiding killing living creatures, stealing, and sexual misconduct. This is called right action” (SN 45.8). The Buddha said, “a noble disciple gives up killing living …

Right Speech

July 17th, 2020


The Buddha said, “And what is right speech? Avoiding speech that’s false, divisive, harsh, or nonsensical. This is called right speech” (SN 45.8). The Buddha said, “Mendicants, speech that has five factors is well …

Right Intention

July 9th, 2020


In this episode, we discover what right intention is. The Buddha said, “And what is right intention? It is the intention of renunciation, goodwill, and harmlessness. This is called right intention” (SN 45.8). Right …

Understanding Karma

July 3rd, 2020


Before we can move on to the second component in the Noble Eightfold Path, which is right intention, we must first understand karma. Karma is the …

Denial of Rebirth

June 26th, 2020


In this episode, I will argue that the Buddha taught rebirth. Now he was either right about rebirth, or he was wrong. First, let us be clear about the fact that the Buddha taught rebirth. On the night of his awakening, …

Beliefs are Important

June 19th, 2020


The Noble Eightfold Path has eight aspects to it, one is “right beliefs” (SN 56.11). Today I want to clarify why beliefs are important. I think a lot …

Right Beliefs

June 12th, 2020


The Buddha taught that there are two kinds of right beliefs. He said, “And what are right beliefs? Right beliefs are twofold, I say. There are right …

Right Perspective

June 5th, 2020


The Buddha said, “Now this is the noble truth of the path that leads to the ending of unhappiness. It is simply this Noble Eightfold Path, that is: …

The Four Tasks

May 28th, 2020


The Four Noble Truths come with four tasks attached to them, four challenges that give practical application to the truths. “This noble truth of …

The Noble Eightfold Path

May 22nd, 2020


Today we are dealing with the last of the Four Noble Truths. “Now this, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of the way leading to the cessation of …

Freedom From Suffering

May 14th, 2020


The Four Noble Truths are “the noble truth of suffering…. the noble truth of the origin of suffering…. the noble truth of the cessation of suffering…. [and] the noble truth of the way leading to the cessation of …

Suffering Comes From Within

May 8th, 2020


We have been learning about the Four Noble Truths. We have discovered that suffering pervades the unawakened life. We have also learned that “the origin of suffering” is “craving” (SN 56.11). All suffering is caused by …

The Cause of Suffering

April 30th, 2020


"Now this, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of the origin of suffering: it is this craving which leads to renewed existence, accompanied by delight and lust, seeking delight here and there; that is, craving for sensual …

The Two Darts

April 23rd, 2020


"Bhikkhus, when the uninstructed worldling is being contacted by a painful feeling, he sorrows, grieves, and laments.... He feels two feelings — a …

Understanding Suffering

April 17th, 2020


“Now this, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; separation from what is pleasing is …

The Buddhist Scriptures

April 10th, 2020


There are three major branches of Buddhism, they are the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Each has their own canon. The Theravada branch of Buddhism is the only existing branch of early Buddhism to survive. The Pali …

The Three Jewels

April 3rd, 2020


The Three Jewels are the three treasures of Buddhism, they are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. They are the most sacred things in Buddhism. In this episode I explore what are the Three Jewels and what does it …

What is Buddhism?

March 27th, 2020


What is Buddhism? Buddhism is unique. It has been called a religion, a philosophy, a psychology, a science of mind, and a technology of …

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