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Joseph Goldstein has been a leading light for the practice of Insight and Loving Kindness meditation since his days in India and Burma where he studied with eminent masters of the tradition. In his podcast, The Insight Hour, Joseph delivers these essential mindfulness teachings in a practical and down to earth way that illuminates the practice through his own personal experience and wonderful story telling.

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Joseph Goldstein has been a leading light for the practice of Insight and Loving Kindness meditation since his days in India and Burma where he studied with eminent masters of the tradition. In his podcast, The Insight Hour, Joseph delivers these essential mindfulness teachings in a practical and down to earth way that illuminates the practice through his own personal experience and wonderful story telling.

    Ep. 143 – Transforming Fear

    Ep. 143 – Transforming Fear

    Joseph Goldstein talks about the nature of fear, how it’s conditioned in the mind, how we can work with it, and embracing the possibility of transforming fear into wisdom and freedom.

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    This dharma talk from October 11, 2000, at the Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center, was originally published on Dharma Seed.

    “At these times, great courage is needed. And courage here is not an absence of fear. Courage does not mean an absence of fear, it means an acceptance of fear.” – Joseph Goldstein

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    Ep. 142 – Doubt, Restlessness, & Sloth

    Ep. 142 – Doubt, Restlessness, & Sloth

    Joseph Goldstein explores the mental factors of doubt, restlessness, and sloth, which are three hindrances that can cause a lack of vision and knowledge, and lead us away from Nibbana.  

    This dharma talk from November 2002 at the Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center was originally published on Dharma Seed.

    “This skeptical doubt, this indecision, this bewilderment, in terms of our meditation practice, is actually quite a dangerous mind state. Because unnoticed, if we’re not mindful of it, it brings our practice to a standstill.” – Joseph Goldstein







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    Ep. 141 – Metta: Preparing the Ground

    Ep. 141 – Metta: Preparing the Ground

    Joseph Goldstein explores the quality of Metta, or lovingkindness, and offers advice on preparing the ground from which Metta can grow and flourish. 

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    This dharma talk from February 5, 2000, was originally published on Dharma Seed.

    “Something very beautiful begins to happen when we click onto the Metta channel, which comes by focusing on the good qualities in people, and that is: we become increasingly open to feelings of gratitude.” – Joseph Goldstein

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    Ep. 140 – Carrying Practice Into the World

    Ep. 140 – Carrying Practice Into the World

    In this dharma talk, Joseph Goldstein describes the art of carrying our practice into the world through training in the areas of Right Effort, concentration, and wisdom.




    This dharma talk from February 1994 at the Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center was originally published on Dharma Seed.




    "You know, the Dharma's so beautiful because it's like everything feeds into everything else. And we can really begin to be leading our life with this kind of integration. Dharma practice is not a hobby that we do occasionally, it's really how we're living our life." – Joseph Goldstein

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    Ep. 139 – Understanding Desire

    Ep. 139 – Understanding Desire

    In helping us with understanding desire, Joseph Goldstein explores the three types of desire that the Buddha spoke of and offers several ways of working with desire in our practice.

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    This recording was originally published on Dharma Seed

    “Usually we think that what we want is the object. But really what we want is the pleasant feeling that we think is going to come with that experience.” – Joseph Goldstein

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    Ep. 138 – The Secret Name of Things

    Ep. 138 – The Secret Name of Things

    Joseph Goldstein explores the fabricated concept of self, the secret name of things beneath our perception, the illusion of solidity, and the deeper reality that exists beyond our concept of self.

    This dharma talk from October 1999 at the Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center was originally published on Dharma Seed.

    “So there’s a secret name under the conventional name. The conventional name is the perception… The secret name is the sight and feel of the thing itself. Each experience speaks itself directly when we can be mindful. When there’s perception without mindfulness, then we simply get caught in this naming process, we get lost in the concept, and we stay on the very surface appearance of the experience. We’re not listening or hearing the secret name, the sight and feel of the thing itself. We’re just staying on our surface recognition, our surface perception.” – Joseph Goldstein

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
640 Ratings

640 Ratings

esstoney ,

Deep Dharma

It may be many years before I can go on a retreat at IMS, but I feel as if it’s almost as good to listen to Joseph’s talks here. HIs knowledge is deep, wide, and communicated in a way that beginners can understand.

nbmnca ,

This is the one

If you want a warm soothing bath for your ears, it’s this dude. He gets at the intellectual side of meditation benefits better than anyone I’ve listened to and he’s possibly the least judgmental, most supportive person I’ve ever heard speak. His words make you think, “hey, maybe I CAN do this,” and by this I mean meditate, change my life, climb Everest etc. whatever your goal is, Joseph is the copilot you’ve been looking for. I also pay for the 10% happier app, mainly because of him and Jeff warren, who I also highly recommend. I am a middle aged white guy who had a health scare last year so I know I’m the cliched demographic, but I’ve stuck with meditation longer that I ever thought I would and it’s lead to improvements in diet, exercise, sobriety, and personal relationships. Joseph is honestly responsible for most of it.

MHGRJ ,

Healing

Listening to Joseph heals my soul. His talks are clear, simple, serious, humorous, so wonderful to listen to. He is an excellent teacher. They help solidify and clarify my understanding of the Dharma. He helps me follow and stay on the path.

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