37 episodes

Traditional Buddhist teachings that are practical and relevant for everyday life in the modern world.

Way of Compassion Dharma Center John Bruna

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Traditional Buddhist teachings that are practical and relevant for everyday life in the modern world.

    Approaching the Buddhist Path 01 - Introduction

    Approaching the Buddhist Path 01 - Introduction

    John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, begins a new series of teachings on Approaching Buddhism. This series is based on the text composed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chödron. This teaching was given on July 20th, 2022.

    Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  

    May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.

    • 40 min
    Approaching the Buddhist Path 02 - The Meaning of Life

    Approaching the Buddhist Path 02 - The Meaning of Life

    John Bruna, the spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, offers commentary on the book "Approaching Buddhism" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chödron. In this session, John speaks on the foundational discoveries of the Buddha and the Buddhist path of living a meaningful life. This teaching took place on July 27th, 2022.

    Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  

    May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.

    • 44 min
    Approaching the Buddhist Path 03 - A Discerning Exploration

    Approaching the Buddhist Path 03 - A Discerning Exploration

     John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, continues commentary on the initial section of the text "Approaching Buddhism" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chödron. John describes how the path, rooted in the Four Noble Truths, requires a discerning mind that is open to ideas that challenge our deeply established beliefs. We are also encouraged to adopt a broader view that encompasses our fellow sentient beings and how that view leads to less suffering and more resiliency. This teaching took place on August 3rd, 2022.

    Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  

    May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.

    • 51 min
    Approaching the Buddhist Path 04 - The Relative Nature of Mind

    Approaching the Buddhist Path 04 - The Relative Nature of Mind

    In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna, speaks about the primacy of mind in Buddhism, and discusses in depth the relative nature of mind. He speaks about the mind as the illuminating and knowing aspect of our consciousness, and how our minds become conditioned through our experiences. He describes the powerful truth that the ultimate nature of our mind is never contaminated, and that mental afflictions are temporary and can be eliminated. This episode was recorded on August 17th, 2022.

    Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  

    May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.

    • 48 min
    Approaching the Buddhist Path 05 - Mind and Rebirth

    Approaching the Buddhist Path 05 - Mind and Rebirth

    In this episode, spiritual director John Bruna expands on the Buddhist view of the mind, continuity of consciousness, and rebirth. Following Buddhist logic and reasoning, John guides the exploration of different causes and conditions for body and mind. He also explains how the brain and mind are correlated, but that the Buddhist view rejects the idea that the brain creates the mind. This episode was recorded on August 24th, 2022.

    Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  

    May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.

    • 43 min
    Approaching the Buddhist Path 06 - Exploring the Self

    Approaching the Buddhist Path 06 - Exploring the Self

    John Bruna, spiritual director of the Way of Compassion Dharma Center, continues to offer commentary and guidance on the text "Approaching Buddhism" by Venerable Thubten Chödron and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In this session, John gives clarity of what Buddhism understands as the self. Following reasoning and discerning wisdom, John describes the process of coming to know the self as a dependent origination. This episode was recorded on August 31st, 2022.

    Welcome to the Way of Compassion Dharma Center Podcast. Located in Carbondale, Colorado, the Way of Compassion Dharma center's primary objective is to provide programs of Buddhist studies and practices that are practical, accessible, and meet the needs of the communities we serve.  As a traditional Buddhist center, all of our teachings are offered freely. If you would like to make a donation to support the center, please visit www.wocdc.org.  

    May you flourish in your practice and may all beings swiftly be free of suffering.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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Gunnijess ,

Practical wisdom from a great interpreter!

I’m so glad that the spiritual director at Way of Compassion Dharma Center has started this podcast! John Bruna is a great interpreter of Buddhist wisdom and teachings as he has lived as a Buddhist monk in India, been a school teacher in the US, and worked in many areas of life in between. He has a way of making teachings practical, understandable, and open to all. The Dharma Center he helped create has become a great and supportive community where questions and discussion are always welcome. I hope many find this podcast and it improves their lives and the lives of those around them!

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