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Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby christopher::: » Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:27 pm

Recently I was listening to a dharma talk called Wisdom & Compassion, by Joseph Goldstein. Most of you probably know of him. He's a Modern Vipassana instructor, with a pretty good sense of humor. His talks are interesting, sprinkled with examples from many different Buddhist traditions, from literature and his own life. He's one of those teachers who emphasizes commonalities between various schools, even making reference to NonBuddhist wisdom, so he may not be appreciated by everyone.

He's very practice orientated, which for me is one of the most important things I look for in popular teachers. He has a new book out called "One Dharma" which I recently heard mentioned here in another discussion. I haven't read it, but I found another website (below) with a lot more of his free audios. I've downloaded several and will be listening to them with my iPod...

Joseph Goldstein's Dharma Talks

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:36 pm

i started reading this book... but got lazy
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Re: Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby christopher::: » Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:09 pm

jcsuperstar wrote:i started reading this book... but got lazy


LOL... well, if you find you have travel time where an audio dharma talk can be listened to, you might enjoy some of his free downloads. Starting next month I will have a 60 minute commute each Friday afternoon, by bus. I can't read on buses, so these are just perfect...

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Re: Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:28 pm

I like Goldstein, he's one of the handful non-monastic teachers who I find particularly helpful. The others are Steve Armstrong and Patrick Kearney.

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Re: Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby christopher::: » Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:07 am

I'm really enjoying listening to him. Yesterday was my first bus commute, nice to have Mr. Goldstein along for the ride...

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Re: Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 18, 2009 6:51 am

I like Joseph a lot...but I didn't get much from this book. I wanted to like the book because the premise is one I appreciate, but it just seemed too short on substance, too "visionary", and a bit too grandiose...unusual for Joseph. Reaching too hard, caught up in a wind. Reminded me of Barbara Marx Hubbard when her eyes glaze over and she gets all breathy while describing how wonderful and whole everything will be, will be, will be, will be....

Just this is ok.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:17 am

pink_trike wrote:I like Joseph a lot...but I didn't get much from this book. I wanted to like the book because the premise is one I appreciate, but it just seemed too short on substance, too "visionary", and a bit too grandiose...unusual for Joseph. Reaching too hard, caught up in a wind. Reminded me of Barbara Marx Hubbard when her eyes glaze over and she gets all breathy while describing how wonderful and whole everything will be, will be, will be, will be....

Just this is ok.


Goldstein is a teacher of no small experience (and likely Ariya), and the best stuff he does comes out that experience in terms of teaching. ONE DHARMA is okay, but his other stuff is so much more. Also, on a one-to-one he is very, very good.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: Joseph Goldstein: One Dharma

Postby pink_trike » Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:46 am

tiltbillings wrote:
pink_trike wrote:I like Joseph a lot...but I didn't get much from this book. I wanted to like the book because the premise is one I appreciate, but it just seemed too short on substance, too "visionary", and a bit too grandiose...unusual for Joseph. Reaching too hard, caught up in a wind. Reminded me of Barbara Marx Hubbard when her eyes glaze over and she gets all breathy while describing how wonderful and whole everything will be, will be, will be, will be....

Just this is ok.


Goldstein is a teacher of no small experience (and likely Ariya), and the best stuff he does comes out that experience in terms of teaching. ONE DHARMA is okay, but his other stuff is so much more. Also, on a one-to-one he is very, very good.

Agreed. I read The Experience of Insight in the late 70s and it drop-kicked me onto the path. His retreats are excellent.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.


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