Insight Hour with Joseph Goldstein

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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 ess...Show More
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Ep. 70 – Factors of Awakening: Tranquility

57:29 | May 16th

Joseph Goldstein examines the quality of tranquility, how we can apply it to our practice, and the very central role it plays in the Buddha’s factors of awakening.
Ep. 69 – Factors of Awakening: Rapture

57:01 | Apr 25th

Joseph Goldstein explores the Buddha’s fourth factor of awakening, rapture, which is an intense happiness born from the fruits of investigation, wisdom, and mindfulness.
Ep. 68 – Factors of Awakening: Energy

53:45 | Apr 4th

Joseph Goldstein explores how to skillfully use energy, which is the Buddha’s third factor of awakening and a fundamental force on the spiritual path.
Ep. 67 – Factors of Awakening: Investigation

59:04 | Mar 14th

Joseph Goldstein wields the sword of wisdom as he contemplates the Buddha’s second factor of awakening, investigation of the Dhammas.
Ep. 66 – Factors of Awakening – Mindfulness

54:28 | Feb 21st

Joseph Goldstein breaks down four specific aspects of mindfulness, which is the first of the Buddha’s factors of awakening.
Ep. 65 - The Satipatthāna Sutta: Mindfulness of Dhamma – Hindrances

56:18 | Jan 31st

Joseph Goldstein continues his series of teachings inspired by the Satipatthāna Sutta with an exploration of the fourth foundation of mindfulness, which is contemplation of Dhamma and the five hindrances.
Ep. 64 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Mindfulness of Feelings

54:01 | Jan 11th

In this continuing exploration of The Satipatthāna Sutta, Joseph Goldstein looks at why The Buddha placed such importance on the mindfulness of what arises in every moment of awareness.
Ep. 63 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: The Four Elements

52:22 | Dec 21st, 2018

Continuing his series of teachings around The Satipatthāna Sutta, Joseph Goldstein shares how contemplation of the four elements frees the mind from “I” and “mine” giving use to our understanding of relative and ultimate truths.
Ep. 61 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Mindfulness of Body

54:02 | Nov 9th, 2018

Joseph continues his series of teachings around The Satipatthāna Sutta, in this episode we look at the Buddha’s teachings on cultivating mindfulness of body. Find show notes and resources here: More
Ep. 60 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Not Clinging to Anything

52:56 | Oct 18th, 2018

This week on the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph shares teachings from The Satipatthāna Sutta around clinging to experience which unify the practice and goal of meditation. Find show notes and resources here: More
Ep. 59 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Continuous Mindfulness

59:38 | Sep 27th, 2018

In this episode of the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph looks at The Satipatthāna Sutta’s teachings on the bare knowledge and continuous mindfulness that arise through contemplation.  Find show notes and resources here: More
Ep. 58 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: Impermanence

58:42 | Sep 6th, 2018

This week on the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph looks at The Satipatthāna Sutta’s teachings on the foundation of awakening, the understanding of impermanence. Find show notes and book recommendations here: More
Ep. 57 - The Satipatthāna Sutta: Concentration And Contemplation

1:00:14 | Aug 15th, 2018

Joseph continues his exploration of The Satipatthāna Sutta, investigating the roles of concentration and contemplation in the pursuit of inner liberation. Find show notes and links here:
Ep. 56 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: The Call to Mindfulness

55:08 | Jul 26th, 2018

Joseph shares The Buddha's call to practice mindfulness and continues his exploration of The Satipatthāna Sutta.
Ep. 55 – The Satipatthāna Sutta: The Direct Path to Freedom

55:09 | Jul 5th, 2018

Joseph begins a series exploring The Satipatṭhāna Sutta, The Buddha’s discourse on the establishing of mindfulness, and the direct path to freedom it contains. In this episode of the Insight Hour Podcast, we are introduced the four abidings of mindf...Show More
Ep. 54 - Dukkha and Non-Self: Part Two

30:10 | Jun 13th, 2018

Joseph continues his exploration of the Buddha’s teachings on the interconnection between non-self and dukkha, looking at our identification with awareness itself.
Ep. 53 - Dukkha and Non-Self: Part One

35:01 | May 24th, 2018

This time on the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph begins a two-part dialog on the Buddha’s teachings of the interconnection between non-self and dukkha.
Ep. 52 - A Methodology of Wisdom

1:04:33 | May 2nd, 2018

This week on the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph investigates the methodology of mindfulness that cultivates wisdom and moves us towards happiness.
Ep. 51 - Entering the Heart with Metta Meditation

38:30 | Apr 11th, 2018

This week on the Insight Hour podcast, Joseph looks at the nuances of Metta meditation practice.
Ep. 50 - What is Mindfulness?

1:02:57 | Mar 21st, 2018

On this episode of the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph examines what real mindfulness practice looks like.
Ep. 49 - The Radical Truth of Impermanence

54:12 | Feb 7th, 2018

On this episode of the Insight Hour, Joseph examines the radical truth of impermanence and the opportunities it presents for our practice.
Ep. 48 – The Sixth Sense of Thought

45:41 | Jan 16th, 2018

This week, Joseph explores the sixth sense of thought in Buddhist teaching and how to gain insight from our thoughts during practice.
Ep. 47 - A Way of Practice

41:31 | Dec 27th, 2017

This week, Joseph shares a collection of mindfulness and meditation practices that offers us a way to quiet our mind and see the deeper nature of our experience.
Ep. 46 - Compassion and Equanimity in Difficult Times

44:37 | Dec 6th, 2017

This week, Joseph begins a conversation about cultivating compassion and equanimity in difficult times.
Ep. 45 - The Crystalline Nature of Mind

58:24 | Nov 15th, 2017

On this episode, Joseph examines the crystalline nature of mind which is intrinsically empty, naturally radiant and ceaselessly responsive.
Ep. 41 - Free the Mind

57:32 | Aug 22nd, 2017

This week Joseph explores different ways of freeing the mind by understanding the habits of preference, the emptiness of thoughts and the seduction of "I am."
Ep. 40 – The Eightfold Path: Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration

1:01:33 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Joseph Goldstein concludes his series on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. This week: right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.
Ep. 39 - The Eightfold Path: Right Action and Livelihood

54:46 | Jul 12th, 2017

Joseph Goldstein continues his series on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. This week: right action and livelihood. On this episode of the Insight Hour Podcast, Joseph explores how right action and livelihood create the moral foundation ...Show More
Ep. 38 – The Eightfold Path: Right Speech

55:41 | Jun 21st, 2017

Joseph continues his series on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. This week: Right Speech. Right Speech is the application of mindful attention to the way we communicate. Joseph discusses the many facets of Right Speech and methods of pra...Show More
Ep. 37 – The Eightfold Path: Compassion Through Right Thought

45:22 | May 31st, 2017

Joseph continues his series on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. This week: Cultivating Compassion through Right Thought. Right Thought includes those intentions and aspirations that lead to wholesome actions and result in the welfare an...Show More
Ep. 36 – The Eightfold Path: Loving-Kindness and Right Thought

46:55 | May 10th, 2017

Continuing his series on the Four Noble Truths, Joseph continues his discussion of the second step on the noble Eightfold Path, Right Thought, addressing the role that it has in cultivating goodwill and loving-kindness.
Ep. 35 - The Eightfold Path: Right Thought and Renunciation

53:49 | Apr 18th, 2017

Continuing his series on the Four Noble Truths, Joseph begins a discussion of the second step on the noble Eightfold Path, Right Thought, and offers a fresh look at the practice of renunciation. Joseph discusses the role of Right Thought in our prac...Show More
Ep. 34 - The Eightfold Path: Practicing Right View

52:14 | Mar 29th, 2017

Joseph continues his series on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. This week: Practicing Right View. Right view is the beginning and end of the path of awakening. Joseph discusses how practicing right view is essential to the realization o...Show More
Ep. 33 - The Eightfold Path: Worldly Right View

52:31 | Mar 8th, 2017

Joseph continues his series on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. This week: Worldly Right View. Right View consists partly of the beliefs which will help one towards enlightenment, but also of a full understanding of those beliefs and re...Show More
Ep. 32 – The Four Noble Truths: The Cessation of Dukkha

59:01 | Feb 15th, 2017

Joseph continues a five-part series on the Four Noble Truths. This week: The Cessation of Dukkha. The third of the Four Noble Truths is the cessation of dukkha, which is how to end our suffering by letting go of attachment. Joseph explains the teach...Show More
Ep. 31 – The Four Noble Truths: The Origin of Dukkha

55:33 | Jan 25th, 2017

Joseph continues a five-part series on the Four Noble Truths. This week: What is the origin of Dukkha? The second of the Four Noble Truths is the origin of Dukkha, which is craving. Joseph explores the three kinds of craving. He shares how practice c...Show More
Ep. 30 - The Four Noble Truths: Dukkha

53:14 | Jan 4th, 2017

Joseph begins a five-part series on the Four Noble Truths. This week: what is Dukkha?   The first of the Four Noble Truths is that Dukkha exists. Joseph dives deep into the true meaning of Dukkha, which is the foundation of the Buddha's teaching.
Ep. 29 - Cutting Through Identification with Consciousness

52:04 | Dec 14th, 2016

Joseph talks about the concept of self and what we can do to move past the identification with our consciousness that keeps us in our loop. The idea of self is the root of much suffering. Through practice, though, we can find ways to free ourselves o...Show More
Ep. 28 - Ten Unwholesome Actions

1:01:53 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Joeseph shows us how we can be happy in our lives by understanding the ten unwholesome actions which, according to the Buddha's teachings, are the cause of suffering.   How can we manifest our intentions of goodwill and loving kindness in our lives? ...Show More
Ep. 27 - Transforming Afflictive Emotions

59:59 | Nov 2nd, 2016

This week, on Insight Hour, Joseph discusses the Buddha's lesson of the Luminous Mind and how it is obscured by our afflictive emotions.   How is it that the natural clarity the mind can become so easily clouded? Joseph goes deep in exploring the thr...Show More
Ep. 26 – The Four Mind Changing Reflections

59:26 | Oct 6th, 2016

Joseph asks, "How can we wake up from the dream of our normal waking state and come into a true wakefulness?" In this episode of, Insight Hour, Joseph gives discusses Bardo and delivers an insightful lesson on The Four Mind Changing Reflections. "Whe...Show More
Ep. 25 - The Gift of Awareness

57:03 | Sep 6th, 2016

There are a variety of motives that bring one to the meditative process, but for all of us the journey really begins with the simple steps of calming the mind and collecting our attention. We can never underestimate the value of seeing the mind in it...Show More
Ep. 24 - Ill Will and Wrong View

1:00:20 | Aug 11th, 2016

Joseph examines some of the common unskillful actions of mind that tend to enable and perpetuate much of the suffering we experience. All of the expressions of these qualities are conditioned responses to what we find unpleasant, arising in situation...Show More
Ep. 23 - Liberation Through Non-Clinging

1:02:28 | Jul 14th, 2016

Joseph explores the fundamental question of what it is that will actually free the mind and heart, not just from the delusions of waking life, but from the root of all suffering. The great realization comes in understanding that the art of non-clingi...Show More
Ep. 22 Clear Comprehension

57:43 | Jun 29th, 2016

Our Dharma practice can be broadly understood as the process of learning to live in harmony with the fundamental truths of nature and our place within it. The objective precision of the Buddha’s teachings provides a powerful framework for an investig...Show More
Ep. 21 - Karma

57:37 | Jun 2nd, 2016

A welcome exploration surrounding the question of how we can bring happiness into our lives. Joseph explains that the Buddha’s teachings on karma and emptiness provide a bridge between our meditative insights and the manner in which we live. When we ...Show More
Ep. 20 - Art, Science and the Meditative Journey

56:43 | Apr 21st, 2016

A discussion of the creativity and methodology involved in the meditative journey. We are all artists creating our lives on the canvas of the world, and the voyage of discovery is learning to see in a new way. Developing awareness of the present mome...Show More
Ep. 19 - The Cultivation of Metta

53:13 | Mar 23rd, 2016

“I make my mind my friend” A sound endorsement for the continual cultivation of good will, benevolence, and loving kindness throughout our lives. In recognizing that what we frequently think about becomes the inclination of the mind, we quickly see t...Show More
Ep. 18 - Clarifying Terms

57:51 | Feb 25th, 2016

An informative and detailed explanation of commonly used terms, including consciousness, perception, mindfulness, and wisdom, particularly as they apply to our meditation practice. These terms are sometimes lost in translation, from the original Pali...Show More
Ep. 17 - The All

57:05 | Feb 10th, 2016

An investigation of the six sense spheres, known in Buddhism as “The All,” which form the basis for understanding everything we know and how we know it. All further elaborations of the Buddha’s awakening have their basis in this pragmatic and verifia...Show More
Ep. 16 - Worldly and Unworldly Feelings

1:01:39 | Jan 29th, 2016

Vedana is the Buddhist term for the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral sensations that arise when our internal sense organs interact with external sense objects and the associated consciousness. Joseph explores this concept, explaining the Buddha’s heav...Show More
Ep. 15 - The Kind Heart

58:21 | Jan 13th, 2016

Joseph describes the expansive power of Loving Kindness and its unique capacity to embrace each and every being that we encounter. Loving Kindness does not make distinctions and is therefore referred to as one of the boundless states. The cultivation...Show More
Ep. 14 - Working with Fear

1:02:50 | Dec 30th, 2015

Joseph offers a timeless discussion of the conditioning nature of fear, and possible methods for transforming that constricting energy into genuine freedom. Our fears are often revealed as we progress along the path, stepping out of our personal comf...Show More
Ep. 13 - Equanimity: The Gateway to Enlightenment

55:14 | Dec 16th, 2015

From one perspective it can be said that the entire spiritual path rests on the development and cultivation of a particular mind state known simply as equanimity. When highly developed, equanimity brings about an unshakable quality of mind that allow...Show More
Ep. 12 - Right View

1:00:30 | Dec 2nd, 2015

‘There is no single factor so potent in promoting the good of beings as right view’ - Buddha Joseph describes the wisdom factor of mind that is Right View and the function this understanding serves in illuminating both the causes, and the means for c...Show More
Ep. 11 - The Art of Renunciation

1:01:57 | Nov 18th, 2015

‘The mind free of desire is a greater pleasure”   An enlightening discourse on the often confounding subject of renunciation, and the ways in which we might find value in this practice. Joseph draws on initial inquiries from the Buddha in determining...Show More
Ep. 10 - Dukkha and Non-Self

54:10 | Nov 4th, 2015

What is it that we actually learn from being mindful? What wisdom emerges from the practice of awareness that has the power to liberate our hearts and minds from the suffering we experience? Joseph explores this question in depth, highlighting the Bu...Show More
Ep. 09 - Sampapalapa: Useless Speech

1:12:31 | Oct 21st, 2015

Joseph is joined by long-time friend and fellow MPN ambassador, Raghu Markus, for an in-depth discussion about the value of kindness in our speech. How we say what we are feeling is often as important as what we are saying. Additional topics covered ...Show More
Ep. 08 - Intrinsically Empty, Naturally Radiant, Ceaselessly Responsive

1:01:08 | Oct 7th, 2015

“When compassion and emptiness are both present, enlightenment is unavoidable” A lucid discourse on the virtues of emptiness, awareness, and compassion, and the fundamental role these qualities play in the unfolding of the spiritual path. The heart-m...Show More
Ep. 07 - The Buddha's Journey

57:52 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Joseph outlines the life and times of the Great Sage, highlighting the relevance of his path with that of our own. On an archetypal level, the Buddha’s life serves to illuminate the aspirations and struggles that we experience in our modern existence...Show More
Ep. 06 - Working With Doubt And Aversion

1:01:29 | Sep 9th, 2015

Joseph discusses some of the more seductive energies highlighted by the Buddha. These energetic fields operate on a broad spectrum, from the subtle identification with consciousness itself to the full on emotional breakdown. Learning to recognize the...Show More
Ep. 05 - Achieved is the End of Craving

1:01:10 | Aug 26th, 2015

“Realized is the unconditioned, achieved is the end of craving” Can we really even imagine a mind that is free of craving, free of desire? We might occasionally glimpse this potential but often view it as something far off in the future, to be d...Show More
Ep. 04 - Viriya - Energy, Strength and Courage

58:32 | Aug 12th, 2015

“It’s not difficult to be aware, it’s difficult to remember to be aware.” Joseph explores the quality of mind known in Pali as Viriya, and explains the variety of ways that it can be experienced. In its basic form the term refers to the energy that a...Show More
Ep. 03 - Merging Awareness and Expression

1:02:33 | Jul 29th, 2015

Our thoughts and emotions have the unique ability to condition both our suffering and our well-being. A deeper investigation regarding the relative versus ultimate truths of our experience becomes crucial in learning to work more skillfully with thes...Show More
Ep. 02 - The Wisdom of Impermanence

1:02:54 | Jul 19th, 2015

“Everything changes.” - Suzuki Roshi Our awareness alone is not sufficient in the search for liberation. We must learn to become present in order to question and further explore the nature of our existence. Investigation becomes a crucial factor in b...Show More
Ep. 01 - Zero Centre of Emptiness

1:10:25 | Jul 7th, 2015

In Joseph's first podcast for the Mindpod Network he clearly brings to light the sometimes very difficult convoluted notion of emptiness. As the high Lama Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche says,"When you recognize the empty selfless nature of phenomena the ene...Show More