Suburban Dharma

Suburban Dharma

Steven Subodha Nuñez is a Dharma Teacher at the International Buddhist Meditation Center. He shares the Kammatthana Forest Tradition of Buddhism through the stories of the Buddha and his disciples and lessons from his own life and experiences, illustrating how the historical lessons of the Buddha are just as relevant today as they were 2,600 years ago.

Episodes

June 17, 2024 26 mins
In this Dhamma talk at IBMC on 6/16/24, Subodha discusses the Buddha's fear and discontent that made him leave his home and become a renunciant. There is a brief summary of the Buddha's lesson to his son, Rahula, and how this lesson aligns with the factors for becoming a stream-enterer.
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In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on May 12, 2024, Subodha talks about how all Buddhist traditions train in developing goodwill and compassion for all beings. He also elaborates on why we must protect our goodwill and our hearts if we want to ensure we are skillful in our interactions with others.
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April 24, 2024 26 mins
A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on April 21, 2024. In this Dharma talk, Subodha discusses Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood as well as how Buddhist karma differs from Jain karma. The Kumara Sutta, Udana 5:4 in the Khuddaka Nikaya is also shared in this talk.
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March 22, 2024 24 mins
In this Dhamma talk at IBMC on March 17, 2024, Subodha talks about a bad movie he watched in 2002 and uses it to have a larger discussion on knowledge and vision on the path as outlined in the Kimattha Sutta (AN 11:1).
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February 28, 2024 23 mins
In this Dhamma talk at the international Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on February 25, 2024, Subodha discusses Samma Sankappa, Right Resolve, and how we are encouraged live purposeful lives of renunciation, non ill-will, and harmlessness.
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January 23, 2024 27 mins
In this Dhamma talk on January 21, 2024, Subodha discusses right view and right resolve and their importance on the path. An example of the importance of right view comes in the form of a commonly shared story in American Buddhist circles and the lessons we might take from it.
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December 20, 2023 33 mins
In this Dhamma talk at IBMC on December 17, 2023, Subodha talks about the Alagaddūpama Sutta (MN 22) and how unskillful views can be a detriment to our path and an obstacle to unbinding. In this, there is a discussion about things that might be allowable for laypeople but defeat a monastic, making them no longer a member of the sangha.
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November 20, 2023 33 mins
In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on November 19, 2023, Subodha talks about some questions he came across by lay Buddhists in regard to their spouses and romantic partners and attachment. Subodha touches upon the theme of letting go while being a layperson married and living in society.
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October 17, 2023 27 mins
In this Dhamma talk at IBMC on October 15, 2023, Subodha shares a concern that a friend of his shared that the Dhamma is harder to practice today in contemporary life than it was in the time of the Buddha and his disciples. Subodha gives an answer to this concern based on the conditions of the world and human nature today.
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September 18, 2023 39 mins
In this Dhamma talk at the IBMC Los Angeles on September 17, 2023, Subodha discusses how, once we are well established in the Dhamma and the Buddha's categorical truths, we are able to confidently derive Dhamma lessons from unlikely sources. Subodha then illustrates this by looking at The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and relating the teachings there to the Dhamma.
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August 20, 2023 35 mins
In this talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on August 20, 2023, Subodha discusses the growing dichotomy between religion and science in our current discourse and how that has led to some Buddhists distancing themselves from Buddhism as a religion and turning to science to explain and prove Buddhist belief and practice with sometimes disastrous results. Subodha proposes a way to avoid the whole thicket o...
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July 17, 2023 34 mins
In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center on July 16, 2023, Subodha reflects on getting older and the maturity that we often gain over the passage of years. This is contrasted with the maturity that comes from studying and practicing the Dhamma, which is an ageless maturity that can take us all the way to the deathless. Responsibility, friendliness, ardency, alertness, and mindfulness are some of the quali...
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June 19, 2023 31 mins
In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on June 18, 2023, Subodha reflects on his complex relationship with Father's Day and the harmful messages from family and society that we internalize. Proposed as ways to think and act skillfully with ourselves and others are the psychological concept of reparenting, the Buddhist teachings on being an admirable friend to oneself, using the perception of...
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May 23, 2023 32 mins
In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on May 21, 2023, Subodha discusses five of the six characteristics of the Dhamma and how they relate to a teaching from the late Upasika Kee Nanayon, a laywoman Dharma teacher from Thailand. The translation of her teachings referenced in the talk is Pure and Simple, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
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April 18, 2023 37 mins
In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on April 16, 2023, Subodha discusses the misconception that it is the torture and strict asceticism that the Buddha did while still a seeker that led to his awakening. It is his overcoming of his fear of pleasurable meditation and pleasures not associated with sensuality or unskillful mental qualities that led to his realization of the path and his awak...
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In this Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 3/19/23, Subodha shares his thoughts on Ven. Thich Thien-An's legacy as the founder and first abbot of IBMC. Sharing from Ven. Thich Thien-An's book, Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice, Subodha gives his interpretation of three essentials of the practice: great faith, great doubt, and great determination.
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February 23, 2023 29 mins
A Dhamma talk given at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 2/19/23. Subodha shares his first encounter with Buddhism as a child and the story of the Buddha overcoming Mara, the Buddhist personification of death that appears in several stories attempting to dissuade people from living the holy life and attaining liberation. How can the belief in Mara be used skillfully in our practice today to free ourselves ...
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January 16, 2023 31 mins
A Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 1/15/23. Subodha shares a story from the Pali Canon about two monks who get into a fight and one commits a transgression that the other does not forgive. The Buddha weighs in on the matter, saying what is unwise and wise in regard to transgressions and pardoning. Subodha then relates this to his own past and a humbling lesson he learned as a young man.
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December 21, 2022 33 mins
A Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 12/18/22. Subodha shares lessons from the Pali Canon on what constitutes true happiness and why it is worth pursuing.
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November 16, 2022 34 mins
A Dhamma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 11/13/22. Subodha shares thoughts on living a quiet life in the forest being a waste if the mind is not also secluded. He shares a reading from the Viveka Sutta (SN 9:1) on the importance of training the mind away from the hindrances. The third tetrad of the Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing Sutta), dealing with the mind, is explained as a tool f...
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