Suburban Dharma

Suburban Dharma

Steven Subodha Nunez gives Dharma talks at the International Buddhist Meditation Center and other temples and meditation centers throughout Southern California. He shares traditional Buddhism through modern retelling of the lives 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.

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July 12, 2022 29 min
A talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 7/10/22. Not getting caught up on arguing over maps when they can be so different from the terrain. Maps are useful when they an accurate guide and put to use, but we still need to be innovative and adapt when needed. And we eventually transcend the need for a map at all because we've reached the destination.
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A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 6/5/22. Subodha shares his experience of practicing meditation while sick and severely short of breath.
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April 24, 2022 30 min
A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 4/24/22.
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April 24, 2022 31 min
A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 3/13/22
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January 2, 2022 35 min
A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 1/2/2022. Subodha shares the Yoga Sutta (AN 4:10) and the four burdens of sensuality, becoming, views, and ignorance. Craving and clinging to these burdens impact the way we think and our existence in the present and future.
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December 13, 2021 37 min
A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 12/12/21. Subodha reflects on the importance of simplicity and contentment on the path especially as it relates to the hectic holiday season.
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November 26, 2021 32 min
A Dharma talk at the IBMC Sunday service on Zoom 11/21/2021. Subodha talks about the problem with the modern temptation to view traditional Buddhism as repressive and unnecessary in the pursuit of a peaceful mind. He shows how the precepts, especially those kept by dedicated lay disciples of the Buddha on the four moon phases, are taken on voluntarily to emulate the way of life of the Noble Ones, those who have achieved liberation....
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October 15, 2021 31 min
A talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles Sunday service on 10/10/21. In memory of his late friend, Subodha gives a Dharma talk on the seven treasures as a guide to living and dying well.
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A Dharma talk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles Sunday Zoom service on 9/12/21. Tragedies large and small are discussed, including the attack on September 11. The five hindrances are framed as coping mechanisms for troubled times. And then some tactics for working with the five hindrances are offered.
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August 15, 2021 32 min
A Dharma talk at the IBMC Sunday service on Zoom, 8/15/21. Subodha shares how the lesson he is preparing for the kids in Dharma school on the Eightfold Path reminded him of a book he read over twenty years ago called Way of the Peaceful Warrior. He then contrasts one of the teachings from the book about the present moment with the Buddha's teachings on "appropriate attention" showing how the Buddha teaches a purposeful ...
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July 25, 2021 30 min
A Dharma talk at the IBMC Sunday service on Zoom 7/25/21. Subodha shares some of his thoughts on teaching the Noble Eightfold Path to children at an online Dharma school. This leads to a reflection of how Buddhism and the Eightfold Path encompass one's whole life.
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June 20, 2021 30 min
A Dharma talk given at the IBMC Sunday Service on Zoom, 6/20/21. The Buddha's lessons on developing path factors to a reliable happiness and transcend suffering and stress are shared as a contrast to the popular view that the stresses of life are to be accepted.
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A Dharma talk at the IBMC Zoom Sunday Service. Subodha talks about the five aggregates not as an objective description of a human being, but as the Buddha's explanation of why we suffer and how to find liberation by changing the activities of the mind by abandoning desire and developing dispassion.
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A Dharma talk at the IBMC Sunday service on Zoom, 4/25/21. Subodha discusses the Devadaha Sutta (SN 22:2) as a good summary of the path and why we follow it. He also talks about meditation and its role in measuring progress, looking at heart and mind. When developing skillful mental qualities and abandoning unskillful mental qualities, how does the heart feel? Is it heavy, like dragging a cart behind you, or light like your shadow ...
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March 7, 2021 31 min
Subodha gives a Dharma talk at the IBMC Zoom Sunday service on 3-7-21. He shares life lessons with his grandfather and lessons that the Buddha shared with his son. Rahula, on meditation and equanimity. The Sutta discussed is MN 62, Maha Rahulovada Sutta.
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February 14, 2021 29 min
Subodha gives a talk at the IBMC on 2/14/21, Valentine's Day, about falling in love with meditation and entering into a committed relationship with Buddhist practice by developing the seven factors for awakening. The Khaya Sutta, SN 46:26, is discussed in reference to the seven factors and how their development leads to the abandonment of craving. Subodha also discusses the poet Mary Oliver.
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December 6, 2020 32 min
A Dharma talk at the International Meditation Center Los Angeles Zoom Sunday service on 11/29/2020. Subodha discusses the fear and anxiety that he felt being alone in the dark as a child and what Buddhism can teach us about how to overcome fear and terror.
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October 19, 2020 28 min
A Dharma talk at the IBMC Zoom Sunday service on 10/18/20. Subodha talks about the importance of being honest and upright about our practice, even in difficult times, with a gentle attitude.
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July 13, 2020 47 min
Subodha, still staying socially distant at home, shares his views on meditation. He specifically addresses the absorptions (jhanas) and ekaggata (stillness of mind) in regard to concentration (samadhi). He also shares his experience teaching a children's dharma school over the weekend and his plans to begin a weekly meditation group.
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May 21, 2020 28 min
Subodha gives an informal talk in his home on 5/21/2020. He discusses the importance on cultivating an enjoyment for silence, solo retreating at home, and being more discerning about our media consumption. He also shares upcoming plans for more guided meditation and dharma discussion online through Facebook, Instagram, and Zoom.
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