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Category Archives: Podcast

Wisdom Talks 20 – The 4 Jhana (deeper meditative states)

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter discusses the “The 4 Jhana” - translated as The 4 States of Meditation in Theravada Buddhism. To encourage and inspire the possibility of refinement of consciousness and deeper states of mind; and appreciate that there is great joy and peace beyond just worldly pursuits. (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 19 – The Power of Trust (Saddha)

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter reflects on a teaching of the Buddha called “The 5 Bala”- translated as The 5 Powers (or Strengths). In particular the first power or strength called Saddha - translated as Trust or Faith (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 18 – The 4 Stages of Enlightenment

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter reflects on the ‘The 4 Stages of Enlightenment” as categorised in Theravada Buddhism. They relate to psychological factors that hold the mind back or hinder the mind from being completely free from stress, distress, angst, unease and suffering. (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 17 – The 4 Ultimate Buddhist Concepts

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter continues reflecting upon the sets of 4 teachings or practices of the Buddha by looking into ‘The 4 Ultimate Buddhist Concepts”. (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 16 – The 4 Pairs of the Ways of the World

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter explains how the world runs on and is fuelled by 8 conditions, namely: Gain and Loss, Happiness and Misery, Praise and Blame, Fame and Non Fame. These 4 pairs of worldly conditions are termed by the Buddha as the Loka-Dhamma. (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 15 – The 4 Miracles

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Wisdom Talks 14 – The 4 V’s

  Are you wasting a lot of time, energy and relationships by not aligning with what’s important to you? In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter shares a teaching called “The 4 V’s”. This teaching is important in make sure our doing aligns with our being and our sense of self. (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 13 – The 4 Elements

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter reflects on ‘The 4 Elements’ that make up our body and  physical existence – Earth, Water, Fire and Air. (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 12 – The 4 Paccaya

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter reflects on the 4 Paccaya.  Translated as the four supports or conditions on which Buddhist monastics depend on for sustenance of life.  It is not only an important reflection for Buddhist monastic’s but for anybody and everybody. (more…)
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Wisdom Talks 11 – The 4 Messengers

In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter looks into the ‘4 Dhammaduta’ spoken about by the Buddha - translated as ‘The 4 Messengers’. They can free us from the unsettling and distressing nature associated with aging, illness and death. (more…)
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