Joseph delves into the nature of thought, offering valuable insights on cultivating mindfulness and working with thoughts.
This dharma talk from May 13, 2023, was recorded at the Insight Meditation Society and originally published on Dharma Seed.
“When we’re unaware of thoughts, unmindful, they have so much power in our lives, they;re really directing our lives. And yet when we are mindful of them, as I say, it is a little more than nothing.” – Joseph Goldstein
In this talk, Joseph:
- Encourages us to notice when we become aware of our own thinking
- Highlights the importance of recognizing the themes of our thoughts
- Emphasizes that the past and the future are conceptual models
- Examines the very nature of thought itself
About Joseph Goldstein:
Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving-kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.