Dharma Talk Samples and Excerpts
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January 2017

The endless project of the "me" trying to polish a self. (Impossible to polish the SELF) (14 minutes)

A short dialogue that goes to the heart of whether one can change oneself or others - and how allowing people "to be" is a gift that creates the possibility for transformation

"I Am" As a Doorway to Infinity (10 minutes) (5 minutes)

An examination of that part of us which does not come and go.

Vajrapani Retreat 2017

Is Awakening of the mind or from the mind? NEW (13 minutes)

Our expectation is that the mind awakens. But the truth is the mind of thought is not what awakens.

When we're open, things come up that want to be liberated. NEW (8 minutes)

Being open invites unresolved aspects of ourselves to show up, including traumas from the past that want to be resolved.

What do we mean by Ego, Karma, and the Play of Consciousness and why it matters. NEW (25 minutes)

Can we discover what does not come and go in the midst of all that does?

Where to find happiness . . . you won't like where! NEW (29 minutes)

 The light of emptiness holds the key to an uncaused happiness, a quiet joy and contentment deeper than the temporary "if only" happinesses we chase. Highly recommended.

What is the Relationship Between Self-Improvement and Self-Realization? (14 minutes)

A short dialogue that goes to the heart of whether one can change oneself or others - and how allowing people "to be" is a gift that creates the possibility for transformation

Touching the Infinite Through the Senses (5 minutes)

Dorothy discusses what it means to touch that which is always here and is waiting to to be noticed by us.

Gay Buddhist Fellowship December 2016

Becoming Aware of Your Ridgepole (54 minutes)

In this engaging talk, Dorothy describes the story of the Buddha's enlightenment, and invites us to investigate the nature of the "ridgepole" that holds up our separate identity. We are then asked to see what remains if, even temporarily, the ridgepole comes down

Gay Buddhist Fellowship May 2016

Who Are We, Really? (51 minutes)

In this talk and Satsang Dorothy explores the characteristics of thought and 'self,' questioning the idea of personhood. The 'egoic trance' isn't a thing or a person but a movement of mind. If we focus on improving a self that doesn't exist as something separate, we may miss the Ground of our Being. When we are awake to the 'love that transforms,' we can welcome and allow all of our experiences. 

Sonoma Satsang March 2015

Being Present to What Is (17 minutes)

What Notices Our Thoughts?
In this dialogue Dorothy directs our attention to what it is that notices our thoughts, irritations--indeed, all experiences.  What Sees, and what is it that takes credit or blame?  An invitation to trust and surrender to Spirit's unfolding within each of us. 

Meditation on the Source of Love (4 minutes)

An Invitation to the Source of Love
In this preparation for meditation, Dorothy asks, "What do you love?" and invites us to feel into the experience of love, then follow love back to its Source.  

Shared Grief and Understanding (30 minutes)

Called to Love
In this satsang talk, Dorothy speaks about the impulse or calling to the spiritual life that takes the form of longing-the longing for love, God, truth, or the end of suffering, and describes this movement as our true nature longing for itself.  What is awake is our birthright, and is available for the moment, whatever it may be.  She asks us to consider that our ideas, memories, interpretations and judgments are simply what they are and are not descriptions of a separate self-because there isn't one.    

Sonoma Satsang September 2014

"A time to be born, and a time to die": Surrendering into Life's transitions (28 minutes)

Upon the death of her husband, Dorothy reflects on the appearance of birth and death as transformation, and on surrendering to Life's movements. 

San Francisco Satsang January 2014

What Is The State of Your Union? (23 minutes)

In this moving satsang, which occurred on the same night as the President's State of the Union Address, Dorothy asks:  "What is the state of your union?"  Is anything actually separate?  What if this moment, JUST AS IT IS, is already an expression of the Wholeness of Being? 

This is It (18 minutes)

In this dialogue with Dorothy, a student reports on a great "aha" moment, hearing "Everything is the path."  With seeking ending, Love seems to replace old hatreds, and there is a liberating intimacy with what is right here, right now.

Sonoma Satsang, September, 2013

Simple Awareness (35 minutes)

In this teaching Dorothy invites a powerful exercise and exploration of simple awareness without the mind's filters, naming and judgments. What is aware in each of us reflects the moment as it is and is our ticket to awakening and to the freedom of being here Now.

Vajrapani 2013

Fears Arise (12 minutes)

Dialogue with Dorothy on the topic of fear, being intimate with its energy, wanting to know the truth of our "demons."

Is Awareness Already Abiding? (27 minutes)

In this retreat dialogue, Dorothy responds to a retreatant's question, "Is there anything I need to do to abide as awareness?"

Opening the Heart to Pain (26 minutes)

When we see the innocent misunderstandings at the core of suffering, we can't help but feel compassion; but we may need to thaw layers of our own frozen pain to discover the truth about whether love can ever truly be harmed.  A touching dialogue revealing how intimacy with pain can open the heart.

Nature As Teacher (22 minutes)

In this retreat invitation to deeply observe and learn from Nature, Dorothy invites us to consider sitting as a rock in the midst of all weather, being a "walking tree" rooted in stillness, having flexible branches, learning about surrender watching a leaf be birthed in Spring and "let go" in Autumn without questioning the movement of the Wind. When our mind seems to be "squawking" like a bluejay, can we receive the moments of our humanness with both humility and humor.

New Year's Retreat Day 2013

Intro - Returning Home (6 minutes)

In this invitation to Return Home, Dorothy encourages us to heed the calling of the Sacred within us, and using Adyashanti's words from The Way of Liberation, to "stand alone--in the unknown, with no reference to the known or the past or any of one's conditioning."

Dissolving (2 minutes)

Dorothy reads one of her poems, which ends with these words: "Silence alone reveals what thought cannot think
What knowing cannot know,
What listening cannot hear,
What seeing cannot see."

You Alone Know Your Home Ground (14 minutes)

Sharing poetry and moments from Zen, Sufi,  Jewish and Christian traditions, Dorothy ultimately invites us to find our own way Home.

Talk on Identity at Buddhist Gay Fellowship

Identity.  (57 minutes)

After inviting a "Meditation Without Memory" similar to Ukiah, October 2010, Meditation Without Memory  (16 minutes), Dorothy speaks to the Gay Buddhist Fellowship in San Francisco on the theme of Identity. She talks about personality, conditioning, ego, addictions, identities and attachment, as well as describing the transformative power of clear seeing from what is awake in us all.

Satsang May 2011

Awareness is Never Absent.  (12 minutes)

In this talk, Dorothy encourages us to relax and to know ourselves as the awareness in which all movement occurs.

Satsang April 2011

The Gravitational Pull of the Self Within.  ( 8 minutes)

Dorothy invites us to allow our thoughts to be pulled home to their source.

Berkeley February 2011

Surrender of Self Will.  (19 minutes)

This talk investigates how the small self can be surrendered through love, leading to acceptance of ourselves as we are and the end of judgment.

Harmony Lake August 2010

Arrogance and Innocence.  ( 27 minutes)

Numerous participants at the 2010 Harmony Lake retreat asked that this talk be made available. It explores numerous topics, including Wholeness, self-consciousness and intimacy with life. The title comes from the end of the talk, which was especially moving.

Vajrapani June 2010

Working with Habit Energies.  ( 43 minutes)

This talk investigates working with habits and emotions from a place of deep acceptance. The end is a short guided meditation where we remain deeply at home while doing this work.

Ukiah October 2010

Meditation Without Memory.  ( 16 minutes)

This guided meditation, based on Douglas Harding, can lead one to a deep sense of stillness and presence.

Ukiah Saturday AM.  ( 1 hour, 56 minutes)

This is the entire morning satsang, which began with and built upon the above meditation.

Satsang April 2010

Holding a Sleeping Baby.  ( 27 minutes)

In this satsang, Dorothy discusses "wholeness in motion" and "identifying with identification" as part of a dharma talk on the theme of Impermanence. It includes delightful observations on holding a sleeping baby. Several attendees requested that this talk be made publicly available.

What is the Treasure? IONS 2010

What is the Treasure?  ( 22 minutes)

Satsang with Dorothy Hunt, including a Welcoming of Shabbat by Rabbi Daniel Isaacson reading a story by the Baal Shem Tov.

Dwelling in the Unborn January 2010

Dwelling in the Unborn.  ( 15 minutes)

This lovely guided meditation was Dorothy's introduction to the New Year's 2010 retreat day, titled "Dwelling in the Unborn."

Home Coming September 2009

Tigger is unbounced.  ( 1 hour, 37 minutes)

Dorothy's initial talk included wisdom from St. John of the Cross and Winnie the Pooh. After this sweet and heartfelt talk, audience members at this event in Ukiah were moved to open their own hearts and ask some of their deepest questions.

Harmony Lake August 2009

Non-separation from experience is what liberates us.  ( 1 hour, 46 minutes)

This lovely and wide-ranging satsang touches too many deep truths to be easily categorized. Dorothy's talk and each of the heartfelt interviews make this a truly lovely satsang. This session took place within a 5 night retreat at Christmas Valley, Oregon.

Satsang May 2009

Awakening is a come as you are party.  ( 1 hour, 44 minutes)

Dorothy's talk begins "Awakening is a come as you are party". Then life moves as "Be what you are." Attendees who were deeply moved by this talk and the dialogs that followed requested that this entire satsang be made available for download.

Grace and Gratitude November 2008

God, Guru, Self. (17 minutes)

In this excerpt from the Grace and Gratitude intensive, Dorothy discusses how god, guru and self are all aspects of the same divine presence. She explains how the true teacher will never withhold your own divinity from you.

Satsang November 2008

Being tipped out of your boat (34 minutes)

This satsang begins with a poem by a sangha member and goes on to explore how we can be tipped out of our boat of habits and conditioning.

Satsang October 2008

What is the nature of power? (1 hour, 40 minutes)

In this moving satsang, Dorothy delves into the nature of power; the power of the wise ruler, power within ourselves, the power of the heart, the power of the present moment and the power of truth. This download includes the entire satsang, including interviews.

Satsang September 2008

What are you buying into? (9 minutes)

In this excerpt from satsang, Dorothy invites us to look deeper than current events and ask ourselves what we are buying into with our consciousness.

Harmony Lake Ranch August 2008

Ego is a movement of thought. (8 minutes)

In this excerpt, Dorothy discusses ego and personality in a way far deeper than the conventional thinking of the ego as the enemy of spirituality.

Vajrapani March 2007

Are you available? (8 minutes)

In this powerful excerpt from 2007, Dorothy asks "Are you available for awakening?"

Friday AM talk (1 hour, 39 minutes)

The complete talk with interviews is available at the link above. Some especially deep sharing took place.