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Dharma Talks given on Gaia House Meditation Retreats:
Selected new talks are added here every few months.

  • To play the talks, click on the title.
  • To pause the talk, click again.
  • To download, click the download link or right click and “Save Link/Target As…”.
  • Please donate: Talks are free, but your donation helps cover our costs. Thank you.
  • Problem? If the talk does not play, try the ‘Listen on Dharma Seed’ link. (Opens in a new window.)

Caroline Jones Taking Refuge Taken from the November Solitary retreat.  This talk encourages us to find our own way of connecting with the traditional Buddhist refuges of Buddha, Dharmma and Sangha.
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Catherine McGee An Image of Love   Listen on Dharma Seed.

A short reflection on how to find an image to work with in your meditation of someone or something whose gaze you trust.

Following this you can go to the guided meditation that follows on from this initial exercise:  Practising with your Imaginal Figure of Love

28-07-2016 55:04
Christina Feldman The Four Sublime Abidings

A reflection upon the power of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity as pathways of awakening.
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Jenny Wilks The Five Recollections

How contemplating the inevitability of loss and change can support us in living skilfully and well.
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Kirsten Kratz Becoming Part of the Healing

This talk explores some of the ways our practice can support, guide and nourish us in times of great challenge and uncertainty and how our inquiry and understanding can be an important part of the healing needed.
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13-11-2016 53:40
Martine Batchelor The Heart of Meditation

Cultivating anchoring and experiential inquiry.
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Rob Burbea Working with Thought in Meditation

As meditators, it can be tempting to see the thinking mind as an enemy, but we can instead discover a wise and skillful relationship with it. This talk presents possible ways of working with the wide range of manifestations of thought: from papanca (proliferation) and obsession to creative, reflective and helpful thinking, to seeing the empty nature of all thought.
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Stephen Batchelor Enthusiasm: Reflections on ‘Right Effort’

Reflections on the meaning of ‘right effort’ in Buddhist practice as ‘enthusiasm.’ The traditional ‘four great efforts’ are here interpreted as another way of understanding the ‘four tasks,’ which is the way I understand the four noble truths.
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Yanai Postelnik The Fearless Heart

Loving-Kindness and compassion.
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 Chris Cullen  The Brahma Viharas – The Best Home for the Heart

An introduction to the four cultivations of Kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity, which have the potential to support and hold us through all of life’s experiences.
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Jake Dartington  Four Noble Truths

An accessible introduction to the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths, reflecting on how we can understand and let go of the causes of struggle in our lives.
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Jaya Karen Rudgard Gratitude and Generosity

The joy of awakening.
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We maintain a library of over 2,000 recorded Dharma talks given at Gaia House, where experienced meditation teachers explore the meanings of the teachings of the Buddha (Dharma) and how they can be applied to our lives today.

Gaia House Dharma talks are available via the DharmaSeed website – a small non-profit organisation, dedicated to preserving and sharing the spoken teachings of  Theravada Buddhism. There you can access all of the Dharma talks given at Gaia House since we started recording digitally in 2006. We are slowly digitising and uploading our pre-2006 cassette tape library, so that older talks will gradually become available.

If you are on a Personal or Work Retreat at Gaia House, there is a computer in the library where you can download talks onto the MP3 Players provided. Please do not bring any personal devices into the library e.g. laptops, Smartphones, Memory Sticks or MP3 Players.

Listen now to Dharma Talks given by Gaia House Meditation Teachers, either by searching the Dharma Seed website (links below) or by playing one of the selected talks above.

Donate to Gaia House: Talks are offered freely, however a small donation will help cover administrative and materials costs and enable us to continue to make these talks available in the future. Gaia House suggests a minimum donation of £2 per talk – or whatever you can afford.

Donate to Dharma Seed: Dharma Seed act as a host for our talks. Please note that donations given via the Dharma Seed website will go solely to Dharma Seed.

Order Dharma talks on CD - click to open

If you prefer to use CD’s, please see how to order below. Gaia House aims to keep charges as low as possible, and the income received simply covers the cost of recording and distributing the talks.

UK Orders:

  • Please send a cheque with a letter clearly outlining your order to:
    Faith Burch, Dharma Talks, Gaia House, West Ogwell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6EW.
  • Cheques should be made payable to ‘Gaia House Trust’.
    • Up to 3 CDs: £5.50 each
    • 4 or more CDs: £5.00 each
    • MP3 files on a CD: £3 per talk (minimum order of 2 talks)

Rest of the World Orders:

  • To Order: Please email Faith Burch and request instructions on how to pay:
    • Up to 3 CDs: £6.00 each
    • 4 or more CDs: £5.50 each
    • MP3 files on a CD: £3.20 per talk (minimum order of 2 talks)

We do not take credit card payments for CDs.
Please allow up to 28 days for delivery.

If you need more information before ordering, please email Faith Burch at

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