In this talk Doug and Catherine discuss the Buddhist Common Foundations, also known as ‘the four thoughts that turn the mind towards practice”. These are reflections that help us stay in contact with the urgency of continuing with our spiritual practice. In the course of this talk Doug and Catherine also explain what samsara is and explore the nature of the ego and how to put it in its proper place.
This spring, Doug and Catherine will be offering more modern and practical takes on classical Buddhadharma in their online course, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: The Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. This will be one of the 4 online courses that Planet Dharma will host over the course of the year, along with various in-person retreats and public teachings. To learn more about these events, visit