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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

When will the talks from my retreat be available online?

Can you send me the password for a retreat I participated in?

How do I find a retreat to participate in?

What does "freely offered" mean?

Can I offer Dharma Seed talks on a website or to a meditation group?

How do I search for a talk?

Can you add me to your email list?

Can I get transcripts?

Can I order a CD of a talk?

What are some other good resources for Dharma talks and instructions online?

How do I change/suspend/cancel my recurring donation through PayPal?

Tech Support

I am able to stream a talk successfully, but then it quits some number of minutes into listening to the talk. Help?

How can I save a talk from Dharma Seed on my Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad) for offline playback?

Is there a Dharma Seed app?

Serving Teachers and Centers

How does a teacher join and upload talks to Dharma Seed?


General Questions


When will the talks from my retreat be available online?

Talks are usually uploaded by the group that organized the retreat (or sometimes the center that hosted). Contact the retreat organizers directly, and they should be able to tell you.


Can you send me the password for a retreat I participated in?

Contact the center that hosted the retreat, or the retreat organizers directly, and they should be able to help you out.


How do I find a retreat to participate in?

Dharma Seed hosts and freely offers the talks given at retreats, but we don't have a part in the organizing or running of retreats. You'll want to contact a center near you to inquire about events.

The five main organizations we serve would be a good place to start - if none of these have something to offer due to distance or scheduling, I'd recommend contacting the one closest to you and they may be able to offer additional ideas.

Insight Meditation Society
Barre MA, USA
http://www.dharma.org
(978) 355-4378

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Woodacre CA, USA
http://www.spiritrock.org
(415) 488-0164

Gaia House
Newton Abbot, Devon UK
http://gaiahouse.co.uk
+44 (0)1626 333613

Meditationszentrum Beatenberg
Beatenberg Switzerland
http://karuna.ch/
+41 (0)33 841 21 31

Australian Insight Meditation Network
http://dharma.org.au/

In addition to our "Quick Links to Dharma Centers" pulldown menu at the top of our main page, which provides links to the centers in the lineage we work with (Western Theravadan Insight practices), other resources online are:


What does "freely offered" mean?

There are no charges for using this site. You may stream talks (by clicking “Listen” next to the talk) to listen online right away. You may also click “Download” to put a copy of the MP3 file on your computer. You may then listen to this copy, burn it to a CD, and share it with others. However:

All audio files on this website are covered by a Creative Commons "Some Rights Reserved” license. You can’t repackage talks to sell to others (as opposed to giving them away), nor can you use only portions of the talks in another project or product. You must always credit the person or organization who owns this Creative Commons copyright, which in our case is usually the teacher offering the talk. If you give a copy of the talks to others, you must inform them the talks are protected by copyright in this way.

If you're interested in sharing or using these talks, please read the details of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivitives licence we use, and email us if you have any questions.

For more information about Creative Commons and their work, which forms the basis of our publishing model, please see creativecommons.org. "CC is more than a license to share; it is a license for all of us to create a better world."

Offering the talks in this way is an act of trust and generosity by those making them available, and we ask that you keep in mind that treating these talks as precious Dharma teachings is itself a valuable practice of the teachings.


Can I offer Dharma Seed talks on a website or to a meditation group?

Yes, as long as you credit the author of the talk (the teacher), offer the talk in unabridged and unmodified form, and do not request money in exchange for offering it, you are free to play and distribute the talk to others. Please read the details of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivitives licence we use, and email us if you have any questions.


How do I search for a talk?

From the talks page, simply type in words separated by spaces and click the "Search Titles and Descriptions" button. If all of those search words are found in the title or the description of a talk, the talk will be listed.

For more advanced options, please read through our full Search Instructions.


Can you add me to your email list?

We don't have much of a mailing list at this time, any news that we send out is available on our News Page, and you can sign up at Google Groups - Dharma Seed Announcements

If there is particular information you'd like to be kept up to date on by Dharma Seed, do let us know. We've been thinking about setting up a "proper" email list, and it would be great to know what folks would be interested in hearing about periodically.


Can I get transcripts?

Unfortunately, we don't have any transcripts of the talks at this time. It's something we'd like to offer, but aren't there yet. If you do go through the process of transcribing any of the material and wanted to offer it for the benefit of others, please do send us a copy - we can upload it to appear alongside the talk for future listeners.

Two sources of texts online that we've seen recommended in the past are:


Can I order a CD of a talk?

Dharma Seed developed this website because for most people, downloading or streaming a talk is the easiest way to hear it. It is also the most efficient way for us to make talks available to you.

For some, however, a CD may be the only way to hear the talks. In that case, if you know someone who has the technical skills to make you a CD from a downloaded talk, you are welcome to ask them to do that for you.

Dharma Seed used to have a friendly arrangement with a small organization that charged a fee to cover their costs and to receive some modest compensation for this service, but as of October 1st, 2016, this is no longer be available.


What are some other good resources for Dharma talks and instructions online?

Audio Dharma

This site is an archive of Dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal, Andrea Fella and various guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.

Birken Forest Monastery - Audio Dhamma Talks

Birken Forest Monastery ('Sitavana') is a Canadian Theravada Buddhist monastery following the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. They host an extensive collection of talks in their tradition.

Forest Sangha - Audio

This forest sangha site functions as a portal page for the Branch Monasteries and Associated Monasteries of disciples of Venerable Ajahn Chah, particularly in the West.


How do I change/suspend/cancel my recurring donation through PayPal?

  1. Log into your PayPal account.
  2. Click the Setting gear in the upper right

    PayPal1

  3. Then click Payments

    PayPal2

  4. Then click "Manage pre-approved payments"

    PayPal3

That will list everything that is being done automatically with your account, and allow you to make changes as needed.


Tech Support


I am able to stream a talk successfully, but then it quits some number of minutes into listening to the talk. Help?

Often this is caused by a half-downloaded version of the file in your browser's cache. The way to clear this cache differs depending upon the browser you're using.

  • In Internet Explorer 8 choose: Tools->Internet Options->General (tab)->Browsing history (section)->Delete... (button). On "Delete Browsing History" dialog check ONLY "Temporary Internet Files" (uncheck all others) and click "Delete" at the bottom of the window.

  • In Firefox choose: Tools->Options->Privacy (tab)->Private Data (section)->Check "Ask me before clearing private data"->Clear Now ...->Check ONLY "Cache", uncheck all the rest->Click "Clear Private Data Now" (button).

  • More options are available at Refresh Your Cache

This will clear your 'Browser Cache', at which point you can try to stream the file again.


How can I save a talk from Dharma Seed on my Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad) for offline playback?

These instructions will download the talk as a podcast, after which you will be able to access it through the iOS Podcast app. The Podcast app also allows you to remove it from your device.

  1. Using Safari on your iOS device, find the talk you want to download from Dharmaseed.org and tap on the podcast icon next to the talk:

    RSS icon near talk

    Closeup:

    RSS-icon-on-talk

  2. This will take you to the "My Podcasts" page in the Podcast app where it will ask if you want to subscribe to the Podcast. Tap "Subscribe":

    Subscribe to podcast

  3. You should then see the talk in question appear in your list of podcasts. Tap the talk you want to download:

    Select podcast to download

  4. This will take you to the Episodes page, where you should tap the cloud button to start the download:

    Elect to download talk

  5. The download progress is indicated with a status message and the size of the darker section of the arc:

    Download progressing

  6. When the download completes, the status and progress indicators disappear. Simply tap on the talk to start it playing:

    Ready to play

  7. This takes you to the Podcast app's player page, where you can pause the playing talk by tapping the || icon:

    Podcast player

  8. Once started, the Podcast player will continue to play the talk even after you sleep your iOS device. To control the volume, use the volume control buttons on the side of the device. To pause the talk, use the audio player pop-up control that is available from any page by swiping up from the bottom of the screen:

    Pop up audio player control

  9. You can also control it at any time by launching the Podcast app directly.

    Podcast player icon


Is there a Dharma Seed app?

We do have an app for iPhones, iPads, iEtc, which you can find in iTunes.

Note: The Dharma Seed App currently shows up for "iPhone Only". If you are installing it on an iPad or iPad-mini from within the App Store, search for dharmaseed and then look for the drop-down menu in the upper left to change the filter to "iPhone Only", and it should show up for installation.

iPad install

We do not currently have an Android app, although we would very much like to offer one in the future.


Serving Teachers and Centers


How does a teacher join and upload talks to Dharma Seed?

Dharma Seed hosts, archives and distributes talks on the public dharmaseed.org website from teachers who have:

  1. been listed as a meditation teacher* of a residential retreat (i.e. in the print or web schedule) of one or more of the following centers:
    • Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    • Insight Meditation Society
    • Gaia House
    • Meditationszentrum Beatenberg
  2. been invited to the International Vipassana Teacher’s Meeting
  3. been listed as a teacher by the Australian Insight Meditation Network, or
  4. completed a full Teacher Training Program at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, Gaia House and/or Meditationszentrum Beatenberg.

*Note: this does not include assistants or movement (yoga, chi gung, etc.) teachers

We will host the talks given by these teachers, independent of where they were given, and will list all talks by these teachers on the main Dharma Seed website.

In addition to hosting the talks, we can create a "venue view" for centers founded by those teachers. This gives a webpage that shows just the talks given at that location, or under the auspices of that organization. Talks given at that location by teachers that don't meet the above criteria can also be shown here, even though they would not be displayed on the main Dharma Seed site.

For example, Spirit Rock has a "venue view" at sr.dharmaseed.org. All talks given at Spirit Rock (that have been marked "for public" by the teacher) are available here, including talks by teachers that do not show up on the main dharmaseed.org site.

If there is a teacher who fits this criteria who would like to offer their talks on Dharma Seed, we'd be delighted to be of service. They can contact us directly and we'll get them set up.


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