Welcome to Casual Buddhism!

Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, Thailand’s first ordained Theravada Buddhist Nun, is an inspiring speaker and teacher. Join Venerable Dhammananda and me as we discuss everyday issues like how to find joy in your life, how to deal with difficult emotions like anger, and how to cope with stress. To access all the episodes of Casual Buddhism, click here.

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Casual Buddhism is inspired by my journey with Venerable Dhammananda as told in the book, Finding Venerable Mother, which you can purchase here.

Venerable Dhammananda, Jack Kornfield, and Trudy Goodman share in a memorable conversation.


Venerable Dhammananda gives meditation guidance.

Spiritual Friendship

In this episode we discuss how spiritual friendship can enhance our practice.

Buddhist Wisdom and Social Media

Venerable Dhammananda and guest discuss fake news, disinformation, and wise communication.

Calming the Monkey Mind

Myra Goodman talks with Venerable Dhammananda about quieting the chaos in our minds

Anatta or Non-Self

Liz and Venerable have an in-depth discussion about meditation and non-self

Life Purpose

Venerable and Wendy discuss how we find our life purpose in senior years.

Women in Buddhism

Winifred and Venerable Dhammananda discuss women’s role in society and in Buddhism.

Ignorance versus Individual

Venerable talks about focusing in ignorance in difficult situations

Dharma Sisters Roshi Joan Halifax and Venerable Dhammananda

In this moving conversation, Roshi and Venerable talk about their shared history as pioneers in the movement to become fully ordained in their respective traditions.

Softening Our Judgments

Sarah and Venerable talk about coping with our judgmental selves.


In this Casual Buddhism conversation, Venerable Dhammananda and I discuss ways to calm your anger.

Healing Sexual Trauma

Venerable Dhammananda talks about healing the inner child from sexual abuse

Chronic Pain

Venerable Dhammananda talks about how to cope with chronic pain.

Faith Adiele and Venerable Dhammananda

Venerable Dhammananda and Faith discuss COVID, racism, and meditative listening.


Cindy and Venerable discuss the deep practice of overcoming self

Deep Social Divisions

Venerable and Cheryl discuss compassion in the face of deep social divisions.

Sylvia Boorstein joins her dear friend Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, in conversation.

Tibetan Buddhism

Leslie and Venerable talk about their interest in Tibetan Buddhism

Andrea Miller and Venerable Dhammananda

Andrea asks about how not to lose hope or be consumed by anger in these difficult times.

Kaira Jewel Lingo and Venerable Dhammananda

Venerable Dhammananda has an interesting discussion with Kaira Jewel about her transition to lay life.

Practicing Self-Compassion

Lauren and Venerable talk about being kind to oneself and sharing joy with others.


Venerable Dhammananda & Cindy talk about why forgiveness is important for you.

Wise Speech

Venerable Dhammananda clarifies examples of wise speech versus “useless” speech.


James has a heart-to-heart conversation with Venerable Dhammananda.

Coping with Loneliness

Cindy and Venerable talk about coping with loneliness.

Inter Connectedness

Gretchen Cherington and Venerable Dhammananda talk about being interconnected with the universe

Self Care

Venerable and Tanja discuss physical and emotional well-being.

COVID and Uncertainty

Cindy and Venerable Dhammananda discuss COVID and uncertainty.

Mindfulness and Mental Illness

Samaneri Upalvanna and Venerable discuss using mindfulness to ease mental suffering.

Bodhisattva Mind

Nancy and Venerable discuss how to maintain faith in times of suffering

Practicing Compassion

Cindy and Venerable Dhammananda talk about the practicing compassion.

Deepening Our Practice

Joani and Venerable talk about how to strengthen our practice.