Audio Books

Joel's book Through Death's Gate is available as an audio book as links to separate chapters (mp3 files) or as an iTunes podcast.

Individual Talks

Hundreds of CSS Sunday talks and retreat teachings (each about 1 hr long) are available online. The talks are organized below by category. Alternatively, you can view them organized from introductory to advanced (designed to follow the sequence of lessons in the distance studies course) or as an iTunes podcast.

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CSS Audios by Category

 

FOUNDATIONAL TEACHINGS

 

Title

Author(s)

Date

Length

CD#

 
 

The Five Fundamentals (Set of 5)

         
   

First Fundamental: Consciousness Alone Is Absolutely Real

Joel

9/15/96

68

cd122

 
   

Second Fundamental: Ignorance of the Real...

Joel

10/13/96

63

cd123

 
   

Third Fundamental: the End of Suffering...

Joel

11/10/96

67

cd124

 
   

Fourth Fundamental: the Way of Selflessness

Joel

1/19/97

62

cd125

 
   

Fifth Fundamental: Perfect Realization

Joel

2/9/97

61

cd126

 
 

Practicing the Precepts (Set of 4)

         
   

Practicing Precepts: 1 of 4

Joel

9/26/99

71

cd77

 
   

Practicing Precepts: 2 of 4

Joel

11/21/99

68

cd78

 
   

Practicing Precepts: 3 of 4

Joel

12/19/99

78

cd79

 
   

Practicing Precepts: 4 of 4

Joel

1/30/00

64

cd80

 
 

The Seven Virtues (Set of 7)

         
   

First Virtue: Courage, 1 of 7

Joel

11/12/95

72

cd183

 
   

Second Virtue: Humility, 2 of 7

Joel

12/10/95

65

cd184

 
   

Third Virtue: Justice, 3 of 7

Joel

1/14/96

66

cd185

 
   

Fourth Virtue: Patience, 4 of 7

Joel

2/25/96

68

cd186

 
   

Fifth Virtue: Gratitude, 5 of 7

Joel

3/10/96

65

cd187

 
   

Sixth Virtue: Mercy, 6 of 7

Joel

4/14/96

46

cd188

 
   

Seventh Virtue: Joy, 7 of 7

Joel

5/12/96

61

cd189

 
 

Seven Stages of the Spiritual Path (Set of 7)

         
   

One: Awakening of Faith

Joel

3/9/97

59

cd83

 
   

Two: Investigation of Teachings

Joel

4/27/97

62

cd84

 
   

Three: Unification of Self

Joel

5/11/97

59

cd85

 
   

Four: Purification of Mind

Joel

6/22/97

61

cd86

 
   

Five: Illumination of Heart

Joel

7/13/97

73

cd87

 
   

Six: Kenosis

Joel

7/20/97

69

cd88

 
   

Seven: Gnosis

Joel

8/10/97

69

cd89

 
 

Is There Help from Above? (Set of 2)

         
   

Is There Help from Above? Part 1 of 2

Joel

7/25/93

57

cd258

 
   

Is There Help from Above? Part 2 of 2

Joel

7/25/93

55

cd259

 
 

Practices of the Night (Set of 2)

         
   

Practices of the Night I -- Spiritual Interpretation of Dreams

Joel

4/19/98

75

cd92

 
   

Practices of the Night II -- Meditation in Dreams

Joel

4/26/98

69

cd93

 
 

Purpose of the Spiritual Path

Joel

10/4/92

37

cd402

 
 

The Retreat

Joel

7/21/96

70

cd109

 
 

Mystical Prayer

Joel

11/23/97

76

cd179

 
 

Why Walk a Spiritual Path?

Joel

6/21/98

77

cd170

 
 

Four Principles of the Path

Joel

11/8/98

74

cd111

 
 

Why Morality Matters

Joel

3/14/99

63

cd127

 
 

Anatomy of Awakening

Joel

8/13/00

75

cd95

 
 

Liberating Emotions

Joel & Andrea

1/28/01

79

cd97

 
 

Chain of Conditioning

Joel

7/8/01

77

cd117

 
 

Varieties of Mystical Experience

Joel

2/17/02

67

cd98

 
 

Self Inquiry: a Guided Meditation

Joel

3/24/02

75

cd91

 
 

Four Kinds of Practice

Joel

6/26/05

59

cd400

 
 

Introduction to CSS: Mission, Programs, Teachings

Tom McFarlane

9/18/11

55

cd876

 


ENLIGHTENMENT

 

Title

Author(s)

Date

Length

CD#

 
 

There Is Only One Enlightenment

Joel

8/11/91

43

cd267

 
 

"My" Enlightenment

Joel

8/16/92

69

cd226

 
 

Enlightenment: A Thirteen Year Perspective

Joel

8/4/96

69

cd176

 
 

Are There Levels of Enlightenment?

Joel

11/17/96

53

cd177

 
 

How Does a Gnostic Live?

Joel

8/9/98

60

cd180

 
 

The Journey In God

Joel

12/13/98

48

cd137

 
 

What's Inside My Head?

Joel

2/21/99

78

cd112

 
 

Three Fruits of Enlightenment

Joel

8/8/99

62

cd101

 
 

Truth Cannot Be Denied

Joel

8/11/02

65

cd121

 
 

Spiritual Death

Joel

8/10/03

73

cd246

 
 

Awakened by Death

Todd Corbett

2/23/05

64

cd374

 
 

Direct Pointing

Joel

8/14/05

62

cd414

 
 

Consciousness Unveiled: Fred's Awakening

Fred Chambers

3/29/06

61

cd450

 
 

Post-Enlightenment Stories

Joel

8/10/08

51

cd615

 
 

Nothing Attained

Joel

10/26/08

49

cd622

 
 

Enlightenment: a twenty-six year perspective

Joel

8/9/09

47

cd619

 
 

Untying the Knot in the Heart: Matt's Awakening

Matt Sieradski

4/28/10

56

cd649

 
 

What is Spiritual Realization?

Matt Sieradski

6/19/11

63

cd873

 


ASPECTS OF PRACTICE

 

Title

Author(s)

Date

Length

CD#

 
 

Inquiry: Talks from the Fall 2006 Retreat

         
   

Inquiry #1: Preparation Meditation

Joel

10/14/06

67

cd478

 
   

Inquiry #2: Impermanence and Emptiness

Joel

10/15/06

61

cd479

 
   

Inquiry #3: Causes and Correlations

Joel

10/15/06

50

cd480

 
   

Inquiry #4: Are You a Body?

Joel

10/16/06

66

cd481

 
   

Inquiry #5: Are You Emotions?

Joel

10/17/06

63

cd482

 
   

Inquiry #6: Are You Thoughts or Will?

Joel

10/18/06

64

cd483

 
   

Inquiry #7: Are You the Experiencer?

Joel

10/19/06

60

cd484

 
   

Inquiry #8: Doing Nothing

Joel

10/20/06

65

cd485

 
 

Devotion: Talks from the Fall 2005 Retreat

         
   

Devotion #1: Verbal Prayer

Joel

10/16/05

60

cd416

 
   

Devotion #2: Prayer in the Heart

Joel

10/17/05

62

cd417

 
   

Devotion #3: Purifying the Heart

Joel

10/18/05

64

cd418

 
   

Devotion #4: Entering the Spiritual Heart

Joel

10/19/05

72

cd419

 
   

Devotion #5: Unceasing Prayer

Joel

10/20/05

68

cd420

 
   

Devotion #6: Silent Prayer

Joel

10/21/05

67

cd421

 
   

Devotion #7: Doing Nothing

Joel

10/21/05

60

cd422

 
 

Meditation: Talks from the Fall 2003 Retreat

         
   

Meditation #1: Concentration Practice

Joel

10/12/03

68

cd298

 
   

Meditation #2: Choiceless Awareness

Joel

10/13/03

58

cd299

 
   

Meditation #3: Liberating Thoughts, Desires, and Aversions

Joel

10/13/03

57

cd300

 
   

Meditation #4: Returning to the Source

Joel

10/13/03

64

cd301

 
   

Meditation #5: Doing Nothing

Joel

10/13/03

61

cd302

 
 

Transforming Emotions: Talks from the Fall 2009 Retreat

         
   

Emotions #1: Spacious Awareness

Joel

10/16/09

69

cd601

 
   

Emotions #2: Understanding Emotions

Joel

10/17/09

69

cd602

 
   

Emotions #3: Desire and Aversion

Joel

10/18/09

62

cd603

 
   

Emotions #4: Pride and Envy

Joel

10/19/09

60

cd604

 
   

Emotions #5: Ignorance

Joel

10/20/09

61

cd605

 
   

Emotions #6: True Nature, Part 1

Joel

10/21/09

62

cd606

 
   

Emotions #7: True Nature, Part 2

Joel

10/22/09

59

cd607

 
 

Listening to the Stones: Talks from the Fall 2011 Retreat

         
   

Stones #1: Learning to Listen

Joel

10/8/11

61

cd881

 
   

Stones #2: Impermanence

Joel

10/9/11

58

cd882

 
   

Stones #3: Emptiness of Objects

Joel

10/10/11

56

cd883

 
   

Stones #4: Emptiness of Self

Joel

10/11/11

59

cd884

 
   

Stones #5: The Nature of Consciousness Itself

Joel

10/12/11

59

cd885

 
   

Stones #6: Universal Sameness

Joel

10/13/11

59

cd886

 
   

Stones #7: No Goal, No Boundaries

Joel

10/14/11

59

cd887

 
   

Stones #8: The Great Perfection

Joel

10/15/11

57

cd888

 
 

Ego & Egolessness

Joel

1/12/92

62

cd247

 
 

Beyond Good and Evil

Joel

1/19/92

40

cd248

 
 

Precepts & Perfection

Joel

3/29/92

44

cd249

 
 

Who Are You, Really?

Joel

5/21/92

75

cd403

 
 

Passion

Joel

5/24/92

43

cd244

 
 

Fear of Enlightenment

Joel

6/28/92

61

cd250

 
 

Fairness & Forgiveness

Joel

7/12/92

44

cd251

 
 

Gnosis and Dreaming

Joel

7/19/92

69

cd225

 
 

Sex and Sacrament

Joel

9/20/92

44

cd253

 
 

Who Am I?

Joel

10/25/92

55

cd254

 
 

The Left Hand of God

Joel

11/8/92

52

cd255

 
 

Meditation and Decisions

Joel

1/10/93

55

cd274

 
 

Breath of the Buffalo

Joel

5/16/93

48

cd227

 
 

Karma and Compassion

Joel

9/19/93

60

cd229

 
 

Thought

Joel

12/19/93

73

cd230

 
 

Tolerance

Joel

4/10/94

71

cd232

 
 

Beauty

Joel

4/24/94

80

cd233

 
 

Practical Advice for the Path

Joel

5/8/94

40

cd234

 
 

Go as Nothing

Joel

5/29/94

64

cd236

 
 

Gnosis and Compassion

Joel

7/31/94

68

cd193

 
 

The Heart of Yearning

Joel

9/18/94

70

cd237

 
 

Practicing at Work

Joel

5/28/95

67

cd175

 
 

Remember to Remember

Joel

6/18/95

70

cd190

 
 

Reality, Morality, and Illusion

Joel

10/15/95

69

cd194

 
 

What Jesus Taught

Joel

12/25/95

53

cd195

 
 

From "It" to "I": the Experience of God

Joel

6/30/96

50

cd197

 
 

Undertaking a Solo Retreat

Jennifer Knight

12/15/96

73

cd241

 
 

Transforming Relationships

Joel

9/29/96

60

cd108

 
 

The Paradox of Self-will

Joel

2/23/97

47

cd110

 
 

Inner Guidance

Joel

3/16/97

66

cd165

 
 

Ladder of Love

Joel

3/23/97

67

cd166

 
 

Here to Learn, Here to Love, Here to Serve

Joel

9/14/97

59

cd178

 
 

The Wisdom of Myth and Dreams

Joel

5/16/99

49

cd114

 
 

Spiritual Warfare

Joel

5/23/99

63

cd138

 
 

Expectations

Joel

6/27/99

51

cd115

 
 

Worldly Pleasures and the Spiritual Quest

Joel & Andrea

11/14/99

47

cd102

 
 

Basic Awareness Meditation A Guided Meditation

Andrea Pucci

3/12/00

66

cd90

 
 

The Role of Devotion on the Mystical Path

Joel

3/26/00

54

cd172

 
 

Everything Is Love; includes a meditation w/Andrea

Joel & Andrea

4/9/00

57

cd173

 
 

The Subtleties of Surrender

Joel

6/18/00

76

cd181

 
 

Experience and Knowledge

Joel

7/9/00

61

cd94

 
 

Enlightenment and Practice

Joel & Andrea

12/10/00

67

cd96

 
 

Loneliness: the Heart of Longing

Andrea Pucci

2/11/01

67

cd129

 
 

The Function of Insight

Joel

3/18/01

55

cd141

 
 

Taking the Teachings to Heart

Joel & Tom Kurzka

4/8/01

57

cd142

 
 

Finding the Center of Your Mandala

Andrea Pucci

4/29/01

64

cd143

 
 

Depression and The Dark Night

Joel

11/11/01

52

cd100

 
 

The Relationship Between Love and Truth

Joel

12/9/01

59

cd103

 
 

What Use Is Grief?

Joel

1/13/02

55

cd81

 
 

Cutting Through Spiritual Attachments

Joel

3/17/02

59

cd99

 
 

Deconstructing the Delusion of Time

Joel

6/30/02

66

cd119

 
 

Passion on the Path

Joel

11/10/02

54

cd134

 
 

Faith, Practice, and Awakening

Joel

11/24/02

52

cd136

 
 

What Is Love?

Joel

7/27/03

52

cd245

 
 

Finding a True Teacher

Joel

2/8/04

57

cd297

 
 

What to Practice

Joel

6/13/04

58

cd319

 
 

Cultivating Love and Compassion

Joel

9/26/04

61

cd342

 
 

Taking the Bodhisattva Vow

Joel

11/13/04

52

cd362

 
 

The End of Struggle

Todd Corbett

3/20/05

64

cd374

 
 

Inner Renunciation

Joel

10/15/05

62

cd500

 
 

From Relationship to Aloneness

Todd Corbett

11/20/05

55

cd415

 
 

How Suffering Gets Us to the Truth

Todd Corbett

12/11/05

71

cd449

 
 

Take Up Your Cross

Todd Corbett

6/11/06

68

cd462

 
 

Drop the Story

Joel

7/9/06

58

cd465

 
 

Truth Has No Name

Todd Corbett

11/12/06

69

cd476

 
 

Awareness of Neediness

Todd Corbett

1/21/07

62

cd477

 
 

Sweet Little Babies

Todd Corbett

4/26/09

58

cd620

 
 

Treasure Hunt for God

Fred Chambers

5/17/09

35

cd621

 
 

Atonement

Joel

1/25/09

60

cd616

 
 

Teachings, Practices, Truth

Todd Corbett

2/15/09

55

cd617

 
 

Breaking Out of Prison

Fred Chambers

3/22/09

37

cd618

 
 

Appreciation and Gratitude

Todd Corbett

12/9/07

65

cd547

 
 

Tag! You're It!

Todd Corbett

7/20/08

64

cd548

 
 

Self-Surrender and the F-Words

Fred Chambers

6/14/09

41

cd646

 
 

Resting in Impermanence

Todd Corbett

10/25/09

50

cd647

 
 

Spiritual Psychology 103: Sufi Perspective

Fred Chambers

5/16/2010

46

cd653

 
 

Spiritual Psychology 104: Hindu Perspective

Fred Chambers

6/27/2010

53

cd654

 
 

Discovering Enlightened Nature Within Discouragement

Todd Corbett

2/8/2010

54

cd648

 
 

Spiritual Psychology 101: Buddhist Perspective

Fred Chambers

1/31/10

64

cd651

 
 

Spiritual Psychology 102: Jewish Perspective

Fred Chambers

3/21/10

47

cd662

 
 

From Bardo to Awakening

Todd Corbett

6/20/10

55

cd650

 
 

Memorial Service for George Mottur

Joel

8/3/11

76

cd875

 
 

How to be Happy in the Hospital

Joel

9/25/11

52

cd721

 


MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHY

 

Title

Author(s)

Date

Length

CD#

 
 

Religion: Exoteric & Esoteric

Joel

9/30/90

51

cd264

 
 

The Problem of Evil

Joel

9/8/91

44

cd268

 
 

Gratitude & Grace

Joel

11/24/91

57

cd269

 
 

In the Beginning Was the Word:

Commentary of the Gospel of John

Joel

12/25/91

67

cd270

 
 

Consciousness Without Form

Joel

1/26/92

42

cd271

 
 

The Infinite Finite

Joel

3/8/92

44

cd272

 
 

Boundaries and Compassion

Joel

7/26/92

61

cd252

 
 

Shifting the Base of Reference

Joel

8/8/92

65

cd404

 
 

Two Truths: the Relative and the Absolute

Joel

6/13/93

58

cd257

 
 

Suffering and Indifference

Joel

6/27/93

59

cd228

 
 

Time and Eternity

Joel

1/30/94

67

cd231

 
 

Reality, Karma, and Rebirth

Joel

12/11/94

60

cd238

 
 

Mysticism and Madness

Joel

4/9/95

61

cd239

 
 

Three Pillars of Mysticism

Joel

3/24/96

77

cd107

 
 

The Purpose of Suffering

Joel

11/24/96

72

cd198

 
 

The "New Age" from a Spiritual Perspective

Joel

11/15/98

75

cd171

 
 

I Was a Treasure

Joel

2/14/99

62

cd131

 
 

God & Emptiness

Joel

3/21/99

68

cd130

 
 

Mother in the Mystical Traditions

Joel

5/9/99

59

cd113

 
 

Everything Perishes Except His Face

Joel

7/18/99

75

cd139

 
 

An Overview of the Spiritual Path

Joel

9/19/99

55

cd106

 
 

Synchronicity on the Mystical Path (diagram)

Joel

2/13/00

72

cd116

 
 

Identity and Difference

Joel & Andrea

2/27/00

59

cd104

 
 

Christianity: Esoteric and Exoteric

Joel

5/21/00

79

cd174

 
 

Consciousness: Two Worldviews

Joel

10/29/00

65

cd132

 
 

To Practice or Not to Practice

Joel

12/17/00

67

cd140

 
 

Talking About Nothing

Joel & Andrea

1/21/01

56

cd128

 
 

Forsaking Yourself Day by Day

Joel

5/27/01

57

cd144

 
 

Mystics of Ancient Greece

Tom McFarlane

3/10/02

48

cd82

 
 

What's the Story on "Stories?"

Joel

7/14/02

60

cd120

 
 

What Are Sacred Sciences?

Joel

10/27/02

57

cd133

 
 

Gnosis and the World

Joel

5/25/03

61

cd242

 
 

Reincarnation

Joel

11/23/03

66

cd275

 
 

Subject and Object are One

Joel

8/8/04

60

cd341

 
 

Gnosis, Ego, and Love

Joel

1/15/05

52

cd373

 
 

Christmas Mandala

Joel

12/25/08

46

cd623

 
 

Oneness

Todd Corbett

2/27/11

51

cd871

 
 

Spiritual Ignorance

Todd Corbett

5/22/11

56

cd872

 
 

Striving for Happiness

Todd Corbett

6/26/11

45

cd874

 


MYSTICISM & SCIENCE

 

Title

Author(s)

Date

Length

CD#

 
 

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Tom McFarlane

2/18/90

61

cd296

 
 

Understanding Quantum Mechanics

Tom McFarlane

3/12/95

81

 

 c979
 

Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness

Joel

1/26/97

77

cd164

 
 

Mathematics and the New Worldview

Tom McFarlane

1/11/02

85

 

 
 

The Great Debate in Quantum Physics

Tom McFarlane & Damien Pierce

11/17/02

69

cd135

 
 

Logos and the New Worldview

Tom McFarlane

6/22/03

68

cd243

 
 

Beyond Theories

Tom McFarlane

1/11/04

46

cd280

 
 

Darwinism, Creationism, and Mysticism

Joel

7/17/05

70

cd401

 
 

Pointing to Infinity

Tom McFarlane

6/28/09

58

 

 
 

Consciousness and Cosmos

Tom McFarlane

6/13/10

46

 

 
 

The Path of Knowledge

Tom McFarlane

6/12/11

59

 

 
 

Investigating the Nature of Time

Tom McFarlane

11/13/11

44

cd889

 
 

A Mystic's View of Science

Joel

5/25/14

67

   


MYSTICISM & SOCIETY

 

Title

Author(s)

Date

Length

CD#

 
 

The City of God: the True Spiritual Community

Joel

6/16/91

41

cd266

 
 

The Spiritual Root of Intolerance

Joel

1/31/93

53

cd256

 
 

Peace

Joel

5/22/94

52

cd235

 
 

Answer to Auschwitz

Joel

5/21/95

63

cd240

 
 

Our Moral Responsibility to Children

Joel

5/24/98

45

cd169

 
 

September 11: How Do We Respond?

Joel

9/23/01

79

cd118

 
 

The Feminine Face of Mysticism

Joel

7/31/05

45

cd413

 

 

 

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