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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

Live and Let Go: Unburdening the Heart

2012-05-25 (5 days) Gaia House

  
2012-05-25 Letting Go - Three Practices for Heart, Body and Mind 29:59
  Martin Aylward
Anupadana, meaning non-clinging (often translated as letting go), is the very essence of Dharma practice. This introductory talk looks at the specifics of cultivating a non-clinging attitude with respect our physical, emotional, and mental experience.
2012-05-26 On Wanting: Demands, Defences and Distractions 47:20
  Martin Aylward
Martin explores the mechanism of wanting, the felt sense of different types of desire, and 3 ways of contemplating wanting in order to understand it more fully, and to free our relationship with desire.
2012-05-27 On Clinging to Thoughts: About the World, About Others, About Self 45:50
  Martin Aylward
Martin explores how our various views condition our experience, and keep us locked into viewing and reacting to life in all too familiar ways. We look at the way our views limit our experience of who we are, and how investigating those views can lead us into a more ambiguous, and more liberated sense of our participation in life.
2012-05-28 On Clinging to Existence and Non Existence: Freedom From Self and Not-Self 44:14
  Martin Aylward
This talk looks at the inevitability in language of either reifying or negating existence; "It (self) exists" or "it doesn't exist", and how either view is problematic, inviting us in the living immediacy of life, to discover the middle way beyond existing or not-existing.
2012-05-29 Freedom From Clinging: The Experience of the Unlimited Heart 38:48
  Martin Aylward
This talk looks at the way we respond to life when consciousness is not caught in obsessions or reactivity. Martin explores 4 specifically different dimensions of love (Brahma Viharas) and invokes their commonality in dissolving our sense of separateness; beckoning us into an exquisite intimacy with life.
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