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2012-07-17 The Hindrances 58:59
Reflections on the five hindrances as understood through their personification in the figure of Mara (the demonic).
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-07-16 Radical Attention 59:28
Reflections on meditation as radical attention (yoniso manasikara), mindfulness of breathing, and the Satipatthana Sutta.
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-07-15 The Everyday Sublime 63:38
Reflections on the origins and aims of meditation understood as a sensibility rather than a technique.
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-04-09 The Phenomenology of Meditation (Part Two) 62:09
Reflections on "an ordinary person's life," as understood in a passage by the 9th century Chan master Teshan. This idea is related to the Buddha's phenomenological analysis of human experience (the "all") into namarupa and consciousness, a vision of life where there is no transcendent awareness or consciousness "outside" ordinary experience, thereby revealing a common thread between the Pali Canon and early Chan.
Gaia House Zen Retreat
2012-04-07 The Phenomenology of Meditation (Part One) 59:36
Buddhist meditation is the refinement of a sensibility rather the gaining of proficiency in a technique. This sensibility is founded on "embracing dukkha", i.e. the totality of one's existential condition, and then cultivating meditation as (a) embodiment, (b) receptivity and (c) wonderment. Such a sensibility can then be further developed through stillness (samatha) and insight (vipassana).
Gaia House Zen Retreat
2012-03-23 03 A Culture of Awakening 55:13
The four P's: principle of conditionality, process of the four tasks, practice of mindfulness, power of self-reliance; ELSA as a framework for living; the city as a key metaphor of Secular Buddhism; emergence of a secular sangha based on friendships that support self-reliance.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism
2012-03-21 02 The Four Noble Tasks 48:14
The Pali Canon as a user's manual for this life; reconfiguring the core elements of the dharma; problems with the term "truth;" rewriting the operating system of Buddhism: from Buddhism 1.0 to Buddhism 2.0; the post-metaphysical practice of the four noble tasks; the acronym ELSA.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism
2012-03-19 01 What is Secular Buddhism? 52:59
A definition of the term "Secular Buddhism;" a practice-based rather than belief-based form of the dharma; concern with human flourishing in this life; links with the Hellenistic philosophies of Pyrrho and Epicurus.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism
2012-03-16 09 Stream Entry 63:06
Negative capability; the ambiguous nature of self; self as process; foundations of ethics; Buddha and the sick monk; definitions of stream entry: as lucid confidence, as freedom from perplexity, as abandoning three fetters; the lay sangha.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism
2012-03-15 08 Mara 56:38
Reflections on the demonic: what rises up and limits us on the path; Mara and Namuci; the parable of the crow and the piece of rock as an alternative metaphor of freedom; the Buddha's response to Mara who appears as a farmer.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

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