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Stephen Batchelor's Dharma Talks
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2009-11-06 Experiencing the Unconditioned 59:39
A reflection on the Buddha's understanding of his awakening as an engagement with the phenomenal world from a radically new perspective rather than the gaining of insight into a higher, absolute truth, no matter whether we call that "God", "Consciousness" or the "Unconditioned".
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-11-05 The Middle Way 59:01
A reflection on the Middle Way, i.e., the whole eightfold path, as avoiding two "dead ends." This is followed by further thoughts on the Four Noble Truths as tasks that culminate in the eightfold path itself.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-11-04 Awakening to Life 59:33
A reflection on the metaphor of "awakening" as a process rather than a "state" of "enlightenment", which is followed by a reading of the Buddha's First Sermon (Turning the Wheel of Dhamma) in which he presents this awakening as being concerned with the living process of the Four Noble Truths.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-11-03 The Poisoned Arrow 60:43
A reflection on the Buddha's parable of the "poisoned arrow" (Malunkyaputta Sutta M63). This key text illustrates how the Dhamma is therapeutic, pragmatic and not concerned with metaphysical questions, which the Buddha regards as irrelevant and refuses to comment upon. What he does comment upon is the Four Noble Truths. The talk concludes with a reflection on the Buddha's account of his awakening as an insight into conditioned arising.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-11-02 The City 61:18
As the first of a series of 6 talks, Stephen outlines his project to "deconstruct" Buddhism in order to uncover the foundational ideas in which it is erected. He then analyzes the Buddha's metaphor of the "ancient path that leads to an ancient city" to suggest that the core teachings of the Dhamma are to be seen as forming the template for a restored civilization...
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-10-31 The Secular Buddha 63:13
An introduction to and overview of the concept of secular Buddhism.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2009-07-18 Society and Self 56:24
Gaia House Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-07-17 Healing the Five Clusters 57:18
Gaia House Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-07-16 Turning the Wheel of the Dhamma 57:10
Gaia House Meditation and Study Retreat
2009-07-15 Mara The Killer 57:00
Gaia House Meditation and Study Retreat

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