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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

2012-03-11 (14 days) Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center)

  
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2012-03-11 04 Experience 57:02
  Stephen Batchelor
The Buddha's criteria for regarding a statement as valid; a pragmatic view of the dharma; the "all" is equivalent to "experience" or "life" -- no need of metaphysical realities; supportive quote by Lucretius; awakening to the delight, tragedy and emancipation of life.
2012-03-11 Practice 49:12
  Martine Batchelor
2012-03-12 05 Namarupa and Consciousness 61:57
  Stephen Batchelor
Meaning of the term "namarupa" in Upanishads and early Buddhism; the Buddha's critique of an unconditioned consciousness; the interdependence of namarupa and consciousness like two sheaves of reeds.
2012-03-12 Ethics, Compassion and Wisdom 44:56
  Martine Batchelor
2012-03-13 06 Dukkha and Tanha 60:27
  Stephen Batchelor
Definition of dukkha; dukkha and pleasure; "fully understanding" dukkha; the Buddha and Nagarjuna's understanding of the five bundles as not self; definition of tanha (craving); clinging and narcissism.
2012-03-13 Awakening 54:52
  Martine Batchelor
2012-03-14 07 Conditionality and The Four 58:41
  Stephen Batchelor
Insight into conditionality as the core of the Buddha's awakening; reading of and reflection on the first discourse; the process of the four: embracing dukkha, letting go of craving, experiencing the stopping of craving, cultivating the path.
2012-03-14 Feeling Tone 57:09
  Martine Batchelor
2012-03-15 08 Mara 56:38
  Stephen Batchelor
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.
2012-03-15 Zen Quotes 55:20
  Martine Batchelor
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