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Retreat Dharma Talks

Zen Retreat

2012-04-06 (7 days) Gaia House

2012-04-07 The Phenomenology of Meditation (Part One) 59:36
Stephen Batchelor
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).
2012-04-08 To Self of Not to Self? 49:19
Martine Batchelor
Exploring selfing and not- selfing through three symbols of awakening. Looking at how we grasp and identify and how meditation can help us to release.
2012-04-09 The Phenomenology of Meditation (Part Two) 62:09
Stephen Batchelor
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.
2012-04-10 The Four Stages of Letting Go 58:07
Martine Batchelor
'After, during, at the beginning, before': how meditation and mindfulness can help us to let go of grasping at negative patterns.
2012-04-12 The Four Great Vows 54:24
Martine Batchelor
How to apply the four Zen vows in daily life practice.
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