Spring 2010 Shamatha Retreat

The Wisdom Aspect of Compassion

20 Apr 2010

In this afternoon session, Alan Wallace gives a brief introduction to the wisdom aspect of compassion, followed by the practice, some reflexions, and a Q&A session mostly focused on attachment.Th…

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Settling the Mind In Its Natural State: Observing the Background

20 Apr 2010

In this Morning Session, we practice Settling the Mind in its Natural State with an emphasis on observing the spaces in between thoughts and the “background” of the mind rather than the for…

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The problems of guilt, low self esteem, and self-loathing, and the remedy of Empathetic Joy.

21 Apr 2010

This afternoon lecture was about one very important but often overlooked aspect of the four immeasurables: Empathetic Joy. It starts with a very precise, relevant, and bright introduction about the g…

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Shamatha Without a Sign - As taught by Padmasambhava

21 Apr 2010

A brief preface to the practice of Shamatha Without a Sign as taught by Padmasambhava, followed by a 24 minute practice and some commentary on the practice as well as some tips as to how to maintain…

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Empathetic Joy and Reflections on Guilt and Remorse

22 Apr 2010

This afternoon we went straight into a practice of empathetic joy, followed by a reflection on guilt, remorse, and how empathetic joy (mudita) can affect our deeds. Afterwards there is just a short Q…

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[Bonus] Awareness of Awareness Question Followed by a Very Enlightening Explanation

22 Apr 2010

One of the things we love about Alan is his ability to answer a single question with a 30 minute reply in which he not only answers the question completely but he explores all of the branches and lea…

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Awareness of Awareness: A Second Method

22 Apr 2010

This morning we practiced a slightly different method Awareness of Awareness, or Shamatha without a sign. After the meditation, there is a short section on insomnia and anxiety that can arise when in…

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Meditation and Reflections on Equanimity (and a very interesting “deep water” question)

23 Apr 2010

This afternoon we meditated on the fourth of the 4 Immeasurables: Equanimity. There is a preamble on Equanimity, followed by the meditation and by some reflections of the importance of this practice.…

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Awareness of Awareness: Third Method in the Cycle

23 Apr 2010

In this morning session, we went straight into an Awareness of Awareness meditation with some extra techniques. Short and sweet! This is the third method in our Awareness of Awareness cycle.(You may…

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Meditation and Reflections on Equanimity (and a very interesting “deep water” question)

23 Apr 2010

This afternoon we meditated on the fourth of the 4 Immeasurables: Equanimity. There is a preamble on Equanimity, followed by the meditation and by some reflections of the importance of this practice.…

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Awareness of Awareness: Third Method in the Cycle

23 Apr 2010

In this morning session, we went straight into an Awareness of Awareness meditation with some extra techniques. Short and sweet! This is the third method in our Awareness of Awareness cycle.(You may…

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Equanimity: Breaking the “I-It” Relationship with Ourselves

24 Apr 2010

This afternoon we started with more cultivation of equanimity, specifically dispelling the “I-It” relationship with ourselves. First we had a great introduction to the concept, a couple of…

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[Bonus] A Followup to Thursday’s Nirvana/Rigpa Answer. A Jewel of a Lecture.

24 Apr 2010

It’s Sunday (for us!) and here is the bonus I promised! After yesterday’s practice on Equanimity, Alan said he had to add a couple of “footnotes” to the question about Nirvana and Rigpa fro…

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Awareness of Awareness: A Final Method in the Cycle

25 Apr 2010

Today we practiced the last method in the “cycle” of Shamatha methods for this course. It is the final variation of Awareness of Awareness. In this podcast we go straight into the meditatio…

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Equanimity: Closing the Circle (with a spice of Tonglen)

26 Apr 2010

Today we also finished the basic cycle of the Four Inmeasurables with another practice of equanimity.We first get an introduction to the sheer importance of the practices of Four Inmeasurables (and h…

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Back to the Infirmary: Full Body Awareness

26 Apr 2010

This morning we started the cycle all over again with a delicious soothing practice of Full-Body awareness (or as Alan calls it, “The Infirmary!”) He also gives a very brief introduction on…

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Loving Kindness: A Remedy for Infatuation with Samsara

27 Apr 2010

We start with a great introduction on the Four Inmeasurables and how they interrelate based on Buddhaghosa and the Tibetan Buddhism perspective, including the “faux facsimiles” or close but…

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Breath Awareness: The Rise and Fall of the Abdomen

27 Apr 2010

This morning we went back to the valuable practice of settling the attention on the rise and fall of the abdomen, a “transitional” practice. The podcast starts with an introduction about st…

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Loving Kindness: Developing Motivation for the Practice

28 Apr 2010

This podcast is centered around a Loving Kindness practice designed to help develop joy and vision for our Shamatha practice, but it will work for many things. As almost always we start with a very g…

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Breath Awareness: “Classic” Practice

28 Apr 2010

This morning we had a 4 minuteintroduction on achieving Shamatha with breath awareness (and the acquired sign), followed by a classic, old school practice as taught by Buddhaghosa and practiced for m…

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Loving Kindness: Breaking Our Self-Centeredness

29 Apr 2010

We start with a few comments about the term “Loving Kindness” and definitions of love (neodarwinism, scientific materialism, freud, all the goodies) and the shortcomings of looking at human…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State (setting the stage for a great discussion of modern scientific materialism and the mind)

29 Apr 2010

Today got quite long for a morning practice, but it was very interesting! Alan immediately got going with a very sharp discussion of the current status of acceptance that cognitive sciences or even j…

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Compassion: Arousing the Heart (And a strong reflection on modern Dharma practice)

30 Apr 2010

Tonight we had a 5 minute introduction to the practice of Compassion and how to do it properly, as well as a reflection on the effect of Tonglen. Afterwards we go straight to the practice.After the m…

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[Bonus] Explaining Mind and Brain: The mind exists, and it is something different than the brain.

30 Apr 2010

In this podcast, B. Alan Wallace, Ph. D., answers a question involving having a friendly discussion about the relationship between mind and brain (don’t we all have those with our friends all the tim…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Self-Knowing and Observing the Mind Heal Itself

30 Apr 2010

This morning we had a short but sweet introduction on the mind’s capacity to heal itself and how the traditional sciences can cooperate with the contemplative science, come together, and share their…

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Compassion: Focusing on the Underlying Causes (and one more superb example for the Mind/Brain talk from yesterday!)

01 May 2010

We start with a very precise introduction of how mental afflictions are afflictions because they are rooted in delusion. Some feelings can be either very positive or afflictive depending on the above…

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[Bonus] Alan’s Ideal (and possible) Vision of Buddhism and Contemplative Science in the next 10-15 years

02 May 2010

In this bonus podcast, B. Alan Wallace is asked about his ideal vision of Buddhism and Contemplative Science in “The West” (or modernity) for the next 10-15 years. Alan first describes his…

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[Video] A Message From Alan: Join the Mailing List!

02 May 2010

No, it’s not a side effect of your intense daily meditation — in this podcast the picture actually moves! That is to say, it’s a video!With the help of David Cherniack, we were able to record Alan’s…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Seeing and Hearing without using the Brain

02 May 2010

Interesting title eh?This morning we practiced Settling the Mind in its Natural State. Alan gave a brief introduction on some cases of Out of Body Experiences and showed how they are related to this…

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Compassion: Going into Deep Waters

03 May 2010

Alan starts with an introduction on “episodic compassion” and how easy it can be to feel contempt and superiority towards the people committing injustices according to us without looking at…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Observing the Nature of the Space of the Mind

03 May 2010

This morning we had an inspiring introduction regarding the space of the mind and its observation, as well as a sequence of steps to become lucid with respect to reality. We went into a 24 minute ses…

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Compassion: Lucidity in the Waking State

04 May 2010

We start with an introduction on the three different dimensions of suffering and pick up briefly on this morning’s topic of becoming lucid in the waking state.The deep practice that follows is indeed…

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Back to Awareness of Awareness

04 May 2010

This morning we started with a brief recap on some details about the breath in Settling the Mind in its Natural State, and some notes about the substrate conciousness and Awareness of Awareness.After…

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Empathetic Joy: How to repay the kindness of others by freeing ourselves of our own mental afflictions.

05 May 2010

This afternoon was great. We started with an overview of four immeasurables as an extrordinarly wise system of emotional regulation, and although that sounds utilitarian (since the qualities of lovin…

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Awareness of Awareness: On the edge of Vipassana

05 May 2010

This morning we followed a second method of Shamatha without a Sign (Awareness of Awareness) as taught by Padmasambhava. This method included probing into the very nature of that which inverts and re…

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Empathetic Joy: Taking delight in being of benefit and in contemplative cultivation

06 May 2010

Today’s practice was focused on taking delight both towards being of benefit in the world outwards but also of going into meditation and being apparently useless for a while, because it’s a cultivati…

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Awareness of Awareness: Approximating the Shamatha-Achieved Mind

06 May 2010

This morning we had a practice of the third method of Awareness of Awareness. Alan starts with an introduction and explains some points on the practice, and after the practice he gives some tips on k…

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Equanimity: Focus on Impermanence

07 May 2010

This podcast starts with a microphone test; you may notice that this podcast has none of the annoying popping noises that went out in the previous episodes. And the sound quality will keep getting be…

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Awareness of Awareness: Resting in the Sheer Luminosity and Cognizance of Experience

07 May 2010

This morning we practiced the final phase of Awareness of Awareness, and quoting from Alan’s great analogy in the introduction to this practice: “Putting it in the Oven.” The title comes fr…

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[Video] Podcast Fix: Missing Episodes!

07 May 2010

Hello everyone!Last week we had some internet trouble over here which caused the podcast XML to get corrupted. As a result, I have received many comments saying that you were having trouble downloadi…

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Equanimity: Bringing in the Sharp Wisdom (And a great juicy question on the 4I)

08 May 2010

Wow, I have to say that we ended this cycle of meditations perfectly. We had a very valuable practice (although, what practice has not been very valuable?) on Equanimity paired with wisdom. We starte…

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[Bonus] Discussion on Kickstarting the Mind Sciences Revolution through Paranormal Abilities

09 May 2010

In this juicy sunday Bonus, Alan answers a question from our friend Noah about why wait to kickstart the revolution in the mind sciences? Why not get an accomplished Yogi to demonstrate his paranorma…

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Full Body Awareness: The Importance of Relaxation (and a reflection on anxiety its status quo in modern society)

09 May 2010

This session was the first of the meditations with less spoken guidance. However, Alan made up for it with the great introduction and outro!The talks are based on the importance of looking for genuin…

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Loving Kindness: Turning Possibility into Actuality / Shaping our own Future

10 May 2010

Today we re-started the 4I cycle with Loving Kindness. Specifically, we focused on motivation and how it has the power to make things possible or impossible, achievable or not achievable.The introduc…

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Mindfulness of Breathing: Focus on the Abdomen

10 May 2010

Today we had a quite silent and relaxing session on the sensations of the breath at the level of the abdomen.The introduction talks about the several ways in which we can recognize progress in our pr…

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Loving Kindness: Ready to Launch

11 May 2010

In the introduction, Alan talks about Loving Kindness and how it is an aspiration and not a feeling (although it certainly comes with a feeling). He also talks about achieving Shamatha by method of n…

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[Bonus] Clearing up misconceptions about the “Non-Self.”

11 May 2010

This podcast was spurred by a question from our philosopher Ilse asking about the difference of “Identitylessness” [or non self] and “Personhood” (as she put it).There are many mi…

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[Bonus] The Preliminary Practices [Short Episode]

11 May 2010

Ah, the Ngöndro (preliminary) practices. If you ask how many you have to do (without the proper context and preparation), you will probably be sorry to hear the answer: 100,000. Of ALL OF THEM. With…

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Breath Awareness: Getting in the flow

11 May 2010

This morning we had a brief followup on the concept of the loss of the sense of self. Afterwards we went directly into the practice, which you may notice was quite silent apart from the initial sets…

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Loving Kindness: Breaking down the Barriers

12 May 2010

In this episode, we keep working more deeply with the Four Immeasurables. As always we have our introduction which includes an answer by HH. Dalai Lama from a Mind and Life conference saying that wha…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Coming in From the Senses

12 May 2010

This morning we practiced Settling the Mind by coming in through the senses with the phrase “In the perceived, let there be only the perceived” as a preparation for observing the mind. Afte…

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[Message From Alan] Science and Buddhism Colloquium at University of Oxford

12 May 2010

Alan is happy to announce that the videos are now available from the “Science and Buddhism” colloquium at the University of Oxford, sponsored by the Physiology Department and the Oriental Institute o…

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Compassion: Blowing the Dust of our Eyes

13 May 2010

Today we had a very deep practice on Compassion. The introduction contains great examples as always in order to turn our minds towards the cultivation of compassion, to make real the suffering of oth…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Coming into our HQ and releasing control

13 May 2010

This morning’s introduction was about our sense of control and possession of our bodies, our minds, and “our” thoughts. We often believe that our thoughts are actually ours, when we can’t e…

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Compassion: Separating the Mental Affliction from the Person

14 May 2010

Alan gives an introduction on what we actually meditate on when “meditating on the 4I.” That is to say, the object of the meditations is always sentient beings. In today’s powerful practice…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Sharpening the Vividness

14 May 2010

Today we practiced settling the mind in its natural state with an emphasis on observing the background, the “stage” of the mind. As Alan mentions, this acts as a whetstone (knife-sharpening…

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Compassion: Freedom from the three levels of suffering

15 May 2010

Today we came back to the meditative cultivation of Compassion (to use the correct phrase) and had an introduction directly related to the practice in order to have less words interjected afterwards.…

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[Bonus] The Four Immeasurables

16 May 2010

In this request by Nick W, Alan breaks down the Four Immeasurables in an extremely clear synopsis of how they interrelate, their faux facsimiles (which may look very similar but they work in the oppo…

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[Bonus] The nature of information, mind and matter, human existence as a flow of experience/information, quantum cosmology, etc.

16 May 2010

Ok, this is what a lot of you have been waiting for, and with very good reason! Get your thinking hats on, turn off your phones, get a nice cup of tea, clear your schedule, and bring forth your scien…

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[Bonus] *Follow-up* Clearing up a few points and a profoundly encouraging ending

16 May 2010

This is a short followup (I promise! It’s actually less than 15 minutes) clearing up some points from the previous episode. I took two fragments from the next day and mashed them together for this po…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Allowing the mind to heal itself

16 May 2010

In this morning’s introduction, Alan talks about how the mind is very capable of healing itself, and how the purpose of settling the mind in its natural state is to observe it vividly while not doing…

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Combining Compassion and Loving Kindness: An Enriched Tonglen

17 May 2010

Today as the title suggests we combined Compassion and Loving kindness into a practice of Tonglen. Furthermore, we incorporated the four modes of enlightened acvitity, using each one where needed, an…

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Awareness of Awareness: Understanding the Nature of Consciousness (Going against the Dogma!)

17 May 2010

This morning Alan promptly warned us that he was feeling a little bit feisty, which resulted in a great historical introduction with examples of how subjective experience has been mistreated and even…

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Empathetic Joy: Balancing some of the possible side effects of so much Shamatha practice!

18 May 2010

Alan starts this afternoon by detailing some of the possible “side effects” that could happen during intense practice of Shamatha, in the sense that when we are trying to make our mind so f…

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Awareness of Awareness: Deconstructing the artificial problem of mind and matter by going down to the root from which both emerge

18 May 2010

Today’s practice, the second out of the four Awareness of Awareness methods that we cover in our cycle, is a very deep penetrating practice, encroaching upon VIpassyana territory. Alan starts with an…

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Empathetic Joy (Silent Meditation), Q&A

19 May 2010

This afternoon the meditation was 100% silent. Even the introduction lasts around 20 seconds!I cut out the 24 minutes of silence in order to make this a smaller download. You can click pause and do y…

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Awareness of Awareness: Warming up for the long run

19 May 2010

This morning we return to the third phase in the classic Awareness of Awareness teachings of Padmasambhava. In the introduction, Alan explains how this phase helps create a very 3D and spacious quali…

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Equanimity: Striking a balance between fluidity and structure

20 May 2010

This afternoon Alan starts by quite briefly explaining this balance between fluidity and structure in the equanimity practice, and after the instructions we set off in a pretty much rich but silent s…

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Awareness of Awareness: Probing into why we exist (the other side of the equation)

20 May 2010

Alan “kickstarted” this morning [because he likes that word so much ;) ] with a healthy dose of Physics. He started talking about the following article from NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2010…

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Equanimity: Making the task cosmical; Awakening the deepest dimension of our existence.

21 May 2010

As you can probably tell by the title, today’s practice was not you regular 4I practice. Sure, it did start out with a regular equanimity/Tonglen practice but this time we had the option of going dee…

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Loving Kindness: "Coming back to the Beginning for the First Time"

22 May 2010

This lovely afternoon we went back to the practice of Loving Kindness, using the phrase from T.S. Elliot in the title. We went straight into meditation.After the practice, we had assorted Q&A fro…

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[Bonus] The Whole Shamatha Story in one Session

23 May 2010

In this short and sweet sunday bonus, we synthesized the three main methods of Shamatha into one practice. There is an extremely short introduction and then the practice.A great way to combine these…

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Flying Solo [Silent Practice]

23 May 2010

This morning Alan started by saying that he would like to let us choose our own Shamatha method, for these next few days and perhaps for the rest of the retreat. If so, then I will only be podcasting…

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Four Immeasurables: Using our anti-affliction arsenal correctly

24 May 2010

This afternoon we started with a very practical introduction on how to draw from the 4I throughout the course of a normal day in our life after the retreat if we are not going into full time practice…

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"A Sacred Tension" that we might experience

24 May 2010

In this episode, Alan talks about something that probably bothers many of us, and he calls it “A Sacred Tension.” It is about our decision to either dedicate our time fully to contemplation…

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Four Immeasurables / Four Best Friends

25 May 2010

In today’s lecture, Alan gave a very brief reflection for when we finish this retreat. As we know, the still, sustained focus / samadhi of our attention will naturally diminish within a socially enga…

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Starting a Two Week Retreat

25 May 2010

This morning Alan suggested to adopt the attitute of starting a 2-week retreat. He humorously gave some very important points and tips about the practice in order to make the most out of the time we…

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[Short] The Expedition of Shamatha

26 May 2010

This afternoon we went directly into meditation with no preamble, and had no outro directly pertaining to the meditation. So you can meditate for 24 minutes on your own and then press play!We briefly…

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Retaining the benefits of practice

26 May 2010

This morning we had a silent meditation followed by a few brief tips. The tips cover a bit of posture, and then Alan talks about how the benefits of the practices can be retained in a non-contemplati…

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Cultivating Self-Worth, Eliminating Pride, The Story of Alan’s First Meeting with HH. Dalai Lama back in 1971, and flowers.

27 May 2010

Today we went directly into practice, which I removed from the recording to make it easier to listen to. As you know by now, just do your own practice and then press play! Alan suggests that if we ar…

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[Bonus] A Sublime Explanation of Awareness of Awareness [Short]

27 May 2010

I extracted this practical gem from this afternoon’s lecture. It is a clear example of how the instructions to a practice can be profoundly meaningful, stunning, transformative, and just utterly insp…

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Vesak Day Guided Meditation

27 May 2010

Happy Vesak Day! This morning we conmemorated the celebration of Buddha Śākyamuni’s birth, enlightment, and parinirvana with a guided Shamatha meditation.After the session, Alan talks a little bit ab…

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[Vesak] Special Meditation and the Story of The Buddha’s Enlightenment

28 May 2010

This afternoon we started with a special guided meditation to commemorate the Buddha’s Enlightenment, not specifically centered on Shamatha or the Four Immeasurables.After the meditation, Alan gave u…

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Entering the Great Path of the Bodhisattvas

29 May 2010

In this afternoon’s marvelous introduction, Alan talks about The Great Path of the Bodhisattvas, comparing it to a Freeway (using the American term). Using this very accurate analogy he talks about g…

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[Bonus] Phuket Mind Observatory Plans / Neurofeedback Augmentation

30 May 2010

In this bonus episode we cover some very interesting cognitive science/brain science questions from Noah.The first question asks if meditation researchers have been able to isolate the EEG correlates…

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[Bonus] Psychology, attention, and the urgent need for contemplative science.

30 May 2010

A number of the past bonus podcasts had been geared towards the physicists, but this weekend we have some juice for psychologists! In this bonus podcast, we have some extremely interesting points abo…

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Revisiting the Infirmary for the Last Time!

31 May 2010

I’ll try not to title all of the Shamatha episodes from today onwards with the phrase “for the last time,” although we have come to the final cycle of the teachings!My descriptions for thes…

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Analyzing the reality that we live in, and testing the biggest experiment that a human being can perform. (+ Loving Kindness Practice)

01 Jun 2010

The beginning of this afternoon’s lecture is a stunning, wisdom-packed reflection on the analysis of our own world view. Alan starts by giving an overview of some of the predominant world views, from…

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Finding the balance between relaxation and effort (+ Breath Awareness practice)

01 Jun 2010

This morning, Alan started by reading two short verses from the Dhammapada, (freshly translated by him last night) which are a very strong metaphor with the mind training we are doing here. He then t…

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Opening the floodgates of our inner virtues ( + Loving Kindness practice)

02 Jun 2010

This afternoon we started with a reflection on how many times we see people as just “flat images” or appearances arising to our minds. In the supermarket, subway, etc, we see them as obstac…

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Mindfulness of Breathing: Practicing with the "glass half full" attitude

02 Jun 2010

In today’s mindfulness of breathing practice, Alan started by talking about the causes and solutions for the all too popular phenomenon of the “energy going up to the head,” and proceeded b…

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Loving Kindness: Weaving the Present into the Future (+ Bodhicitta Discussion)

03 Jun 2010

The introduction to today’s practice was tailored to us here in Phuket in the sense that we are coming out of retreat soon, but it can be applied by everyone. Alan talks about including the people we…

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Settling the Mind In its Natural State: Exploring Conceptually Unmediated Experience

03 Jun 2010

If you have been subscribing to the podcast, you are probably very familiar with today’s meditation. We practiced Settling the Mind in its Natural State by first coming in through different domains o…

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Compassion: Focusing on the Blatant Suffering

04 Jun 2010

This afternoon we went into a very practical and powerful practice on Compassion, focusing on the blatant, glaring, obvious pain that can arise in both the physical and mental domains of experience.…

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"The Tempest," Settling the Mind in its Natural State

04 Jun 2010

This morning we returned to Settling the Mind in its Natural state, this time observing the foreground of events arising within the domain of the mind. Alan quotes two plays from Shakespeare ("T…

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Compassion: Freeing Ourselves from the Underlying Causes of Suffering (Attachment/Craving)

05 Jun 2010

In this afternoon practice, we focused not so much on the blatant form of suffering as we did yesterday, but on the underlying causes. In the introduction, Alan reflects on how little we really know…

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[Short Bonus]: How did ignorance and delusion arise in the first place? Will samsara end?

06 Jun 2010

For this short bonus episode, I extracted a question that Elizabeth said was maybe unanswerable, about the very beginning of ignorance and delusion (and samsara for that matter). But we all know by n…

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[Bonus] The Philosophical Evolution of an Individual through all the Four Schools of Indian Buddhism, Culminating in the Great Perfection. In 45 minutes.

06 Jun 2010

Yes, this is an ambitious title but as always the podcast episode does not fail to deliver the goods. However, I really won’t even try to summarize all of Buddhist Philosophy in two paragraphs. I kno…

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[Extra Bonus] Culminating in the Great Perfection: The Dzogchen View (Addendum)

07 Jun 2010

In this morning session, Alan really woke us up (interpret that as you will) by making an addendum to this Sunday’s bonus episode where we had a “speed drive” through different ways of view…

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Settling the Mind in its Natural State: Sustaining a Continuity

07 Jun 2010

This practice got separated from the previous episode for continuity purposes. As you might expect, we return for the final time to the practice of Settling the Mind in its Natural State. Spefically,…

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Compassion: Investigating a Hypothesis about the Very Root of Suffering (and the importance of not taking Dharma out of context)

07 Jun 2010

This afternoon Alan started by pointing out the modern tendency of being very harsh and strict with ourselves, and the need for Compassion. He then proceeds by diving down to the very root of sufferi…

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Awareness of Awareness: A Smooth Transition from the Space of the Mind

07 Jun 2010

This morning, Alan said he would squeeze out every drop of knowledge he had left about this first method of Awareness of Awareness, so if you listen to the previous episodes on this stage of practice…

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Empathetic Joy: Using our Mind as a Best Friend (+ great Q&A incl. a deep question about love and attachment).

08 Jun 2010

The story Alan narrates at the very start of this episode comes because there was a dog outside the teaching hall, and as we were coming in for the lecture he would try to get in between our legs, or…

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Awareness of Awareness: Emerging through the Clouds of the Dense, Deluded, Compulsive Mind into Clear and Luminous Space

08 Jun 2010

As we approach the end of the retreat, the lectures are getting more and more information packed and so are these summaries. I will say as I always do; if you are new to the podcast go back to the fi…

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Of Trust, Devotion, or Lack Thereof (+ Awareness of Awareness Practice)

09 Jun 2010

This morning Alan starts by giving instructions on how to watch the opening game of the World Cup (Mexico-South Africa) on Friday, after being asked for permission to do so. He has a very interesting…

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Equanimity: Looking Ahead

10 Jun 2010

This afternoon Alan started by sharing a story about his first meditation counsel with Geshe Rabten, and the two topics that he suggested for meditation: Precious Human Rebirth and Equanimity. He emp…

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The Last Shamatha Practice

10 Jun 2010

I know, I am quite the dramatic with my titles :)With a bittersweet feeling we have come to the last group practice of Shamatha for this retreat. To end majestically, we practiced the fourth method o…

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Ending Where We Began: Equanimity Permeated With Loving Kindness

11 Jun 2010

This afternoon may be the last podcast episode of Alan’s lectures for this retreat. He started by returning to the hypothesis of saying that if we align ourselves with reality, reality will rise up t…

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