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Bringing Practice Alive

Discussion on the issues of developing and maintaining your own meditation practice.


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Mountain, Sea, and Sky (transcribed)

A series of guided meditations beginning with “body like a mountain”, opening to the experience of the body sitting, free from any kind of effort, and grounding awareness in the present. With “breath like the sea”, opening to the constant movement of the breath, like the waves in the sea, up and down. Finally, “mind like the sky”, receiving everything that arises and not reacting or controlling. Participant experience at each stage of the process.


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Prayer and Meditation

A talk given at San Luis Obispo on how prayer and meditation are complementary spiritual practices.


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Relationships and Emotional Reactions

Questions on the student-teacher relationship, taking responsibility for one’s own practice, and how to practice effectively without depending on external conditions.


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The Three Jewels

A two-part talk dealing with Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (the Three Jewels) and about appropriate efforts for the student. Part two of this talk is unavailable.


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What to Do About Christmas

A talk on the three marks of existence.


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Where's Buddha? Where's God?

Discussion and questions on the similarities and differences between prayer and meditation. Looking at the religious icons of Christ on the cross and the Buddha sitting in meditation. Descriptions of some different types of prayer – petitionary, centering, and unitive. Is meditation directed inward and prayer directed outward? Prayer as a way of building an emotional connection; meditation as a way of building capacity. Questions from participants.


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Working With Fear

Recorded shortly after a tsunami in Asia, this talk centers on using one’s reactions to sudden tragedies as a basis for practice.