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Awakening From Belief 1

Karma as instruction vs. karma as belief, meditation as building a capacity of attention, resting in the experience of breathing, Q&A


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Awakening From Belief 2

Living life without a belief system, the four conditions that generate karma and their four results, Q&A


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Awakening From Belief 3

Q&A session on teaching, making the practice your own, and working with the breath and body in meditation, collective (or national) karma, what is life, ultimate and relative truth


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Awakening From Belief 4

Q&A based on students’ meditation on karma and how patterns shape experience.


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Awakening From Belief 5a

Overview of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions, problems of factionalism and sectarianism, and a short Q&A


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Awakening From Belief 5b

The characteristics of patterns (mechanicality, resonance, crystallization, habituation, layering, webbing), patterns, personality, presence. Meditation instruction on physical reactions when a reactive pattern begins to run.


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Awakening From Belief 6a

Q&A on individual responsibility in political and social issues, relationship between compassion and insight, and instruction on the ‘one breath’ meditation


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Awakening From Belief 6b

Paired exercise on experiencing reactive patterns; additional instruction on working with reactive patterns


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Awakening From Belief 7

Recognizing reactive patterns, beliefs as fully crystallized patterns, recognizing choice points within patterns, how a pattern impacts all areas of life


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Awakening From Belief 8

Q&A on dealing with reactive patterns, instruction on working with the undischarged feelings within patterns


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Awakening From Belief 9a

Q&A on working with what arises in the body. Paired exercise on how reactions in others triggers one’s own reactivity (based on the six realms)


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Awakening From Belief 9b

Reaction to, and continuation of, exercise in AFB 9a. Q&A on speaking in attention, anger and non-violence


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Awakening From Belief 10a

Using form as a mode of training attention, importance of resting in attention


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Awakening From Belief 10b

The eight components of a pattern and their relationship to the five elements and six realms, suggested reading material


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Awakening From Belief 11a

The need for ruthlessness with patterns; using mortality as motivation; attention, intention, and will; the four steps to undoing reactive patterns; ways of working with patterns


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Awakening From Belief 11b

Releasing physical and emotional sensations behind reactive patterns; not protecting any area of one’s life from practice; keeping things in balance; closing meditation instruction