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Antidote To Different Notions of Self

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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


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Bringing Practice Alive

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


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Devotion

How devotion reveals internal material, the difference between faith and belief, the three types of faith and how they transform the three poisons. The Guru Yoga Prayer referenced near the conclusion can be found here. This excerpt is from the Guru, Diety, Protector series.


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Guru, Deity, Protector 1a

Retreat structure and intention, comments on the Vajrayana path – how it is different and the same, how it is based on compassion and emptiness, which naturally evolve into mindfulness and presence


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Guru, Deity, Protector 1b

Are you suitable for Vajrayana? two dangers, review of prayers used in the retreat, questions regarding the retreat structure


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Guru, Deity, Protector 2a

Comments on the teacher-student relationship, the responsibilities of the teacher and student, methods that teachers use to reveal presence, provide instruction, and point out student’s internal material


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Guru, Deity, Protector 2b

Devotion reveals student’s internal material, difference between faith and belief, three types of faith and how they transform the three poisons, commentary on guru yoga and related prayer (text available on the website), questions from participants


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Guru, Deity, Protector 3

Questions regarding faith and compassion, balance in a guru-student relationship, the three types of faith and the three doors of freedom, questions from participants regarding this practice


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Guru, Deity, Protector 4

Comments on the Buddhist concept of ‘no self’. Yidams or deities as expressions of awakened mind, deity meditation instruction, questions about this how to do this practice


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Guru, Deity, Protector 5

Practice questions regarding pride and compassion, the three classes of deities: peaceful, semi-wrathful, wrathful, review of Tsulak Trengwa’s poem How I Live The Practice (text available on website) which describes the flavor of deity practice, questions regarding deity practice


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Guru, Deity, Protector 6

Discussion on enchantment with dakini and protector practices and how that connects with the origin of these practices, protector meditation instruction and questions


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Guru, Deity, Protector 7

Description of protectors and commentary on related text, importance of moderation in protector practices, connection between the three roots (guru, deity, and protector) and the three marks of existence (suffering, non-self, impermanence), questions on above


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Guru, Deity, Protector 8

Questions and comments on prayer text, magnetization, taking refuge in mind itself, the continual process of meeting what arises in experience, reactive emotions like desire, the eight concerns, working with the type of practice that best engages your internal material


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Guru, Deity, Protector 9

Questions regarding sky gazing and protectors, a story about yidams, a story about protectors, review of various lines of transmissions and lineages


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Heartbreak and Suffering

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How To Meditate Like The Buddha

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How to Practice Right Livelihood

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How To Practice Right Speech and Action

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How To Practice Right View and Intention

Bringing attention to how you view things and bringing attention to intention. From The Eightfold Path 1.


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Living While Acknowledging Death

You know that you are aware and you are going to die. How do you live holding that knowledge? From Death: Friend or Foe 4.


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Living Without Beliefs

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Monsters Under The Bed 1

summary: Review of basic meditation, basic means foundational, rest in the experience of breathing; breath is life; relinquishing control and the repeated experience of failure; the body breathes, brings attention to the experience of the body; letting the body find its way to sit vs. imposing a posture; fine points in attuning to the body; attention consists of resting and listening, how to rest and how to listen; short Q&A session


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Monsters Under The Bed 2

Working with the second of the four noble truths; attraction, aversion and indifference as impulses, and the reactions they initiate; concerns about making things last or getting rid of them; the formation of emotional needs and why they are impossible to meet; the need to be somebody conditioned by both family and society, practice instructions on finding peace and understanding in the experience of emotional impulses; Q&A


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Monsters Under The Bed 3

The six realms, projections of emotional reactions; anger and the hell realms, greed and the hungry ghost realms, instinct and the animal realms, fun and busynesss in the human realm, jealousy in the titan realm, pride in the god realm; meditation practice on experiencing the six realms; Q&A


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Monsters Under The Bed 4

Habituation as a form of addiction; the dynamics of addiction from an experiential perspective; the dynamics of addiction from a biochemical perspective; stepping out of addiction to habitual reactions; process through which freedom is found; meditation practice on emptying the six realms; Q&A


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Monsters Under The Bed 5

Retreat experience to date, locking up in the body, what to do about it, guided meditation on how the six realms appear in daily life, venturing into the mystery of not living in any realm.


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Monsters Under The Bed 6

Stepping out of the six realms, doing nothing, three aspects of doing nothing, connection with the three marks of existence; no distraction, not holding onto things, differentiating between thoughts and thinking; no control, not trying to control what we experience, connection with suffering; not working at anything, not being somebody, opening to the totality of experience; meditation instruction.


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N&B - A Life That Supports Practice

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N&B: Acting and resting in attention

Bringing attention into actions as the eightfold path’s core practice (from Eightfold Path 2), questions on concentration and attention, how meditation increases attention, and emotional energy.


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N&B: Addiction

A look at addicition from Monsters Under The Bed 4, questions on alcohol, pornography, and shame.


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N&B - Awakening Mind

A discussion on the two aspects of awakening mind, how they provide insight into the nature of experience and guide our responses to what arises in life.


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N&B: Bodhisattva vow

The vow as a description of benefits from practice (from Then And Now 25), questions on spiritual longings and the vow and when one should take the vow.


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Nuts & Bolts - Body sensations

Questions on how to practice with pain (from Sutra Session 24), how to practice when ill, how to understand what your body is saying, different sensations that arise during meditation.


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N&B - Buddhism: Pragmatic Perspectives

Questions on business, vegetarianism, traditional forms of practice, and sex


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N&B - Buddhist concepts

A discussion on Buddhism and creativity, questions on reincarnation, mind having no beginning, and equanimity and manipulation.


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N&B - Buddhist concepts II

Discussion on the three jewels; questions on root guru, empowerments, and secrecy within traditions.


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N&B - Buddhist schools and retreats

A brief history of the different traditions, questions on whether one tradition is better than another and what are the benefits to doing a three-year retreat.


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Nuts & Bolts - Meditation: Intention and Edge

The four stages of conflict (Warrior’s Solution 3), questions on working with feelings surrounding conflict and the third stage of conflict, magnetization.


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N&B - Cultivating Attention

A discussion on attention and intention from the Pointing Out Instructions retreat followed by questions on shamatha, whether a regular sitting practice is required, and resting in attention.


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N&B: Dismantling Behavioral Patterns

Dismantling patterns using a process based on the four noble truths (from Awakening From Belief 11), working with patterns that prevent behavioral changes, how to deal with physical sensations that may arise when working with patterns.


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N&B: Dreams

A guided meditation from Death: Friend or Foe 5; questions on dream yoga, treating life as a dream, and if one needs to dream.


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N&B: Emotional reactivity

A discussion on hatred and intolerance (from Sutra Session 26), questions on working with emotional pain, anger, and depression


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N&B: Emotional reactivity 2

Questions on working with emotions as they arise, resistance to practice, nightmares, and fear of dying.


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N&B – Emotional Reactivity 3

Question on the five-step mindfulness practice, meditating on death and impermanence, and disillusionment with buddhist practice.


N&B - Emotions and Energy

A discussion of energy transformation practices, questions on the four immeasurables, experiencing regret. and loss of energy during meditation.


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N&B: Ethics & Actions

A discussion on ethics, vows, prescriptive and descriptive behavior (from Mahayana Mind Training 7), questions on the basis for Buddhist ethics, taking action, behavioral changes.


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N&B: Experiencing Patterns

A description of physical and emotional sensations when a pattern begins to dissolve (from Awakening From Belief 11), questions about obsession and working with the core of a pattern.


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N&B: Karma

Demystifying ideas around karma (from Awakening From Belief 2), questions on whether karma from previous lives impact this life, karma and the death of children, and is there such a thing as burning off bad karma.


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N&B: Mahamudra

Explaining mahamudra to others (from Pointing Out Instructions 9), differences between mahamudra and dzogchen, joining Kadampa and mahamudra, deciding whether or not to practice mahamudra.


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N&B - Mantra Practice

An introduction to mantra practice from A Trackless Path 12, working with thoughts when chanting, how to approach mantra practice, sounds and mantra practice.


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Nuts & Bolts - Meditation: Intention and Edge

An exchange on working the edge in one’s practice (from Releasing Emotional Reactions 4), questions on feeling tones that aries from practice, how does one find the edge in practice, how to remedy a lack of intention, working with the intention to be present.


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Nuts & Bolts - Meditation: Sitting and Life

A talk on using one practice to do everything (from Mind Training 7), questions on finding the right perspective on life issues, choices, and self-sacrifice.


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Nuts & Bolts - Merit & Dedication

A discussion on dedication prayers from Then And Now 24, questions on dedicating virtue, the purpose of dedication, chanting to accumulate merit.


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N&B - Mind and Experience

A look at mind and experience from the Heart Sutra Workshop retreat followed by questions on if there is a difference between mind and experience, and experience and dependent origination.


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N&B - Paths, Teachers, and Traditions

Some brief background information on the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions. A discussion on finding a path and teacher.


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N&B: Physical & Mental Disturbances

A discussion on working with pain (from Heart Sutra Workshop 3), questions on grief, health, and panic attacks.


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N&B – Practice and. . .

Questions on whether there is a relationship between writing and clear-minded seeing, psychotherapy and buddhism, and resting in openness.


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N&B – Practice basics

Questions on is there difference between rest and observe during meditation, dealing with distractions during meditation, working with clarity when meditating and working with emotions when meditating.


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N&B – Practice concerns

A discussion on distinguishing between active and passive awareness, questions on what to do if one no longer feels the need to meditate and what to do if one pick up practice after an absence, a question on working with emotions.


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Nuts & Bolts - Practice paths

Is Vajrayana an appropriate path if you have with limited access to your root guru or if you’re unlikely to attend a three-year retreat? After a new practitioner has worked with the breath to gain experience and develop stability, should they then meditate on impermanence or the four immeasurables? How do you incorporate what what you learn from teachers in other Buddhist traditions?


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N&B - Practice Variations

Questions on meditation variations and intention, which form of meditation is recommended, using sounds or music during meditation, and interacting with people as a type of practice.


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N&B - Realms, Dakinis, Gods

Excerpt from Mind Training retreat on the six realms, questions about dakinis and understanding deities and gods.


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N&B: Reincarnation

A brief discussion on reincarnation from Death: Friend or Foe 7, questions on if one can have a serious practice without believing in reincarnation, karma and rebirth, and what reincarnates if there is no self.


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N&B - Sangha and Teaching

A discussion on spiritual organizations, questions on attachement to leadership, sangha and social life, and whether mediation practice is a path to teaching.


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N&B: Self and No-self

No-self as a core insight of Buddhism (from Guru, Deity, Protector 4), questions on working with a sense of self, the stories we tell about self, self and suffering.


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N&B – Self and No-Self 2

Questions on what is being referred to when using the word ‘me’ if there is no=self and reconciling non selfhood with ordinary friendship and love.


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N&B - Sitting In The Mess

Learning to sit in the mess; the correlation between mind and experience; discussion of the mind-training principle: “Rely on the principal witness”


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N&B – Students & Teachers

Questions on finding direction in practice without a teacher, why people leave a teacher, misconduct between students and teachers.


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N&B - The heart and emotions

Questions on working with the feelings that accompany an open heart, being true to both your heart and mind, working with emotions.


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N&B: The Mystery of Being

A guided meditation on “Who am I?” (excerpt from from Who Am I? 2) questions on who/what wakes up, the experience of being no thing, and if ultimately there is anything to know.


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N&B – Thoughts

Questions on being an observer of one’s thoughts, mind training and flattening thoughts.


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N&B – What To Do When A Thought Arises

Working with meditation instructions ‘Look, and as soon as a thought arises, relax’ and ‘Let the mind settle naturally. Don’t control it. Just recognize it.’


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N&B - Why are we here?

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N&B - Working with patterns

Questions on the mind of the body and patterned tendency, keeping practice alive, and where do released reactive patterns go.


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N&B - Working With The Breath

A meditation technique based on the Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra; a discussion based on the distinction between resting and observing when working with the breath


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Outer realms and inner experience

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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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Releasing Emotional Reactions 1

Aim of the retreat, overview of content including levels of practice and meditation methods, initial instruction.


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Releasing Emotional Reactions 2

Emotional reactions, what they are, why they are problematic, what does releasing mean, difference between releasing and suppression, instruction in five-step method of releasing from Thich Naht Hanh based on bare attention and the four foundations of mindfulness


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Releasing Emotional Reactions 3

Q&A based on students’ experience with bare attention, common difficulties and how to work with them, additional instruction on the four foundations


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Releasing Emotional Reactions 4

Taking emptiness and compassion as the framework, difference between actual and projected experience, working with actual experience, instruction in five-step method that uses taking and sending (tonglen) to release emotional reactions.


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Releasing Emotional Reactions 5

Q&A based on the students’ experience with taking and sending, common difficulties and how to work with them, additional instruction on taking and sending


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Releasing Emotional Reactions 6

Taking original mind, direct awareness, as the basis, all experience as the expression of awareness, instruction in a five-step process based on direct awareness (mahamudra and dzogchen), cautions and pitfalls.


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Releasing Emotional Reactions 7

Q&A based on the students’ experience with direct awareness, simplified instruction in the five steps, common difficulties and how to work with them, connecting the three methods, how to use these in life, the student-teacher relationship, challenges in practice.


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Releasing Emotional Reactions 8

Retreat summary prepared by grateful students.


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Resting In Attention

Shamatha and cultivating a basis of attention. From Pointing Out Instructions 3.


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Stalking Death 1

Frame work to aid in making the right effort; how we experience; subject/object frame work as an abstraction; dropping sense of I/other; undoing misperceptions of our experience; contemplating change: outer changes defined as objects of our senses, inner changes defined as bodily changes, hidden changes defined as emotions & thoughts; participant’s questions.


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Stalking Death 02

False and true dualities; all experience as an expression of knowing & not-knowing; experiencing change in the inner, outer and hidden worlds; experience of non-duality; participant’s questions; meditation instruction on change.


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Stalking Death 03

The results of meditating on death & impermanence; dilemma of uncertainty of death; 2 aspects of death: death is inevitable, could die at any moment; other forms of dying besides physical: dying to the idea of getting our emotional needs met, dying to the idea of being somebody; life is ordered and chaotic.


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Stalking Death 4

Participant’s experience with meditation on life’s paradox; letting go of our identities as death; experiencing identities; Milarepa’s Six Ways to Meet Death with Confidence; true freedom is including both order and chaos in our experience; being no one; relaxing in the experience of what is; 10 virtues and their use in engaging life; experiencing effortless good; energy of attention permeating experience; wisdom & means as the two aspects of presence.


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Stalking Death 5

Falsity of subject/object duality; world we experience is born with us; our world composed of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and void; five elements as a spectrum; in death the world of our experience dissolves; stages of dying as the dissolution of the five elements; death of self; death of a relationship; practice instructions; stages of stillness of mind.


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Stalking Death 6

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Stress and Peace

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Sutra Session 1

Participants questions are: How do I respond rather than react?; How do I take my life into my practice?; How do I deal with anxiety in my sitting practice?; How do I deal with distractions in my practice?.


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Sutra Session 2

Participants’ questions are: Is it helpful to have many different practices?, How do I not resist dying?, How do I stop doing?, How do I deal with frustration in my practice?, Is there a difference between observing the breath and resting in the breath?


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Sutra Session 3

Participants’ questions are: What strategies exist for experiencing emotions?, What do I do with my anger?, What role do negative emotions play?, How do I deal with the feeling of hardening arising from anger?


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Sutra Session 4

Relationships: what makes them work; participant’s questions


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Sutra Session 5

What would you like to change about you or your life?; primary practice; changing me; introducing a new dynamic through meditation; why do I practice?; what to do about Christmas?.


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Sutra Session 6

Faith as a willingness to open to whatever arises; faith in Buddhism; 3 types of faith; faith vs belief; point of faith?; faith as an immeasureable; faith and rational thought; cultivating faith.


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Sutra Session 7

Discussion of meditation postures; guided meditation on experiencing discomfort; holding emotions tenderly in attention; no expectations.


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Sutra Session 8

Subjects include: how to deal with distractions, finding a path and different practice traditions.


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Sutra Session 9

Subjects include: dealing with negativity, the four immeasurables, nervousness, and Mother’s Day.


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Sutra Session 10

Subjects include: dropping into awareness, changes as a result of practice, practice influencing karma, decision making, collapsing down.


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Sutra Session 11

Different roles of a teacher; teachers in different traditions; more than one teacher? devotion; personality; trust; what does it take to find a teacher?


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Sutra Session 12

A guided journey through the progression of one meditation practice, from resting in attention to the union of awareness and experience (mahamudra, dzogchen). Begins with instruction on posture, resting in the experience of breathing, resting in the experience of the body, the breath, and opening to all experience. Then the journey moves to how to bring in the heart and finally how to open to the union of awareness and experience.


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Sutra Session 13

Way-seeking mind; non-self; nurturing the direction of non-self; resting in the experience of breathing vs focusing on the breath; plateau in practice.


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Sutra Session 14

How do you balance not craving with the need for money? What causes a lack of self-worth? How do you face disappointment gracefully? Serving what is true. The four steps of standing up. Goals, intentions, and being content. How does one keep going?


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Sutra Session 15

What is karma? Do I need to believe in reincarnation? What is the role of celibacy in Buddhism? What should I do when distractions arise while meditating? Resting in the experience of breathing instead of placing attention on your breath. The four states of conflict. What is the practical or real-world benefit of meditation?


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Sutra Session 16

How do I deal with anxiety when meditating? Impermanence and the four ends. Guilt and morality. Shame and joy. What is the future of buddhism? Messing with your practice.


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Sutra Session 17

Understanding the three jewels on a personal level. What am I suppose to get from meditation? Evolution or revolution? Do you advocate a certain technique over another? How do I deal with physical sensations and movements during meditation?


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Sutra Session 18

Meditation instruction in three lines, working with emotions, what to do with insights and memories that emerge when meditating, does meditating reduce unwanted emotions.


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Sutra Session 19

How to work with positive reactions in practice including suggested meditation; questions and answers on using that meditation instruction.


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Sutra Session 20

If being here “this way” is completely unacceptable, what are the alternatives? Being with resentment, victimhood, old habits, fear of change, and other stories we tell ourselves.


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Sutra Session 21

Meditation as a way to build abilities, distinguishing between thinking and thoughts, fundamentals of meditation practice, creating the right conditions for practice, resting in the experience of breathing


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Sutra Session 22

What is appropriate/useful to share in a relationship? What tools can I use to let go of unproductive emotions? Instruction on taking and sending. What is the point of resting with the breath? Prayer and meditation. Seeking clarity in relationships by listening to one’s heart. Working with self-hatred. Please note that due to technical difficulties the audio quality of this recording is uneven.


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Sutra Session 23

How can I maintain a regular practice? How can meditation help me build good habits and maintain a sense of happiness? What is the difference between sitting meditation and moving meditation, and how do both relate to the instruction to ‘go to the body’? How do you meditate without goals? How should I do with thoughts that arise during meditation? Why can noting during meditation become an obstacle? What can I do about anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, and insomnia. Should I cultivate specific emotions, like loving-kindness, prior to meditating?


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Sutra Session 24

How do I get rid of negative feelings and reactions? Do the efficacies of a teaching continue after a teacher is gone? If practice doesn’t change one’s reactions, can it change how you act? Coming to a crossroad in one’s practice. What is the boundary for sharing in relationships? Are guided meditations trying to control one’s experience? I don’t know how to respond when asked “How is your practice?” How can I forgive? How do I sit with physical pain? Are thoughts an ongoing reaction at the subconscious level? Are there Buddhist writings regarding the creative process?


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Sutra Session 25

Prayers and rituals to evoke the emotions of devotion, loving-kindness, and compassion in order to be clear, present, and open during meditation, the importance of intention, concluding meditation by letting go of judgement and attachment


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Sutra Session 26

Why distinct thoughts can feel like random, chaotic chatter the longer one practices. The dynamics of balance. Exploring teacher-student interactions under the client model. Working with the emotions of intolerance and hatred; desire, attachment, frustration and action; anger, sadness, and loneliness.


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Sutra Session 27

Working with anger and hurt; Developing a path with depth; Intention, family, and holidays; Thoughts and resting with the breath; Frenetic energy and getting things done; How much should one practice


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Sutra Session 28

Meditating on your last breath. Is doing your best enough? Incorporating what arises in practice. The inevitability of death. But I am not really dying. Letting go of what you feel you’re suppose to feel. Working with things you don’t like.


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Sutra Session 29

Gift-giving; when one person has a practice and the other person doesn’t; working with the sense of guilt; working with conflict; positive reinforcement


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Sutra Session 30

Religion/Spirituality as personal exploration; Practice and the importance of one’s own volition; Is nirvana the last delusion; the four things that are impossible to have: control, security, ground, and self; practice as a way to be present; how to find your way among the variety of practice choices


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Sutra Session 31

Putting attention on the experience of breathing; what to do when lost in confusion; working with strong patterns; dealing with life’s setbacks; working with depression


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Sutra Session 32

Meeting and resting with experience instead of labeling experience during meditation; not making facts out of your feelings; justice and vengeance; four stages of conflict; keeping your heart open after the loss of a relationship.


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Sutra Session 33

Meditating to experience life in a different way; meditating to be a better person; attention in speech; coming to terms with who you are; taking and sending; living in a world that ignores impermanence.


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Sutra Session 34

Why meditate? Why practice taking and sending? What should I do when I find myself interrupting my meditation at the same point every day? Why meditate on death and impermanence? Why does it seem that my daily meditation doesn’t directly relate to my daily life? What is the difference between equanimity and indifference?


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Sutra Session 35

Difference between teaching and learning, faith and belief; the three important things: impermanence/change, compassion, and faith; opening to doubt; the direction of the present. Questions from participants: What is the most productive question you’ve asked yourself? How do I not carry the past into the present? How do I stay focused on this path when at times I just want to be coddled?


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Sutra Session 36

“When I notice a change in my emotions I focus on what is occurring instead of the emotion itself. Is this repression?” “How can I get to sleep when my mind is full of thoughts?” “Instead of a fixed daily meditation routine, is it enough just to sit and breathe peacefully when one can?” “How can I handle the changes that are occurring in my life as a result of practice?” “How do I recognize a transition or transformation in energy?” “I don’t have an absolute relationship with anything in my life, let alone one with practice. And I envy people that do. How can I develop one?” “A lot of what I feel when sitting is unpleasant and I find I am resistant to that experience. Any way to shorten it?”


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Sutra Session 37

How can I determine if I am in active or passive awareness? I haven’t meditated in over two years. Do you have any advice? I have yet to realize an effect in my life after studying and meditating on The Four Immeasurables for a year. Is that to be expected? How do I work with my prejudices? I have an adverse relationship with the world. How do I work with that? How can I deal with anger? Are childish ways of interacting with the world a type of pattern?


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Sutra Session 38

How do I deal with shifting priorities, withdrawing from society, and a sense of alienation? How soft should one be when practicing? Is practicing 30 minutes a day enough? How do I find my motivation? I’m working on my reactive emotions. When meditating should I do something to provoke these emotions? Using the immeasurable compassion when working with a pattern. What is a good practice for dealing with situations where I just shut down? Where do I start when practicing taking and sending? Forgiveness and acceptance.


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The Eightfold Path 1

The Four Noble Truths are about finding a way to live without struggling with what we experience; why “struggle” may be the more appropriate term in English to dukkha; the Eightfold Path as a description of a way of living, but usually interpreted as a prescription for practice; confusion of descriptions of results with means of practice and problems that arise; the fallacy of rational decision making and utility theory as a basis for economics, sociology, and spiritual practice; examination of the first four elements of the Eightfold Path from the perspective of practice; right view is practiced by bringing attention to how you view things; the result will be the traditional description of the characteristics of right view; right intention is to bring attention to intention, what am I doing right now and why?; right speech is to bring attention into the act of speaking, listening to the sound of your own voice when you speak; right action is to bring attention into the experience of action, leads to a relationship with power, makes action more effective.


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The Eightfold Path 2

Review of main points from first talk; two practical frameworks for implementing right action; right livelihood is to bring attention to how you provide for life; livelihood in terms of how we interact with others around earning our living; economies based on consumption vs economies based on intention; right effort is to bring attention to how we are making an effort; four dimensions of capacity; right attention, or mindfulness, is to bring attention to how we are direct attention; right absorption or samadhi is to bring attention to how we rest in attention.


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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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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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Who Am I? 1

Introduction of participants; workshop outline; meditation instruction; Who am I conventionally speaking? What are my interests, talents, influences, gifts? Where am I going?


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Who Am I? 2

Who am I ultimately? Am I my name, my body, my feelings, my thoughts, what I experience? sense of self; impermanence of self; independence of self; irreducible aspect of self.


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Who Am I? 3

Who am I functionally? Who am I in the family environment? Who am I in the work environment? Who am I acting in each of the six realms?


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Who Am I? 4

On being nobody; our situation consists of: nothing at the core, emotional reactions from roles, world of stories; tools: black box, middle way, interdependence; closing.


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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.