Friday, September 30, 2016

The Empty Net Of Dependent Arising by Fred Von Allmen

Fred von Allmen has been engaged in Buddhist studies and meditation since 1970. He has practiced under teachers of both the Tibetan and the Theravadin tradition in Asia, Europe and the USA and has spent many years in retreat. In addition he has been engaged in the study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology in the Tibetan tradition. Since 1984 he has been teaching meditation retreats and Buddhist workshops worldwide. He is the author of three books in German and a co-founder of the Meditation Center Beatenberg in the Swiss Alps. He is married and lives in Switzerland.




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Friday, September 09, 2016

First Moment by Dokai Georgesen

Dokai Georgesen began his study of Zen Buddhism at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center under the direction of Dainin Katagiri Roshi in 1974. He spent two years on pilgrimage studying Buddhism in India and Japan, and upon his return in 1982 he lived at Hokyoji until his ordination in 1984.

In 1989 he received Dharma Transmission from Katagiri Roshi, and since then he has made several trips to Japan for study under the late Ikko Narasaki Roshi, Tsugen Narasaki Roshi and the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He has also had the opportunity to study at Plum Village in France under the direction of Thich Nhat Hanh. He has been residing at Hokyoji since June, 2003.




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Friday, September 02, 2016

Freedom From Certainty by Christopher Titmuss

This talk from Christopher Titmuss addresses the many issues that surround our need for the security of certainty and the danger that following the delusion of being certain about our beliefs can lead us into fundamentalism.




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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Problem Of Impermanence by Ajahn Brahmali

Here's another excellent talk from Ajahn Brahmali. This time his theme is impermanence and it's central role in the nature of existence and the Buddha's teachings.



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Friday, August 05, 2016

Be Here Now by Ajahn Nissarano

Ajahn Nissarano. He lives in Sri Lanka now, has been a monk for 18 years but started monastic life in Ajahn Brahm's monastery in Serpentine.


He teaches meditation in such an easily accessible way that he is ideal for beginners and experienced meditators alike.



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Friday, July 29, 2016

Life is Your Teacher by Martin Aylward

Martin Aylward has been leading retreats worldwide, teaching meditation and supporting groups and
individuals since 1999. He is the founding teacher of Moulin de Chaves, a residential retreat centre in South West France, where he lives.

Martin works with students around the world in retreats , in ongoing contact with those who come to live and work at the moulin, and in ongoing individual support, meeting over Skype. He also runs courses in urban, non-residential settings, and online.



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Friday, July 22, 2016

Mind is Buddha by Tenshin Roshi

Here is another talk from Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi in which he describes the nature of mind and reality.



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Friday, July 15, 2016

Embodiment by Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is a co-founder and guiding teacher of Gaia House in Devon, and has been leading Insight Meditation retreats since 1976. She is a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. As well as teaching retreats worldwide, she is committed to the Personal Retreat Programme at Gaia House. She is the author of a number of books including Woman Awake and The Way of Meditation, and is co-author of Soul Food. Her most recent books are Silence and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity.



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Friday, July 08, 2016

Imposters of the Body

In this challenging talk Rodney Smith examines the proposition that some of us feel like an impostor within our own body, but that the practice will not bare fruit until we reclaim ourselves completely.



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Friday, July 01, 2016

Origins by Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (known to most as Ajahn Brahm) was born Peter Betts in London, United Kingdom in August 7, 1951. He came from a working-class background, and won a scholarship to study Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University in the late 1960s. At Cambridge he joined the university’s Buddhist Society and after a few weeks at the age of 18, he saw a monk for the first time. He knew then that was what he wanted to be. After graduating from Cambridge he taught in a school for one year before travelling to Thailand to become a monk and train with the Venerable Ajahn Chah Bodhinyana Mahathera.

In this talk he discusses the origins of, everything!



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Also see Ajahn Brahm "Expelled" over Bhikkhuni Ordinations!  and other related posts.

Friday, June 24, 2016

From Security To Service by Christopher Titmuss

This talk is somewhat topical as it concerns the self's response to the other.

Christopher Titmuss, a senior Dharma teacher in the West, offers retreats, facilitates pilgrimages and leads Dharma events worldwide. His teachings focus on insight meditation (vipassana), the expansive heart and enquiry into emptiness and liberation.

Poet, photographer and social critic, he is the author of numerous books including Light on Enlightenment, The Mindfulness Manual and Poems from the Edge on Time.

A former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India, he is the founder of the online Mindfulness Training Course. He teaches in Australia, India, Israel, France and Germany every year. Christopher has been teaching annual retreats in India since 1975. He has lived in Totnes, Devon, England since 1982.



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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kayanupassana, Discerning The Elements by Akincano Marc Weber

This is a detailed talk on how the traditional elements of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water are perceived by the meditating mind both within the body and of itself.



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Friday, June 03, 2016

Ungan Sweeps The Ground by Tenshin Roshi

Born in Manchester, England, Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi came to the United States in 1979 to study at the Zen Center of Los Angeles with founder Taizan Maezumi Roshi. In 1994, Tenshin Roshi received Dharma Transmission (authorization to teach) in the White Plum lineage from Maezumi Roshi, and Inka from Genpo Merzel Roshi in 2006 (Zen Master, final seal of approval). He acted as administrator for many years at ZCLA and is now the primary teacher and abbot at Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center. Tenshin Roshi is one of the few North American teachers officially certified as a Kokusaifukyoshi (Official Foreign Representative), a title appointed in 2009 by the Soto Zen Headquarters in Japan.



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Recollection Of Heavens by Shaila Catherine

This is the final talk in the "Recollections" series.



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Friday, May 06, 2016

Recollection Of The Sangha by Shaila Catherine

This is the fourth talk in the speaker series entitled "Recollective Meditations."



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Recollection Of Generosity by Dawn Neal

Dawn Neal began contemplative practice in 1997. She started practicing Insight Meditation and Sōto Zen after being exposed to biofeedback in 2004. She is currently earning an MA from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Sati Institute, and receives mentoring from Anālayo Bhikkhu and Gil Fronsdal. Dawn temporarily ordained in Burma in 2009, and was authorized to teach loving-kindness by Sayadaw U Indaka. She teaches meditation, mindfulness, and loving-kindness in Buddhist, clinical, and educational settings. A volunteer in the Dharma community, Dawn has also served as a commissioned interfaith chaplain.

This is the third talk in the speaker series titled "Recollective Meditations."



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Recollection Of The Dhamma by Tony Bernhard

This is the second talk in the speaker series titled "Recollective Meditations." According to Tony Bernhard, the Noble Eightfold Path is the Dhamma to recollect because each of the path factor leads to the cessation of suffering, and thus, to the goal of liberation.




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Friday, April 08, 2016

Recollection Of The Buddha by Shaila Catherine

The Buddha taught a broad range of meditation practice -- far more extensive than simply observing sensations and breath. Practitioners can use six classic meditation subjects to nurture calmness, focus attention, inspire patience persistence, gain confidence in the efficacy of the path, and contemplate the nature of kamma, action, and mind. The six recollections are: Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, Virtue, Generosity, and Heavens.


This is the first talk in the series, Recollection Of The Buddha and is by Shaila Catherine.




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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Ultimate Question by Ajahn Brahmali

Ajahn Brahmali was born in Norway in 1964, first became interested in Buddhism and meditation in his early 20s after a visit to Japan.

He ordained as a monk with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor in 1996. He teaches Pali and the Vinaya ( monastic discipline) to the monks at Bodhinyana Monastery near Perth, in Western Australia.



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Friday, March 04, 2016

Three Talks on Sati by Akincano Marc Weber

Akincano Marc Weber was born in Berne (Switzerland) and is a Buddhist teacher and contemplative psychotherapist. He learned to sit still in the early eighties as a Zen practitioner and later became a monk in Ajahn Chah’s tradition where he studied and practiced for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe. He has studied Pali and scriptures, holds a degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and lives with his wife in Cologne, Germany from where he teaches Dhamma and meditation internationally.

Sati and its Images in the Suttas



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Sati and Some of its Functions



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Clear Comprehension (Sampajañña); the Contextualising of Sati



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Friday, February 19, 2016

Seeing Through the Net of Illusion by Jaya Rudgard

Mindfulness has been part of my life since I first discovered it as a teenager in the 1980s. From 1996-2005 I lived as a Theravadan Buddhist nun in the Forest Sangha in the UK with Ajahn Sumedho as my teacher. In this tradition mindfulness in all aspects of daily life is the cornerstone of practice, so I learned first hand why the Buddha described it as the “direct path” out of suffering. This is because it takes us beyond any religion or dogma to learn from our direct experience and begin to see clearly for ourselves what leads to suffering and what leads to freedom.



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Friday, February 05, 2016

Greetings, Sisters and Brothers In Aging, Sickness and Death by Greg Scharf

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992. He has studied with a variety of teachers both in Asia and the West, and trained as a Buddhist monk in Burma. He has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humour to practice. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.





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Friday, January 08, 2016

Releasing Our Imaginary Friend by Rodney Smith

This talk by Rodney Smith is delivered in his customary "wake up" style and concerns the Self, our sense of Me, our Imaginary Friend.

Rodney Smith is guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, an organization he founded in 1993.



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