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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

The Dynamics of Freedom

2014-02-28 (5 days) Gaia House

  
2014-02-28 On Presence 62:52
  Martin Aylward
An introduction to 5 days of retreat practice, using the inherent characteristics of life as the grounds for contemplation and insight.
2014-03-01 On Immediacy and Here and Now-ness 39:09
  Martin Aylward
Rather than the meditator trying to become present, this talk emphasises the way life is always immediate and available, always and only present. And how attuning to that invites us into presence, not as a property of mind, not as a state we create, but as the formless ground into which mind can rest, allowing presence to reveal what arises.
2014-03-02 On Fluidity, Uncertainty and Inconceivability 44:06
  Martin Aylward
This talk explores bringing the fundamental truth of lifes fluidity, and the familiarity of teachings on impermanence, right into the heart of every-moment practice.
2014-03-03 On Non-Duality, the World and the Void 39:33
  Martin Aylward
Using the zen image of first there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is, Martin charts the evolution of relating to form and emptiness, exploring the fundamental duality of conventional experience, and the natural pull towards its dismantling, transcendance and integration.
2014-03-04 On Non-Difference and Bringing Our Practice into the World 37:44
  Martin Aylward
Here, Martin looks at the dichotomy we easily make between the retreat situation and the rest of life, and explores the skilful integration of our practice, as well as looking at some of the forces that tend to shape our into our personal, relational and cultural lives.
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