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Stephen Batchelor's Dharma Talks
Stephen Batchelor
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2012-07-21 A Secular Culture of Awakening 62:54
Reflections on the nature of Secular Buddhism as a culture, its relation to the orthodox traditions of the dharma, and its understanding of sangha (community).
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-07-19 The Four 60:46
Reflections on the Four (noble truths/tasks) as the culmination of the practice of mindfulness as described in the Satipatthana Sutta.
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-07-18 The Five Bundles 60:21
Reflections on the Buddha's understanding of human experience as differentiated through the five bundles (khandha/aggregates).
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-07-17 The Hindrances 58:59
Reflections on the five hindrances as understood through their personification in the figure of Mara (the demonic).
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-07-16 Radical Attention 59:28
Reflections on meditation as radical attention (yoniso manasikara), mindfulness of breathing, and the Satipatthana Sutta.
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-07-15 The Everyday Sublime 63:38
Reflections on the origins and aims of meditation understood as a sensibility rather than a technique.
Gaia House Study Retreat: A Buddhist Secular Retreat
2012-04-09 The Phenomenology of Meditation (Part Two) 62:09
Reflections on "an ordinary person's life," as understood in a passage by the 9th century Chan master Teshan. This idea is related to the Buddha's phenomenological analysis of human experience (the "all") into namarupa and consciousness, a vision of life where there is no transcendent awareness or consciousness "outside" ordinary experience, thereby revealing a common thread between the Pali Canon and early Chan.
Gaia House Zen Retreat
2012-04-07 The Phenomenology of Meditation (Part One) 59:36
Buddhist meditation is the refinement of a sensibility rather the gaining of proficiency in a technique. This sensibility is founded on "embracing dukkha", i.e. the totality of one's existential condition, and then cultivating meditation as (a) embodiment, (b) receptivity and (c) wonderment. Such a sensibility can then be further developed through stillness (samatha) and insight (vipassana).
Gaia House Zen Retreat
2012-03-23 03 A Culture of Awakening 55:13
The four P's: principle of conditionality, process of the four tasks, practice of mindfulness, power of self-reliance; ELSA as a framework for living; the city as a key metaphor of Secular Buddhism; emergence of a secular sangha based on friendships that support self-reliance.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism
2012-03-21 02 The Four Noble Tasks 48:14
The Pali Canon as a user's manual for this life; reconfiguring the core elements of the dharma; problems with the term "truth;" rewriting the operating system of Buddhism: from Buddhism 1.0 to Buddhism 2.0; the post-metaphysical practice of the four noble tasks; the acronym ELSA.
Australian Insight Meditation Network (Sine Cera Retreat Center) An Introduction to Secular Buddhism

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