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Martin Aylward's Dharma Talks
Martin Aylward
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2016-06-21 The The 3 Facets of Practice, in Meditation and in Life 45:38
This talk was given on the Summer solstice, and the teachings were held outside under the large Plane tree in the Gaia House gardens. Martin explores 3 facets of awareness practice, seeing how they can be applied in any moment, both within the formality of meditation and moment by moment in our wider lives. The 3 are Embodied Presence, Exploration and Inquiry, and Openness to the Nature of experience.
Gaia House Awakening in Stillness and Movement
2016-06-20 The Ambiguity of Self and World 37:04
We rely on a sense of certainty and familiarity with how things are, yet when we look closely our experience is uncertain and always presenting anew. Martin looks at the big reference points for our experience; Life, Death, Self and World, pointing to a liberating way of understanding and relating to them that is free of the narrowness of certainty.
Gaia House Awakening in Stillness and Movement
2016-06-19 Spaciously & Graciously 43:00
Martin explores the twin aspects of Wisdom and Love, as they are expressed in relating to our experience. He looks at the compulsions that easily takes up space in our consciousness, and shows how we can soften around them, and at the tendency to be intolerant, both of ourselves and others, and how we can be forgiving and gracious with our own humanness.
Gaia House Awakening in Stillness and Movement
2016-06-19 Spaciously and Graciously 43:00
Martin explores the twin aspects of Wisdom and Love, as they are expressed in relating to our experience. He looks at the compulsions that easily takes up space in our consciousness, and shows how we can soften around them, and at the tendency to be intolerant, both of ourselves and others, and how we can be forgiving and gracious with our own humanness.
Gaia House Awakening in Stillness and Movement
2016-06-18 Human Experience Under the Microscope of Awareness 55:39
Martin looks at the constructs of human experience (Nama-Pupa or the aggregates) and explores the transformative insights available to us in looking closely at our moment to moment sense of ourselves and the world around us.
Gaia House Awakening in Stillness and Movement
2016-06-17 The Art of Non Doing 66:30
In this introductory talk to the retreat, Martin invites us to practice by doing nothing, not in terms of the retreat format, but in the midst of all activity. He explores how we can speak, move and direct our attention and intention, from a place of profound rest, allowing and inviting everything to happen naturally.
Gaia House Awakening in Stillness and Movement
2016-03-16 Morning Reflections on Inclusive Awareness 11:40
Gaia House Your Life is Your Teacher
2016-03-15 The Inner and Outer Practice of Dharma - Meeting Experiences Generously 36:33
Dana is the practice of generosity as a foundation for happiness or the art of living freely and openly. This talk explores how we can transform the heart in generously meeting ourselves, others and the world around us. We see how qualities of Dana - Generosity, offering, supporting, nourishing, sustaining - are qualities with which to meet and respond skilfully to both outer' situations and inner experience.
Gaia House Your Life is Your Teacher
2016-03-15 Morning Reflections on Awareness and the Tone of Experience 17:47
Gaia House Your Life is Your Teacher
2016-03-14 Life is Your Teacher 47:32
Martin asks us first to consider what we really mean by my life, and points beneath the roles, beliefs and activities by which we usually define our lives, to the basic elements of our experience - sensory input, feelings, perceptions, concepts and consciousness. The talk opens up these elements, seeing how our attention to them can teach us, and exploring how we can track, explore and understand our experience as it presents itself, allowing us to respond more fully and freely to the mysterious unfolding display of what we call my life.
Gaia House Your Life is Your Teacher

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