Akincano Marc Weber (Switzerland) is a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. He learned to sit still in the early eighties as a Zen practitioner and later joined monastic life 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 a degree in Buddhist psychotherapy and lives with his wife in Cologne, Germany from where he teaches Dhamma and meditation internationally.
Teaching is essentially translation. It means ferrying an authentic contemplative tradition across choppy waters into our psychological and cultural realities, losing neither the vision nor the truth of what we know to be our immediate experience.
The "bases of power“ or the 4 paths to empowerment a) in the context of the suttas and b) in the context of everyday life. A non-canonical detour that maps the pattern of the "empowerment won by ardency, perseverance and concentration of desire / energy / mind / discernment“ with the archetypes; a and a possible reflection on the pattern of seeking success and empowerment in our own life.
Description: (A) Short exposition of S 53,3 / S v 112: When to practice which particular awakening factors. (B) Exposition of S 51,1 / S v 102-105: a look at a terse text and a commentary’s helpful suggestions.
Last night’s talk in a nutshell with a few added practical reflections. A brief interpretation of a somewhat enigmatic passage that occurs many times in the Suttas together with the Awakening-Factors and the 8-fold Path.
Follow-up on Contemplation of mind from previous week. Need to clarify the "how“ of being mindful rather than habitually resort to a – possibly unconscious – way of doing so. (Examples) How to find an entry to Contemplations of mind-states and learning to understand them rather than marinate in them.
Exposition of S 45, 49-62 / S v 29-32: Seven keys to the arising of the Eightfold Path. A teaching outside of the famous Buddhist charts and yet more than pertinent to the development of the Gradual Path.
Description: We don’t approach our meditation practice neutrally. Understanding need, bias, inclination in our approach to practice. About labeling as a sampajañña practice; Practical suggestions on questioning the breath and a glimpse on commentarial suggestions on how to go about mindfulness of breathing (Vism)