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As a monk, I bring a strong commitment, along with the renunciate flavor, to the classic Buddhist teachings. I play with ideas, with humor and a current way of expressing the teachings, but I don't dilute them.
2016-03-12 Generosity is Enlightenment 57:50
Giving from the Heart Generosity expects no results Being made into an "it" Mutuality - from "you" to "we" Differentiated consciousness - and beyond Softening and mercy
Dharmagiri Healing the Cracks: Generosity and Interdependence
2016-03-11 Sitting on Potential Found in Body-Mind 66:28
Arriving Potential Guided meditation (with rain) Posture No past, no future, rhythmic breathing, Trust breath Refuge and Precepts
Dharmagiri Healing the Cracks: Generosity and Interdependence
2016-01-10 Closing Talk 52:07
moving out of the retreat form; honouring others; unresponsive cittas and microphones; recognizing and using the underlying foundation with confidence; empathy and sympathy for ourselves and others from a confident citta; connections to others; story of the calm and loving peace activist; recommending skillful means: using the 5 precepts to bear the welfare of others in mind and to cultivate respect for oneself; offering value to each other; cultural themes – intention and convention; using the pause; top down morality; guilt and confession, unskillfulness of some religious forms ; sila - being clear about intention to help the citta; finding balance and clarity; skillful use of the restful aspects of meditation; common social behaviours, gossip and fuzziness of intention; ongoing attunement of attention to what really counts; your citta has the capacity for great well being and clarity; respecting and gladdening the citta and spending time each day listening to the citta; reflection on the triangular mural in the hall; the earth touching mudra; dealing with mundane busyness in life; using the 10 second pause to touch your own earth element and call on the earth mother
2016-01-10 Morning Chanting in Pali and leading to guided meditation 50:36
2016-01-09 Suffusion with the Divine Abidings – Pali chanting 4:06
2016-01-09 Q and A 44:55
Please give examples of how to cultivate right view within and outside meditation
2016-01-09 Evening guided meditation on death 42:08
Using citta to cultivate citta with experience; using the imagination / the world of the citta to help steer the citta; using the Five Subjects of Frequent Recollection; taking it up at least at the end of each day; cleaning up at the end of the day
2016-01-09 Group D Interview 2 33:12
1. I feel I am more regularly experiencing good will and notice this this happens without my concentrating on the breath. The good will itself is like the object. How should I regard this?; 2. I also have been moving away from the breath and shift to other themes. How to deal with the barriers or obstacles? 3. I appreciate your teaching style with freedom to do walking and standing that has provided more space for me. In life I have been experimenting with being more “extroverted”. Can you speak to this? 4. I notice the benefits of the mudita in my meditation but I get a lot of energy and tension in the head and nose. 5. I feel I have some stability and peacefulness and I appreciate your idea about cultivating blamelessness. But I am concerned about how can I use this at home when things are more busy? 6. I feel that I have had some success with softening into the practice and this investigation of living “blamelessly and at ease” as you spoke of. Now I feel I am too quickly going back to planning for the end of the retreat. Can you offer some guidance on taking the practice forward? 7. I have appreciated this group of very mixed people and have felt the vitality. I am using the time to confront many old and difficult emotional challenges of feeling not good enough, not measuring up to my cultural conditioning and self doubt. 8. I have often felt very driven in my practice and in this retreat I have watched myself really reacting very strongly to other people’s noise and movement around me, sort of protecting my own space and internal space like a tiger. 9. I enjoy using recollections in my meditation. How can I use the retreat to help develop better a balance in life? What can I usefully work on to resolve in order to help myself when the retreat is over?
2016-01-09 Group C Interview 2 37:30
1. I seem to lack a real interest even though I was born into the Buddhist religion. I like my mundane happiness / Thai “sabai” sense very much. I feel I am a “half-Buddhist”, but still attracted to something better in spite of my wandering mind. 2. I’ve done a couple of retreats and can focus and watch things come and go but I feel rather tight and uncomfortable in all this. What can I do differently? 3. I get a lot of tension in my shoulder which seems to block my experience and attention; 4. I enjoyed your talk about the Noble Truth of grasping and saw clearly that this is what an “I am” would do. It seems there is a lot for me there to consider ; 5. I am enjoying the venue and the natural surroundings. It seems to aid the experience; 6. I see that things arise and pass and am aware of objects in the mind in meditation. I see my mind has many wandering thoughts and I let them all pass. Is this correct?; 7. Can you say more about how we can note / notice moods or states of mind please?; 8. What are some guidelines for investigating aspects of self, a topic that arose for me in reclining meditation; 9. I try and use my human suffering as my teacher but it gets overwhelming sometimes and I feel trapped as a human. What can I do?; 10. Can you explain about the appearance of lights during meditation? 11. How much attention should I give to nimitas if they appear?
2016-01-09 Q and A 34:01
What’s the difference between sense consciousness and citta awareness? When making a decision, to what extent should we follow the mind or the heart?

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