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Retreat Dharma Talks

Awake in Our Bones

2015-10-06 (5 days) Gaia House

2015-10-07 Day One - Morning Instructions 39:08
Martin Aylward
Grounding meditation in bodily experience. Activating qualities of awareness through the posture: Grounded - steady, upright - bright, open - receptive, relaxed - gentle.
2015-10-07 Afternoon Teachings - Freedom and Stimulus 45:40
Martin Aylward
Martin points out the 3 different kinds of stimulation (vedana) and explores skilful ways of exploring and responding to pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral experience. Emphasis is given to somatic practice, recognizing the physical contractions that form around the 3 types.
2015-10-08 Day Two - Morning Instructions 47:15
Martin Aylward
No wrong experience. Allowing the passage of all that arises. Exploring the pleasant, unpleasant and neutral in meditation.
2015-10-08 Afternoon Teachings - Practice as Purification (Part 1) 48:14
Martin Aylward
This teaching examines our problematic associations with ideas of Purity, and explores ways that the practice of sitting meditation can be purificatory - both in terms of developing wholesome qualities, and in healing and releasing stored tension patterns.
2015-10-09 Morning Instructions 51:15
Martin Aylward
Recognizing states. Skilful response to how the mind is. Body and mind as a unified field of experience.
2015-10-09 Afternoon Teachings - Practice as Purification (Part 2) 46:46
Martin Aylward
In this follow-up, Martin continues to look at the purificatory nature of dharma practice, opening up a space to meet and transform the impact of past habit energy. The teaching deconstructs the notion of karma, and maps the purification of mind-states.
2015-10-10 Day Four - Morning Instructions 45:10
Martin Aylward
The nature of experience. The open field of experience and the open embrace of Awareness. Meditation with no body, no mind, no world.
2015-10-10 Afternoon Teachings - Countering Self-Centredness 49:35
Martin Aylward
Our practice offers the opportunity to move beyond a self-centred relationship to life, yet much of our practice is centered on the self! This talk explores dharma practices and skilful means by which to counter our self-centredness and points us towards the ultimate transparency of our sense of self.
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