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Martin Aylward's Dharma Talks
Martin Aylward
2014-06-22 Meeting Anger and Hatred 48:06
Martin explores different personality styles of resistance and rejection, the ways anger functions and the importance of letting ourselves feel negative emotions as a way of freeing them up and letting go of our personal hard luck story. He also explores the way practice can transform anger into fearlessness as an important force against injustice, oppression and inequality.
Gaia House Intimacy and Infinity
2014-06-21 Beneath the Trees - The Body of Life 43:05
On this summer solstice evening out under the trees at Gaia House, Martin reflects on the importance of trees in the Buddhas life, the disingenuousness of the term mindfulness and what it means to be embodied.
Gaia House Intimacy and Infinity
2014-03-04 On Non-Difference and Bringing Our Practice into the World 37:44
Here, Martin looks at the dichotomy we easily make between the retreat situation and the rest of life, and explores the skilful integration of our practice, as well as looking at some of the forces that tend to shape our into our personal, relational and cultural lives.
Gaia House The Dynamics of Freedom
2014-03-03 On Non-Duality, the World and the Void 39:33
Using the zen image of first there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is, Martin charts the evolution of relating to form and emptiness, exploring the fundamental duality of conventional experience, and the natural pull towards its dismantling, transcendance and integration.
Gaia House The Dynamics of Freedom
2014-03-02 On Fluidity, Uncertainty and Inconceivability 44:06
This talk explores bringing the fundamental truth of lifes fluidity, and the familiarity of teachings on impermanence, right into the heart of every-moment practice.
Gaia House The Dynamics of Freedom
2014-03-01 On Immediacy and Here and Now-ness 39:09
Rather than the meditator trying to become present, this talk emphasises the way life is always immediate and available, always and only present. And how attuning to that invites us into presence, not as a property of mind, not as a state we create, but as the formless ground into which mind can rest, allowing presence to reveal what arises.
Gaia House The Dynamics of Freedom
2014-02-28 On Presence 62:52
An introduction to 5 days of retreat practice, using the inherent characteristics of life as the grounds for contemplation and insight.
Gaia House The Dynamics of Freedom
2013-10-27 Open and Free: A Life of Liberation 1:52:54
Dharma practice points us towards liberation; boundless freedom of being, great depths of love and joy, and a graceful participation in life’s unfolding. What is liberation? What seems to be in the way, right now, of living freely? What is your deepest knowing, and how can it liberate you, here and now? The day will be led by Martin Aylward, and is open to both committed dharma students, and those who may be totally new to practice, but feel themselves drawn to freedom of being. There will include silent and guided meditation practice, teachings and discussion, and some dialog exercises. The day will emphasize a direct exploration of freeing up our life, right in the midst of living it.
New York Insight Meditation Center NYI Regular Talks
2013-05-21 Freedom From Opposites 39:54
When we hold tightly to our views and positions, we feel like we are right. In this talk Martin explores then tendency to cling to views, to see life through the dichotomies of rational mind that obscure what is outside of our own view. He invites us in to to abiding with life's ambiguity, the inclusion of all opposites, the infinite breadth of the Middle Way.
Gaia House Right Now It's Like This...
2013-05-20 Love, Death and Indivisibility 46:30
Martin explores the indivisible nature of life, the mystery of an existence that is constantly slipping away from us, and love as the true heart's response to the inevitability of death. This talk stands alone, yet also builds on the themes of the previous two teachings from the same retreat.
Gaia House Right Now It's Like This...

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