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Retreat Dharma Talks

Secular Buddhist Retreat

These talks focus on seeking a practice of meditation that is secular in orientation but framed by Buddhist ethical and philosophical values. Exploring the role of mindfulness in embracing the suffering of life, letting go of the dictates of reactivity, experiencing the calm and clarity of spaciousness, and cultivating creative engagement as a way of being in the world.

2019-07-19 (8 days) Gaia House

2019-07-20 Morning Instructions - Meditation as Dwelling on This Earth 26:08
Stephen Batchelor
2019-07-21 Morning Instructions 26:07
Martine Batchelor
2019-07-21 Evening Dharma Talk - Nirvana for Everyone 53:10
Stephen Batchelor
Inspired by Bhikkhu Buddhadasa’s eponymous essay, reflections on the experience of nirvana here and now.
2019-07-22 Evening Dharma Talk - Tonality (Vedana) 48:17
Martine Batchelor
2019-07-23 Morning Instructions - Contemplating Vedana 23:20
Martine Batchelor
2019-07-23 Evening Dharma Talk - Nirvana, McMindfulness and Ethics 52:54
Stephen Batchelor
Reflections on mindfulness and ethics, including a critique of the nationalist ethics of Burmese monks and the reduction of mindfulness to “McMindfulness.”
2019-07-24 Morning Instructions - What is This ? 25:59
Stephen Batchelor
2019-07-25 Morning Instructions on Appreciative Joy - Mudita 32:46
Martine Batchelor
2019-07-25 Evening Dharma Talk - Nirvana, Imagination and Creativity 52:20
Stephen Batchelor
Reflections on how the non-reactive space of nirvana is the source both of an ethical and aesthetic imagination.
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