Awake in the World Podcast
Summary: Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts are recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone was an internationally-recognized Buddhist teacher, author, host of the Awake in the World podcast, and mental health advocate.
Michael Stone gives a focused and detailed thought about meditation technique and using your body to develop concentration. He goes through meditations on sound, the nostrils, the belly and approaching the objects of meditation with sthira (steadiness) and sukkha (well-being). A fascinating retreat talk that gets precise about mediation skills.
When you have imbalanced attention how can you live an intentional life? Michael talks about being on retreat, two categories of thought, introduces the Dvedhavitakkka Sutta and talks about how deeply wanting to wake up is a delicate thing in a technological age where we are always on google. 45 min. Chapin Mill, Batavia New York.
All your life, you’ve been searching, without knowing it, for exactly this moment. Michael Stone gives a guided meditation on the city, the body and the breath. 25 minutes. Ottawa.
On Silent Retreat Michael Stone explores the Zen koan “Why Can’t the Tail Pass Through” along with thoughts on hope, optimism, and despair. He describes “mindfulness as a political tool” and how we don't need a revolution, we need “embodied, moment-to-moment rebellion.” True North Insight, 45 min.
Pascal Auclair co-teaches with Michael and explores the work of Joanna Macy and Aung San Suu Kyi and the work that reconnects. True North Insight. 1 hour.
Michael begins teaching on the Two Darts and explains how physical and emotional pain are connected and how when we feel physical pain (first dart) it’s followed by a mental response (second dart). Then Michael teaches a guided meditation that people can do alone or as caregivers for people in pain. Workshop in Green Bay, Wisconsin. May 20, 2014
Practice is the opening of a path and letting go of rigid opinions. Michael’s final talk on the Kayagatasati Sutta on understanding the role of Mara in practice. Mara is our inability to transcend our fixed perspectives. Mara is a killer. Mara is the energy that shuts us down. Recorded in Madison, Wisconsin on May 18, 2014.
Michael explains the basics of Jhana practices (4 stages of concentration) based on the the Kayagatasati Sutta in a workshop in Madison, Wisconsin. In stillness the landmarks for how we understand our lives are not there. Michael explores the maps for absorption practice and how to enter deeper territory. Recorded on May 18, 2014.
In Madison, Wisconsin, Michael talks on the Kayagatasati Sutta exploring meditation on the body, how to work with the breath, and meditations on the dissolution of the body at death. Recorded on May 17, 2014.
Michael Stone gives his final talk at Centre of Gravity on the famous Zen Koan MU. Michael begins with discussing meditation on the breath and then goes deeply into seeing how practice is about being unconditional with yourself. Recorded at Centre of Gravity, Toronto on May 6, 2014. 1 hour. This is a “must listen” talk if you’re a podcast regular!
Life before and after Death. Michael Stone talks about deep memory, rebirth, and how when we have problems it’s usually because we have the wrong map. Spring 2014.
The mind in meditation, dream yoga, and the Buddha’s teaching on “The Arrow.” Michael Stone gives an in-depth talk on the Buddha’s approach to embracing suffering, letting go, and how when we experience letting go a path begins to open. Spring 2014.
Guided meditation by Michael Stone, with focus on the tongue, palette, position of fingers, and subtle physical tricks to open the mind in Vipassana practice. Recorded on silent retreat at True North Insight in Ontario. April 19, 2014.
On silent retreat Michael Stone talks about the Zen koan "Oak Tree in the Garden," as well as the meditation practice as "a politics of love." He describes in detail the Buddha's death. Recorded at True North Insight in Ontario on April 19, 2014.
Michael Stone uses the teachings on emptiness to work with the body. He calls sitting "physical practice" and he describes yoga as "psychological practice." Recorded at True North Insight in Ontario on April 18, 2014. (Photos by Andréa de Keijzer)