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 were recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone (1974-2017) was a Buddhist teacher, author, and mental health advocate. His legacy is stewarded by Carina Stone. Podcast funded by Patreon (patreon.com/michaelstone).
Each moment is a new beginning. Michael talks on speech, actions and opens up about his struggle with depression. He also speaks of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s overdose. Copenhagen. 1.2 hours.
The Four Tasks: 1. Embrace Life, 2. Let go of Craving, 3. Stop & See, 4. Act. Drawing on the academic work of Richard Gombrich and Stephen Batchelor, Michael gives a focused talk on the core concepts/memes of Buddhism as a series of practices rather than a set of beliefs. 3rd talk in a series at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 30mins. (This talk cuts off part way) Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer
Michael offers a practical list of psychological changes that happen when you practice: 1. self transience, 2. body becomes sacred, 3. resilience, 4. reliable self-esteem, 5. insight. 4th talk in a series at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 40 min.
Michael talks about working with the breath, mantras, language, yoga, feelings in the body, releasing the sense of “me,” and the importance of collaboration in political change. Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 50 min. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer
Drawing on the Buddha’s first teaching, Michael talks on craving to be someone, craving to fill something, craving to not-exist, and craving for stimulation. He ties this to greed and the ability to open to frustration. Hollyhock, Cortes Island, 1 hour.
Michael explains Nirvana, the Deathless, Buddhist practice without religion, and a re-thinking of the core teachings of the Buddha. Michael draws on Stephen Batchelor’s idea of The Four Tasks that we can practice as the realization of Nirvana. Chapin Mill, Batavia New York. 1 hr.
When you’re feeling Stuck. Michael gives a talk on the “killing” energy of Mara, the power of being blocked and unfulfilled. He talks about how the Buddha worked with being attacked by the hell realms. Waking up is always followed by shutting down, so watch for it. Another focused talk from silent retreat. Chapin Mill, Batavia New York. 1 hr.
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.