Awake in the World Podcast show

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.

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 Mountains & Rivers, Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:25

Michael Stone describes the way mountains and rivers influenced Dogen and the way they can teach us about our lives. Mountains and water teach us about time, flow, and solidity. Everything is nothing but a moment in time. Recorded on January 24, 2012.

 Mountains & Rivers, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:13

Who Was Dogen? What were his main teachings? Michael Stone introduces the teachings of 13th century Japanese Zen master Dogen and his essay, Mountains and Rivers. Dogen loses both his parents and wants to understand impermanence. Recorded on January 18, 2012.

 Basics of Buddhism, Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:47

Michael Stone gives commentary on Buddhism and the Four Noble Truths in a series on the basic teachings of the Buddha. Craving, Suffering, Enlightenment, and the 8-fold path. Craving closes down the path. Recorded on January 13, 2012.

 Basics of Buddhism, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:52

In this dharma talk, Michael Stone aims to answer the question, "What did the Buddha teach?" by focusing on the Pāli Canon—the earliest known record of the Buddha’s teachings in India. The mind is like a tourist—taking pictures of the present moment. The power of mindfulness practice is opening up to raw sensation. Recorded on January 13, 2012.

 Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: Devotion to Present Experience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:13

Treat each movement of the mind as something we devote ourselves to, like the beloved, and then forgiveness happens naturally. Meditation is about going to the places deeper than ourselves, the place where forgiveness comes from. The final talk on Chapter 3 of the Yoga Sutra. Recorded on January 10, 2012.

 Guided Meditation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:46

Guided meditation with a focus on the subtle body, breath, palette, tongue and skull. Given during the first night of year-end silent retreat. Recorded in Midland, Ontario on Dec 28, 2011.

 Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: The Silence Museum | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:55

Michael comes home from practice in Thailand and talks about travels, not buying things in plastic, and details about meditation techniques. Some very good meditation instructions in this talk. Recorded on December 20, 2011.

 Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: Compassion is a Superpower | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:04

It's cool to be kind - it's the new black dress. Lovingkindness is a ratio. If it's about you, it's about clinging. If it's only about the other, you lose yourself. The best kind of love is actually conditional. At the core of every heart, even those who cause trauma for others, is the desire to be happy. Recorded on November 29, 2011.

 Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: Superpowers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:33

Meditation opens us up to levels of experience that are non-human. Michael Stone goes through Patanjali's description of superpowers and how they happen in meditation practice. Then he talks about calmness and what can lead people into trouble if they don't have stability in practice. Recorded on November 22, 2011.

 Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: A Moment in Time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:46

Can you see each thing in your life—whether objects or the people around you—as a moment in time? The mind is like a tourist constantly taking photos; meditation allows for the coming and going of everything. What's happening is really just a moment in time. Recorded on November 8, 2011.

 So, What Really Matters? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:08

Michael Stone begins talking about the death of his mentor, maverick psychologist James Hillman. When death comes the only thing that's important is your heart, not your accomplishments. So what really matters? Recorded on November 1, 2011.

 Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: Samskara and Neuroplasticity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:19

Drawing on research with people who have healed from stroke, Michael Stone compares the Sanskrit term "samskara" with modern neuroscience and ties this into the genetic level of meditation practice. "Meditation turns genes on and off in each moment restructuring genetic code." Recorded on October 18, 2011.

 Yoga Sutra, Chapter 3: The Flow of Attention, Waking from the Dream | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:27

The mind in concentration is like a flame in a windless space. Michael describes what happens in the mind when concentration is so focused that hindrances and distraction don't arise. Michael parallels this process with the Occupy movement. Recorded on October 11, 2011.

 Sandokai, Part 3: Remember One-ness in Everything You Do | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:32

Michael gives a talk on the Sandokai during the 2011 autumn intensive. Michael talks about taking the meditation group to sit in court and bear witness, remembering one-ness in everything you do, and not taking things so personally. Recorded on Sept 26, 2011.

 Sandokai, Part 2: Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:12

The most esoteric practice is being a human. Michael talks on the relation between the absolute and relative, religious life and the everyday mess we're in. What does it mean to have Buddha mind? Do you have it? Do you place it somewhere else? Recorded on Sept 25, 2011.

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